Discover the Moreton Bay Region’s Hidden Gems this Easter

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Posted 05 March

Looking to get away for Easter in Moreton Bay Region this year?

Discover some tucked away treasures hidden right on your doorstep with a day out near Sunshine Coast in Moreton Bay Region. Day trips geared towards couples, families, friends and solo celebrants abound, from the hinterland to the shore, so get off the beaten track these Easter holidays and change up your routine with these unusual Moreton Bay Region day trips.

Launch Easter Off at The Redcliffe Festival of Sails

Bring the family down to Suttons Beach in Redcliffe on Good Friday to kick off the holidays celebrating all things Easter and nautical at The Redcliffe Festival of Sails held in conjunction with the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race.

Suttons Beach offers the best vantage point of the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race so head to the coast early to secure a good view and watch the race as the contestants sail up past the peninsula at approximately 11am.

Jam packed with entertainment for people of all ages, adults can relax and wander around the main attraction consisting of over 150 quality stalls including arts & crafts, homewares, jewellery, food and more while the young ones are kept entertained and supervised at one of the many workshops, or activities.

Don't miss the Pop-Up Ice Cream Fair!

Get the kids creative juices flowing with face painting, sand sculpture and wooden sail boat making workshops. Finish off the day by wearing them out, getting them active on the beach and in the water playing volleyball, hots shots tennis, water sports and hunting for Easter eggs.

The Redcliffe Festival of Sails winds along the Suttons Beach foreshore and Marine Parade in Redcliffe. Check The Sails Festival ‘Getting There’ page for information on your transport options, how to get to Suttons Beach and where to park.

The Redcliffe Festival of Sails runs from 9am to 4pm on Good Friday. Some of the activities and workshops require payment to participate.

Finish Off Sails Festival Relaxing & Swimming at Pirate Park or Settlement Lagoon with the Young Ones

If you’ve still some time left up your sleeve after the Sails Festival, or just want to take a mid-day break and get away from the crowds with the littlies, it may be worth visiting Settlement Cove Lagoon, or Pirate Place Park.

Settlement Cove Redcliffe Lagoon is located in front of Redcliffe Parade and is within easy walking distance of the festival. Open all year round, this swimming lagoon is made up of various parts.

A fenced off pool area is provided for young children, sandy bays ringing the lagoon are shallower offering up perfect play areas for toddlers. A miniature river and riverbed connected to the lagoon provides another wading area for the littlies, while the centre island is surrounded by an inlet and rocks for more fun in the sun.

Not keen on getting yourself wet? No worries, the lagoon has plenty of seating and space available for parents to stay high and dry while watching the kids play in the water.

Pirate Place Park is a little further up the road and reachable in less than 10 minutes by driving up Oxley Avenue from the Sails Festival location.

Pirate Place playground fronts the Scarborough beach and is perfect for young children.

The beach at Pirate Park is also another great swimming spot for little kids. Sheltered and shaded thanks to Norfolk pine trees, it’s ideal for a dip with toddlers.

4WDing adventures through Bellthorpe National Park

A short drive west of Woodford is the often forgotten day trip near Brisbane, Bellthorpe National Park which boasts the best 4wd tracks Brisbane surrounds in Moreton Bay Region.

Bellthorpe National Park is located at the southern end of the Conondale Range, west of the Glass House Mountains and just 90 minutes from the Brisbane CBD. Whilst ideally suited to 4wd enthusiasts, or those willing to explore 4wd near Brisbane tracks on unsealed roads. It’s a great place for a day trip out in nature.

Like Mount Mee, which is south-west of the park, Bellthorpe was once home to a prosperous timber cutting industry. Remnants of this industry are located in the northern section of the park, with a ‘gantry’ still onsite for visitors to explore and photograph. Whilst not as impressive as ‘The Gantry’ at Mount Mee, it is a lovely spot to stop and stretch ones legs.

Bellthorpe National Park does not disappoint as a place to visit, explore and enjoy fun 4wd tracks Brisbane surrounds within Moreton Bay Region.

So enjoy a fun Easter in Moreton Bay with these Moreton Bay day trips designed to get you off the beaten path in 2018.

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