Conquer your Moreton Bay Summer Bucket List

#1 Experience the best of Bribie Island with G’day Adventure Tours

Bribie Island National Park is an oasis just waiting to be discovered, and with the gang from G’day Adventure Tours showing you all the best bits, you’ll wonder why you haven’t spent more time discovering this natural paradise sooner.

Rated one of the best things to do in Brisbane, a 4WD adventure tour with G’day will see you exploring beautiful preserved state forests, tea-tree-stained lagoons, white sandy beaches, bustling wildlife and the opportunity to get up close and personal with the historic WW2 Bunkers, where you can learn about the history of the structures which one day may cease to exist.

#2 Uncover treasures at Redcliffe Art Gallery

Redcliffe Art Gallery is Redcliffe Peninsula’s premier arts destination where everyone is welcome to spend time relaxing, creating and exploring. Just a 40-minute drive north of Brisbane City, the Gallery runs a comprehensive exhibition program by local, emerging and national artists as well as touring and collection-based exhibitions.

#3 Cool off at Settlement Cove Lagoon

There’s nothing quite like enjoying a nice refreshing swim on a hot summer day. One great place to check out this summer is Settlement Cove Lagoon in Redcliffe, which is the closest swimming lagoon near Brisbane City. Free to enjoy, the lagoon features a deep end, shallow area for kids, as well as a mini aqua park for the little ones to enjoy – perfect for those looking for an affordable summer play option.

#4 Sip Champagne and slurp Oysters with River to Bay

Venture across Moreton Bay Marine Park to an authentic oyster farm aboard River to Bay’s Champagne and Oyster tour, departing from Redcliffe Jetty, Bongaree Jetty and Sandstone Point Hotel. Their promise? The freshest oysters you will ever try. Keep an eye out for dugongs and all sorts of sea life as the sun sets on the horizon.

#5 Venture out and explore the trails

Is summer the time for you to challenge your physical self and feel more than adventurous? Well slip slop slap and put on your hiking boots because Moreton Bay Region has the ultimate hiking trails for you. Why not tick off one of these hikes this summer from our epic hiking list?

#6 Take a dip at Rocky Hole

Escape the heat and cool off with a dip at Rocky Hole.

Voted one of the best natural attractions near Brisbane, Rocky Hole is a gorgeous natural swimming spot located within the Mount Mee section of D’Aguilar National Park.

Surrounded by open eucalypt forest, the swimming hole is only a short 200m walk from the carpark and is easily accessed by a walking track and stairs that descend onto the swimming hole’s surrounding boulders.

Hot tip: recommended access to Rocky Hole is by 4WD

#7 Feel energised with Moreton Bay Jetski Hire and Ride

Hit the water on a thrill-seeking guided jet ski tour with Moreton Bay Jetski Hire and Ride.

Offering exhilarating nature-based adventure along the calm waters of Pumicestone Passage, Bribie Island, this epic summer activity is a must activity to tick off your bucket list.

No license? No worries! Licensed and experienced guides will ensure your jet-ski adventure is safe and fun, irrespective of skill and experience level.

#8 Be enchanted at Bribie Island Butterfly House

Ever wanted to walk into a wonderland of flying butterflies? The Bribie Island Butterfly House in Bongaree is always in bloom and surrounded by fluttering butterflies all year-round.

With a volunteer guided tour of the facility, you can step into a butterfly haven and interact with them in their natural environment, even getting to see the breeding lab!

Hot tip! Butterflies like bright colours, so wear a colourful shirt and you might just have a close encounter with a butterfly.

#9 Splash around at The Mill Water Park

Pop this spot high on your 'must-visit' list as it’s one of the best playgrounds Brisbane has to offer. Located within The Mill at Petrie, the space features two playgrounds for younger and older children, flying fox, splash pad with a water bucket, extensive green space with cricket pitch, and sheltered barbecue area. You’ll also need a hat, sunscreen and a keen sense of fun!

#10 Enjoy some Music in the Park

Get your family and friends together for Music in the Park at Scarborough Beach Park on 26 January, 2023. Enjoy an arvo of live music from 1:00pm to 6:00pm, free family fun and a cracker day down by the water. Bring a picnic rug and fold-up chairs, find the perfect position, and chill out while listening to some great Moreton Bay entertainment. The best part? It’s free to enjoy!

#11 Watch the sunset from Sunset Park, Bribie Island

As the name suggests, Sunset Park on Bribie Island is one of the best vantage points in the region (and arguably SEQ) to catch a breathtaking sunset.

Grab a picnic rug and perch yourselves on the carpet-like green grass, with the perfect vista of the sun setting over the Glass House Mountains.

