"O Heart of Spring!
Spirit of light and love and joyous day
So soon to faint beneath the fiery Summer:
Still smiles the Earth, eager for thee alway:
Welcome art though, so ever short thy stay,
Thou bold, oh whither this thy journeying,
O Heart of Spring!
After the stormy days of Winter’s reign
When the keen winds their last lament are sighing
The Sun shall raise thee up to life again…"
By John Shaw Neilson (The Poems of Shaw Neilson are available from North Lakes Library)
Springtime is now upon us, blossoming nature’s kingdom back to life. There is no better way to make the most of the warmth and colourful beauty brought about by the rejuvenation season than by getting outdoors into our region’s natural playgrounds.
We’ve rounded-up all the best local Spring adventures, activities and places to visit ideal for ticking off your to-do list before the heat and humidity of Summer hits.
#1 Visit local markets for a gander and a grocery shop. Back in season are: mangos, papaya, pineapple, rockmelon, watermelon, strawberries, bananas, grapefruits, oranges, cherries, avocados, sugar snap peas, tomatoes, artichokes, asparagus, beetroot, broccoli, leek, and silverbeet amongst many other fruits and vegies.
#2 Go for a road trip in the hinterland to sightsee our natural wonders and discover what our quaint townships and villages have to offer. From best kept foodie secrets to llamas, you’ll be surprised at what Spring adventures you will find off the beaten track.
#3 Love great cuisine? Embark on a foodie hinterland discovery tour – a great excuse to spend the day gobbling goodies at all of our hinterland’s best cafes, restaurants and must-do pit-stops. Your tastebud tingling road trip will be complemented by stunning views overlooking vineyards, valleys, and dams home to ducks and turtles.
#4 If you’re a keen 4WD enthusiast looking for an adventure, 4WD through Bellthorpe National Park just west of Woodford. You can access the Stony Creek Day Use Area from Bellthorpe’s 4WD tracks – perfect for a dipping your toes in and a picnic. Stony Creek Day Use Area can also be accessed by non-4WD vehicles from bitumen roads.
#5 Cyclists and active families looking for Spring things to do in Moreton Bay Region, now is the time to bike ride the Samford Valley Rail Trail. The 8.3km shared path begins at Ferny Grove Railway Station and continues towards Samford Valley along Lanita Rd. The sealed, mostly flat trail is well-maintained and clearly sign-posted. Perfect for a cycling adventure, or hike.
#6 If you’d prefer a waterside peddle-power adventure tackle the Moreton Bay Cycleway, stretching from Scarborough to Clontarf, continuing over the bridge to Sandgate and further south into Brisbane. Bring your swimmers along to enjoy a dip at Redcliffe beaches along the way now that the warmer weather is upon us.
#7 And speaking of getting active, now is the perfect time to check-out our region’s top 10 hiking hotspots for active Spring adventures.
#8 The best time to hike in D’Aguilar National Park is during spring, when the temperatures are pleasantly warm, not sweltering. Somerset Trail (accessible from Sellin Road) is a wonderful, scenic 3 to 4 hour walk suitable for all fitness levels.
#9 For more D’Aguilar National Park fun, head to Rocky Hole. The popular summer swimming spot (only accessible by 4WD) is surrounded by eucalypt forest. The walk to and from the car park on Neurum Creek Road is only a 200 metre return trip.
#10 Prefer an adrenaline rush? Here’s 5 high-flying things to in our region covering scenic helicopter tours, open-cockpit Tiger Moth flights, and skydiving adventures above Moreton Bay Region.
#11 How does a day of horse-riding and wine tasting sound? Talk your friends into joining you for a North Brisbane winery horse ride group tour courtesy of Ocean View Estates and Slickers Horse Riding. The 2 to 2 ½ hour each way, scenic tour trots through rolling hinterland hills to Ocean View Estates for a wine tasting cellar door experience including cheese platters, mains and desserts, before heading back to Slickers.
#12 For more animal antics, take the kids, or just yourself to Trevena Glen Farm (first Saturday of each month) and White Ridge Farm (Wednesdays and Sundays) during their open farm days to get up close to adorable, sweet-natured animals.
#13 Another excellent activity for animal lovers comes courtesy of Dayboro Cottages and Llama Walks. If you’ve ever wanted to take an on-lead llama for a walk or feed these adorably cheeky animals book yourself into a group llama walk or llama feeding experience.
#14 Need some serious rest and relaxation away from the crowds? Take some time out for yourself in Kumbartcho Sanctuary Eatons Hills. This protected, volunteer-run haven for native wildlife also features a nursery so you can grab some plants to take home with you on your way out.
#15 Let’s not leave out Spring things to do in Moreton Bay Region for furry four legged best friends. Take your fur baby or gentle giant to our local dog beaches and parks to make some new friends and have a play.
#16 Want to take your time enjoying the myriad of Spring things to do in Moreton Bay Region? If you can swing it, take a long weekend break, or week-long holiday amidst nature. From farm stays, cottages and cabins to caravan parks, bush & bay campgrounds and isolated campgrounds, you’re sure to find accommodation right for you.
#17 BBQ or Picnic by Lake Samsonvale, or Lake Kurwongbah. You can also fish and enjoy water sports. Permits are required for Lake Samsonvale. As for Lake Kurwongbah, public paddle craft play is allowed from Sunday to Wednesday.
#18 It’s warm enough to hit the beach now so slap on the sunscreen, don your swimmers, grab your hat and head-off for a swim on Bribie or at Redcliffe.
#19 Speaking of Bribie, the island is home to a few water sport hire and boat hire businesses which can equip you with all you need for exhilarating fun in Pumicestone Passage (and on Bribie itself). Check out our Bribie Island Hire Guide for more information.
#20 Prefer rock pool and river swimming Spring adventures? Discover 8 great local spots for a refreshing dip.
#21 Get out onto the water for some active fun in the sun. Here’s the top 7 SUP spots and top 7 kayak spots in Moreton Bay Region.
#22 Eager to break out the bait and tackle? Go for a fish in Moreton Bay Marine Park, or fish Bribie Island’s waters. You can also hire or buy the necessary gear and bait on Bribie.
#23 How about a relaxing family picnic. Here’s our top 5 local waterside picnic spots great for kicking-back and letting the kids play.
#24 Wondering what’s on during Spring? From September into November Moreton Bay Region will host a variety of outdoor events such as BBQ and Bonfire Night, Moreton Bay Food and Wine Festival, Moreton Kids Festival and much more.
#25 Last, but by no means least, book a holiday adventure over to Moreton Island and experience this Queensland treasure at Tangalooma Island Resort!