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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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

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Scarborough Beach Park

Being sheltered from open water by Moreton Island, Scarborough Beach has calm, surf-free beaches which are perfect for families with younger children.

At low tide, the waters of Scarborough Beach are only knee-deep until about a hundred metres out from the shore and fish and even the occasional stingray can be seen through the crystal clear water.

A short walk up the beach will bring you to volcanic rock pools full of colourful crabs and other creatures, where the kids can explore and discover all types of sea life.

Once the kids get tired of the beach, Scarborough Park is adjoining the beach. The park has two sections, one with an adventure playground and the other with amazing cotton trees which have been growing for decades and twist around one another and are great for climbing.

The kids will never be bored for entertainment at Scarborough Beach these summer holidays.

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