Our local stars shine bright at Scarborough Originals

WHAT: Scarborough Originals
WHEN: First Saturday of each month in 2018, 1pm-5pm (next gig is June 2)
WHERE: Jamieson Park, 8 Reef Point Esplanade, Scarborough
ENTRY: FREE

IT was only a matter of time before some clever dudes put their heads together to showcase our bright young musos in the stunning setting of Jamieson Park.

The FREE live music series Scarborough Originals is designed to provide a regular platform for local emerging artists.

Into its fifth month, the event opens the doors to a variety of music genres – from rock to pop and reggae to alternative, blues and soul, etc – and invites creatives from all walks of life to get involved.

The not for profit East Coast Originals work with a team of volunteers to make it happen and are always looking for artists eager to showcase their talents. This runs the gamut from face painters to drumming and dance troupes.

FAMILY FRIENDLY
Families, singles and groups of mates out for a day by the beach are encouraged to bring a picnic and non-alcoholic beverages to the slice of paradise on the peninsula.

This special part of the world has uninterrupted water views and it’s close to local cafes and restaurants.

The next gathering is Saturday, June 2, 2018.

Scarborough Originals relies on crowdfunding and donations and, to this end, raffle tickets will be sold on the day to keep the wheels turning on this worthy endeavour. Get your raffle tickets from the “merch” desk or volunteers mingling surreptitiously in the crowd!

(The gorgeous photo is courtesy of folk artist Manoa who has previously performed at Scarborough Originals)

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Whale Watching Cruise from Redcliffe!

For an unforgettable holiday experience, join a whale watching cruise departing from Redcliffe to see the majestic Humpback Whales as they make their annual migration.

This 4.5 hour whale watching tour departs from Redcliffe Jetty for Moreton Bay Marine Park at 10am. The Moreton Bay region is considered one of the best whale watching areas in the world.

Your whale watching vessel offers a 360 degree walk around lower and upper decks, perfect for sighting whales and other marine animals. The tour is child and wheelchair friendly, and includes informative commentary, and a cold buffet lunch.

Don’t miss out on an incredible marine adventure! With GUARANTEED whale sightseeing – If you don’t see a whale during your day of travel they’ll offer a complimentary cruise for you on the next available departure.

Highlights: 

  • Regular sightings of various marine animals
  • 360 degree walk around vessel
  • Cold buffet lunch including fresh selection of local produce
  • Licensed bar with snacks and drinks for purchase
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Extensive and informative commentary

Cost: 
$135 per adult,
$95 per child (4-14 years – Infants free of charge),
$125 Concession Holders,
$365 Family of 2 adults/2 children.

Tour Duration:
4.5 hours

When:
Queensland’s whale watching season runs from June to mid October annually. Tours during this time depart daily from Redcliffe Jetty. Boarding at 9:30am departing at 10am and returning at approximately 2:30pm

Visit Brisbane Whale Watching Tours from Redcliffe for more information and bookings.

Book accommodation nearby Redcliffe Peninsula staying at Scarborough Beach Resort. Just 35 minutes drive from Brisbane airport, offering a selection of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom fully-self contained holiday apartments and onsite facilities including swimming lap pool, large heated spa and more.

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Romance on The Peninsula – our top 5 ideas

1. Old School Picnic on The Peninsula

The apartments at Scarborough Beach Resort are self-contained with fully equipped kitchens – perfect for self-catering.  Why not pack a picnic basket with all your favourite treats – strawberries, cheeses, crackers, croissants, dips, chocolate … so many yummy options!  Then head out to one of the many parks on The Peninsula to spread out your picnic blanket and enjoy a good old fashioned date in the great outdoors!

Redcliffe Botanical Gardens with its rainforest area and natural pond; along the shoreline at Suttons Beach; Settlement Cove; Humpybong Park; and Scarborough Parklands are just some of the options.

2. Wine + Dine Them

Enjoy a fine meal at one of the local Scarborough restaurants, or make a day of it and take a drive to Ocean View Estates. This winery is nestled in the rolling hills of Mount Mee in the D’Aguilar Range. The Vineyard offers tours and wine tasting in the cellar door and features an a-la-carte restaurant with meals matched to estate grown wines. All this is less than an hour’s drive north-west of Scarborough.

3. Take your love to a higher level…

Inject a little adventure into your love life and take your date on a scenic flight! Aero Dynamic Flight Academy operate from Caboolture and offer flights with stunning views of the Sunshine Coast, Glasshouse Mountains, and Bribie Island.

