7 Spots to Take Your Breath Away in Moreton Bay

Natural Attractions Adventure Family Fun

Posted 12 December


From seaside to mountainside, the Moreton Bay Region is bursting with natural wonders left, right and centre. If you’re looking for something truly special or maybe just hoping to discover something new, we’ve got you covered. We’ve narrowed down a list of 7 spots to take your breath away in the Moreton Bay Region.

Tranquility in the ‘burbs

Nestled in some of the Moreton Bay Region’s busiest suburbs, Lake Samsonvale (also known as North Pine Dam) feels like its worlds away from the bustling movements of everyday life. Great for a quick breather or a spot to take the family for a picnic, Lake Samsonvale is home to a variety of plant and animal species that makes it a delicate and beautiful eco-system. A gorgeous location for a gathering, Lake Samsonvale has designated picnic and barbeque areas with fresh water, toilets, tables and easy parking.

Designated picnic areas can be found at Bullocky Rest, McGavin View, Forgan Park, Forgan Cove and Kobble Creek. If you’re bringing along the kids, McGavin View and Bullocky Rest are ideal as they both have play structures. The lake also provides drinking water to the Moreton Bay Region as well as Brisbane yet still allows for fishing as well as kayaking, canoeing and rowing with the relevant permits. 

Rainforest Discoveries

In the southern section of D’Aguilar National Park you’ll find Mt Glorious and Mt Nebo, the two closest rainforests to an Australian state capital and a habitat to native plants, animals and birds. Noted and renowned for their bushwalking tracks suitable to any fitness level, you can make your way through sub-tropical rainforests to lookouts that are sure to take your breath away. If you set up shop in Mount Glorious’ Maiala picnic area, you can take full advantage of the shaded area, seats, toilets and barbecue before setting out on one of the six walking tracks.

Mount Nebo boasts very similar walking tracks with the most popular being the Thylogale 8km return track which weaves through dry rainforest known for its diversity of vines and the breathtaking view at Jolly’s Lookout. Take a rest at Jolly’s Lookout with a large picnic area, barbeques, toilets and a great view over the Enoggera Forest Reserve toward Brisbane City.

Beachside Bush Bashing

An oceanside oasis just waiting to be discovered, the beautiful preserved state forest of Bribie Island National Park has so much to offer nature lovers and explorers alike. From inland 4WD tracks to beachfront off-road opportunities, it’s every thrill seekers dream. Have some off-road fun along the waterfront, stop for a dip in the lagoons and spend some time fishing Pumicestone Passage. Bring the family along to build some sandcastles and learn about the history behind the World War II Bunkers on the northern end of the beach.

Alternatively, enjoy a full day of bush-bashing by driving the scenic loop of bushland and pine tree rejuvenation plantations. Discover the inland campaign areas of Gallagher Point and Poverty Creek, a great spot to pull over for a lunch and a swim, maybe even a quick exploration by kayak.

Natural Oasis

A natural swimming hole etched into the contours of Mount Mee’s granite filled gullies, Rocky Hole has been consistently voted as one of the top attractions to visit near Brisbane. Although it may not be a well-kept secret, it’s still a picturesque gem that you can’t afford to miss. As one of the top spots to take your breath away in the Moreton Bay Region, Rocky Hole is popular for all ages thanks to its varying water levels for both younger children and adults, natural wonders, uniquely shaped rocks perfect for boulder hopping and native plants and mosses. Small children will enjoy frolicking in the water, collecting pebbles and spotting the native fish while older kids and adults can take advantage of the deeper water in the main swimming area.

Clontarf to Redcliffe walk

Are you looking to stretch your legs and kick those fitness goals for your new year’s resolution? With beautiful foreshores and a bunch of boutique shops and cafes, why not trek the 7km from Pelican Park, Clontarf through to Redcliffe Jetty. If you time it right, you could end at the Redcliffe Jetty Markets held every Sunday or finish your walk with a play at AquaSplash water park in Clontarf. This path with lead you past the iconic HMQS Gayundah, local restaurants, a few parks ideal for resting or snapping a panoramic image of the Moreton Bay.

Pumicestone Passage

An ecological marvel stretching 35 kilometres from Caloundra to Deception Bay, the Pumicestone Passage waterway is a wonderland of fun. Encompassing a range of channels, sand banks and islands along the south-east Queensland coastline including Bribie Island, Pumicestone Passage is part of the Moreton Bay Marine Park. A protected reserve, it is home to some of Australia’s most important wildlife and marine habitats that include dugongs, dolphins, turtles and more. A popular destination for nature photographers, you know for sure this spot will take your breath away – especially when you view it from the air thanks to Oceanview Helicopters or Skydive Brisbane, or cruise through the channel with a service provider or by yourself on a kayak, jet ski or a boat.

Somerset Trail, Mt Mee

Another treasure of the D’Aguilar National Park, the Somerset Trail is a region favourite spot to take your breath away. Classified as an ‘easy’ track, the Somerset Trail tracks 13km return with clear sign-posted directions leading you through the home of native birds (particularly Bell Birds), bubbling creeks and hidden waterholes. Just over halfway you’ll arrive at a lookout that provides an unreal view that sweeps across Somerset Dam and Wivenhoe Dam. Don’t forget to take your time, stop and smell the roses (or in this case, look up and take in the sight and smell of the gum trees that line your path).

You will ooze with excitement when you see these 7 spots. Visit these special locations in Moreton Bay – you are guaranteed to return. 

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