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Redcliffe

Just 30 minutes from downtown Brisbane, the delightful holiday centre of Redcliffe is a perfect combination of sun, sand and sea. It has so much to offer visitors who wish to escape the stress of modern living with 22 kilometres of soft sandy beaches, spectacular views across Moreton Bay from the Hornibrook Highway and mouth watering seafood restaurants.

There are many activities to enjoy from historic walks to Settlement Cove Lagoon, cycling along the 35 kilometres of scenic bikeways and exploring the pristine wetlands. The unique wilderness of Moreton Island is easily accessible from Redcliffe for day visits and camping.

Redcliffe was the site of the first European settlement in Queensland in 1824. Since then, Redcliffe has blossomed into a festive city, ideal for families. The Seafood Festival, Kite Fest and First Settlement Festival, are just some of the local celebrations.

Discover Redcliffe's rich and fascinating history at the museum, or be entertained viewing vintage movies, browsing art galleries, or watching whales and dolphins at play.

Moreton Bay And Islands, Moreton Bay Area
Queensland
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The Boondall Wetlands lie on the edge of Moreton Bay between Nudgee Beach, Boondall and Shorncliffe. The wetlands include more than 1000 hectares of tidal flats, mangroves, salt marshes, melaleuca, grasslands, open forests and woodlands. This track passes through mangroves fringing the shores of Moreton Bay and the banks of Nudgee Creek. Birdlife abounds in the mangroves and a bird hide overlooks the tidal flats at the creek mouth. If you walk at low tide you will notice that these flats are vital feeding grounds for shorebirds. High and low tides in the mangroves reveal two very different worlds.

Boondall Wetlands Reserve

Moreton Bay And Islands, Moreton Bay Area
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Boondall Wetlands lies on the edge of Moreton Bay between Nudgee Beach, Boondall and Shorncliffe and includes more than 1,000 hectares of tidal flats, mangroves, saltmarshes, melaleuca wetlands, grasslands, open forests and woodlands. The Indigenous Australians have lived at Boondall Wetlands for a long time and continue to have links with this land. The Nurri Millen art totems in the wetlands celebrate this culture. Boondall Wetlands has a diversity of wildlife. Mammals that live there include flying foxes, bats, possums and squirrel gliders. There are also a variety of frogs, reptiles and butterflies to be found within the reserve. An amazing variety of birdlife can also be found throughout the diverse vegetation types including mistletoe birds, tawny frogmouths, eastern curlews, kingfishers, rainbow bee-eaters, grass owls and wrens. At low tide, shorebirds feed on the mudflats. Cormorants, darters, egrets, ibis and herons can be seen year round. The Boondall Wetlands Environment Centre offers a range of displays and activities on the environmental and cultural heritage of the reserve for park visitors and organised groups. A track map brochure for Boondall Wetlands Reserve can be obtained from the Brisbane City Council Contact Centre.

Godwin Beach

Moreton Bay And Islands, Moreton Bay Area
Serene and tranquil, Godwin Beach in the northern reaches of Deception Bay is one of the best vantage points to view the entire expanse of land forming its curved coastline. This remarkable quietness also makes Godwin Beach an ideal spot for birdwatchers or wildlife photographers. Observe the abundant birdlife that flock to the surrounding mangrove and mudflat areas, particularly at low tide times, or head to the nearby Nature Reserve where kangaroos and other wildlife can be viewed in their natural habitat. Being a little out-of-the-way also appeals to those who like to go fishing or crabbing. Plenty of bream, whiting and flathead are caught in the water around this area. You don’t have to compete for water space and you might convince one of the regulars to reveal their secret fishing spot! The scenic beauty of Bribie Island is only five minutes' drive away.

Nudgee Beach

Nudgee Beach, Brisbane Area
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Nudgee Beach is the closest beach to the Brisbane Central Business District. It offers a bike track that runs close by the Schulz Canal itself, and eventually reaches Toombul Shopping Centre (and from there, many other parts of Brisbane). Nudgee Beach is surrounded by numerous mangroves and the built up area is bordered to its north and west by the Boondall Wetlands.

Caboolture

Country Valleys, Moreton Bay Area
Just under 60 minutes from downtown Brisbane, Caboolture is the gateway to the Sunshine Coast. White sandy beaches, stunning mountain scenery and charming country villages await visitors to the Caboolture Shire. With such diversity in lifestyle and scenic attractions, the Caboolture Shire has all the charm and character to delight visitors. Caboolture is well known for skydiving and gliding at the town's main airfield. The nearby Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology houses a priceless collection of antiques and fine art from around the world with treasures spanning 250,000 years of history. Memories of a more recent bygone era will be rekindled with a visit to Caboolture's Historical Village with its collection of restored buildings. Yet few attractions rival the splendour of Pumicestone Passage and the internationally recognised marine sanctuary off Bribie Island. It's home to dolphins, dugongs, turtles and more than 350 species of birdlife. An easy 20 minutes from Caboolture, Bribie Island is linked by bridge and is a popular tourist destination for its excellent fishing, surf beaches, National Parks and reserves. Back on the mainland, the scenic areas of Woodford and Mount Mee, and the fishing communities of Donnybrook and Toorbul are just some of the attractive towns that abound with heritage and natural scenery.

Beachmere

Beachmere, Moreton Bay Area
The township of Beachmere, tucked away in the northern section of Moreton Bay, is a quiet yet pleasant hideaway. Its location just above Deception Bay, where the mouth of the Caboolture River flows into the bay, makes it an ideal spot for boating and fishing. Public boat ramps can be accessed either on the river or on the bay itself. For those without their own, boats are also available for hire in Beachmere. Kids will enjoy watching millions of tiny soldier crabs scuttling along the mud flats at low tide. There is a skate park located in Beachmere too, where children can ride bikes or skate. Further inland on the Caboolture River is a marina and chandlery.