Woody Point in Redcliffe is also an amazing place to catch the sunset, check out our ultimate sunrise and sunset list for more.

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#12 SUP at Redcliffe

The calm water of Redcliffe is an idyllic location for water sport lovers to enjoy a sunrise or sunset SUP along the peninsula. If you’re lucky, a dolphin might just come and float along right beside you.

#13 Enjoy the vineyard at Ocean View Estates

Tour the vineyard and winery at Ocean View Estates and learn about the delicate interplay between wine and food – all while grazing on a fine selection of cheeses.

Stunning vineyards, flavourful wine – lazy summer evenings never sounded better.

#14 Chow down on seafood

If seafood is your thing, you do not want to pass up the opportunity to visit Tempest Seafood Restaurant and Teppanyaki. Flaunting seasonal seafood straight off the trawler, zesty cocktails and moreish Moreton Bay Bugs, it’d be rude not to!

#15 Check out a brand-new swim up bar

By the pool is where we like to enjoy summer, and Big4 Sandstone Point Holiday Resort's BRAND-NEW swim up bar is the perfect place to spend a lazy weekend.

Did someone say margaritasssss?

#16 Get amongst nature

Summer is the perfect time to soak up some fresh air and feel the warmth seep into your skin. If you’re a nature lover and enjoy getting out and about then Brisbane Nature Tours has your name written all over it. With tours ranging from tropical rainforests to native wildlife habitats, mangrove forests to sand islands, Brisbane Nature Tours will offer you the chance to connect with the beautiful landscape around you.

#17 Become a master distiller

Gincoming! Comiskey Distillery's Gin Workshop is an intimate distilling experience, located next door to the iconic Eatons Hill Hotel. Craft your very own 500mL bottle of gin from a mini traditional Alembic copper still, with over 100 botanicals to choose from. The ultimate hands-on class complimented with two cocktails and a gourmet charcuterie board to enjoy an afternoon of experimentation, learning all things gin making. Bottoms up!

#18 Go Hiking at Stony Creek

Reconnect with Mother Nature at one of Moreton Bay Region’s most gorgeous natural swimming holes, Stony Creek in Woodford. Surrounded by national parks and the perfect place to disconnect from the everyday, it’s one of our best kept secrets for summer fun under the sun. You can access Stony Creek from the Day-Use Area on Fletcher Road, west from Woodford.

#19 Go Camping

What’s summer without a night spent under the stars? If you haven’t camped on beautiful Bribie Island, you need to without further ado.

The largest and most popular camping area on Bribie Island, Ocean Beach Campgrounds has 63 numbered sites accessed by four-wheel drive only. Located in the Bribie Island National Park. Camping permits are required, and fees apply. A tag with your booking number must be displayed at your camp site, campfire restrictions may be in place so be sure to check these in advance.

#20 Become a ninja of the water

Cool off and hit the slides of Brisbane’s coolest inflatable water park - Aqua Warrior.

Located at Pelican Park, Clontarf – Aqua Warrior has opened the 2023 season with a new course, more obstacles and an extended swimming enclosure. Big kids and little kids welcome!

#21 Spend a day in Dayboro

Dayboro is a quaint and friendly township, known as the town of yesteryear.

If you’re feeling peckish, there are plenty of options for coffee and a bite to eat. If you’re more of an art lover, the Dayboro Art Gallery is a must-visit destination while you’re in town. It’s run by more than 30 artists, so there’s often the chance to speak to them about their work.

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#22 Tee off at a golf course

North Brisbane’s hidden gem, Woodford Golf Club, offers the perfect chance to relax and unwind with one of the most naturally beautiful 18-hole courses in Queensland. Located just under an hour minute from the Sunshine Coast and just over an hour from Brisbane, Woodford Golf course offers the perfect getaway for golfers of all levels and abilities.

#23 Fish your heart out

Angling for great fishing North of Brisbane? Moreton Bay is one of the largest estuarine bays in Australia and is unique in the fact that it has both tropical and temperate marine species. This makes it a popular fishing destination for not only ‘humans’ but a diversity of marine life. Before you cast your line, check out zoning and license regulations.

Need some inspiration? We have you covered.

#24 Enjoy the view at Jolly's

Witness D'Aguilar National Park from one of its most iconic viewpoints, Jolly’s Lookout. The lookout, located just off Mount Glorious Road, provides unrivaled views that stretch out far beyond the valley.

After taking the perfect panoramic shot, be sure to pull out that picnic basket and enjoy a snack.

#25 Cocktails at the Komo

Enjoy refreshing cocktails at The Komo underneath the pink umbrellas before settling down on the shore to watch another epic Moreton Bay sunset.

Summer is pretty good!

We hope you find inspiration for your next family road trip adventure in 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.