No more excuses: get back on track in our gym

Who doesn’t dread the end of winter when well-intended New Year’s resolutions have well and truly dissipated and there is no longer the option to hide under the doona (after reading a good book accompanied by a chocolate bar)?

But there is a solution to the ‘winter body’ woes!

It is called an on-site gym. We have one here at Scarborough Beach Resort – and it is equipped with everything you need to get back on track in the fitness game.

Treadmills, stationary bikes, a rowing machine and a multi-station gym give you a selection of workout options.

Floor-to-ceiling mirrors run the length of one wall so you can monitor and correct your form – they are not there to make you feel guilty about the chocolate!

If you are already there in terms of cultivating the body beautiful, the gym is a quiet place to maintain those defined abs and to enhance the six-eight pack.

The gym is handy if you’re staying with us for a conference and need that morning workout before heading to an early meeting. Or after a day spent sitting in a conference, it is a great way to re energise.

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Tick it off the bucket list: Moreton Island helicopter flight

It’s one of those amazing experiences we would all love to have, even if just once – to soar in a helicopter over some of the most stunning scenery that coastal Queensland has to offer.

We are privileged to have one of nature’s miracles, Moreton Island, just across the way from us. It’s one thing to travel there by ferry, which we highly recommend.

But imagine drinking in the whole vast expanse of this protected sand island from the vantage point of a helicopter?

Woo hoo! It’s goosebumps territory.

A Moreton Island Scenic Helicopter Flight is a “once in a lifetime” “let’s just do it” adventure.

The flight takes you from Brisbane, flying across an aquamarine ocean, to Moreton Island where you will have bird’s eye view of the many wrecks scattered along its coastline like ancient relics.

Have your camera at hand as you might be lucky enough to spot marine life such as whales, rays, dolphins and sharks.

The chopper will glide to low altitudes and head around the island’s lighthouse at Cape Moreton before returning to Brisbane along the sparkling coast fringed by beaches.

What are you waiting for?

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Redcliffe Jetty Markets: in the heart of the community

When: Every Sunday from 8am to 2pm
Where: Anzac Parade Parklands, Redcliffe Parade, Redcliffe

From little things big things grow.

This can be said of Redcliffe Jetty Markets, which started as a teeny weeny street market four years ago. It has grown to become “Redcliffe’s premier peninsula market” – deservedly so.

The market offers an eclectic spread of fresh farm produce, beautiful handcrafted items that are both locally sourced and from overseas, fashion items that cover clothing and accessories, jewellery, yummy takeway food stalls, fresh coffee (of course) and live entertainment.

What’s more, it is located against the divine natural backdrop of Moreton Bay.

The market organisers are also firmly earthed in community as strong supporters of the Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal.

It’s not a half bad way to spend your Sunday.

Free parking is available in adjacent car parks.

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A two day mini break gives you time to re-energise

What a difference two days make – 48 little hours away from the the stress of the working week can be enough to put a spring back in your step.

We have suggested a laid-back 48-hour itinerary that doesn’t run you ragged but offers a nice balance of light exercise, local sight-seeing and serious rest and relaxation.

Day One

AM: Take a walk past Bee Gees’ house. The walk from Scarborough to Redcliffe Jetty is regarded as one of the best in the Moreton Bay Region. It is highly recommended but there is an alternative. Heading in the other direction, from Scarborough Beach to Newport, you will discover numerous highlights.

It is eight kilometres of level walking (return). On the way, you pass a humble abode at 12 Fifth Ave. For several years, this was the home of the Gibb family, who emigrated to Australia from the UK in 1958.

Follow the path along the seaside to Moreton Bay Boat Club through Thurecht Park and on to Endeavour Park, which has views across Deception Bay and glimpses of the Glasshouse Mountains. Endeavour Esplanade leads to the canal suburb of Newport.

On the way back, stop at Morgans Seafood Market and Takeway and choose from a selection of locally caught seafood, or enjoy sushi and oysters in a pleasant and relaxed setting.