Sandgate

Sandgate, Brisbane Area
The architectural beauty of both civic and residential buildings throughout Sandgate makes this coastal village one of Moreton Bay's heritage showpieces. Sandgate, located below the Redcliffe peninsula, was a popular seaside destination for Brisbane's colonial settlers in the late 1800s. Its rich historical past is a feature of the area today, with many homes and buildings reflecting the classic architectural styles of this bygone era. Take the opportunity to walk Sangate's Historical Trail featuring Sandgate Post Office, Railway Station and Sandgate Pier and the famous clock at the Town Hall. Sunset over the the Shorncliffe Pier is a spectacular sight well worth watching, perhaps over a drink or meal at one of the seaside hotels such as the Full Moon Hotel. Every full moon, Sangdate hosts Moonfest on the beach at Shorncliffe. Watch as fire dancers and fire stick twirlers dance with the full moon rising! Also important in the area are the protected environmental parklands of Tinchi Tamba, Deagon and Boondall located to the west and south. Nature lovers come to Sandgate to enjoy the mangroves and marine life sanctuaries that have been set up to protect the environment. Take a walk through the Boondall Wetlands and view the incredibly diverse birdlife. Sandgate is also renowned for its thriving artistic and cultural community with many local theatre groups, artists, and musicians living and performing in the area. The annual Bluewater Festival held over the Easter weekend in Lower Moora Park - Shorncliffe, attracts many visitors to watch the offshore start of the Brisbane to Gladstone yacht race. Sandgate is a 35-minute drive from the centre of Brisbane.

Ocean View

Country Valleys, Moreton Bay Area
For a relaxing day in the country or a romantic weekend for two, it's hard to beat the beautiful mountain-top community of Ocean View. Known as the gateway to Mount Mee in the Pine Rivers Shire, Ocean View is only an hour's drive from the centre of Brisbane, but a world away in mindset. It's a quiet, secluded community boasting stunning valley views and charming scenery. The drive to Ocean View winds past small farms and picturesque countryside. When the mercury rises in Brisbane, Ocean View is guaranteed to be at least four degrees cooler. The elevated altitude and strong sea breezes create a micro-climate which is perfect for fine wine production. See the proof of this for yourself with a visit to one of the local wineries. Enjoy a meal at a fine a la carte restaurant and sample a local drop at the cellar door. Just down the road you will find the village of Dayboro where you can browse the art galleries and art and craft shops. Accommodation at Ocean View includes bed-and-breakfasts and cottage holiday rentals.

Pine Rivers

Pine Rivers, Moreton Bay Area
When you visit Brisbane, you’ll be amazed just how quick and easy it is to find yourself immersed in lush hills and rainforests. In less than half an hour from the city, the verdant beauty of Pine Rivers is worlds apart from the hustle and bustle of town. From the lofty heights of Mount Glorious, Mount Nebo and Mount Mee, to the tranquil shores of Lake Samsonvale, this is the ideal place to get away from it all. Nature takes over here, and it is impossible but to succumb to its beauty. Yet interspersed throughout the region, in perfect harmony with the surroundings, you will find a range of outdoor adventure options and a healthy dose of pure indulgence. Visit the charming country villages of Dayboro and Samford, with their antique stores and welcoming B&Bs. Enjoy a coffee, some quality dining or really pamper yourself with an overnight stay. From a Mount Glorious restaurant, marvel at the spectacular views of Moreton Bay and islands in the distance. Tour the local vineyards, country delicatessens and provisions stores filled with chutneys, sauces and jams. The Sunday markets at North Pine Country Park are worth a visit, as you never know what you might find. Then, for the kids, feeding the deer at the deer farm is always popular, as is getting close to the animals at the zoo in Dakabin. If you’d like to get a bit active, there are plenty of exciting activities in Pine Rivers. Take part in a game of skirmish, go horse riding through the valley floor of Kurwongbah on a moonlit night, enjoy an adventure escapade, go on a four wheel drive hinterland excursion or play a leisurely round of golf at one of several clubs in the Shire.

Scarborough

Moreton Bay And Islands, Moreton Bay Area
The beautiful seaside village of Scarborough is a vibrant, lively precinct where something is always happening. At the northern end of the Redcliffe Peninsula, the Scarborough Boat Harbour is always a hive of activity. Many tour operators launch from here, as well as the vehicular ferries that service Moreton Island. Nearby Newport Marina is also home to a number of cruise, scuba charter and fishing experience tour operators. Fresh seafood is synonymous with Scarborough; many visitors make the trek to enjoy a gourmet feast or a more casual outdoor meal of fish and chips. Scarborough was dubbed home to 'Australia's Friendliest Beach' in 2004 in the Keep Australia Beautiful Clean Beach challenge. The beach area and its surrounding esplanades and parks are enjoyed by family groups picnicking and playing, swimmers, water sports enthusiasts, walkers, cyclists and even parachuters who often use the beach as a landing zone. Children will especially love the themed playgrounds of Pirate Place and Railway Place at Scarborough Beach Park with its amazing play equipment and large cottonwood climbing trees. Railway Place has been specially designed so that all young people, including children with disabilities, can explore and enjoy. Jamieson Park's with its northern views to Deception Bay and the Glass House Mountains also has facilities perfect for family outings enabling more people to enjoy a day at this delightful spot. Scarborough is about an hour's drive from the centre of Brisbane.
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