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Day trip local: explore the Moreton Bay Region

Posted: 4am 18 Jun 2020

Whether you’ve checked in for a staycation, or are basing yourself from home, there are options in every corner of the region if you’re looking for a fun day out.

You can enjoy a day out on Moreton Bay watching majestic humpback whales, tour a winery, be kissed by butterflies, explore Bribie Island by 4WD, take a step back in time to the middle ages, discover our magical hinterland and so much more.

Get the family together, work out your budget, map out a plan and make it happen. You’ll be surprised how much there is to do so close to home.

Here’s a few options to get you started …

Brisbane Whale Watching

With tens of thousands of majestic humpback whales expected to travel through the pristine and protected waters of Moreton Bay, on their annual migration to and from Antarctica, you don’t have to travel too far to enjoy a whale watching adventure to remember.

Brisbane Whale Watching is the only whale watching tour operator in the region and will start daily cruises, departing from Redcliffe Jetty, from July 4.

The whales love to feed, mate and play in Moreton Bay at this time of year, and a cruise with Brisbane Whale Watching is the ideal way to see them up close.

Captain Kerry Lopez is tipping a 10-12% increase in whale numbers this year, with a reduction in boat traffic making the bay even more appealing to these gentle giants of the sea.

Her vessel, Eye Spy, is a purpose-built, twin-hulled catamaran designed to provide a comfortable experience for passengers and maximise opportunities to see the whales in action. There are three spacious viewing platforms as well as inside viewing areas for guests, so it’s easy to adhere to social distancing regulations.

Guests will receive a Gourmet Picnic Lunchbox during the five-hour cruise and there’s also a bar and souvenir store, if you’re keen to buy something special to remember your trip.

Want to know more, or book a cruise? Head to the website or Facebook page.

Butterfly House

Leave your worries behind and be kissed by hundreds of butterflies at Bribie Island Butterfly House.

The centre founded by Ray and Delphine Archer, and run by volunteers at Bongaree, is a sanctuary for 19 varieties including the threatened blue Ulysses butterfly.

There you can tiptoe through an enclosed butterfly garden, learn more about the stunning insects, and take a look at the work volunteers are doing in the laboratory to increase butterfly numbers.

A walk through the butterfly garden is delightful with relaxing music playing, the sound of water features and a mist adding to the experience. There’s just one rule — don’t touch the butterflies.

The centre will reopen from June 28 on Sundays and Wednesdays only from 10am-4pm. Bookings are essential to guarantee your spot, with only 100 people permitted per hourly session due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Entry is $12 adults, $10 concession, $7 children (4-15), $34 family (two adults, two children). The centre is at 208 First Ave, Bongaree. Want to know more? Head to the website or Facebook page.

White Ridge Farm

David and Katrina White started White Ridge Farm with just a few chickens and a goat. They now have llamas, alpacas, horses, goats, sheep, lambs, chickens, ducks, miniature horses, a cow, camel and more.

The hobby farm has become a haven for all creatures great and small, regularly taking in animals that need to be rehomed and is open to the public.

You can head to the 8ha property at Elimbah to hand feed all the animals and even have a go at milking the cow. They’re friendly and enjoy meeting visitors of all ages.

White Ridge Farm is open Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9am-3pm (weather permitting). Check the Facebook page or phone ahead if you’re unsure.

Admission, including a cup of animal food, mini-golf and hayride, is free for children under 3 years; $11 for 3-14 years; $13.50 students/concession, $18.50 adults; $55 family pass.

Want to know more? Head to the website or Facebook page.

G’Day Adventure Tours

Take a day trip to one of the world’s biggest sand islands and explore it by four-wheel-drive. G’Day Adventure Tours offers a range of beach driving tours on Bribie Island, with fun to suit a thrill-seeker, nature-lover and even a history buff.

The five-hour (approx) Bribie Island Adventure Tour will take you to the best of Bribie’s natural and historical attractions. You’ll be able to experience beach four-wheel-driving, lagoon swimming and/or sightseeing, a historical excursion to Fort Bribie, an inland drive into the national park for wildlife spotting, a visit to campgrounds on the Pumicestone Passage side of the island, and a stop-off at White Patch before heading home.

This tour departs every Saturday, however private bookings can be arranged with a minimum of four people on your chosen date, subject to availability.

There’s a range of tours on offer starting from $77 for adults. Want to know more? Head to the website or Facebook page.

Dolphin Island Cruises

Get set for an exciting and scenic day out, cruising the calm waters of Moreton Bay Marine Park, watching out for dolphins, swimming in aqua waters, feeding fish, riding the boom net and enjoying a gourmet lunch.

Dolphin Wild Island Cruises is a family business and the longest-running marine eco-cruise in the Redcliffe and Brisbane area.