PM: Scarborough Beach Resort has a large rooftop entertainment deck with ocean views. It is equipped with barbecue facilities where you can cook up a fresh seafood feast as the sun sets in spectacular fashion (weather permitting!) across Moreton Bay.

Day Two

AM: Sleep in.

Stretch. Consider the day ahead.

Do some casual laps in our heated pool, relax in the spa or opt for a workout in the fully equipped gym before heading out for a light (or heavy – depending on the nature of your workout) breakfast at one of numerous local cafes.

We can recommend Cafe 3 Eight Nine and Sea Salt and Vine but there are plenty more that offer great local fare and wonderful coffee.

PM: Get a bit active. Hire a pedal boat or, for the more adventurous, kayak or stand-up-paddle board (sup) from Floatin’ Fun.

Packages are available, which include lifejackets and instruction. The local family-run business operates on the beach, just across the road from Scarborough Beach Resort.

Afterwards, either pick up supplies to whip up your own culinary masterpiece in your self contained apartment or indulge in a night out at Pines Bar and Restaurant, located right on our doorstep.

This established eatery is wheelchair friendly and has a versatile menu with gluten free and vegetarian options.

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Hit the road for a day trip: we offer free parking!

It’s reassuring to know that when you stay at Scarborough Beach Resort your vehicle is safe and sound in our free, secure undercover car park.

This gives you the freedom to leave the car behind to wander on foot, exploring the immediate local area and attractions or travelling across the water to mesmerising Moreton Island.

We are also in a fantastic location – conveniently positioned within driving distance of numerous day-trip destinations.

While we have an undeniably picturesque beach on our doorstep, the coastline drive is refreshing. You might like to drive south along the short peninsula route to Redcliffe Jetty, checking out Woody Point on the way.

Or head north for a longer drive (it only takes around an hour) through Beerburrum and Beerwah State Forests to Mooloolaba.

Alternatively, a one-and-a-half hour drive into the hinterland will get you to the aptly named Mount Glorious in the D’Aguilar Range.

There’s so much choice so why not get your motor going!

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Sand toboggan or skydive over Redcliffe

If adrenaline is your drug of choice, there’s absolutely no excuse to stay inside this winter.

Get out of your comfort zone and dive into amazing action adventures.

We’ve browsed through some of the most spine tingling, mentally and physically challenging experiences for our totally terrifiying top 2:

Brisbane tandem skydive from 14000 ft: Woah! That’s rather high and definitely not for the faint hearted (so get the old ticker checked before  you even think about it). Brisbane Skydiving is taking it to the limit, climbing to the maximum legal allowable height in Australia. A huge motivating factor is the view of Brisbane City, Moreton Bay and Bribie Island that is made complete by a beach landing at Redcliffe. G’arn. You can do it!

Head out to Moreton Island for some serious sand tobogganing. This is a free activity that requires a high fitness level. You can propel yourself down a range of sand dunes or, for those wanting a bigger thrill, bring a sandboard – a waxed masonite board that has been properly waxed and buffed.

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Fun for the whole family: 10 things to do in the Moreton Bay Region

Boredom (the negative kind, not the day-dreaming kind) is banned from our 10 fantastic school holiday activities in the Moreton Bay Region. There is something for everybody on the list, which contains a mixed bag of structured and free-form experiences.

Keep it local
1. Moreton Island: Cruises depart from Redcliffe Jetty and Newport Marina, Scarborough, for Moreton Island Marine Park on a regular basis, with a number of cruises/tours to suit different schedules and budgets. If you’re lucky, you might see dolphins, sea turtles or dugongs. And now is the time to see humpback whales (see our whale watching post for more information).

2. Redcliffe Botanic Gardens: What used to be a cow paddock is now a glorious natural haven filled with native Australian plants. Thanks to dedicated volunteers, the gardens have literally grown into something special. There’s plenty for curious kids to investigate including a herb garden with more than 500 species, a rainforest, heathland and floral sensory experience. Shelters and seating are available. Perfect for a family picnic.

3. Redcliffe Art Gallery: Regional art galleries are thriving, and this local gem is no exception. The art gallery has many projects on the boil and will be exhibiting the work of the Henzell St Quilters in June and July. An established quality art collection also showcases new artworks.