4. Keep it Casual – share some Fish & Chips in Scarborough Park

A date doesn’t have to cost the earth to be romantic. Enjoy a relaxed but intimate dinner for two with an ice cold bottle of wine or a few beers and some takeaway fish & chips on the grass in Scarborough Park. Eat, drink, feel the sea breeze, watch the exquisite sunset over the Glasshouse Mountains to the west and the boats come in from the bay and enjoy each other’s company.

5. Cosy Up at Scarborough Beach Resort

The apartments at Scarborough Beach Resort are fully self-contained so you can enjoy all of the mod-cons of home. With fully self-contained kitchens you can self-cater or dine at the great surrounding cafes and restaurants. Onsite facilities at Scarborough Beach Resort include an outdoor lap pool, a HUGE hydro jet spa, and a sauna – perfect for that romantic  but relaxed retreat you’ve been looking for.  Free WiFi is also offered so you can stay connected to the outside world – if you want to!

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Fun for everyone: from little to big kids

We all know what families are like.

It is so hard to keep everyone happy.

You want to hop on a bike and see the sights while getting some exercise and fresh air but he would rather be fishing and the kiddles don’t want to do anything except muck around on their devices.

But there is a way to keep everyone happy, active and engaged.

We have the recipe for bringing families together in harmony (sort of) on the Redcliffe Peninsula. No one ever needs to be bored – although boredom can be a good thing: take that book you got for Christmas down to the beach, sit under a tree and fall asleep.

Variety is the spice of life and we have heaps of it on the Redcliffe Peninsula.

  1. Ride a bike: The Moreton Bay Cycleway from Scarborough Beach to Ted Smout Memorial Bridge, Clontarf, is spectacular in every way. It offers the most glorious views and freshest air on the planet (this is purely subjective). You can walk it but it is the perfect flat terrain for a bike at a 22km round trip. Street Art Cycles offers rental bikes, which can be picked up from their premises or dropped off at your door on request. Bikes can be hired for half a day up to a week.
  2. See a ship wreck: Who doesn’t love a wreck? HMQS Gayundah at Woody Point has a colourful history that dates back to 1885. It was built for the Queensland government and used as an Australian Navy training ship and sand and gravel barge before being beached at Woody Point in 1958 as a breakwater. See this striking wreck while you can as her fate is in doubt after her bow collapsed in late 2016 causing safety concerns.
  3. Go fishing: Dangle a line at Deception Bay or for the big fish, hop on a Moreton Island Fishing Charter vessel. There are pickups available from the Redcliffe Peninsula. The promise is a premium deep sea fishing experience.
  4. Finish the day with ice cream or gelato: After a big day of cycling, ship wreck viewing and fishing, little and big kids need ice cream and gelato. The Harbourside Gelateria at Scarborough on Bird O’Passage Pde has both. Someone said their chocolate ice cream is simply the best while their gelato combos are mouth-watering and include cookies and cream, burnt caramel and vanilla bean.

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Long weekend alert: work on those 10,000 steps

WHAT: Labour Day long weekend
WHEN: Saturday, May 5-Monday, May 7, 2018

We love long weekends. For this one we must thank the Australian workers who fought for the eight-hour working day and a five-day working week.

That extra day – stretching the weekend to a luxurious three days (apologies in advance to shift workers and the self employed) – gives you the chance to recharge your batteries.

We have a few suggestions that involve a little bit of walking.

Nothing too strenuous but enough to get the heart pumping, blood humming and spirit lifted.

Cottonwood Walk and Heritage Trail, Deception Bay Conservation Park
This level walk will appeal to nature and history lovers.

You can either opt for the shorter 1.5km Cottonwood Walk or do the whole 4km Deception Bay Heritage Trail.

This lovely level stroll through a culturally and historically significant area takes you along the esplanade and through the parklands to Deception Bay’s historic bathing pools, dog park and past the wetlands in the south.

Throughout the walk you will encounter sites of historical and cultural significance.

For more information, go to The Home of Deception Bay Heritage

Lake Eden, North Lakes
The Lake Eden trail is part of the council’s 10,000 steps program.

At a level 1.676 kilometres it’s not going to get you quite up to 10,000 but, hey, it’s a start.

This one is perfect for families as it is totes flat and has a picnic ground.

The walk wends its way around the man-made lake, which is filled with birdlife. The kids will have heaps of fun identifying the different species that come to the lake – water fowl, ducks and a pair of black swans are residents. If the kids are lucky they might spot water dragons sunning themselves.

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The best of Moreton Bay: fly, ferry, walk or bike

Where do we start with things to do in Moreton Bay/Redcliffe Peninsula?

