5 Must Do’s this Summer Break for Nature Lovers

Natural Attractions Boating & Fishing Adventure

Posted 20 November

If you’re sitting on the couch this summer binge-watching the latest Netflix release in the hopes to simply ignore the sweltering summer heat, we’ve got a better idea. Switch screen for green and experience these 5 must do’s this summer break for nature lovers.

#1. Rainforest Waterfalls

Hidden among the Conondale Ranges surrounded by native bushland is a natural, cascading creek. True to its name, Stony Creek Swimming Hole is a boulder-hopping paradise flowing out toward Somerset Dam. Access the day-use area on Fletcher Road, west from Woodford, to enjoy a woodfired BBQ on the picnic tables or on the grassy green plains by the waterside.

Large enough to bring along a pool noodle or two, kids and adults alike can float along the cool water on an inflatable mat or simply spend a few hours swimming about. On the northern side of the day-use area, you can find a few small waterfalls, perfect for the little ones to splash around in and even spot a fish or turtle!

If you don’t want to get wet, you can enjoy a quick bushwalk along the creek bed into Bellthorpe National Park – just remember there’s no mobile phone service in the area so you’ll need a map to find your way. No matter where you are around Stony Creek, you’ll always be able to hear the calls of native birds, insects and other Australian wildlife, perfect for nature lovers.

#2. Serene Bush Camping

Nestled in a eucalypt woodland on the eastern side of Mount Mee, you’ll find the easier-to-access of the two campgrounds within the D’Aguilar National Park. Ideal for those who love the serenity of the bushland, Archer Campgrounds is a tent and ute-slider camping only area (no caravans permitted). There is a fenced area of vegetation that separates the campsite from Neurum Creek but walking either side will bring you to creek bank. Archer Campgrounds is a great place to set up shop for a few nights as you explore the region. From Rocky Hole, a popular swimming destination, to a challenging 4WD experience through Mount Mee or even kayaking along Neurum Creek, there’s plenty to see and do during the summer break for nature lovers.

If you’re up to taking a bushwalking trek through the area, you can take stroll to Falls Lookout or head out to the Gantry Day Use Area a hike the 5-hour Somerset Trail return loop. Don’t forget to take plenty of drinking water and your own supply of firewood!

#3. Boom Netting in the Bay

Get wet and wild in the Moreton Bay Marine Park this summer break when you book a unique boom netting experience with Dolphin Wild Island Cruises. Hold on tight as the current from the 22m catamaran pulls you along the Moreton Bay, catching sight of the Moreton Island local wildlife such as dolphins, dugongs and turtles. Safe for all ages, boom netting is a great experience for any nature lover who’d enjoy a chance to peek below the surface and spot some exotic sea life. The only provider offering this service in the Moreton Bay Region, you’d be amiss to not add this to your list of must do’s this summer break for nature lovers.

#4. Exploring the Channels

Are you a boating enthusiast or enjoy spending time on the water? With three boats for hire seating 4 – 6 people, you could spend an afternoon or the full day fishing around the wrecks of Moreton Island, along the Brisbane River, through Pumicestone Passage or even Somerset Dam. Wherever you want to go, you can take a Boating Planet vessel! If you’re bringing the family along, you may even want to try whale watching, sightseeing, diving or snorkelling. No matter what you’re hiring the boat for, Boating Planet has everything from bait to ice and water sports equipment to make your day as hassle-free as possible.

For something a little different check out Bribie Island Boat Charter, not only do they have small fishing boats for hire, but also BBQ boats for which can seat 9-12 people! Enjoy a fun day on the water with your friends and family this summer.

#5. Swimming, Biking, Hiking

Tucked away in the bustling Hills District of north Brisbane, Bunyaville Crossing Reserve Swimming Hole is a must do this summer break for all nature lovers. Voted as one of the Moreton Bay Region’s best natural swimming holes, Bunya Swimming hole is only 25-minutes from the CBD and suitable for all ages. Backing onto the Bunyaville State Forest Park, you can set about on a quick hike or mountain biking experience before taking a dip. The littles ones will have the time of their life splashing about in ankle deep water or exploring the insects and wildlife surrounding the swimming hole – just remember to keep an eye on them as the water gets deeper!

Dogs are welcome to take a splash (on-leash) and you can even bring along your stand-up paddle board, kayak or even a fishing rod take catch bream, trevally, cod, catfish or jacks. Why not get the family together this summer break for a picnic on the bank or at the tables and cook up a storm on the gas BBQ?

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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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