5 Magical Places to Visit in Moreton Bay Region

Are you visiting the Moreton Bay Region or just looking for something fun to do with the kids on your free weekends? Thankfully, the Moreton Bay Region has an endless number of events, natural attractions and tours to experience – great for keeping the young ones busy and entertained! Here’s our top four picks for magical places to visit in the Moreton Bay Region.


#1 Gollum Tree, Scarborough

While you might be a bigger fan of Lord of the Rings than your children, there’s no doubt that your little ones will enjoy visiting the Gollum Tree in Scarborough. Nestled in the base of one of Scarborough Beach’s pine trees is a small and mysterious door. Look through a well-placed window and you might just see a light-up Gollum figurine inside. Don’t forget to check the message engraved onto the door!

Once you’ve had your fun with the Gollum Tree, you can sit back and relax while sunbaking at the Scarborough Beach Park – but don’t forget to slip, slop, slap. You can even take some lunch and have a great barbecue and maybe even bring a volleyball net or a shovel and spade.


#2 Sunsets at Lake Samsonvale, Petrie

If you're a nature lover looking for a slice of paradise close to home that can make you feel like you're world's away from the hubbub of city life, then Lake Samsonvale is the place for you. Whether it's for a romantic picnic or a family fun day by the water, Lake Samsonvale is a truly magical place in the Moreton Bay Region.

You can spend some time fishing or kayaking, the children can play on the playground at Bullocky's Rest or you can take a walk along the trail to Forgan Cove that weaves along the water's edge. Thanks to its convenient location, after you've watched your magical sunset, you can head off to Petrie, Warner, Dayboro or Clear Mountain for a great dinner.


#3 Humpback Whale Migration, Redcliffe Jetty

Though not magical in the sense of wands and spells, what’s more magical than witnessing the migration of the giant humpback whales? From June to October each year, Captain Kerry and Brisbane Whale Watching will depart from Redcliffe Jetty and cruise out to watch them in action. Better yet, if you go in the second half of the migration season, you’ll be able to see all the mummy whales coming back with their offspring. The cruise lasts for four hours but if you find you’re not quite done with Redcliffe, there’s plenty of shops and natural attractions around to check out before you leave. Alternatively, if you’re from out of town, check out the waterfront accommodation at Mon Komo!


#4 The Store of Requirement, Samford

Sorting is just one of the Brisbane Harry Potter experiences that Store of Requirement offers. The talking Sorting Hat will offer its judgements on where you’re best placed, bringing to life an experience we’ve all envied Harry for, from time to time. With your Hogwarts House placement done, you can begin to enjoy the themed treats and trinkets scattered around the shop, and even collect your wand. The array of familiar choices will tie you to the wand you connect with most – after all, the wand chooses the wizard.


#5 Fairytale Trail

Follow Kumbartcho Sanctuary and Nursery's Fairytale Trail and prepare to be swept away in the romance of it all as you explore the best fairy garden across the land. The whimsical fairies are nestled in the heart of Kumbartcho Sanctuary and are waiting to share their fairy dust to all those who visit! How many fairies will you see?

Discovered a fairy garden or a mermaid in the bay? Share your magical places from around the Moreton Bay Region with us on Insta #visitmoretonbayregion or tag us on Facebook @visitmoretonbayregion!

Looking for more local magical places to explore on Brisbane's doorstep?

Pop into one of the region's Accredited Visitor Information Centres, the volunteers have a wealth on knowledge about things to do and see in the Moreton Bay Region.

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Acknowledgement of Country - We would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands and waterways of the Moreton Bay Region, the Kabi Kabi/Gubbi Gubbi, Jinibara, and Turrbal people and pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging. We recognise the ongoing connection that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have to this land and recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the original custodians of this land.