Recharge your batteries and enjoy the great outdoors with one (or more) of these fantastic relatively undiscovered Moreton Bay Brisbane walking trails!
Cottonwood Walk and Heritage Trail, Deception Bay:
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.
Enjoy BBQ facilities, spot a dolphin, encounter sites of historical and cultural significance or just enjoy this beautiful region with its parks and kids playgrounds.
Conservation Park is just under 20 minute’s drive from your accommodation at Scarborough Beach Resort.
For more information, go to Cottonwood Walk & Heritage Trail.
Redcliffe Convict Trail:
History buffs won’t want to miss out on this great local trail at Redcliffe, which is just a short 5 minute drive from Scarborough Beach Resort.
With a leisurely length of 1.7 km, this trail offers eight informative stops and will take you about 1 hour to complete.
Walk in the footsteps of the government officials, soldiers and convicts who arrived at the Redcliffe Peninsula in September 1824 with orders to build Moreton Bay’s first penal settlement. Unfortunately conditions proved too difficult and 8 months later they relocated to Brisbane River, right where the Brisbane City is located.
To check out the trail go to: Redcliffe Convict Trail.
Redcliffe Foreshore Public Arts Trail:
This self-guided and easy walk along the foreshore showcases the people and history of the Moreton Bay Region through a collection of public art works including:
Stop 1 – Anzac Place Memorial: The Cenotaph of Remembrance
Stop 2 – Vessels
Stop 3 – Story Poles
Stop 4 – After the Flood
Stop 5 – OPTO
Stop 6 – Apparatus for Non-destructive Transmission of Biological Visualisation.
Find out more about each of these art works and the walk at Redcliffe Foreshore Public Arts Trail.
Redcliffe is just a short 5 minute drive from Scarborough Beach Resort.
Lake Eden Trail:
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 totally flat and has a picnic ground.
The walk winds its way around the man-made lake, which is filled with bird life. 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 even spot water dragons sunning themselves.
Lake Eden is approximately a 15 minute drive from your accommodation at Scarborough Beach Resort.
Stay at Scarborough Beach Resort, a perfect launching pad from which to experience these fabulous walks. Offering a selection of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom fully-self contained holiday apartments and onsite facilities you can relax in the swimming lap pool, gym and a large heated spa after you’re day walking the Moreton Bay Region trails!
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
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