Although the township was originally called Kilcoy, it was known as Hopetown around 1897, but reverted to the name Kilcoy by 1913.
A visit to the shops in Kilcoy will amaze you as they are stocked with everything from race day hats to handcrafted timber items, gorgeous gifts and rustic rarities.
Kilcoy’s tourist brochures describe the Yowie with a nice mixture of fact and humour (it is up to you to choose which is which). Reputed to be half man and half beast, the Yowie is Australia’s equivalent to the Himalayan Yetie or America’s Bigfoot. The Yowie appears in Aboriginal folklore dating back thousands of years.
Official statistics show that over 3,000 sightings were reported throughout Australia between 1875 and 1979.
Printed and electronic media made much of the latest reported sighting in Kilcoy in December 1979 by two Brisbane school boys who claimed that the Yowie stood just 20 metres from them when they were on a pig hunting expedition 4kms north of town.
Following this incident the Shire Council commissioned a Birchwood statue be carved and the artists interpretation of the boys description now stands tall in Yowie Park beside the D’Aguilar Highway in Kilcoy.
Visitors from around the world have visited Yowie Park to picnic, photograph and wonder about the giant monster, whilst others have set off around Kilcoy on the great Yowie Hunt.
A delightful forestry town only 40kms north of Kilcoy, Jimna is a great place to visit and discover the Historical Museum/Photo Gallery located at the Visitor Information Centre. Also not to be missed are the great 4×4 trails in the Jimna State Forest.
Glasshouse Mountains & Maleny
The spectacular Glasshouse Mountains close by and Maleny (the heart of the string of communities along the top of the Blackall Range, make an enjoyable day trip where you can sample fine foods at the many cafes and browse through boutique shops.
To the south of Kilcoy township is Somerset Dam. Work first started on the dam in 1935. Water from Somerset Dam was first used to supplement Brisbane’s water supply in 1943. However, the dam was not completed until 1959. The total catchment area of the dam is 340sq km, a total area of 8,100 hectares. The dam extends 56km upstream from the dam wall. Take an enjoyable drive from Kilcoy to Esk around the foreshores of Lake Somerset, or call into Lake Somerset Holiday Park to enjoy all the water sports, boating, fishing etc. Another great picnic spot is at The Spit where there is ample shade and BBQ facilities available for public enjoyment.
Only 21kms east of Kilcoy is Woodford, the location of Australia’s largest music and lifestyle festival, held each year from December 27th to January 1st. It attracts around 85,000 people who come to see the hundreds of acts, dancing, films and street theatre, not to forget the myriad of stalls selling everything you could imagine (and some things you couldn’t).
The Australian Narrow Gauge Railway Museum is located in Margaret Street.
* Kilcoy – Last Saturday of the month (Yowie Park, Mary St Kilcoy)
* Kilcoy – ‘New to You’ sale, first Tuesday of the month (St Mary’s Anglican Church)
* Esk – every Saturday, 7am to 12 noon (Esk St), Esk
* Fernvale – every Sunday, 6am to 1pm (Fernvale Primary School, Fernvale).
* Beerwah – first Sunday of the month, 7am to 11am (Woolworths car park, Beerwah)
* Mt Mee – first Sunday of the month, 8am to 1pm (Mt Mee hall, Mt Mee)
* Woodford – third Sunday of the month, 6am to 1pm (Archer St, Woodford)