Posted 24 January
When planning your family holiday to the Moreton Bay Region, some key destinations stand out above the rest. Moreton is the perfect destination for family holidays near Brisbane - it's so close and there is just so much to do!
Bribie Island has beautiful beaches, amazing wildlife, and loads of fun outdoor activities for the kids to get stuck into. Redcliffe is a traditional family holiday destination, with a laid back atmosphere, calm beaches, and plenty of parks, restaurants, and shopping to keep the family entertained. D’Aguilar National Park and the Samford/Dayboro region is stunning and great for camping or staying at a bed and breakfast and just exploring. No matter where you choose, you’re sure to discover some of the best things South East Queensland has to offer.
Bribie Island is a beautiful sand island about 45 minutes north of Brisbane, which makes it an ideal family holiday destination. With stunning scenery, beautiful beaches, and a choice of camping, caravan parks, motels, and luxury resorts and units, your Bribie Island family getaway can be tailor-made to suit your needs.
Enjoy a cruise and watch dolphins play, or kick back and enjoy a delicious meal at one of Bribie’s many seaside cafés. You can stick to outdoor activities and go swimming, surfing, or fishing at Woorim Beach, hire a boat or a jet ski and take the kids out into Pumicestone Passage, or visit the local shops, markets or the small local cinema. The sky’s the limit on Bribie Island.
Bribie Island is a brilliant place to camp with your family, and there are a number of places within the Bribie Island National Park Recreation Area that you can choose from. You’ll need permits to camp and to use a four-wheel drive on the island, so ensure you have those before you start your island adventure!
If you’d prefer to stay in a caravan or cabin, Bribie Island has a number of caravan parks to suit your needs. Check out the Council-run park at Bongaree, or the private caravan parks at Bellara and Woorim.
Bribie has a number of motels, bed and breakfasts, and luxury resorts and units for you and your family to make the most of your island getaway. Stay at the Fairways Golf and Beach Resort or the On the Beach Resort at Woorim for a luxury experience you won’t forget. For a comfortable, laid back experience, stay at the Bribie Waterways Motel at Bongaree, which overlooks the Pumicestone Passage and provides outstanding views.
At just 30 minutes from Brisbane, Redcliffe is an easy drive which makes it perfect for family holidays. Enjoy a historic walk to Settlement Cove Lagoon or along Bee Gee Way, treat your family to a scrumptious seafood dinner at one of Redcliffe’s many amazing seafood restaurants, or attempt to catch your dinner from Redcliffe Jetty. Since its early days as a convict settlement, Redcliffe has blossomed into a festival city, with the Redcliffe Festival of Sails and Redcliffe Festival just some of the many festivals on offer.
For something more adventurous, check out Brisbane Whale Watching, which operates daily from June to November. Kids and adults alike will delight in watching beautiful humpbacks frolicking in Redcliffe’s own backyard. There’s also snorkelling and swimming with dolphins, which you can find more about here.
La Vida on Anzac has large affordable apartments in close proximity to Redcliffe Parade, with it's diversity of food and weekly Sunday Market at the Redcliffe Jetty. Whilst Oaks Mon Komo has amazing family-friendly luxury apartments on offer for you during your Redcliffe stay. The views of Moreton Bay will take your breath away. Scarborough Beach Resort also provides a great place to stay, with boutique accommodation and 1, 2 or 3 bedroom apartments. It’s also only a short walk to the beach, cafes, and shops.
If beautiful mountain ranges, dense forests and scenic drives are more your style, check out the Moreton Bay Region Hinterland featuring the D’Aguilar National Park. Enjoy great walks through the wilderness, stunning lookouts, cool forest pools, and also remote and secluded camping and picnic spots for the more experienced walkers. Cook a barbeque at Jolly’s Lookout while taking in the view over Samford Valley, go horse riding in the beautiful surrounds, or inspect the remains of the old antique saw-mill in the Gantry day-use area. The park also offers a circuit of 90 minute drive through bushland and towards Somerset Dam and Lake Wivenhoe.
The scenic drive to Dayboro makes it worth the trip alone, with beautiful scenery, historic pubs, vineyards and places to feed deer and llamas. Samford is another beautiful, quaint spot to spend the day, with farmland and valleys and the D’Aguilar Range in the background.
Campers are spoiled for choice, with two campsites (Neurum Creek and Archer campsites) in the Mount Mee section of the park, and eight in the South D’Angular section. For those who prefer a little more luxury, why not check out the Samford Lakes Resort or Worlds Away Retreat, which is ideal for families.