Heritage Trail Guide – Moreton Bay Region

Immerse yourself in the local colonial history of the Moreton Bay Region with exploration of the many heritage trails, from early penal settlement to the dairy farming and logging history of the hinterland.

So plan a day to explore one of our region’s heritage trails, taking the time to take in the stunning natural beauty and boutique village vibes.

Redcliffe & Surrounds Heritage Trails

Redcliffe Convict Trail

In September 1824, upon orders from Governor Brisbane, a group of government officials, soldiers and convicts arrived at the Redcliffe Peninsula, charged with the task of building Moreton Bay’s first penal settlement. Conditions proved too difficult, and eight months later they relocated to the Brisbane River (where the Brisbane CBD is today).

Today you can walk in their footsteps and hear stories about Redcliffe’s (and Queensland’s) first European encampment on the Redcliffe Convict Trail.

START LOCATION: 159 Redcliffe Parade, Redcliffe
DURATION: 1 hour

Redcliffe Historical Esplanade Walk

The Esplanade has always been a centre of lively fun and recreation in Redcliffe. Lined with shops, cafes, bars and boarding houses, this was the place holiday makers congregated, ice creams melting in their hands.

At the heart of this joyful promenade was the jetty. Visitors would pour off the steamers in their hundreds, sights set on the attractions the Esplanade had to offer: the Rollerdrome, Comino’s Arcade, Luna Park, or simple pleasures such as swimming or fishing off the jetty.

Your stroll along the Redcliffe Historical Esplanade Walk today takes you to many of these treasured locations.

START LOCATION: 189 Redcliffe Parade, Redcliffe
DURATION: 1 hour

Deception Bay Heritage Trail

The Deception Bay Heritage Trail takes you back to the town’s early days, when the area was remote, roads were dusty tracks and Aboriginal locals maintained traditional lifestyle and culture.

Today you can walk the bayside trail and read the stories about Deception Bay, note this trail is Caboolture River Rd, Queenslandpart of the Deception Bay Foreshore accessible pathway.

START LOCATION: Beach Road, Deception Bay
DURATION: 1 hour

Anzac Memorial Avenue

Discover the history behind Anzac Ave and remember our fallen soldiers by visiting the Anzac memorial sites along this heritage-listed main thoroughfare running from Redcliffe to Petrie, an approximate 40 minute car trip from start to end.

Returned servicemen began constructing the avenue in 1922 - its purpose twofold - to serve as a much-needed major arterial road for a growing city and to honour the fallen soldiers of the First World War (WWI).

START LOCATION: 2 Anzac Avenue, Redcliffe
DISTANCE: 17.9km
DURATION: 27 minute drive (without stops)
STOPS: 7 Memorial Stops

Caboolture & Surrounds

Caboolture River Road Heritage Drive

Some 140 years ago, the rough bush track between Caboolture and Morayfield took several arduous hours for early settlers to travel. Today, the Caboolture River Road is a comfortable half hour drive, but it will forever be linked with stories from our pioneer past. This Scenic Heritage Trail commemorates just a few of them.

START LOCATION: Turn off from Morayfield Road to Caboolture River Road
DISTANCE: 17.3km
DURATION: 20 minute drive (without stops)

North Harbour Heritage Trail

Operating as a cotton farm in the 1860s, settler George Raff eventually developed the land into a sugar cane plantation named ‘Moray Fields’ to complement his Moray Bank house in New Farm. Of course, the Moray reference is in recognition to his origins in Morayshire, north-east Scotland.

This trail tells the story of Raff and his contribution to the economic growth of the region during early settlement, including transport of cut cane to Brisbane, using water transportation. Caboolture River Rd, Queensland

Be sure to drop into the Compass Centre to learn more about this historic site, including artefacts.

North Harbour Heritage Trail area has been listed and protected on the Queensland Heritage Register since 2011 as a place of Queensland State significance.

LOCATION: North Harbour Heritage Park, Moreton Bay Bvd, Morayfield
DURATION: 1 hour

Rail History Caboolture to Wamuran

Explore the history of the Moreton Bay Region along the former railway corridor that once linked freight and passenger services between Caboolture and Kilcoy, the Caboolture to Wamuran Rail Trail.

The first major section of the line, stretching between Caboolture and Woodford, was opened on 6 December 1909, and extended to Kilcoy in November 1913. The line includes sidings to allow freight and produce to be loaded to and from the railway wagons at the Moodlu, Wamuran, Bracalba, D’Aguilar and Woodford Stations.

Today the trail has been resurfaced and developed for use by cyclists and pedestrians.

LOCATION: 46 Beerburrum Road, Caboolture
DISTANCE: 10.5 km
DURATION: 2.5 hours

Hinterland Heritage Trails

North Pine Heritage Trail

In 1823 Lt. John Oxley, the New South Wales Surveyor-General, discover the Pine River, assisted by two castaway ticket-of-leave convicts. It wasn’t until 1843 that the Griffin family established the ‘Whiteside Run’ on the North Pine River, an extensive sheep and cattle station. Today the area is busy business and residential area and home to the USC Moreton Bay Campus which opened it’s doors in 2020.

This self guided tour starts at Sweeney Reserve, with sites 1-29 within walking distance from Petrie Train Station.

LOCATION: Taylor Street, Petrie
DISTANCE: Minimum 3.5 km
DURATION: Allow 2 hours

Samford Village Heritage Trail

Of all the areas in the Moreton Bay region, Samford is perhaps one of the most historic and the Samford Museum provides a portal into understanding how life was for the region’s early settlers from the 1850s through to more recent days.

The museum preserves a diverse collection of local building styles, along with many original buildings dotted along the villages main street.

LOCATION: 21 Station St, Samford Village
DURATION: 1 hour

Dayboro Heritage Trail

The Dayboro district was initially referred to as Upper North Pine. The first permanent non-indigenous settler was John McKenzie. The region became attractive to the dairy and timber industry, with a butter factory being built in 1892, followed by a sawmill in early 1900.

The street scape of Dayboro today still showcases many of the original buildings, including the Crown Hotel.

LOCATION: 24 Williams Street, Dayboro
DURATION: 30 minutes

Bribie Island Heritage Trails

Bribie Island Plaques Waterfront Walk

The Bribie Island Plaques Waterfront Walk along the Bongaree Foreshore. Starting from Kangaroo Avenue, this one-hour walk features sixteen heritage plaques telling over 200 years of local history.

LOCATION: 95 Welsby Parade, Bongaree
DURATION: 1 hour

Bongaree Walkabout

The Bribie Island landscape has changed a lot since Matthew Flinders, Bongaree, and their crew landed on the island in 1799. Even centuries later, the expedition has left an indelible imprint on the island and its residents. You can explore this history with the Bongaree Self Guided Walkabout, heritage waterfront walk.

LOCATION: First Ave, Bongaree
DISTANCE: Approx. 3.5km
DURATION: 2 hours

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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.