Explore Moreton's bays and hinterland
Did you know that on Brisbane city's doorstep there are beautiful bays, sand islands and hinterland escapes?
These natural wonders can be found in Moreton Bay Region, just 40 minutes' drive from the city centre. So, get salty on the bay, snatch killer views on mountain hikes or breathe in the fresh air as you wander dappled rainforests. Sounds dreamy, doesn't it? This area is rich with diversity and offers a myriad of experiences and dining options to choose from. Read on to discover things to do in Moreton Bay Region and start planning your visit today.
Discover the Bayside
Get out on the water
Water babies, merpeople and sailors rejoice as there is plenty of sea fairing activities to be found in the beautiful Moreton Bay Region.
Want to get up close and personal with the marine life? From June to October it is whale watching season. Book in with Brisbane Whale Watching tours or Tangalooma Whale Watching and see the magical humpback giants as they migrate for the winter. Brisbane Whale Watching cruises depart from Redcliffe Jetty and cruise around the bay for four hours with a delicious seafood lunch included. Tangalooma Whale Watching day trips pick you up from your Brisbane hotel or you can make your way to Holt Street Pinkenba.
Set yourself adrift and experience the walk-on and walk-off boat hire service from Moreton Bay Hire Boats. Be captain for a day as you explore the bay or take advantage of their other services like fishing gear, camping gear and stand-up paddle board hire.
Travel in style with River to Bay as you make your way up the Brisbane River to the natural wonders of Moreton Bay and Islands. Choose to explore nature with guided walks and snorkelling or focus on heritage experiences or fill your belly with an Island Style hot lunch. All their tours feature scenic cruising and encounters with local Moreton Bay marine life.
Cruise along the Moreton Bay Cycleway and enjoy sea breezes as you zoom along the 26km cycleway track. Start your journey at the Ted Smout Bridge and follow the waterfront to Redcliffe and onwards to Scarborough and Rothwell to Deception Bay.
Who doesn’t love local produce and tasty treats by the beach? Every Sunday the Redcliffe Markets offer locals and visitors alike an enticing selection of artisanal products including deli delights, fresh local seafood, flowers, plants, arts and crafts. For more family fun check out Settlement Cove Lagoon, a stunning style resort pool that’s free to the public. Make a day of it, pack a picnic and enjoy relaxing in the sunshine.
For a picturesque watering hole try the Sandstone Point Hotel. The renovated Sandstone Point Hotel has lush green lawns that roll down to Pumicestone Passage and stunning views of the ocean and Bribie Island. Pick up a cheeky dozen at the oyster bar and make yourself comfortable and watch the sunset.
Visit Bribie Island
The only Queensland island connected to the mainland by bridge, Bribie Island is easy to access yet feels like a world away. An escape to the island is ideal for nature lovers, water sport enthusiasts and families alike. Recreation area provides a variety of coastal camping experiences, some accessible by 4WD, others accessible by boat. Speaking of 4WD, hire a vehicle with G’Day Adventure Tours and check out the iconic Australian wild life as you cruise on by.
For a bird's eye view of the bay, join Oceanview Helicopters or V2 Helicopters for an exclusive and fun day out. Both companies provide personalised tours that points out the stunning landmarks around the region, making memorable experiences for their passengers.
Get lost in the hinterland
Discover national parks and rainforests
Lush rainforest and ancient landscapes make up Moreton Bay Region hinterlands. D’Aguilar National Park is must visit, boasting swimming holes, bushwalking tracks and more challenging mountain climbs. The park is family friendly and you will find several campgrounds with facilities, plus remote walk-in only campsites for the more adventurous. D’Aguilar Range is split in two – South D’Aguilar takes in Mt Coot-tha in Brisbane right up to Mt Nebo and Mt Glorious behind Samford Valley, and the north Mount Mee section is just up the road from Dayboro with plenty of lookouts.
Cool off or relax by some of the secret swimming holes to be found in the hinterland area. Our favourite is Rocky Hole, a large swimming hole and waterfall in the Mt Mee section of D’Aguilar National Park. Access is recommended for 4WD vehicles only. Nearby, Stony Creek swimming hole and Neurum Creek are other spots to jump in. Closer to Brisbane, the Bunya Crossing Reserve swimming hole, Edward Allison Park at Eatons Hill and Young’s Crossing in Petrie are good spots to cool down.
Visit wineries and local farms
For locally gown and produced wine and beer look no further than Ocean View Estate. Ring ahead and order a picnic to enjoy on the grounds or book your spot for lunch or dinner at their amazing restaurant open from the 13th of June. Drop by the cellar door to pick up some take-home samples or even make a weekend of it by staying at the on-site cottages. Another great weekend stay is Brockhurst Farmstay. This little beauty is perfect for the whole family - you can even bring your four-legged fur friend. Swim in the spring-fed dam, sit around the firepit, enjoy a barbecue, take a trail ride, or feed horses from the comfort of your deck.
Bushwalks and hiking trails
Set aside a half-day half a day and take on Cabbage Tree Range Loop at Mount Nebo. Stretching 17 km return, this hiking trail will take between 4-7hrs. It will also involve the crossing of Cabbage Tree Creek, so make sure you wear shoes you don't mind getting wet. Take in the native bird song and bushland as you make your way around this hiking trail.
Get ready, as Maiala’s Aquila Loop in D’Aguilar National Park is one of the largest walking tracks near Brisbane. Coming in at a distance of 24km and taking between 6 – 10 hours to complete, this one is definitely for the fit, early risers. Starting at the Maiala day-use area, follow the Westside track past the Western Window and down steep stairs to a track junction. This one is worth it for the spectacular views of the England Creek catchment.
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