32 Days of Summer - Adventure Guide

Family Fun Natural Attractions Adventure

Posted 20 December

Explore the Moreton Bay Region with our 32 Days of Summer Adventure Guide to see you through the summer.

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1. Christmas Day - BBQ

Head down to the water for an ocean or lakeside BBQ in true holiday tradition. For added fun hire your very own BBQ boat from Bribie Island Boat Charters.

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2. Stony Creek

Go boulder hopping at Stony Creek. Just past Woodford, this hidden swimming hole can be found at Bellthorpe Forest Reserve and features wood fire BBQs and shady picnic tables.

3. 10,000 Steps

Reach your 10,000 steps along one of the extensive urban walking paths in the region. Try the picturesque Caboolture Lakes Loop or the Lake Eden Trail at Northlakes.

Need more inspiration? Try one of these 5 trail runs in Moreton Bay Region

4. Animal Encounters

Find an animal encounter the kids will love. 

Bring your little ones to White Ridge Farm in Elimbah, for an opportunity to visit and interact with friendly and sweet-natured animals every Wednesday and Sunday from 9am - 3pm. 

Trevena Glen Farm provides a safe, fun, and loving environment to all who visit. This farm has been an iconic place within the Moreton Bay Region for over 30 years. Open Farm Days are held monthly on the first Saturday or you can hire the farm for a special occasion. 

Kumbartcho Sanctuary is home to a variety of gorgeous native animals including koalas, frogs, snakes, turtles, and possums. The Sanctuary located in Eatons Hills is open 7 days and free to enter.  

Dayboro Cottages and Llama Walks offer guided llama walks and llama feeding experiences.  

5. 4WD Bribie Island

Go off road, wind down the windows and 4WD your worries away on Bribie Island's sandy eastern beaches. Why not pitch a tent and stay awhile at Ocean Beach camping area?

Make sure you sort out your vehicle permit or camping permit before you hit the beach. Or get someone else to do the driving for you and book a tour with Gday Adventure Tours.  

6. New Year's Eve - Woodford Folk Festival

Bring in the new year at Woodford Folk Festival - the regions's biggest and most whimsical bohemian party!

Woodford Folk Festival is an eclectic annual six-day event held from 27th December to 1st January and it’s a Queensland institution. The festival embraces the diversity of world culture with over a thousand performances across the week by local, national and international artists. Woodford celebrates music, dance, theatre, comedy, arts and education, from political lectures to kids’ drumming workshops and everything in between.

7. New Year's Day - Jollys Lookout

There's nothing like catching the sunrise, especially on the first day of the new year. Jollys Lookout, Mt Nebo, is the perfect spot to herald in the dawn, while taking time-out for some quiet reflection to inspire new resolutions.

8. Rocky Hole

Etched into the granite gullies of Mount Mee is Rocky Hole. Voted as one of the top attractions to visit near Brisbane, the stunning swimming hole is easily accessed by a walking track and stairs that descend onto boulders that surround the main swimming hole. Home not only to an adorable waterfall, but also a timber swing, only accessible by those brave enough to swim across. 

This beautiful natural swimming hole is only accessible by 4WD, making it a great spot to get back to nature.

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9. Moreton Island

Head over to Moreton Island onboard the Redcliffe2Moreton Express passenger ferry for summer fun in the sun.

The passenger ferry from Redcliffe to Moreton Island departs every Friday and Sunday morning at 10am, treating walk-on passengers to a 45-minute scenic cruise across before an eco-friendly beach landing at Bulwer. During your time on the island enjoy a picnic lunch, swim or snorkel the Bulwer Wrecks, bushwalk and explore, or just kick-back on the beach for some rest and relaxation, spending time with the local wildlife.

10. Jinker Track

Get moving along the 5.6km Jinker Track Forest Walk on foot or by bike then cool off at the nearby Bunya Crossing Reserve swimming hole along the South Pine River.

11. Four-Legged Fun

Take your furry family member to run free at one of the many off-leash dog beaches in our region such as Deception Bay Dog Beach or Red Beach on Bribie Island.

12. Mt Mee Lookout

Picnic with a view at your favourite vantage point. We love Mt Mee Lookout for unbeatable views of the Glass House Mountains. Why not make a day of it? Plan your Hinterland Day trip itinerary

13. Old Petrie Town Markets

Make a visit to the Old Petrie Town Markets held every Sunday and wander through one of the oldest hand-made markets in Australia.

Make sure to visit the old Moreton Bay Figs and tour the heritage buildings throughout Old Petrie Town before you leave. 

14. Fish & Chips

Head to Scarborough or Bongaree and enjoy fresh seafood or fish and chips by the bay.

15. Caboolture Historical Village

Take the young ones for a history lesson at Caboolture Historical Village. With loads of interactive displays and a miniature steam train running twice a day there’s no chance of kids getting bored.

