It's time to explore the Moreton Bay Region

Posted: 11am 15 Nov 2018

The beach and the bush, the Moreton Bay region offers both and the best part is, it doesn’t matter if the weather is warm or a little on the cooler side.

Northbrook Gorges: The southern section of D'Aguilar National Park provides a day of hiking and a rock swimming pool with stunning sceneries. This little-known and well-hidden hike is a must for anyone who loves bush bashing and walking along the riverbed.

There are several rock pools along the journey, but the highlight in the second gorge is the large, nearly crystal-clear, rocky swimming pool and short waterfall. Shaded by the forest’s towering trees and tall gorge walls, the pool provides a refreshingly cool swim in the warmer months.

Sheep Station Creek Conservation Park: Is a convenient way for walkers and horse riders to escape into nature.

The nature reserve of 231 ha of bushland is rich with birds, reptiles, butterflies, marsupials and mammals. The open, grassy forests provide an ideal habitat for the families of the resident koala, wallaby, short-beaked echidna and locally endangered Greater Glider.

With three bushwalking tracks, which are all classified as easy and range from 1.1km to 4.4km looping around. The historically quieter tracks are ideal for bird watching, in particular around sunrise and sunset.

Pine Rivers Park: Is one of the most popular public recreation spaces in the Strathpine region, sitting on the Bald Hills flats along the banks of the South Pine River. It is a perfect family day out, with wide open grassed areas and shaded picnic spots. Nestled among the mature Norfolk pine trees is a flying fox and climbing frame, and there is a garden labyrinth surrounded by a pedal train track. A toddler playground includes a fenced sandpit and swings area. There is also a wheelchair accessible Liberty swing.

Lake Kurwongbah: Is a quiet expanse of water largely surrounded by privately owned residential acreage. This often forgotten spot for power boats, water skiers, paddlers, and rowers is a shared recreational water sports zone.

Users of powerboats must be affiliated with local clubs, while daily use of paddle crafts such as kayaks and canoes is perfectly fine without a club affiliation. Vessels can be launched from Mick Hanfling Park, off Torrens Rd, and there is a wash-down zone.

Fishing is permitted and the lake surrounds are also suitable for walking and bird watching.

Bellthorpe National Park: Offers a great day trip. This is on the southern end of the Conondale Range, west of the Glass House Mountains, a short drive west of Woodford. Offering some of the best 4WD tracks in the region, the park can be accessed for a great trip back to nature from three entrances.

Bellthorpe was once home to a prosperous timber-cutting industry and there is still a gantry for visitors to explore and photograph at the northern section of the park.

Samford Valley Rail Trail: Offers an opportunity to discover some of the history of Queensland railways. The Ferny Grove Line's tracks once went on to Dayboro, passing through the Camp Mountain Range on their way to Samford Village. The line was closed in 1955 as more trucks and cars hit the road, due to declining passenger numbers.

The 8.3 km rail path is today a shared bike and walking trail, beginning at Ferny Grove train station and heading along Lanita Rd towards Samford Valley. The largely smooth, sealed path (also known as Samford to Ferny Grove Cycle Link) is well maintained and marked out.

Mount Glorious: Is one of the best bushwalking destinations in the country in the south portion of the D'Aguilar Range. A variety of well-maintained paths are available to guide walkers across the cool subtropical rainforest. Seven of the walks are welcoming to the kids, with boardwalks to navigate rough terrain safely.

The best showcase in nature includes tall palms, incredible strangler figs, fallen trees covered in fungi and moss and, if you walk after rain, bubbling brooks trickle alongside the tracks.



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