As you leave Newport Marina, and travel along the Redcliffe Peninsula, you’ll make your way towards Moreton Island (a 45-minute trip). Dolphin Wild’s resident naturalist will provide expert commentary on the history of the island and the species of sea life found within this protected marine habitat. Whales migrate past Moreton Island from June to November and are often seen during this time.

Once in the waters surrounding the island, you can join guided Moreton Island snorkeling and fish feeding tours of The Wrecks Moreton Island, a globally-recognised, premier snorkeling destination. Guests keen for an adrenaline rush can jump into the water for a boom netting ride.

Cruises resume from June 28 and bookings are essential.

Want to know more? Head to the website and Facebook page.

Abbey Museum

A treasure trove of world history, Abbey Museum or Art and Archaeology’s collection spans 500,000 years of civilization.

Cast your eyes over an Egyptian death mask, a rare armoured shoe from Olympia, medieval illuminated manuscripts, stained glass fragments from Winchester Cathedral and everyday objects of medieval life such as weapons, woodwork and pottery. With more than 4,000 objects on display, the Abbey Museum houses Australia’s largest collection of medieval artifacts and antiquities.

Want to make the experience fun for children? The museum offers a free activity book for every child on admission and will host the Kids Dig It school holiday program from June 29. Watch their enthusiasm grow as they make their own anthropological discoveries.

There are also guided tours for visitors of all ages on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11am. Abbey Museum is open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm. Admission is $12 adults, $8.50 students/concession, $7 children (5-15 years).

Want to know more? Head to the website or Facebook page.

Ocean View Estates Winery

If you love fine wine and food, this taste bud adventure is for you. At Ocean View Estates, you can enjoy a vineyard and winery tour, taste handcrafted wines and graze on a fine selection of tastes from the kitchen as you go.

It’s the perfect canapés-style light lunch, or as a starter before an a la carte experience to remember in the restaurant overlooking the lake.

The tours run from 11am-noon and cost $50 per person, including tour, tasting and food (minimum two people). There’s also ‘unwind in the vines’ and ‘fly in and dine’ packages for those really wanting to treat themselves.

And if you just fancy a delicious lunch, with a side of fine wine or craft beer, you can do that too.

As the name suggests, the winery is at Ocean View - just up the mountain from Dayboro.

Want to know more? Head to the website or Facebook page. Bookings are essential.

Natural attractions

Fancy a hike in a National Park, a day at the beach, a swim in a local waterhole, or a paddle along a winding estuary? In the Moreton Bay Region, you can take your pick.

Explore National Parks at Bribie Island, Mt Mee, Bellthorpe, Mt Glorious and the Bunyaville Conservation Park at Bunya. And if a dip in a local waterhole is what you’re after, you can’t go past Rocky Hole at Mt Mee or Stony Creek at Woodford.

For those who prefer to ride the waves, Woorim Beach at Bribie Island is the perfect place to head for the day. The protected surf beach is ideal for families and when the swell’s up, you can hang ten and catch a wave or two. If calmer water is more your style, take a dip or go for a paddle in Pumicestone Passage at Bongaree.

Want more inspiration? Head to our website.

Lyell Deer Sanctuary

This sanctuary at Mount Samson is home to a small herd of rescued deer - a motley crew of red, rusa and fallow deer. It’s a peaceful little hideaway in the beautiful Samford Valley, which is a popular destination for adults and children, offering education, serenity, and a truly unique experience.

Lyell Deer Sanctuary has been caring for deer for more than 30 years, and attracts visitors from all over the world who want to get up close to these magical creatures in a peaceful and beautiful setting. You can cuddle, sit with and hand feed the deer.

It’s open weekends from 10am to 4pm and on weekdays and holidays by appointment. Admission is $10 per family/group (up to 6 people) and deer pellets are $1 per bag.

Want to know more? Head to the website or Facebook page.

Slickers Horse Riding

A visit to Slickers Horse Riding at Kurwongbah is the perfect opportunity to experience riding out in nature’s elements.

They have 180 horses for lessons suited to riders of all levels of experience, so it doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned rider looking for a weekend escape or someone looking for an opportunity to sit in the saddle for the first time.

Slickers Horse Riding also offers trail rides, kids Saturday riding clubs, trips away and campout riding excursions, farm stays, school holiday programs, corporate days, cross country adventure rides and pony parties.

Want to know more? Head to the website or Facebook page.

Local landmarks

Do some Jive Talkin’, take a trip down memory lane, or discover local art at any of these local landmarks and attractions.

Bee Gees Way, Redcliffe

Caboolture Historical Village, Caboolture

Old Petrie Town, Whiteside

Bribie Island Community Arts Centre

Redcliffe Museum

Dayboro Art Gallery

Caboolture Regional Art Gallery

For more local attractions, day trip options, or places to enjoy a bite to eat, head to our website.

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