Awesome Beaches for Kids near Brisbane

Beaches are the perfect place to go to enjoy a fun day out with the kids. However, some of the bigger beaches often get very crowded, making it difficult to enjoy. Luckily, there are some lesser known beaches which can provide heaps of entertainment for the kids. The best part is they can all be found in the Moreton Bay Region.


Deception Bay

Located North-West of Redcliffe, Deception Bay is a hidden gem of a beach. This stunning beach is a beautiful place to visit during low tide. Some of the highlights of Deception Bay include:

Cottonwood Walk: this 1.5km pathway offers a bike and walking trail that all will enjoy. It also platforms to look over Deception Bay shore and the mangroves. Best of all, it has stairways leading down to the beach. The kids will have fun exploring the tidal flats and trying to catch crabs on the shore.

The Bancroft Baths: created by Joseph Bancroft in the late 19th century, these baths were cut into bedrock and used to treat his ailing wife. This heritage listed site is an interesting place to discover during low tide.

Moreton Bay Rocks at Fairy Way: after only starting with just a handful of people decorating and placing rocks in the area on Esplanade South, Deception Bay, Fairy Way has grown dramatically with hundreds of colourfully painted rocks now displayed in the Community Rock garden.

When you’re ready for a break, consider having a picnic at one of the many picnic facilities along Deception Bay. There are barbeques available too, making for a great picnic experience.

Hays Inlet

Roughly situated between the Redcliffe Peninsula and North Lakes, Hays Inlet is a huge area with a variety of things to see and do.

  • Explore the intertidal flats and discover all manner of sea life.
  • During high tide, have a go fishing off the Hornibrook Bridge.
  • Have a canoe or kayak at home? Consider bringing it along as there is plenty of space to paddle about.
  • There is so much to do at Hays Inlet, the kids will love it.


Located East of Caboolture, Beachmere is another little known beach with plenty to offer families.

  • It is a prime spot to go boating and fishing.
  • It is also a beautiful place to visit during low tide. A sandy track located at Beachmere Conservation Park will lead you out to the beach. It has been said that at low tide, hundreds of soldier crabs can be seen scuttling about.
  • Mangroves stand tall along the beach, hiding many local fauna for the kids to discover.

About two kilometres (an easy bike ride) away from Beachmere Conservation Park is Clayton Park. This park includes a great playground for the kids to play on. It also has plenty of picnic facilities such as picnic tables and an electric barbeque, making it the perfect place to enjoy a nice lunch. What’s more, there is even beach access from the park so the kids can play on the beach for as long as they like.


Godwin Beach

Roughly 20 minutes east of Caboolture and just five minutes away from Bribie Island you’ll find Godwin Beach.

  • Plenty of mangrove areas and mudflats for the kids to explore.
  • A perfect area to go fishing or crabbing.
  • A relaxing spot away from the busyness of Bribie.

Consider visiting Godwin Beach if you want a piece of tranquillity away from the hustle and bustle of bigger beaches.

Bongaree Jetty

Bongaree Beach is a bit of a mixed bag. While it is safe in some spots for swimming with calm conditions, strong tidal currents are prevalent parallel to the beach in the Pumicestone channel. The Bongaree Jetty is one of the biggest draw cards to this beach as the Kids will love swimming around it and jumping off it. Keen fishers can be seen casting a line or 20. Beach fishing is also a popular pastime at Bongaree beach. Remember to bring a packed lunch or bring a few sausages to the many sheltered picnic and barbeque areas. You can also learn about the history of area with historical plaques dotted around this stretch of beach.

Margate Beach

The clean white sand and sheltered waters at Margate Beach make this area a favourite dipping spot for families with young children. It's perfect for a day out as it's well-equipped with quality BBQ facilities making it one of the ideal barbequing beaches in Redcliffe for a get-together with family and friends. Pack sausages and bread, fill your esky full of cold drinks and enjoy a day out in the sun by the water, or bring the bikes and go for a ride down the pathway.

You’ll have plenty of time to relax while lunch is sizzling away on one of the many the barbecues/picnic areas along the Esplanade. Sit back and enjoy the delicious aromas, the looks of envy from passers-by and absorb the picturesque views of Moreton Island and Moreton Bay as you gaze out over sandy Margate Beach.

If you’re looking for a quiet, relaxing beach to visit with the kids in the Moreton Region, try out any of these beaches. Both you and the kids will love it.

Sandstone Point

Located just across the bridge from Bribie Island, Sandstone Point is another little beach perfect for taking the kids to.

  • Plenty of space to set up a nice picnic.
  • Kids will love playing on the quiet beach.
  • Incredible views of Bribie Island and Moreton Bay.

This is one beach you need to check out for yourself.

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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.