It’s shaping up to be sweltering summer so we’ve put together a few refreshing holiday and day trip ideas to Moreton Bay beaches on Bribie Island and along the Redcliffe peninsula to help you beat the heat by the water’s edge.
The popular holiday destination of Bribie Island is a mecca for boat owners, fishing enthusiasts, retirees and families after a conveniently located sea change, or a temporary escape from the city for a few hours, or a holiday.
Bribie Island National Park is full of camping areas, some only accessible by boat, while its urbanised heart to the south boasts everything a day tripper, or holidaymaker could want – safe Moreton Bay beaches, a variety of accommodation options, shopping, dining and even a golf course.
Accommodation options to suit any traveller and budget abound on the island, with numerous caravan parks, camping spots, holiday rentals, hotels and resorts to choose from, including:
There’s plenty to see and do on Bribie Island for families, couples and solo travellers.
If you brought a boat, then guide it out into the Moreton Bay Marine Park’s 35-kilometre Pumicestone Passage, the channel dividing Bribie Island from the mainland. Its calm waters are perfect for fishing, water sports, or a daytime, or sunset cruise. If you’d prefer to stay on dry land then pop in to see what latest exhibition is open for viewing at the Bribie Island Seaside Museum, or play a round of golf at Pacific Harbour Golf & Country Club.
You’re spoiled for choice when it comes to dining out on Bribie Island and its mainland surrounds. Take your pick of fish and chip shops, water edged venues and beachside cafes and restaurants on Bribie:
Alternatively, you can head across the bridge to Sandstone Point Hotel for dinner and live entertainment overlooking the water, or another 18 kilometres further to Beachmere Hotel, the coastal local featuring an alfresco dining area playground.
Redcliffe was the first Queensland site to be settled by Europeans back in 1824, since then the sleepy seaside town has evolved into a peaceful, clean and green bayside hub – a beacon for day-trippers and holidaymakers looking for a coastal escape, or an ocean adventure nearby central Brisbane.
The Redcliffe peninsula, stretching from Scarborough to Clontarf, is dotted with tourist attractions, sporting venues, numerous pristine beaches, bustling dining precincts, popular bayside parks, plenty of diverse accommodation options and shopping opportunities.
Whether you’re sticking to a strict budget or splurging on accommodation, Redcliffe has something to suit every type of traveller. You can choose from caravan parks such as council managed Bells Caravan Park, holiday rentals, hotels and resorts, including:
Take a dip at Margate Beach, Suttons Beach, or Settlement Cove Lagoon, go for a walk, or a cycle along the peninsula foreshore shared path past Gayundah Wreck, take some time out to go whale watching from the Redcliffe shore, or out on the water aboard Moreton Bay tour operator, Brisbane Whale Watching.
If you’re after some footy fun, catch a game at the new Dolphin Stadium, or if arts and culture is more up your alley, attend a performance at Redcliffe Entertainment Centre, or view local artwork at Redcliffe Art Gallery.
Consider yourself a Bee Gees fan? Rekindle fond music memories strolling through ‘Bee Gees Way’, the open-air museum dedicated to The Bee Gees brothers Gibb.
If you’re planning on visiting in March don’t miss Redcliffe Sails Festival, or register to compete in next year’s July Jetty 2 Jetty Fun Run.
Redcliffe dishes up a variety of dining options. You can chow down by the bayside, dig in overlooking Scarborough Marina, or indulge in the heart of Redcliffe. Here’s some food for thought to get you started:
Whether going for an extended holiday, or enjoying day trips near Brisbane – Bribie and Redcliffe’s waterside hotspots offer so many recreational options for cooling down in and out of the sun – park yourself at one of the region’s many beaches, spot whales and dolphins, go cycling, take the kids for a dip in Redcliffe’s lagoon, dine in the shade by the waterside, enjoy a BBQ, or picnic in the park, visit a local tourist attraction, or museum, take in a performance, or footy match, or simply recline and unwind at your accommodation provider.
Make the most of Moreton Bay Region’s summer escapes and head to Bribie, or Redcliffe for rest, relaxation and beating the heat.