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Kilcoy Weekend Escape

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by Kevin Liepins (subscribe)
A lover of Brisbane, particularly the Moreton Bay region at Wynnum Manly and the beautiful Scenic Rim. A freelance writer always looking for the new and quirky in my own backyard.
Published May 26th 2014
One legged cow in Kilcoy
A two legged cow with artificial legs greets you on arrival at the Kilcoy Motel. Situated in the heart of the town it is a modest but comfortable and clean base to explore the South Burnett countryside.

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Kilcoy Motel


Kilcoy is just a couple of hours drive from Brisbane passing through the country towns of Woodford and the small hamlet of Wamuran.

The motel room was clean and spacious. The host was friendly and very informative and proud of his establishment with his quirky cow motif. I arrived late in the evening and as he lived on the premises it was no problem checking in. He was able to recommend some eating options and so the Exchange Hotel just across the road was my choice for dinner.

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Exchange Motel - Kilcoy


The Exchange is a traditional imposing looking country hostelry but with a friendly ambience and an extensive menu choice from Atlantic Kilcoy salmon to steaks. Being out in the country the natural choice was a steak with a 250g eye fillet ordered rare and cooked to perfection served with steamed veggies still crisp and fresh. And all for $26 with a rump option for under $20 representing excellent value.

The characters in the pub were an interesting eclectic mix with my eye curious on a woman looking like an ageing punk with her resplendent pink hair. She ventured over with the obligatory pub raffle and I learnt it was all in aid of Leukaemia research. A spot of pool was a relaxing way to end the evening. There was an ample beer garden to the rear. Perfect for those cool Queensland evenings.

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Kilcoy walk


A morning walk proved a bird lovers paradise with a short stroll across the road from the motel along the creek to a dirt track leading to a pod of cows. Kookaburras and a variety of water birds accompanied me on the walk close to the local sporting oval.

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Yowie Coffee at Yowie Park


Morning tea was taken with a Yowie Coffee adjacent to the information centre and small art gallery overlooking a pretty lake. Markets are held in the park each Saturday.

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Kilcoy Visitor Information Centre


The information centre has a good range of brochures to explore the surrounding countryside that includes the Somerset Dam reservoirs.

Kilcoy is an enjoyable day trip from Brisbane or one to enjoy the unique country air and hospitality with a longer weekend stay.
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