4. Go fishing at Redcliffe Jetty: Whiting is the catch of the day off the historic jetty that has panels which chart it and the town’s fascinating past. If you’re there on a Sunday, visit the Redcliffe Jetty Markets on the Anzac Bay Parklands from 8am-2pm.

5. Moreton Bay Cycleway, Redcliffe: Get on ya bikes and freewheel it along a coastal bike path from Scarborough Beach to Ted Smout Memorial Bridge at Clontarf. It’s a 22km return journey with plenty of distractions along the way that include the Guyandah Wreck at Woody Point and loads of tempting eateries!

6. Redcliffe Show at Redcliffe Showgrounds: It is sure to be bigger and better than ever this year. For three days – from June 30-July 2 – it promises camel rides, cattle judging, horse show judging, pig racing and car racing (not together) and fireworks! And that’s just a taster. What more could you want in a show?

7. Settlement Cove Lagoon, Redcliffe: Open all year round, this family-friendly amenity in front of Redcliffe Pde has water activities and a shaded children’s playground. All ages are catered to in the lagoon, which has a shallow wading area for small children and high-set viewing areas for parents and carers. Barbecues, toilets and change rooms are provided (no glass is allowed on-site).

Action packed
8. Skateaway Family Skate Centre, Albany Creek: The centre has a roller-skating holiday fun program that includes day-and-night sessions, a Saturday learn-to-skate class and a family pass giveaway at every holiday session.

9. Kumbartcho Sanctuary, Eatons Hill: Get back to nature and give your lungs and legs a workout in six hectares of bushland and riparian* forest that has survived suburban encroachment. Walking tracks follow the South Pine River where you could see water and shore birds, raptors and all variety of native animals including frogs, snakes, turtles and possums. Afterwards, enjoy a barbecue or picnic while the kids frolic in the playground. (*relating to or situated on the banks of a river)

10. Helicopter tour: Spoil yourself rotten with a ‘Redcliffe Spin’, a 12-minute flight that takes in the sights of Moreton Bay. If you’d like longer, go for the 20-minute ‘Redcliffe Beach Patrol’ that covers Moreton Bay, Redcliffe city, Moreton Island, Brisbane City and the Glasshouse Mountains. (Minimum of two passengers, from Redcliffe Airport)

Book accommodation nearby at Scarborough Beach Resort. Perfect for a family holiday to Queensland, it’s 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. BOOK YOUR SCARBOROUGH BRISBANE ACCOMMODATION NOW

 

 

 

Meet a koala and other iconic wildlife at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

For 90 years, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary has been the first point of contact for many people enchanted by one of Australia’s most iconic native animals.

With their chocolate-button eyes, fluffy ears, stout bodies and silver grey to brown fur, koalas have a most recognisable and loveable appearance.

About 130 of these adored herbivorous marsupials reside at the sanctuary, which is also home to a wide range of wildlife that is uniquely Australian.

The shy platypus, fearsome Tasmanian devil and dingo are also sanctuary residents.

The sanctuary has hands-on experiences with photo opportunities included: hold a koala and get close to a snake and birds of prey.

Daily shows include wild lorikeet feeding, free-flight raptor show and sheepdog show.

Free outdoor movie screenings run on the first and third Friday of the month at 6pm – it’s BYO blankets in a comfy amphitheatre next to the Riverside Cafe.

If you’re after a snack or something more substantial, Lone Pine Markets is open from 4-8pm, serving up local and international delights.

When: Open 7 days a week, 9am-5pm
Where: 708 Jesmond Rd, Fig Tree Pocket

For details and bookings please visit tour bookings for Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Book accommodation at Scarborough Beach Resort. Perfect for a family holiday to Queensland, it’s 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. BOOK YOUR SCARBOROUGH BRISBANE ACCOMMODATION NOW

 

 

 

Get around: country towns and other hidden gems

Fancy a drive? If you’re staying with us during the school holidays (they’ll be here before you can say “Bob’s your uncle”)*, there’s plenty of attractions and events a comfortable distance by car from Scarborough Beach.

