Somerset Dam is a dam on the Stanley River (which feeds into the Brisbane
River at Wivenhoe Dam), and the town is named after it. The dam was built
between 1933 and 1958, and was named after local identity Henry Plantagenet
Somerset, a local grazier, and M.L.A. for Stanley in the Queensland Parliament
from 1904 - 1920. The town was originally built to house the construction
workers working on the dam, but remains today as a small township in the shire.
Being situated at the dam site, Somerset Dam supports a wealth of tourist
activities associated with such a facility. The town boasts excellent
water-skiing, magnificent scenery, BBQ and picnic facilities and fishing.