From stand-up paddle boarding in the beautiful waters off Bribie Island to getting up close to the majestic deep divers on the Humpback Highway, and munching on some of the sea’s finest delicacies, there’s no better place to live your best life than in Moreton Bay.
Players from the New Zealand Warriors have been living it up in Moreton Bay since November, choosing to live, play and explore the region so they could take part in the 2022 NRL competition.
While the guys were here in our own little slice of paradise, they had the opportunity to discover what makes Moreton Bay great, and with our handy guide to the region, you too can escape like a Warrior.
If you love being out on the water, the Bribie Beach Shack is a one stop shop for your next day out.
You can get out and explore the incredible Moreton Bay Marine Park by hiring boats, kayaks and even stand-up paddle boards.
This is one of the best ways to spend a day of fun in the sun because not only is stand-up paddle boarding good for your health (like engaging your core muscles and building up abdominal strength), but you can casually float with ease and possibly spot schools of fish and other marine life that live in the Pumicestone Passage, which is one of Australia’s most important bird and marine life habitats.
Bribie Beach Shack also hire boats that do not require a boat licence, as well as a selection of higher-powered boats that do.
You can choose from hiring a fishing boat where you can try your luck at reeling in a big one or registering for a fishing charter expedition.
The team at Bribie Beach Shack have all the gear and plenty of ideas for getting you on your way to reeling in the big fish, so with any luck, you will be posing with your catch of the day!
Alternatively, if you are looking for more of a chill day, why not hire their barbecue Pontoon, which can seat 10 people. The boat is fully covered and comes complete with an esky, bathroom and even a sound system, so you can pump some beats and feast on some nibbles.
If you get the munchies back on land, the Bribie Beach Shack also offers a delicious takeaway menu with delicious barista made fresh coffee, breakfast offerings as well as an extensive range of fish and chips, burgers, sandwiches, hotdogs and smaller bites for the kids.
Book your next day on the water here!
Staying local, one of the biggest venues for entertainment and events is the legendary Sandstone Point Hotel, located opposite Bribie Island on the mainland.
This picturesque dining, entertainment and events mecca attracts thousands of visitors each year, who come to see some of the biggest national and international artists, as well as many other much-loved community events like rodeos, food festivals and more.
Music lovers can rock and dance along to some of their favourite songs at events like the Red Hot Summer concert, which has attracted names like James Reyne, The Living End, Killing Heidi, The Angels, Hunters and Collectors and many more.
Sandstone Point Hotel also plays host to touring artists who are keen to play at this award-winning venue to plenty of adoring fans. Big name artists who have appeared before include The Beach Boys, Jimmy Barnes, Bryan Adams, Suzi Quatro and The Cat Empire, just to name a few.
You know the annual Rodeo is on when you see plenty of cowboy hats and boots, which is a regular sight in June. The event features bull rides, saddle rides, bareback rides, whip cracking, live entertainment and more, sharing some of that country living with big city folk.
Bonfire Night is also another popular event on the Moreton Bay calendar, which is sure to warm you up on a cool winter’s night.
The night will go off with a bang with plenty of food trucks, rides, entertainment, a campfire singalong, pyro displays and more!
One of the sweetest and most mouth-watering days is the Strawberry and Dessert Festival. Catering for sweet tooths of all ages, this festival will totally be your jam!
There will be delicious punnets of strawberries picked directly from the farm to go into your shopping bags, as well as cooking demonstrations, cocktail making demonstrations, a strawberry eating competition, live music, amusement rides, live entertainment and much s’more (see what we did there!).
For a trawler to table experience, The Jetty Lunch is an exclusive floating lunch on Sandstone Point Hotels iconic jetty, sitting on the pristine water of the Pumicestone Passage overlooking Bribie Island and the Glass House Mountains.
The menu consists of freshly shucked oysters and local king prawns for entrees, followed by a selection of hot and cold seafood served on tiers with chunky chips, fresh Greek salad, a coconut cocktail dessert and select premium beverages (your stomach should totally be rumbling by now!)
Lastly, if you love seafood, you shrimp-ly cannot miss The Oyster and Seafood Festival – serving up platefuls of fresh oysters, mussels, calamari, prawns, bugs and fish.
Plan your trip to Sandstone Point Hotel here!
From one bayside to the other, visitors can have a whale of a time in Moreton Bay with Brisbane Whale Watching from now until November, with thousands of humpbacks set to pass by the coastline as part of their annual migration.
More than 30,000 whales will travel up the Humpback Highway from the chilly waters of Antarctica to the tropical waters of Queensland to feed, mate and play before migrating south again.
One of the best ways to see these magnificent deep divers up close is by heading out on the water with Captain Kerry Lopez from Brisbane Whale Watching.
Onboard the luxury catamaran, Eye Spy, you will have an experience of a lifetime where you will see these gentle giants breaching high out of the water and see them trying to communicate by slapping their pectoral fins and tails on the surface.
There’s sure to be plenty of ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’ moments, with a few ‘oh wow’ from the little ones, as everyone moves from one side of the boat to the other to catch all the action.
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.
Book your next boating experience here!
Home of the Moreton Bay Bug, it is no shock that Moreton Bay is known for the freshest seafood around! For a flipping good meal, Tempest Seafood Restaurant and Teppanyaki Grill is one of Redcliffe Peninsula’s most sought after fine-dining restaurants.
Offering waterfront dining and fresh seafood direct from the trawlers, you won’t want to miss out on making a reservation here.
The restaurant’s internationally trained chefs will transform the grill into a stage by effortlessly flipping their utensils and ingredients right before your eyes to create a flavoursome dish your tastebuds will love.
They even get diners involved in the fun with the chefs asking you to hold out your bowls to catch your dinner.
Or If you prefer to grab your seafood and head down to the water or a local park to enjoy the sunshine, Morgans Seafood doubles as a fish and chips takeaway and fish market.
With fresh ocean breezes blowing off the Moreton Bay Marine Park and a view of luxury yachts tied up in the Scarborough Marina, you can also dine alfresco under shade shelters, set in a tropical garden setting.
Morgans menu consists of a range of fish from Flathead, Snapper, Flake, Salmon and Barramundi to Whiting, Mullet, Hake and Hoki.
Other seafood options include Prawns, Crabs, Oysters, Crumbed Mussels, Sea Shanty, Grilled Octopus and Garlic Bugs. They also have plenty of chips, burgers, rolls and packs (for single or families).
Book in and find out more here!
Being on the waters edge, there are ample spots on the Redcliffe Peninsula where you can watch the night sky transform every day during the Golden Hour – that magical light between sunrise and sunset that transforms the skies into cotton candy pink, as well as bright red, orange and yellow.
The Redcliffe Jetty is one popular spot for photographers to capture the dawn of a new day, or the end of a memorable one.
But if you’re looking for an array pf photographs to add to your photo gallery, you could also try the Woody Point Jetty.
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