Around 30 minutes from the pulsing heart of Brisbane, the friendly seaside villages of Moreton Bay offer everything necessary for a invigorating holiday.
The beach areas, surrounding esplanades and parks are ideal for swimming, water sports, walking and cycling. George Clayton Park boasts fantastic views of the Glasshouse Mountains and Deception Bay, and offers barbecue facilities, children's playgrounds, and a multitude of bike paths and walkways waiting to be explored.
If you're eager to get wet, Wynnum boasts a sheltered wading pool, Sandgate has a beachside swimming pool centre, and Redcliffe has the spectacular Settlement Cove Lagoon complex.
Visitors can enjoy some serious shopping in flourishing retail centres such as Manly Harbour Village. Browse homewares stores, boutiques and galleries before savouring a range of ethnic flavours at any of the number of outstanding harbourside eateries.
Adventurers will enjoy all the challenges that the bay offers: windsurfing, snorkelling, diving, waterskiing, joy flights and skydiving.
Redcliffe offers an array of historical and cultural activities including art galleries and a museum that features interactive exhibits. Explore Sandgate, a popular seaside destination since the late 1800s, whose past is reflected in the classic architectural style of beautiful buildings like the Town Hall, Post Office, railway station and Sandgate Pier.
Enjoy the festivities at the monthly Sandgate Moonfest, the Redcliffe First Settlement Festival, the Clontarf Kitefest, and the Festival of Sails, celebrating the start of the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race.
- Manly Harbour Village - an eclectic village-like shopping and dining destination
- Historic Bancroft Baths - unusual structures carved out of bed rock by local resident Joseph Bancroft, after it was suggested that saltwater would aid his wife's malady
- Railway Place and Pirate Place, Scarborough - themed playgrounds for the kids, featuring massive cottonwood climbing trees
- Get your adrenalin pumping with joy flights or skydiving and enjoy fabulous views of Brisbane and the Glasshouse Mountains
- Redcliffe Museum - featuring interactive exhibits
- The Gayundah Coastal Arboretum - enjoy the displays of rare, unusual plant species and the views to Moreton Island
- The 'Gayundah' warship, still working for her country as protection against beach erosion at Woody Point
- Explore the classic architectural style of Sandgate's Town Hall, post office, railway station and pier or follow the Cleveland Heritage trail
- The Einbunpin Lagoon, Sandgate, is a haven to tortoises and a myriad of birdlife
- The environmental parklands of Deagon, Boondal and Tinchi Tamba and the Black Swamp wetlands
- The Wynnum Mangrove Broadwalk has a storybook trail to follow which teaches the importance of the mangrove environment and its purpose in the area
- Point Halloran Conservation Reserve and Eprapah Environmental Centre are both places to view koalas in the wild
- The Seafood: taste the freshest mud crabs, prawns and the famous Moreton Bay Bugs