Woodford: A water tower transformed into a castle tower is the starting point for a stroll along the Windows of Woodford Art Trail. Residents of this pretty town in the Moreton Bay hinterland banded together to create window-like art panels that showcase all that is amazing about their community. As you follow the trail, starting at the Woodford Water Tower that has been given a new lease of life, count the “windows” that appear on lamp poles. public toilet block windows and bollards throughout town. On the first and third Sunday of each month, the Australian Narrow Gauge Railway Museum Society offers rides on an historical train that runs on the “Durundur Railway”. And if that’s not enough, if you’re in town on June 22 and 23, you can catch the annual Woodford Show.

Caboolture: On July 1, the rodeo comes to town at Queensland State Equestrian Centre’s Caboolture Rodeo Roundup. A jam-packed afternoon extends into the evening and includes steer wrestling, open bull riding (eight seconds is the average), junior events and entertainment under the stars at the rodeo afterparty.

Samford Village: Get out into the countryside at this time-capsule village where the heritage buildings have been lovingly preserved to this day. Check out the history museum (open Wednesday and Saturday), heritage walk, Saturday country markets, gourmet cafes and the local pub. If you drive a further 20 minutes you’ll reach the rainforest walk at Mt Glorious and afterwards reward yourselves with a Devonshire tea.

Cedar Creek: Not far from Samford, is beautiful Cedar Creek. For those with small children, the lush green Andy Williams Park is the perfect spot to unpack a picnic or make good use of the onsite electric barbecues. There’s lots of green space here, along with amenities. Further down the road, the more adventurous can explore local waterholes and waterfalls, which are particularly pretty after the rain. There are no designated walking tracks but under supervision the kids could dabble in shallow pools and practise their stone skimming skills, sit on a rock and observe nature – keeping an eye out for bush turkeys, lizards and whip birds.

Kurwongbah: North Pine Country Park in Kurwongbah contains the Pine Rivers Heritage Museum, which runs events, workshops and children’s activities. It also contains a steam museum, blacksmith’s shed and is home to the local pottery group, which opens its doors to the public for sales every Sunday (8am-2pm in winter).

*The last day of term 3 on the Queensland school calendar is Friday, June 23. The first day back at school is Monday, July 10

Book accommodation at Scarborough Beach Resort. Perfect for a family holiday to Queensland, it’s 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. BBOOK YOUR SCARBOROUGH BRISBANE ACCOMMODATION NOW

 

 

All aboard for Scarborough Beach Park: one of the best kids’ parks in Brisbane

Definitely one of the best kids’ park in Brisbane, Scarborough Beach Park, Redcliffe, has enough activities to wear them out through good old fashioned outdoor exercise.

The immaculately maintained beachside playground is fully fenced and has two themed play areas – Railway Place and Pirate Place – and the all-natural Cotton Tree Forest.

Little ones who love Thomas the Tank Engine will rush to the stationary train; pirate fans will clamber over the boat fort. Other traditional play equipment surrounded by soft-fall rubber or bark includes a see saw, swings, sand play area, balancing equipment and climbing net.

Families with prams and wheelchairs are able to comfortably view the action from a pergola with tables and seats inside the fenced area.

Cotton Tree Forest is ideal for imaginative kids who like to explore. It’s a great workout for their developing brains as they have to figure out the safest foot and handholds to manoeuvre their way along the gnarled branches of these mysterious ghostly trees.

Outside the fenced area are several electric barbecues and sheltered picnic tables with views of the beach and Moreton Bay.

Here, older children will enjoy the basketball half court, rock climbing structure and bike paths that follow the coastline. For the more cerebral, there is also an oversized chessboard in the park.

This popular park is already a hit with the locals and families from Brisbane. On and off street parking is readily available, and cafes and takeaways are located on Landsborough Ave.

And we are too!

Book accommodation nearby at Scarborough Beach Resort. Perfect for a holiday to Queensland, it’s 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.BOOK YOUR SCARBOROUGH BRISBANE ACCOMMODATION NOW

 

 

 

 

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