With great weather all year round, Queensland is fortunate enough to be spared from the freezing cold snaps and sweater weather that leaves our southern neighbours shivering for months.
While it can get a little crisp here, it’s not enough to prevent you from getting out and exploring - so it's an ideal time to plan a getaway!
Instead of bunkering down and hibernating, here are six incredible outdoor experiences to enjoy in the Moreton Bay Region over the next few months.
For a memorable experience the whole family will love, Ottaba Llamas at Bribie Island is the place to go.
It’s no drama walking a llama because they are cute, cuddly and gentle animals that love your company, and are extremely happy to soak up the sunshine while being taken for a stroll along the waterfront at Banksia Beach.
Visitors can choose from either a 20-minute or 40-minute walk with their new friend, meaning there are plenty of opportunities to snap some cute piccies for your Instagram page.
You can also choose to end your unique experience with a wine tasting, morning tea or cheese platter.
Moreton Bay’s climate is perfect for growing succulent and delicious berries, with one popular place for strawberry picking being Luvaberry Farm in Wamuran.
Luvaberry Farm is not like any other strawberry farm – the owners know how tempting it can be to taste test the berries as you pick them, so they have a dedicated ‘Peckish Picking’ area where you can eat as many strawberries in the field as you like.
Visitors can also take a complimentary tour of the farm on weekends to learn about their fusion farming techniques, and the kids can also pat and play the farm dog Panda.
The only problem you will have upon leaving is deciding what to make when you get home – strawberry jam or strawberry shortcake come to mind!
Winter is one of the best times to get out and explore nature, as it’s not too hot or too cold – it’s extremely comfortable.
There are five different walking tracks to choose from, including the Rainforest Circuit, Cypress Grove, Western Window, Greenes Falls and Westside Track, all featuring beautiful plants and natural wildlife.
Regardless of your trailblazing level, Maiala National Park in Mount Glorious is a rewarding adventure.
With stunning coastal scenery, lots of boating and fishing areas, four-wheel driving tracks, and an abundance of cafes and eateries to pop into, Bribie Island is a tropical oasis just waiting to be discovered.
As soon as you start making your way over the bridge to this charming seaside community, you will instantly feel a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the nearby cities.
With our year-round sunshine, Bribie Island gives off those perfect winter vibes as you can get nice and toasty on the sand, or even take a dip and then dry off in no time.
It’s also a perfect spot to catch a truly spectacular sunrise, that is if you don’t mind setting your alarm for an early start!
From June to October, the waters surrounding Moreton Bay turn into a playground for thousands of humpback whales on their yearly migration to and from Antarctica.
One of the best ways to see these gentle giants frolicking in the water is by taking a boat ride with the team from Brisbane Whale Watching, who can get you up close and personal to observe these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat.
More marine creatures, such as dolphins, turtles, dugongs and more can also be found when booking a day trip with Dolphin Wild Island Cruises.
Optional activities also include snorkelling the world-famous Tangalooma wrecks where you will see a myriad of diverse animals, boom netting in the waters of Moreton Island and guided fish feeding.
With little to no light pollution, there are plenty of epic spots across Moreton Bay where you can see the night sky lit up by billions of stars.
It is universally known that stargazing is one of the most romantic and inexpensive date ideas for couples, so if you’re looking to make your partner’s eyes twinkle, you have come to the right place.
Some of the best locations for starry-eyed lovers include Settlement Cove Park in Redcliffe, Poverty Creek on Bribie Island, Dahmongah Lookout Park at Mount Mee and Running Creek Parklands in Highvale.
Do not forget to bring a warm blanket to snuggle under, a beanie to keep your head warm, and a thermos filled with rich, velvety hot chocolate to sip on.
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