4 Magical Places to Visit in Moreton Bay Region

Family Fun Natural Attractions On a Budget

Posted 24 July

Are you visiting the Moreton Bay Region or just looking for something fun to do with the kids on your free weekends? Thankfully, the Moreton Bay Region has an endless number of events, natural attractions and tours to experience – great for keeping the young ones busy and entertained! Here’s our top three picks for magical places to visit in the Moreton Bay Region.

Gollum Tree Scarborough Moreton Bay Region

Gollum Tree, Scarborough

While you might be a bigger fan of Lord of the Rings than your children, there’s no doubt that your little ones will enjoy visiting the Gollum Tree in Scarborough. Nestled in the base of one of Scarborough Beach’s pine trees is a small and mysterious door. Look through a well-placed window and you might just see a light-up Gollum figurine inside. Don’t forget to check the message engraved onto the door!

Once you’ve had your fun with the Gollum Tree, you can sit back and relax while sunbaking at the Scarborough Beach Park – but don’t forget to slip, slop, slap. You can even take some lunch and have a great barbecue and maybe even bring a volleyball net or a shovel and spade.

sunsets at lake samsonvale magical places moreton bay region

Sunsets at Lake Samsonvale, Petrie

If you're a nature lover looking for a slice of paradise close to home that can make you feel like you're world's away from the hubbub of city life, then Lake Samsonvale is the place for you. Whether it's for a romantic picnic or a family fun day by the water, Lake Samsonvale is a truly magical place in the Moreton Bay Region. 

You can spend some time fishing or kayaking, the children can play on the playground at Bullocky's Rest or you can take a walk along the trail to Forgan Cove that weaves along the water's edge. Thanks to its convenient location, after you've watched your magical sunset, you can head off to Petrie, Warner, Dayboro or Clear Mountain for a great dinner. 

Store of Requirement Moreton Bay Region

Store of Requirement, Samford

Now, let’s be honest, this one isn’t just for the kids. Muggles and magical folk alike will be swooning at the sheer number of officially licensed Harry Potter merchandise available. However, that’s not all Store of Requirement offers to its guests. Just like in the books and movies, you will be sorted into a House by the talking Sorting Hat, or you can opt for a House Reveal cupcake (yum). Alternatively, Store of Requirement also holds birthday party events with custom cakes available just like Hagrid’s ‘Happee Birthdae Harry’ cake. Don’t forget to collect your wand and enjoy some magical treats like a freshly brewed Butterbeer!

After spending a few hours in store, you might want to head next door for a bite to eat at The Flying Nun Café or head down to the Samford Valley Markets to find a great deal on some wares.

Brisbane Whale Watching magic on the water Moreton Bay

Humpback Whale Migration, Redcliffe Jetty

Though not magical in the sense of wands and spells, what’s more magical than witnessing the migration of the giant humpback whales? From June to October each year, Captain Kerry and Brisbane Whale Watching will depart from Redcliffe Jetty and cruise out to watch them in action. Better yet, if you go in the second half of the migration season, you’ll be able to see all the mummy whales coming back with their offspring.

The cruise lasts for four hours but if you find you’re not quite done with Redcliffe, there’s plenty of shops and natural attractions around to check out before you leave. Alternatively, if you’re from out of town, check out the waterfront accommodation at Mon Komo!

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Looking for more things to do and see? Pop into one of the region's Accredited Visitor Information Centres, the volunteers have a wealth of local knowledge.


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