Paradise in 300 words? Here we go:

In past posts, we’ve written at length about Moreton Island Scenic Helicopter Flights, a must if you want to get a bird’s-eye view of this beautiful corner of the world.

For 90 minutes fly like an eagle (in a helicopter) over Moreton and Stradbroke Islands to take in a unique and spectacular landscape, swooping over an array of oceanic wildlife, famous ship wrecks and Cape Moreton Lighthouse.

If you prefer to travel by boat, there is nothing better than a day trip to Moreton Island.

Get there on the Redcliffe2Moreton Express Newport Ferry that operates on Friday and Sunday.

The pedestrian (no vehicles) ferry departs from Newport Marina at 158 Griffith Rd, Scarborough, on Friday and Sunday at 10am (arrive around 9.30am to board).

It returns to Newport from Bulwar at about 5pm. *Note that it doesn’t go to Tangalooma Resort.

If you prefer to keep your feet on terra firma, walk (or cycle) along the Redcliffe Peninsula seaside walk from Scarborough to Redcliffe Jetty. It is a level walk that can take 30 minutes (by bike) to an hour each way. But be prepared to be distracted by cafes and local boutiques so give yourself plenty of time.

Take your swimmers because you might be tempted to dive into the calm ocean at Suttons Beach.

Fans of fishing could also drop a line at fishing hotspots such as Scarborough Marina, Redclliffe Jetty or Hornibrook Bridge.

Check out the tours and discover more local attractions at Experience Oz.

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Culcha* on the Redcliffe Peninsula: must-see local art

WHAT: Art galleries on Redcliffe Peninsula are brimming with awesome overly-talented artists producing fantastic local art.

It is absolutely incredible the way talented people in communities like ours come together to produce masterful works of art that are fit for the world stage.

Or maybe that’s not so unusual?

Often it is small towns and suburbs away from the intensity and anonymity of the big cities that inspire people to discover their innermost desire to produce astounding and outstanding works of art.

We are lucky enough to have three art galleries on the Redcliffe Peninsula (there’s probably more ‘culcha’ we haven’t managed to dig up in a brief search) that support such talent and introduce artists and their work to the general public.

Redcliffe City Art Gallery
470/476 Oxley Ave

The gallery holds group shows, awards and feature events that showcase the creative communities of Redcliffe Peninsula.

It also has hands-on workshops for budding artists, which is bound to coax even more talent into the spotlight.

There are exhibitions throughout the year.

March 23-June 18
Robert Brownhall Tales of the Peninsula
Showcases the work of one of Brisbane’s most acclaimed contemporary artists. Brownhall has documented the urban landscape for more than 20 years. His work shines a light on the ordinary to reveal the extraordinary.

Seaside Artists Gallery
Top floor, Comino’s Arcade, 133 Redcliffe Pde
Doug and Rosslyn Kennedy established the gallery in 2001 to showcase the work of their four artist children. The gallery now shows the work of more than 60 artists and craftspersons who work in a wide variety of mediums.

Old Redcliffe Fire Station Gallery
395 Oxley Ave
Home to the Redcliffe Art Society, this gallery opened its doors in 2015. It is so popular with artists that the exhibition space is booked out until 2019. Regular exhibitions are held, running for about four weeks.

*Also known as ‘culture’

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Our 72 hour itinerary: yes, that is three days of activities on the Redcliffe Peninsula

WOW. Where do we start with things to do in the ‘hood over a long weekend/mini break?

Day 1: How about Friday?
Wake up when you feel like it. Stretch limbs and consider hanging around resort-style facilities all day or venturing out to explore local area.

Decide to pursue the latter.

Head to Redcliffe from Scarborough Beach. It is a flat 40-minute walk along the Esplanade or a 12-minute bike ride – with the sea breeze against your skin and a view that is one-in-a-million. If the exercise is not an option or preference, go for a three-minute drive along Prince Edward Parade. Or catch the bus almost outside our front door.

Once there, an array of cafes and restaurants offer a variety of cuisines at reasonable prices. The vegetarian friendly Flock Eatery has gained a loyal following along with Bikini Beach Cafe and Cafe Diversity. But there are more than 50 eateries to choose from so take your time to find the one that suits you.

After brekky (or lunch) with the beautiful Moreton Bay always in view, take a stroll along Bee Gees Way, which is dedicated to the combined musical genius of the Brothers Gibb – Barry, Robin and Maurice.

The Gibb family emigrated from England to Australia, more specifically Redcliffe, in the late 1950s. The Bee Gees were responsible for hits such as Spicks and Specks, Lonely Days, You Should Be Dancing and Staying Alive. The pedestrian arcade resembles an open-air museum display that charts the brothers’ rise to fame and features statues and murals. It is free of charge and open 24 hours.

