7 Animal Spotting Habitats in Moreton Bay Region

Family Fun Natural Attractions On a Budget

Luckily for those of us living in Moreton Bay Region, we share our home with an array of spectacular, yet often elusive, fauna species.

However, knowing where to look for our native animals Brisbane north of the city can be tricky. To make things easier for animal spotting enthusiasts, we’ve compiled a list of a few locations worth checking out.

7 Animal Spotting Habitats to Visit in our Region

Connect to nature – these are the 7 best nature hotspots animal lovers should visit in the hopes of encountering our local furry, feathered, winged, prickly and water dwelling residents:

#1. Mungarra Reserve, Petrie

Fancy the chance of spotting a koala in the wild? Mungarra Reserve, adjacent to Sweeney Reserve, is part of a koala reserve which runs along the banks of the North Pine River. It’s not unusual for a koala to be seen when out on your morning jog, during a Sunday bike ride.

#2. Esplanade Parklands, Toorbul

As the sun begins to set, the Toorbul esplanade parklands come alive with the local kangaroo population. They congregate in family groups, grooming, playing and resting. It’s a great photographic opportunity, but don’t be fooled by their utter adorableness, be mindful these are wild animals.

The Toorbul Bird Roost is also a must for avid bird watchers.

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#3. Pumicestone Passage

The picturesque setting of Pumicestone Passage is a nature lover’s paradise. Grab your kayak, boat or book a tour with Ferryman Cruises to enjoy the diversity of bird and marine life that call this channel home. You might even spot a dugong!

#4. Moreton Bay

Having Moreton Bay Marine Park on our region’s doorstep really does offer some amazing opportunities to connect with nature. From whale watching tours to scuba diving experiences, you’re guaranteed to see some stunning marine life out on our bay.

Fish fins for Bailey

In this clip we see Bailey getting a beakful of fish fins. We have, however, had a development at our osprey nest which some osprey devotees have probably and correctly assumed is happening. Pippin's behaviour over the last week has become increasingly agressive towards Bailey at feeding time. Often she will herd him away from the feeding patch in the nest, others she has pecked him with persistence. Monitoring of this behaviour to assess whether it was a passing theme or here to stay has shown the latter persists. Sibling rivalry has reared its ugly head. Bailey is getting fed but by no means the amount he would need for the growth rate we see in Pippin. He is however growing and has similar feather development to Pippin and is exercising his wings and shifting sticks and producing some impressive catapault squirts. We heartily hope that he is gleaning enough nourishment to grow to fledging and further. I also bear in mind that George was a rather small osprey when he came to us in 2016. Perhaps beyond the realms of possibility we have another pocket rocket. George is a magnificent fisher, 10 fish in the day 2 days ago!!! Pip #OspreyChicks #OspreyHouse #MBRC #Osprey #Raptor #nestlings #chicks #fish #siblingrivalry

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#5. Osprey House Environmental Centre

Nestled along the North Pine River, the boardwalks of the Osprey House lead visitors to mudflats, mangroves and eucalyptus forests where species of sea life and bird life are in abundance. There are plenty of educational activities on offer for the little ones, and yourself!

#6. Caboolture River

Caboolture River is a fascinating waterway that feeds from a multitude of smaller creeks, winding it's way down to the Moreton Bay at Deception Bay. The main river system is tidal and home to a diversity of marine life, including turtles.

#7. North Pine River

Sightings may be rare, but on occasion platypus have been spotted in the waters of North Pine River. Pack a picnic and head off for a looksee. Make sure you submit your sightings to the Moreton Bay Animal Atlas.

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