Take a drive through Moreton Bay Region and discover some fun and interesting activities exclusive to this hinterland paradise. You’ll be surprised at just how much you can get up to and experience within one hour of Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.
Hike through sprawling nature parks, swim at a rock pool, or just stroll through the townships you come across along the way. You never know what you might find away from the chain stores and same-same offerings of the big smoke.
Don’t forget to check the weather forecast and bring along a cardigan, or jumper to snug up in as the day wears on (it can become quite cool of an evening up in the hinterland), plus the usual necessities – sunscreen, a hat, good footwear for walking/hiking and so on.
Rise early to start your Moreton Bay Region adventure by arriving in time for a hearty breakfast in the quaint township of Samford. You’ll be best served* (pun intended) fuelling up at The Flying Nun Cafe.
The kids will love a 20 minute trip to Cedar Creek after brekky for a splash in the shallows and some safe creek swimming fun. Leave Flying Nun and drive up Mount Samson Road, turning left at Cedar Creek Road to get there. Note that there is private property south of the bridge at the main parking area, please do not trespass.
If you’re exploring the Moreton Bay Region hinterland with a special someone, then it may be a good idea to go on a Sunday. If you take a 25 minute side-trip up Mount Glorious Rd you’ll find the Phoenix Sculpture Garden and Art Gallery on Mount Glorious.
From 10am to 4pm on Sundays only, you can enter the glorious estate of Graham and Margit Radcliffe. This special 2 hectare retreat was named one of Australia’s 6 most outstanding sculpture gardens by Culture trip, London in December of 2015. It won’t cost you a thing, though a small donation is appreciated.
Get back onto Mount Samson Road and make another stop at Lake Samsonvale for a look see at the lake, some play at the park with the kids, or if you’ve got a fishing permit from the Samsonvale Water Sports Association, or the Pine Rivers Fish Management Association, you can throw a line in from the shore and catch some dinner.
If you’d like to do some water sports out on the lake you will also need a permit.
There are a couple of gorgeous natural creeks and crossings nearby Lake Samsonvale and a few Council managed water parks as well for those keen to get wet without a permit.
If you would like to experience another unique side trip along the way you can stop at Dayboro Cottages and Llama Walks located at 3229 Mount Mee Rd.
Enjoy an hour walk through the Moreton Bay Region hinterland guided by friendly llamas along with their guides, followed by pellet feeding time and a morning tea, for a special experience exclusive to the Moreton Bay Region.
You will be assigned your very own llama to guide you along this scenic hike led by Annika and her husband exploring a slice of their bushland and rain-forested 85 hectare property.
Pre-bookings are necessary and the walks only take place on weekends.
Another great Moreton Bay Region hinterland experience not to miss is the Somerset Trail and/or Gantry in D'Aguilar National Park. Continue along Mount Mee and veer left onto Sellin road for a 5 minute drive (suitable for all vehicles) to Somerset Dam’s the Gantry day use area for a gander at the Gantry, what was once an active sawmill operating between 1879 and 1981 supplying Brisbane and the Moreton Bay Region with timber.
Check out the Piccabeen Walk, a short 20 to 30 minute hike through dense rainforest, or go all out trekking the Somerset Trail. Beware though, this is a 13km hike and will likely take you around 2 and half hours, or more to complete at a steady pace with water pit stops.