7 days of cool in the Moreton Bay Region
After a long-haul flight into Brisbane, be cool and head for the beaches, islands, and tropical rainforests of the Moreton Bay Region.
By Visit Moreton Bay Region
WHAT TO EXPECT
- Come back to earth at the hip and relaxed seaside village of Redcliffe
- Splash out and ‘glamp out’ in a luxury tent on Moreton Island
- Quench your thirst with free wine and craft beer tasting in the Hinterland
- Get up close and personal with the ‘calves of the sea’ at Pumicestone Passage
Time: 7 Days
Transport: Campervan and Plane
This self-drive campervan adventure has enough natural delights and heart pumping activities to satisfy every backpacker’s bucket list.
Day 1: Redcliffe by the sea
On arrival into Brisbane Airport, pick up your campervan and head for the Redcliffe Peninsula in the Bayside Region. This is the ideal starting spot for your adventure and delivers the goods with picturesque beaches off-the-beaten track, where Eden-green Norfolk Palms line the beach as you look out to Moreton Island.
Explore the hip waterfront esplanade on Redcliffe Parade where you can grab a bite to eat before hitting up the local shops to find all matters of retro items in vintage shops and seaside trinkets galore. Don’t miss the unique Bee Gees Way on the way to claim your well-deserved Caribbean-infused cocktail from Cabana Bar and Terrace at the award-winning Oaks Mon Komo hotel.
Day 2: Plant your feet firmly in the ground
The uber chill vibe of a sunrise at Redcliffe is not to be missed, and as you stroll along Suttons beach you’ll discover many natural highlights. Walk to Margate Beach or all the way to Woody Point to check out the HMQS Gayundah Wreck and grab a seasonal lunch and cold beer at The Belvedere Hotel. Ah, bliss.
Top off your day with a bird’s eye view of this fantastic seaside paradise on a high-flying adventure with Skydive Brisbane. The 15,000ft tandem skydive over Redcliffe is dope with beach landing guaranteed!
Prefer to jump right out on the water? Dolphin Wild Island Cruises, leaving from Newport Marina in the morning, gives you the chance to see loads of native marine life. Get carried along the bay behind the Supercat in a boom netting experience, or pay $20AUD extra to go snorkelling in the Moreton Island Tangalooma Wrecks. You’ll see plenty of beautiful native fish on this guided tour. Then, get a sneak peek of tomorrow with a little time on the sand dunes of Moreton Island.
Day 3: Get sun-drenched on Moreton Island
The Redcliffe2Moreton Express Passenger Ferry departs every Sunday from Redcliffe and is your opportunity to get sun-drenched on an island escape.
In 40 minutes you’ll be taking in the sights of the Bulwer Wrecks from the shore. Jump in the water to snorkel around the wrecks in the calm waters. The ferry departs again at 4pm, but there’s so much to see and do at Moreton Island that you might want to stay a little longer.
Splash out and ‘glamp out’ in a luxury tent at Castaways and enjoy the great outdoors without sacrificing the little luxuries, including Castaways Café where you can legendary Sunday breakfasts, lazy lunches, and relaxed dining.
Day 4: Did someone say free wine?
On return to land, it’s time to go bush to Mt Mee and the Hinterland via Ocean View Estates, where life is good! The award-winning winery is where you can enjoy a sumptuous lunch matched with wines, or take the laid-back option with a delicious picnic basket for a chill afternoon by the vineyard. Wine and craft beer tastings are also on offer. You’re welcome!
Check-in to Worldsaway Retreat for overnight camping at the most relaxed place ever, on 40 acres of blissful tree-hugger heaven. This sanctuary is free from technology and offers open campfire dining. Do it, it’s all the rage.
Day 5: The wild is calling
Today wilderness is your calling. Go bushwalking and explore the D’Aguilar National Park. Have an authentic Aussie experience and try your hand at making an Aussie damper! It’s so easy, especially when you’re camping: just make a green tree twist!
Bushwalkers are spoilt for choice with walks ranging from the short 30-minute stroll to Falls Lookout, to the full hog on the 5-hour Somerset trail return loop from the Gantry. For something more in the middle, the much shorter Piccabeen Walk at the Gantry is a great way to explore the forest. The Gantry is also a great place to sit back with some food and a good book in the shadow of the massive, rustic skeleton of a saw mill.
Looking to take a splash? Drive on towards Woodford and pull up at Stony Creek watering hole, much loved by locals. Stony Creek has woodfire BBQs, so bring some timber and cook your Aussie damper here!
Day 6: Meet the ‘calves of the sea’
If you’re looking for a once in a lifetime opportunity to see dugongs (the calves of the sea), turtles, and hundreds of different migratory birds in their natural habitat, you don’t have to travel very far to Pumicestone Passage.
This calm and tranquil aqua playground is located between Bribie and the Australian mainland and is 35 kilometres of ecological marvel. Pick your pace to explore these pristine waters, with many different transport options. With 80% of the waterways being less than 2 metres deep, you can easily explore the area on a stand-up paddle board or kayak. Interested in going faster? Try out a Moreton Bay Jet Ski Hire & Ride experience, and choose between an hour, hour and a half, or three hour tour of the area! Or, take your time and let someone else take the helm on a Ferryman Cruise experience of the Pumicestone Passage.
Day 7: Wind in your hair and a rad pub on the waterfront
When you’re ready to swap the relaxed vibe for a dash of fun, book a 4WD tour with G’Day Adventures to experience beach driving like no other on Bribie Island’s 22 kilometres of pristine white sandy beaches. Some tours even include a freshly catered picnic lunch with soft drinks, water and fruit.
Re-live it all with a few coldies when you get back to land at the Sandstone Point Hotel, which is fast becoming an icon for tourists and locals to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy. Chill out on the green every Sunday with a Sunday session. Make sure you keep an eye out for upcoming events at the hotel – the Strawberry Festival celebrates the local industry, and the annual Bonfire Night is getting bigger and better each year.
Prefer something a little simpler? Try Savige’s Seafood across the Pumicestone Passage in Bongaree. With local fish comes local fish and chips, and the Savige family is trusted by Bribie Island locals when it comes to seafood. Grab their famous ‘Bucket ‘a’ Prawns’ and head down to Bongaree Beach for a famous Bribie sunset.