16. Ocean View Estates

Tempt your palate with Ocean View Estates' Vine and Bine Tasting menu, or try the daily Winery and Brewery Tour for just $5. This time of year the grapes are just starting to grow.

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17. Bribie Island Community Arts Centre

Get crafty at Bribie Island Community Arts Centre and join in one of the weekly pottery classes. Pick up a new skill at one of the regular workshops focusing on everything from calligraphy to macramé.

18. D'Aguilar National Park

Pack up your car and explore the Mount Mee section of D’Aguilar National Park.

D’Aguilar National Park is a truly stunning region just north of Brisbane, with beautiful subtropical rainforests, eucalypt woodlands, and scribbly gum forests. The park’s picnic areas and walking tracks are between make a great day trip. 

Make sure you check out The Gantry day use area.

19. Cast a Line

Throw in a line at one of the many fishing spots around the region or hire a boat from Boating Planet Redcliffe or Bribie Island.

20. Antique Shopping

Go antique hunting in Samford, Dayboro or Woodford and give a preloved treasure a new home.

21. Lake Kurwongbah

Rise early to chase the morning sun and enjoy a day break paddle on Lake Kurwongbah.

Sunday to Wednesday is open for public paddle craft use, such as kayaks and canoes. Paddling around Lake Kurwongbah is a great way to spend a day or take in some exercise in the early morning before work. Approximately 3.2 square kilometers in size, the lake offers a great diversity of local attractions, from the picturesque landscape, to bird watching and of course fishing

22. Bribie Surf School

Hang ten with Bribie Surf School and hone your skills on a private surfing lesson or group class. Surf's up!

23. Skydive 14,000 Feet

Tick off your 2018 bucket list and skydive over Moreton Bay! Tip: Go midweek for the cheapest price. You can jump from Redcliffe or Bribie Island.

24. Jetty Track

Dust off your rollerblades or sneakers and head out along the coastal footpath from Redcliffe Jetty to Woody Point Jetty.

25. Local Museums

Get curious and visit your local museum. The littlies will love stepping back in time at the Abbey Museum or Art and Archaeology.

At the Abbey Museum, learn how ancient people lived, from lords and ladies to clergy and peasants. See artifacts which were part of people's everyday lives long ago, and astounding objects of rare beauty. Learn about medical technologies, politics and what people thought about education and religion. The Abbey Museum offers a truly educational and fascinating journey into the past.

26. Bellthorpe National Park

Make tracks and explore Bellthorpe National Park by 4WD. 

Only a short drive west of Woodford, Bellthorpe National Park boasts the best 4WD tracks Brisbane surrounds in Moreton Bay Region. Bellthorpe National Park is located at the southern end of the Conondale Range, west of the Glass House Mountains and just 90 minutes from the Brisbane CBD.

Remnants of the park’s logging industry can still be seen at the Old Brandson’s Sawmill site on Bellthorpe West Road. It's a great place for a day trip out in nature. 

27. Sundowners

Enjoy one last Sunday session at your local watering hole before the school holidays end or get your friends together and join Mountain Wine Tours on a local winery or brewery tour.

28. Fly a Kite

Head down to your local park to practice your kite flying. Our top picks are Pelican Park in Clontarf and Pine Rivers Park in Strathpine due to their wide open grassy spaces.

29. Farmers Market

Pick up fresh produce at Millen Farm Real Farmers Markets in Samford every Wednesday, or make a pit-stop at a roadside stall during your country drive.

30. Moreton Bay Cycleway

Cruise your way along the Moreton Bay Cycleway. Don’t have a bike? Hire a set of wheels from Street Art Cycles in Redcliffe!

The Redcliffe Peninsula comes up trumps for having the best foreshore north Brisbane bike paths with The Moreton Bay Cycleway. The journey can be done without interruption or include stops for photos, coffee and lunch.

Once you've completed the Moreton Bay Cycleway, the Redcliffe Peninsula has another biking challenge with the Kippa-Ring to Petrie shared pathway. The 12.6km pathway stretches from Petrie Station to Kippa-Ring Station. Measuring 3m wide, it allows plenty of space for all types of users. 

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31. Enjoy a Sunset

Find your happy place and enjoy a spectacular sunset by the water’s edge or from the water on board a Sunset Cruise courtesy of Ferryman Cruises.

32. Australia Day

Celebrate all things Aussie at one of the free Australia Day events at Redcliffe and Bribie Island.

Join in the Redcliffe Australia Day celebrations at the gorgeous Suttons Beach for an easy-going, Aussie time. Australia Day in Redcliffe is free to attend and one the whole family can enjoy, with live entertainment, beach activities and a fireworks finale.

Head to the gorgeous Brennan Park, Bribie Island for family fun Bribie Island Australia Day celebrations. There will be live entertainment, beach and garden activities, a Lamington eating contest and a fantastic fireworks finale for the whole family to enjoy.

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