This guide is particularly great for visitors who have just arrived in Brisbane, hired yourself a car and are looking for an authentic Aussie experience.
The drive is just 102 km in length. You can tackle this itinerary as day-trips if you're staying in Brisbane or book accommodation in the beautiful region and make the most of each pit-stop.
Discover the magic of Moreton Bay Region and follow our North Brisbane sightseeing itinerary.
You can expect:
Let's get this road trip started!
Good morning, it's time to get exploring all the wonders that Moreton Bay Region has to offer.
We suggest setting the alarm clock early to get a head start on your journey. Grab some coffee, pack the car (remember: there's no pesky luggage allowances on this road trip, so pack everything you need and want) and hit the road.
You're going to spend the morning exploring the hinterland at your own pace and your way.
Your authentic Australian experience isn’t complete without a bush walk. You can keep active at Mount Glorious and Mount Nebo, a 35-minute drive northwest from Brisbane. Start your sub-tropical rainforest walk at the Maiala picnic area and choose one of the many tracks. There are options for every bush-walker. Be sure to stop by Jolly’s Lookout on the assent and be rewarded with spectacular views.
Not enough bush-walking for you? Bunyaville State Forest & Conservation Park is a 20-minute drive east. Bunyaville walking tracks are short, and a great way to spot the locals. You’ll find many local plant, animal, and bird species in this natural paradise, like Eucalypts, Koalas, Kookaburras, and camouflaged Tawny Frogmouths. There’s also mountain bike tracks for the adventurous.
Enjoy a delicious lunch in Samford, celebrate local produce at Little Tree Bake & Brew House, known for their house-made pastries and pies or if you LOVE puppy snuggles, book a table at Collies & Co, a café that brings guests together with beautiful Zaryliam Border Collies, but bookings are essential.
For a lunch degustation experience, you can’t go past the mouth watering menu at Pause Restaurant. Crafting the food from scratch, the European trained Italian chefs at Pause have been awarded for their slow-food approach using local ingredients to create elegant and delicious menus.
If you're looking for some country charm and a casual dining experience, make sure you head to the iconic Samford Hotel.
A 25-minute drive north from Samford, Lake Samsonvale is surrounded by parkland, with barbecue areas perfect to sizzle a sausage. Enjoy the 4km walking trail from Bullocky Rest to Forgan Cove, and take in the views. A popular spot with locals to take in a hinterland sunset.
Old Petrie Town, open Wednesday to Sunday, is a 10-minute drive south. Visit the local markets on Sunday mornings. You’ll enjoy the historic trains, chapel, pub, milk bar, and free entry to Pine Rivers Heritage Museum.
You can see Australian native birdlife for free at Osprey House Environmental Centre. Located a 15-minute drive from Old Petrie Town, you’ll arrive to bird-songs and the soothing tides of Hays Inlet. Travel between March and September to see the mating and nesting Raptors, such as Eastern Ospreys, Sea Eagles, and Brahminy Kites. You can learn lots about the local ecosystem at The Centre!
This morning, you are en route to the seaside paradise of Redcliffe Peninsula.
Every day of the week, you'll find an abundance of great coffee spots and places to dig into some delicious breakfast along the Redcliffe Seaside Village, before your Brisbane Whale Watching tour leaves the Jetty promptly at 10am.
Whales migrate to Moreton Bay from July to November and are known for putting on a show. Watch these majestic animals move north to warmer waters while you’re served a delicious lunch. Guaranteeing sightings each trip, Brisbane Whale Watching depart every day during the season.
If you miss the whales, you’ll enjoy seeing dugongs, dolphins, and other Moreton Bay sea life. Dolphin Wild Island Cruises embark on Wednesdays and Saturdays all year. Feeling adventurous? Dolphin Wild offer you boom netting experiences. Snorkel the Shipwrecks at Moreton Island for an extra AUD$20.
Once your tour ends, take in the seaside views of Redcliffe. Redcliffe Parade is lined with history, like Redcliffe Foreshore Art Trail or Settlement Cove Lagoon, the site of Queensland’s first penal settlement. You’ll enjoy how the legacy of the Bee Gees is staying alive at Bee Gees Way, be sure to visit after dark for the nightly light show!
Hungry? Redcliffe Peninsula is renowned for its fresh seafood offering. Treat yourself to an evening at The Golden Ox, an award winning family-owned restaurant renowned for its shared seafood platters and Moreton Bay Bug dishes. Looking for something more casual? Head to Morgan’s Seafood for fresh off the trawler Fish and Chips takaway or dine in overlooking Scarborough Marina at Tempest Restaurant.
Your spending your last day heading for an island escape on Bribie Island. The only Queensland island you can access via car, and is only a 50-minute drive from Redcliffe and about 90 minutes from the heart of the Brisbane CBD.
As an island, there's no surprises here that you'll find a number of pristine beaches to explore and enjoy some fun in the sun.
Families will love swimming at Bongaree Beach with its gentle waters and shallow areas. If you're looking for a surf beach, you're in luck! Woorim Beach is the closest patrolled surf beach to Brisbane. Please always swim between the flags!
Want to take in local history? You’ll enjoy Bribie Island Seaside Museum, with exhibits for the whole family. Learn the history Matthew Flinders had with the region, and how the area was named. You can even see the work of Australian artist Ian Fairweather.
Looking for locally made gifts and momentums? Bibie Island Community Arts Centre has a stunning selection of local artisan work for sale, from sculpture to jewellery, textiles and paintings. With an onsite café, it is the ideal location to explore.
Head down to Bongaree and try your hand at Stand Up Paddle Boarding or a bike ride along the foreshore thanks to Bribie Hire Hut & Tours or hire a boat at Bribie Island Boat Charters and explore the natural wonders of Pumicestone Passage!
Looking for a leisurely conclusion to your Moreton Bay Region stay?
Take a stroll and explore the history of the Bongaree Walkabout Trail followed by a sunset picnic at Sunset Park. There's plenty of nearby takeaway shops and of course plenty of fresh fish and chips for you to enjoy by the water.
If you feel like a cold drink and delicious seafood is the perfect way to end your Moreton Bay adventure, than pop over to Sandstone Point Hotel’s Oyster Shed and take in the view.
That brings your 3-day self drive itinerary to an end. We hope you enjoy your time exploring all that our wonderful region has to offer.
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