A bucket list can be anything you want it to be, so what if yours was made up of experiences to enjoy right here in the Moreton Bay Region this Autumn?
This diverse destination offers everything from adrenaline-pumping adventures, animal encounters and amazing places to visit, to decadent delights for lovers of fine food.
Here are our top #22 picks to get you started…
#1 TASTE LOCAL MORETON BAY SEAFOOD
There’s no shortage of delicious, fresh seafood in Moreton Bay including the iconic Moreton Bay Bug. You can buy it from a local seafood market and cook it yourself, or let the experts do all the hard work and simply order, throw down a picnic blanket and watch the world go by along the foreshore.
#2 PITCH A TENT AT ONE OF MORETON BAY REGION’S MOST SCENIC CAMPING SPOTS
If you haven’t been camping in the Moreton Bay Region, you are missing out. There are beach and hinterland options, for those who like to rough it as well as those who enjoy creature comforts and even a little luxury. Visit: bit.ly/3rwcqBc for a few options.
#3 SIP ON A COCKTAIL AT SUNNY’S ROOFTOP BAR
With 180-degree views of Moreton Bay, Sunny’s Rooftop Bar is a spectacular spot to sip on a cocktail, catch up with friends or host a special event. It’s open for walk-ins from 3pm on Fridays and noon on Sundays. Enjoy DJs every Friday night and acoustic soloists on Sunday.
#4 ATTEND AN EVENT AT SANDSTONE POINT HOTEL
Events are back baby! Check out the line-up of outdoor concerts and family fun events at Sandstone Point Hotel. There’s a jam-packed calendar, so grab your favourite people for a day to remember. You won’t regret it.
#5 VISIT DREAMTIME KULLILLA ART
Discover more about the world’s longest living culture at Dreamtime Kullilla Art. The family-owned business specialises in authentic Aboriginal art and craft and bush tucker products. The gallery and shop at Clontarf, on the Redcliffe Peninsula, is also a studio for renowned artist Michael Connolly. He’s a proud and passionate Aboriginal man who’d be happy to have a yarn with you.
#6 WATCH A SUNRISE OR SUNSET
Whether you’re after that perfect photo for Instagram or a romantic setting for a morning or early evening picnic with your love, there are options aplenty across the Moreton Bay Region. Head to the beach, a bayside jetty or hinterland location to create memories in the virtual and real world.
#7 ENJOY A FINE DINING EXPERIENCE IN THE HINTERLAND
Fine dining with atmosphere, and in some cases a beautiful view – that’s what you can expect from a night out or long lunch in the Moreton Bay Hinterland. There are several award-winning options to choose from, close to town and high up in the hills. Grab some friends and enjoy a wine tour before your meal or make a date with that special someone for an experience to remember.
#8 PLAY A ROUND OF GOLF ON ONE OF OUR LUSH GREENS
Star Aussie golfer Cameron Smith still calls Wantima Country Club at Brendale ‘his club’, after learning to play the game there as a boy. It’s just one of the quality courses you’ll find across the Moreton Bay Region, with options also at Bribie, Redcliffe, Caboolture, Woodford and more.
#9 VISIT AN ART GALLERY
You might need to set aside a few weekends to check out the huge number of art galleries across the Moreton Bay Region including Redcliffe Art Gallery, Good Egg Gallery, Woodford Museum and Art Gallery, Pine Rivers Art Gallery, Caboolture Regional Art Gallery, The Slab Hut Art and Craft Gallery, Red Poppy Art Collective, Dayboro Art Gallery and The Old Fire Station Gallery at Redcliffe. There are plenty more you’ll discover once you get started.
#10 WATCH A ROAR GAME AT MORETON DAILY STADIUM
The Brisbane Roar transform Moreton Daily Stadium into an
orange fortress on game days for their A-League and W-League superstars. If you want the full experience, book your seat in the northern grandstand, which is known as The Den. You’ll be expected to join in the chanting, dancing and cheering, which truly adds to the atmosphere.
#11 MAKE NEW FURRY AND FEATURED FRIENDS AT ONE OF OUR ANIMAL AND WILDLIFE SANCTUARIES
Who doesn’t love a llama, camel, deer, goat, sheep, osprey or even a butterfly. You can enjoy a memorable encounter with all of the above at animal and wildlife sanctuaries in the Moreton Bay Region. If sea-loving creatures are more your thing, Moreton Bay is the place to see dolphins, turtles, dugongs, migrating whales and much more.
