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Northern Moreton Bay Tourist Drive
1 Day  / 36 Kilometres



Description

Driving at your own pace is a great way to explore the beach and bayside peninsulas. All with their own personalities and remarkable settings, the coastal villages offer warm and friendly surroundings, great for relaxing.

The site of Queensland's first European settlement in 1824, and situated on a peninsula just 35 kilometres north of Queensland's capital city Brisbane, Redcliffe is a cosmopolitan seaside village with alfresco dining overlooking boardwalks and stunning views of Moreton Bay. Safe, sandy beaches and picturesque parks wrap 22 kilometres of glorious coastline with rocky red headlands that give the area its name.

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Sandgate was a popular seaside destination for Brisbane's colonial settlers in the late 1800s. Its rich heritage is a feature of the area today, with many homes and buildings reflecting the classic architectural styles of this bygone era.

Boondall is home to the Brisbane Entertainment Centre, which hosts international musicians, shows and sporting events. Although a quiet suburban oasis, it has a lovely lake to enjoy a barbecue, with good facilities provided.

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Redcliffe Jetty
Redcliffe JettyBathing Pavilion
Bathing PavilionPicnic in park
Picnic in parkBoondall Wetlands
Boondall Wetlands


Journey Details

Duration1 Day Itinerary TypeLand
Distance36 KilometresItinerary RouteOne Way
Mode of TravelBicycle
Car
Walk
Level of DifficultyLevel of difficulty - Suitable for families with young children

Facilities

  • BBQ Facilities
    BBQ Facilities
  • Cafe
    Cafe
  • Car park
    Car park
  • Picnic Area
    Picnic Area
  • Public toilet
    Public toilet
  • Shaded Area
    Shaded Area
  • Sheltered Area
    Sheltered Area
  • Viewing Platform
    Viewing Platform
  • Visitor Information Centre
    Visitor Information Centre

Activities

  • BBQ Facilities
    BBQ Facilities
  • Cycling
    Cycling
  • Fishing
    Fishing
  • Sailing
    Sailing
  • Skydiving
    Skydiving
  • Swimming
    Swimming
  • Self-Guided
    Self-Guided
  • Whale Watching
    Whale Watching


Northern Moreton Bay Tourist Drive Full Itinerary

Scarborough to Sandgate

Scarborough Harbour is a commercial fishing hub for Redcliffe Peninsula and acts as a gateway to Moreton Island and the Moreton Bay Marine Park. Two marinas are located here and attract international yachtsmen annually.

The site of Queensland's first European settlement in 1824, and situated on a peninsula, Redcliffe is a cosmopolitan seaside village with alfresco dining overlooking boardwalks and stunning views of Moreton Bay. Redcliffe Jetty is worth a visit. Safe, sandy beaches and picturesque parks wrap 22 kilometres of glorious coastline with rocky red headlands that give the area its name.

Suttons Beach is a haven for those who enjoy the sun and sea, while Settlement Cove Lagoon is a water playground, with its tropical themed swimming pool, children's playground area, wading pools and a swimming lagoon.

Woody Point is a relaxed seaside village and a renowned aquatic playground with fishing, sailing and wildlife. Woody Point offers two points of historical interest - the Woody Point Jetty and

the wreck of the "Gayundah", located below the Woody Point cliffs. A visit to the Gayundah Coastal Arboretum is certainly worthwhile and is perfect for picnics with its views to Moreton Island and its array of rare plant species.


Settlement Cove Lagoon
Settlement Cove Lagoon
Redcliffe Botanic Gardens
Redcliffe Botanic Gardens
Scarborough Harbour
Scarborough Harbour
Redcliffe
Redcliffe


Route Details

Mode of Travel: Car
Route Type: One Way

Experiences
  • The Arts
    The Arts
  • Beach
    Beach
  • Cycle
    Cycle
  • Family Friendly
    Family Friendly
  • Fishing
    Fishing
  • Flora/Fauna
    Flora/Fauna
  • Historic/Heritage
    Historic/Heritage
  • Marine
    Marine


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 2



Sandgate to Boondall

Sandgate was a popular seaside destination for Brisbane's colonial settlers in the late 1800s. Its rich heritage is a feature of the area today, with many homes and buildings reflecting the classic architectural styles of this bygone era. The protected parklands attract nature lovers to Sandgate to enjoy the marine life sanctuaries and mangroves established to protect the environment. Sandgate is also renowned for its thriving artistic and cultural community with many local theatre groups, artists, and musicians living and performing in the area.

Shorncliffe is one of Brisbane's hidden gems with expansive views across the bay to Moreton Island. Sunset over the Shorncliffe Pier is a spectacular sight well worth watching, perhaps over a drink or meal at one of the seaside hotels such as the Full Moon Hotel or fish and chips on the foreshore.

Shorncliffe is a perfect location for anyone who likes being outdoors or keeping fit. There are beautiful walkways and cycleways with the bay on one side and parks on the other. You'll see children on bicycles with training wheels, dog owners walking their prized pooches, families picnicking and

plenty of joggers.

Boondall is a quiet suburban oasis with wetlands and a lovely lake.


Shorncliffe Pier
Shorncliffe Pier
Sandgte and District Historical Society Museum
Sandgte and District Historical Society Museum
Boondall Wetlands
Boondall Wetlands


Route Details

Mode of Travel: Car
Route Type: One Way

Experiences
  • Beach
    Beach
  • Cultural
    Cultural
  • Cycle
    Cycle
  • Entertainment
    Entertainment
  • Family Friendly
    Family Friendly
  • Flora/Fauna
    Flora/Fauna
  • Lakes/Rivers/Dams
    Waterways
  • Nature based
    Nature based
  • Wildlife
    Wildlife


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 2




Driving Directions

1 - Scarborough to Sandgate
Start from:48-72 Tourist Drive 4, Scarborough QLD 4020, Australia
End at:78-80 Loudon Street, Sandgate QLD 4017, Australia
Distance:16.7 km
Duration:20 mins
Directions:
  1. Head southwest on Oyster Point Esplanade toward Michel Rd
  2. Take the 1st right onto Endeavour Esplanade
  3. Turn left onto Newport Drive
  4. Turn right onto Griffith Rd
  5. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Boardman Rd
    Go through 1 roundabout
  6. Continue onto Elizabeth Ave/State Route 26
    Continue to follow State Route 26
  7. Continue straight onto Snook St/State Route 26
    Continue to follow State Route 26
  8. Turn left onto State Route 27
  9. Continue onto Brighton Tce
  10. Turn left onto Brighton Rd
  11. Slight left onto Seymour St
  12. Slight left to stay on Seymour St
  13. Continue onto Eagle Tce
  14. Turn right onto Curlew St
  15. Take the 1st right onto Loudon St
  16. Keep left to stay on Loudon St
2 - Sandgate to Boondall
Start from:78-80 Loudon Street, Sandgate QLD 4017, Australia
End at:244 Stanworth Road, Boondall QLD 4034, Australia
Distance:6.0 km
Duration:7 mins
Directions:
  1. Head northwest on Loudon St
  2. Turn left onto Bowser Parade
  3. Turn right onto Rainbow St
  4. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Board St
  5. Turn right onto Deagon Deviation
  6. Take the M1/Gateway Motorway Southbound ramp to Gold Coast
  7. Merge onto M1
  8. Take exit 117 toward Bicentennial Road
  9. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Paperbark Drive
  10. Paperbark Drive turns slightly right and becomes Stanworth Rd

Other Information


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