Day 2: Saturday
Wake up when you feel like it. Stretch limbs and consider hanging around resort-style facilities all day or venturing out to explore local area.

Decide to pursue the latter.

After a swim and workout in the gym (sure), have a go at a SUP (aka Stand Up Paddleboard) at Scarborough Beach.

The Floatin’ Fun team are professionals who work out of Scarborough Beach, almost opposite Scarborough Beach Resort. They hire SUPs, kayaks and boats that allow you to explore the usually calm waters of Moreton Bay. It is guaranteed to be fun for all the family, couples or groups of friends.

Afterwards, head to the Moreton Bay Boat Club for a late lunch (or book for dinner). The location is five-star, with views overlooking the marina.  On Saturday, there is usually a lunch special. If you arrive later in the day, you might get lucky and witness a magnificent sunset.

Day 3: Sunday
Wake up when you feel like it. Stretch limbs and consider hanging around resort-style facilities all day or venturing out to explore local area.

Decide to pursue the latter.

A mini break wouldn’t be complete without a day cruise to Moreton Island, which has a marine park inhabited by dolphins and sea turtles. Usually morning tea and lunch are served, and snorkelling is an option.

It is the perfect way to end a perfect weekend without arriving at the end of Sunday with burn out because you’ve totally overdone it!

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Embrace life: dive into our pool, spa and gym

Bend and stretch, jump on a bike or glide into our pool and spa.

And let’s not forget the rooftop barbecue facilities with a sublime view of the ocean across Moreton Bay to a shimmering horizon.

At Scarborough Beach Resort we feel lucky to be able to offer our guests luxurious yet practical facilities.

On-site pool, spa and gym
Our pool is pretty cool. Situated outdoors, it is 23 metres in length – long enough to get in some laps – and because it is heated to an ideal 26 degrees you can use it in the cooler months.

If laps aren’t your thing, there’s the option to dip in and out before retiring to one of our sun chairs. As with our rooms, free unlimited WiFi extends to the area around the pool and spa. How convenient is that?

Our gym is equipped with bikes, walking/running machines, a rowing machine and multi station exercise equipment.

After a workout, it makes sense to take advantage of our undercover hydro-jet heated spa. This is not a teeny tiny spa, it is large enough to accommodate several adults (definition: a small group).

A sauna is also available and popular in the cooler months. It’s the perfect way to end the day, ironing out muscle and emotional stress.

Throw a sausage on the barbie
Our barbecue facilities have an undercover area with outdoor table and bench so there’s no excuse not to throw a sausage or three on the barbie.

We value security
We’re looking out for you. We provide well-lit secure undercover parking with secure lift access as well as an after-hours safe in reception.

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Settlement Cove gets the thumbs up from families

WHERE IS IT? Settlement Cove is by the seaside, off Redcliffe Pde, Redcliffe
OPENING TIMES: All year round
COST: FREE

WHAT IS SETTLEMENT COVE?
For those not in the know, Settlement Cove is a fantastic day out for families with children of all ages.

It is a park, pools/lagoon and picnic and barbecue facility rolled into one.

Settlement Cove’s main attractions are the manmade lagoon and wading pools, which cater to all swimming levels.

The main lagoon has an islet in the middle and is rimmed by sandy bays. There are shallows, which are suitable for young children while older more experienced swimmers can venture out to the deeper areas.

During the summer months, life guards are on duty from 7am to 6pm.

KIDS’ WADING POOL
Tiny tots have their very own fenced-off pool that contains a mushroom fountain and squirting lizards.

FOR YOUR COMFORT
The palm-tree studded park gets the thumbs up from parents as there are shady areas and picnic shelters, along with barbecue facilities.

There are toilet and shower facilities on-site.

PLAYGROUND ALTERNATIVE
If water play isn’t an option, the children’s playground is another fab area for the little ones who will dig the sand play area and hang out on the swings and slides. With a renovation happening right now, the playground is set to improve with more fun play and learning equipment on the cards.

FEEDING THE FAMILY
If you don’t want to bring a picnic or DIY barbecue, a kiosk is also in the vicinity. And there’s always the huge range of takeaway shops and cafes on Redcliffe Pde.

According to those in the know, parking can be a bit tricky on sunny days so either plan to get there early or consider doing some research on parking spots nearby.

And another heads up – like car spaces picnic shelters are also in demand and people do arrive early to make sure they get one. As the old saying goes, the early bird gets the worm.

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