#12 VISIT THE REDCLIFFE MARKETS
Pick a Sunday, any Sunday… and head to the Redcliffe foreshore for these markets with a difference. Held weekly from 8am – 2pm, the Redcliffe Farmers and Artisan Markets are a drawcard for those who enjoy meandering among the market stalls, but also those who just appreciate a morning by the seaside. You’ll find fresh farm-direct produce and meats, artisan goods, trawler-direct seafood, freshly baked breads, gourmet food and provisions, handmade wares, arts, crafts and so much more.
#13 SEE THE WHALES WITH BRISBANE WHALE WATCHING
With about 25,000 humpback whales passing through Moreton Bay each year on their migration to and from Antarctica, it is the perfect place to see them as they rest, play and interact with each other, and it’s recognised as one of the world’s best whale watching destinations. Brisbane Whale Watching runs tours from June to October, which are guaranteed to put a smile on your dial and teach you a bit about these majestic creatures.
#14 WANDER THROUGH OLD PETRIE TOWN
Explore the special collection of historic buildings in this pre 1930s ‘town’, and the eclectic assortment of businesses that operate within them. Old Petrie Town offers a genuine insight into the past with four museums onsite, traditional trades and artefacts. Take a moment to stop and experience the atmosphere of this special place, and the vast array of creatures that inhabit the natural environment. There are markets on Sunday from 7am-1pm and other events throughout the year.
#15 FLOAT ALONG PUMICESTONE PASSAGE ON THE BRIBIE ISLAND GONDOLA
Can’t get to Venice right now? You can still experience venetian romance, complete with magical sunsets, fine food and even the occasional dolphin, turtle or dugong. Bribie Island Gondola offers a range of experiences for couples and small groups (up to six). Guests can enjoy spectacular scenery, panoramic views of the Glasshouse Mountains and the pristine waters of the Pumicestone Passage in a comfortable and luxurious setting.
#16 ENJOY A DOLPHIN WILD ISLAND CRUISE
Here’s your chance to snorkel the crystal-clear waters of Moreton Bay, enjoy pristine sandy beaches and see an abundance of marine life such as dolphins, turtles and dugongs. Dolphin Wild Island Cruises offers a range of tours and experiencing including boom netting. You can be as sedate or as adventurous as you dare.
#17 GET PUMPED WITH MORETON BAY JET SKI & HIRE
Embrace your sense of adventure and get the adrenaline pumping on Pumicestone Passage, with views of beautiful Bribie Island and the Glasshouse Mountains. You will also have the chance to see the array of marine life that call this pristine waterway home. Tours leave from Spinnaker Sound Marina, Sandstone Point.
#18 SINK A BEER AT A LOCAL BAR
Lovers of craft beer, beer towers or typical schooners are spoilt for choice when it comes to
venues to wet the whistle in the Moreton Bay Region. You can take in a bayside view from ground
level or a rooftop, head to the hinterland or combine it with a game of pool. Name a suburb, and there’s sure to be an option for you.
#19 TAKE A SCENIC DRIVE THROUGH THE HINTERLAND
Fuel up the car, pack a picnic and head west for a scenic drive through the Moreton Region’s picturesque hinterland. Follow an itinerary or make up your own as you discover everything Mt Glorious, Mt Mee, Dayboro, Samford, Ocean View, Mt Nebo and Woodford have to offer. There are also delightful spots in between, and plenty of amazing cafes, restaurants and wineries to discover
#20 EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC STORE OF REQUIREMENT, SAMFORD
Board the train at Platform 9¾ and visit Moreton Bay Region’s very own mini Potter World located in the heart of Samford. Visit the Store of Requirement and enjoy a delicious Butter Brew while you browse the extensive range of licensed memorabilia and collectibles including broomsticks, cauldrons and an array of trinkets.
#21 TAKE A DIP AT ROCKY HOLE
Voted as one of the top attractions to visit near Brisbane, Rocky Hole is a stunning swimming hole etched into the natural contours of Mount Mee’s granite-filled gullies. Surrounded by open eucalypt forest, it is a picturesque location to take a dip on a hot summer day. So, pack a picnic and your swimmers and head west for a dip to remember.
#22 ENJOY A PICNIC AT LAKE SAMSONVALE
This picturesque spot is one of the best locations for a picnic or barbecue lunch in Moreton Bay Region. All designated picnic and barbecue areas have a range of facilities including fresh water, toilets, tables and easy parking. Designated picnic areas can be found at Bullocky Rest, McGavin View, Forgan Park, Forgan Cove and Kobble Creek.