Spring has finally sprung, and in the Moreton Bay Region, we are blessed with beautiful local flora. From Redcliffe to Caboolture and out to Samford, there are so many gardens and parks to visit this budding season.
Here are our top three picks for flourishing gardens in the Moreton Bay Region.
A peaceful haven in the centre of a lively town, Redcliffe Botanic Gardens provides an escape from the stress and hubbub of city life. Take some time to visit the glorious green acreage for a quiet moment on one of the park benches, relaxing among the picturesque scenery. Alternatively, picnic under the sheltered and shaded areas fully equipped with a picnic bench set, electric barbeque, water fountains and rubbish bins, the perfect spot for a family picnic.
Stretching across 4 hectares, Redcliffe Botanic Gardens also has earthen walkways winding through dense foliage for those interested in the local flora and fauna (try and spot a frog in the Chorizema spring). We recommend visiting the Peninsula Herb Garden, developed in the 1970’s and home to over 300 species of culinary, medicinal, industrial and native herbs. Open seven days a week from 6 am until 6 pm, entry is free, and the property is wheelchair accessible.
Location: 20 Henzell Street, Redcliffe
Teeming with wildlife such as cockatoos and ducks, Centenary Lakes Park is situated on the banks of the Caboolture River and is a perfect destination for friends, couples and families alike. Playing host to an off-leash dog area, a playground, sheltered areas with a picnic bench set and electric barbecue, there really is something for everyone.
In addition, Centenary Lakes is registered in Moreton Bay Region’s 10,000 Steps program. With a 2.1km loop track starting from the Stringfellow Road entry, the walk covers the entire perimeter of Centenary Lakes Park, ducks behind the Caboolture Sports Centre and cuts through Apex Park just across the road. The track usually takes 20-25 minutes (or 2,600 steps) and provides a scenic view of the entire lake, river and puts you in the midst of local flora. Pack a scooter for the kids, they’ll enjoy testing their ‘scooter skills’ on this pathed walkway.
A truly picturesque park, Centenary Lakes has four dedicated wedding areas suitable for all ceremony sizes and themes. From a large, ferny area with the lake as a backdrop to a smaller, secluded area close to parking, Centenary Lakes is an ideal option for a garden and lake wedding ceremony. Permits are required and can be applied for here.
Location: Morayfield Road, Caboolture
Spanning an impressive 10 hectares, John Oxley Reserve is situated along the banks of the North Pine River. As a public park, John Oxley reserve has a spacious sporting field for your family to bring along a frisbee or ball to throw around. Alternatively, get in and play on the massive bark chipped playground nestled among some beautiful trees, providing shade and a habitat for local bird life. Here, kids can swing, jump, slide, spin and climb for hours on end – there’s so much to do to ensure they’re worn out for the trip home!
The reserve also features the Carole Green Walkway, a flat and shaded pathway highlighting the region’s native vegetation. The walk, leading to a boardwalk by the North Pine River, also provides a slice of history on the area and how the park got its name.
Equipped with an athletic field, community hall, picnic shelters, toilets and a barbecue, John Oxley Reserve is conveniently located among several restaurants and shops, making it a great picnic spot for the family.
Location: Ogg Road, Murrumba Downs