If you’re an avid reader, you know how exciting it is to find the ideal place to spend some precious alone time with a good book. Holidaying in the Moreton Bay Region? There’s no shortage of great locations to chill out and read. You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to cool cafes, for starters, but what if you truly want to get away from it all? Here are 5 of Moreton Bay Region’s hidden secret spots to escape with a book!
Osprey House is a charming educational space, packed with displays about local flora and fauna. It’s well worth a browse to learn about conservation activities in the region and sustainable living options for your home. But behind the actual Environmental Centre, a maze of walkways and viewing platforms awaits!
Grab a bench seat amidst beautiful greenery, or choose one of the landing areas that overlook Hays Inlet to enjoy water views and birdlife between chapters.
Just down the road from Osprey House you’ll find George Dohle Place, on the recently revamped final stretch of Dohles Rocks Road.
Here, you’ll appreciate views for miles across Hays Inlet, where locals enjoy fishing and recreational water sports. There’s a handy fenced playground if you’ll have the little ones with you, and dog-friendly spaces too. But if it’s just you and your book, there are plenty of park benches, covered seating areas or rock walls to perch on. At low tide, the atmospheric mangrove forests have a gothic look about them, and early morning sunrises will take your breath away faster than a Mills and Boon hero!
Petrie’s Gordon Jackson Lookout is an unassuming little stop at first glance. Just off Dayboro Road, near Petrie State School, it’s a handy spot to pull in for dropping people at the nearby bus stop. Leave them to their busy day! Grab your book, and stroll a little further past the colourful children’s playground area. You’ll find quiet, comfy seating and a truly stunning view of the D’Aguilar Range that changes shape and colour as the sun moves across the sky.
On the weekend, McGavin View is a hotspot for kids’ parties and family BBQs – but if you cruise along picturesque Vores Road on a weekday, you can enjoy this sprawling, tranquil park area with a select few. Locals use this hidden gem for reading, relaxing or fitness training alongside a panoramic outlook of Lake Samsonvale. With shady trees, plenty of parking and facilities, McGavin View is just the spot for serious attention to a literary masterpiece.
Close to bustling Westfield, Lake Eden is an oasis in the suburbs! While North Lakes is a hub of shopping, schools, sports fields and other entertainment, Lake Eden, on Lakefield Drive, remains sheltered from the ‘outside world’ by tall tree cover.
Grab a coffee from one of the nearby cafes and throw down your picnic rug in one of many grassy areas. You’ll also find sheltered seating and charming footbridges with park benches, ideal to while away some time before attending to your ‘must dos’. Why not plug in your audio book and stroll the 1.5km walking track around the lake’s edge? Keep an eye out for birds, lizards and turtles as you go.
Lara Cain Gray is a writer, researcher, and long-term resident of the Moreton Bay Region. Most importantly, she’s an avid reader! She shares books and arts reviews at CharmingLanguage.com.