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Brisbane Whale Watching

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Brisbane Whale Watching invites you to come on board the magnificent 'Eye-Spy' for an encounter with the whales. Of all the great whales, the humpback is the most surface active displaying behaviour that will not only inspire you but leave you in awe. There quite clearly is no better place to observe the mighty humpback than Brisbane's Moreton Bay, recognised as one of the world's best whale watching areas and only 30 minutes north of Brisbane

Your captain Kerry Lopez is recognised as the only woman captain, skippering a whale watching venture in the South Pacific Rim. Her crew are skilled dedicated seamen who will assure you a pleasant and sound whale watching adventure.

Brisbane Whale Watching has been successfully operating tours from Redcliffe for over 18 years. 2003 saw the operation of a brand new vessel. Eye Spy represents the ultimate in 'whale friendly' design. Purpose built for whale watching this locally built 30 metre catamaran is a three million dollar injection into the tourism industry. Eye-Spy is fully air-conditioned and can carry over 300 passengers. Six outdoor viewing decks and indoor floor to ceiling glass will significantly enhance the whale watching experience.

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  • Car park

Activities

  • Animal Viewing

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Disabled access is available, please contact the operator to discuss your requirements.

Children:

Children of all ages are welcome.

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Goomburra Section, Main Range National Park

Goomburra, Southern Downs Area
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Nested in the western foothills of the Great Dividing Range, Goomburra is one of four visitor nodes of Main Range National Park - part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. Rugged mountain ranges, spectacular lookouts, trickling streams and rare wildlife make this a very special place. Two open, grassy camping areas hug Dalrymple Creek, close to three walking tracks ranging from an easy 1.2 kilometre circuit suitable for wheelchairs with assistance, to a six kilometre track showcasing waterfalls and freshwater habitats. A short four-wheel-drive away, two more tracks lead to scenic lookouts, both within an hour's walk. Several longer walks can also be chosen, including along an old forestry snigging trail to a winder used back when timber was hauled from these forests. Look for New England blackbutt and manna gums in dry open forests; giant spear lillies on cliff edges; and vines, palms and epiphytes in the rainforests of moist gullies and the escarpment. Watch for echidnas and koalas. See satin bowerbirds and variegated fairy-wrens, or listen to the calls of shy yellow-tailed black-cockatoos. Goomburra is a special area for frogs; keep to tracks and please do not disturb rocks or pollute watercourses.

Godwin Beach

Godwin Beach, 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.

Caboolture

Caboolture, 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.

Ocean View

Ocean View, 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.

Margate

Margate, Moreton Bay Area
Margate, near Redcliffe, is a coastal strip which features one of the Moreton Bay area’s longest mainland stretches of sand beach. It also boasts a long, flat boardwalk promenade, making it ideal for those who like to walk, cycle, rollerblade or even scooter. There's always a lively and active atmosphere just metres from the waters of Moreton Bay. Seating and shelters, with barbecues and other picnic amenities are located at regular intervals along the esplanade for visitors. There's a popular swimming spot with clean white sand and sheltered waters - making it a favorite dipping spot for families with young children. When the wind is up, Scotts Point at the southern end of Margate is perfect for windsurfing. This is one of the few locations close to Brisbane which is not majorly affected by tides. The quaint swimming pavilion at Scotts Point is an historical reference to a bygone era. There are many Norfolk Pine trees lining the esplanade which were planted by the first settlers in the area, more than 150 years ago. With eateries and seaside stores conveniently located along the esplanade or nearby Oxley Avenue, Margate is well worth a visit. It's about 50 minutes' drive from the centre of Brisbane.

Scarborough

Scarborough, 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.

Redcliffe

Redcliffe, Moreton Bay Area
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.

Clontarf

Clontarf, Moreton Bay Area
With its sprawling expanse of bayside walkways and bikeways, plentiful parks and picnic facilities and designated off-leash areas, Clontarf is an ideal place to bring the family, including the dog, to enjoy a day out by the water. Clontarf is a charming seaside area at the southernmost part of the Redcliffe Peninsula. A walk or cycle across the old Hornibrook Highway bridge, which is closed to traffic, at either sunrise or sunset is a must. Clontarf is renowned for its many pelicans that reside in the area and can be seen perched on the light poles along the bridge. Pelican Park is named in honour of these coastal creatures and at around 10.00am each morning local volunteers feed the pelicans and provide an educational insight into these amazing sea birds. The area is also home to a large Visitor Information Centre, children's playground area complete with a dedicated swing for people with a disability, and popular boat ramp. Clontarf is also well known for kite flying, with conditions on the esplanade so favourable that an annual kite festival 'Kitefest' is hosted here in May attracting participants from across Australia.

Woody Point

Woody Point, Moreton Bay Area
Picturesque Woody Point allows visitors the chance to soak up a relaxed seaside village experience. Its many charming eateries and seaside arts and craft shops give Woody Point a casual and relaxed seaside atmosphere. Perched at the southern tip of the Redcliffe Peninsula, its beaches are a much loved Brisbane aquatic playground where people can swim, sail, or lie back and watch the dolphins play. Come on a Sunday and watch the spectacular sight of yachts racing in the bay before they return to the local Humpybong Yacht Club. Picnic facilities are abundant in the parks along the esplanade, and visitors can also enjoy a long, relaxing walk or cycle around the point on flat, dedicated pathways. A visit to the Gayundah Coastal Arboretum is certainly worthwhile and is perfect for relaxing, with its views to Moreton Island and array of rare plant species. Woody Point is historically significant as the landing spot of Mathew Flinders in 1799. It is the final resting place of the heavily armed 'Gayundah' warship wreck which first took to the water in 1885 before being decommissioned in 1958.
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