The islands and beaches of Moreton Bay are Brisbane’s best kept secrets. North Stradbroke and Moreton Islands are the second and third largest sand islands in the world and their natural landscapes are stunning. With beaches stretching into the distance, freshwater lakes, coastal gorge formations and National Parks, the experiences on these islands are breathtaking. From headland walks that look over turquoise ocean, to beach camping on deserted beach front, sand boarding and great snorkelling and diving spots like the Tangalooma Wrecks and Flinders Reef, a visit to the islands of Moreton Bay are a must.
Day trips to the bayside villages are just as memorable. Bribie Island, north of Brisbane offers a patrolled surf beach at Woorim or the calm swimming waters on the banks of the Pumicestone Passage along with boating, fishing, kayaking and all manner of watersports. Dotted along the coastline are dedicated foreshore areas that each have sweeping view of Moreton Bay. Redcliffe’s Settlement Cove Lagoon and the Wynnum Wading Pool and Waterpark make for a great day out for families and Manly Harbour Village has gorgeous restaurants and a relaxed seaside feel.
If you haven’t guessed it yet, warm, sunny days in Brisbane are spent near the water. You’ll find the riverside parks buzzing with games of cricket, children playing together and a patchwork of picnic blankets covering the parks. Restaurants and bars with river views and the inner-city haven of Street’s Beach lagoon in South Bank Parklands will be the pick of the day.