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Stay and play in Moreton Bay this Easter

Posted: 1pm 01 Apr 2021

If the Greater Brisbane snap lockdown forced your Easter plans to change, the easiest place to plan a holiday closer to home is the Moreton Bay Region, says Mayor Peter Flannery.

He says Moreton Bay is just minutes away and the whole region is good to go.

“Don’t spend your holidays stuck in highway traffic, get off the Bruce and head to our hinterland for a scenic drive or relax along our iconic coastline without having to worry about crowds,” he says.

“After having to cancel our massively popular Festival of Sails event, local businesses are stocked and ready to indulge your every whim.

“And if seafood’s what you’re craving this Easter, why on earth would you drive past the home of the Moreton Bay bug?

Open for business

“All you need to bring is a face mask and abide by social distancing rules, we’ll do the rest!”

Mayor Flannery says caravan parks have reopened, Settlement Cove Lagoon in Redcliffe is open, parks are open and council pools reopen on Saturday.

“We’ve also reopened major venues like the Morayfield Sports and Events Centre and the Queensland State Equestrian Centre.

“I want to thank everyone who abided by lockdown restrictions and went to get tested, your efforts have enabled this Easter to get back on track.

“But local businesses still need your support, so please get out of your homes and make the most of this lockdown-free holiday period.”

Plan your visit to Moreton Bay Region here.

Your guide to some of the delights that will be open around the region.

Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race

Race organisers have confirmed the flagship event will go ahead, with boats expected to leave Shorncliffe Jetty from 11am.

It’s the perfect chance to head to the waterfront to get a glimpse of the fleet as it sails past - or watch the livestream from one of the leading yachts from the comfort of your own home here.

Festival of Sails

Like the rest of Queensland, organisers are thrilled restrictions have been lifted in time for the Easter long weekend.

“Unfortunately, given the timing of the announcement, we have no choice but to continue with our cancellation,” they say.

“To make this event possible, our logistics teams and vendors start setting up from Tuesday and Wednesday to have the (huge) event site ready for Good Friday morning.

“With the news only received this morning, and restrictions lifted at noon, this means the event cannot be ready in time.

“We, like you, are extremely disappointed with this outcome, however we are excited that a number of smaller events are able to still take place in the Moreton Bay Region.”

Redcliffe Markets

The Redcliffe Markets Good Friday pop-up market will go ahead, as will the Easter Sunday event.

With up to 750m of markets along the Redcliffe waterfront, the markets will include street food, fashion, accessories and homewares from local designer makers; Easter craft for the kids; a scavenger hunt; and chocolate.

Patrons will need to sign in with a QR code for contact tracing, stalls will be spaced appropriately and sanitation stations will be placed throughout the market.

The markets will open 8am-2pm both days.

Caboolture Markets

Caboolture Markets will open on Easter Sunday from 6am-noon.

The markets are a thriving hub of bargain shoppers, collectable-hunters and fresh food junkies.

With a country town feel, people visit every week to enjoy coffee, browse the 300-plus stalls and enjoy children’s amusements.

The markets are at 140 Beerburrum Rd, Caboolture.

Bite Markets

The Bite Markets at Northshore will be open from 4-10pm on Good Friday and Easter Saturday.

The markets are a colourful dining hub for budget foodies, with no dish selling for over $15.

From the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of more than 40 permanent flavour makers, Bite Markets at North Harbour is sure to indulge all your senses, hitting those sweet, spicy and savoury spots.

The markets are at Nolan Dve, Morayfield.

Bramble Bay Bowls Club

The club re-opened at noon on Thursday, but the bistro is unable to open until Saturday because fresh food stock is not available, although you can buy hot pies and sausage rolls from the bar.

Patrons must carry a mask and will need to be seated while eating and drinking.

The bar, gaming area and TAB will be open

The club will screen NRL and AFL games across the weekend.

Sandstone Point Hotel

The hotel announced with would reopen from noon Thursday, with the restaurant open from 5pm.

Sandstone Point will close for Good Friday but resume trading on Saturday.

Best of all, the Easter Sunday Eggstravaganza will go ahead!!!

Patrons must carry a mask at all times and be seated while eating and drinking.

Book a table for dinner by emailing info@sandstonepointhotel.com.au.

Eatons Hill Hotel

Eatons Hill Hotel’s bar and gaming is open, with the bistro open from 5pm Thursday.

The hotel is closed on Good Friday but will resume trading on Saturday.[JP1]

Belvedere Hotel

The Belvedere reopened at noon on Thursday, with the restaurant opening at 3pm and food served from 5pm.

It will trade as usual on Saturday and Sunday, with patrons required to carry a mask and be seated while eating and drinking.


Undersea Putt and Play

Undersea Putt and Play opened on Thursday morning and plans to trade as usual across the Easter weekend, including Good Friday.

Visitors aged over 12 must wear a mask, and social distancing guidelines must be followed.

Swimming pools

Settlement Cove and North Lakes Aquatic Centre opened from noon on Thursday, with all other Council pools and aquatic facilities reopening from Saturday for their normal business hours.

Waste facilities

All waste facilities and transfer stations opened at noon on Thursday and will remain open during their usual operating hours.

Council libraries

All branches, excluding the mobile library, opened from noon on Thursday for normal operating hours.

The branches will be closed for the Easter holiday break - Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday), with normal business operating hours from Tuesday, April 6 April

Visitors must wear face masks.

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