St. Helena Island, is a small island located in Moreton Bay. In 1826, it was named such after an Aboriginal that was exiled on the Island.
In 1866, Quarantine buildings were built, but because of overcrowding in Brisbane Gaols, it was used as prisoner accommodation instead. Prisoner labour was used for everything on this island, from building, making roads, cooking and growing crops.
In 1869, a lime kiln, and sugar mill were built. This kept the prisoners busy, growing and processing sugar cane. The Prisoners learnt trades, such as, Boot making, sail making, tailoring, saddle making, tin smithing, candle making, book binding and carpentry. The long termers were in these workshops.
This Prison was run highly efficiently. It was at one stage considered as the best Prison of this type in the World.
In 1925, demolition of the buildings began, and today, only 7% is left standing. There is a museum on the island, and guided tours run to the island. Interesting hearing what the Prisoners had to go through.
St. Helena had A DARK & GRIM PAST.
Day tours, include cruise, dramatised tour and lunch, and National Park fees, are Wednesdays ( 9.15 - 2.15) and Sundays (10 - 3) cost 2008 is $69.
GHOST TOURS, include cruise, dramatised tour, Buffet dinner & dessert, National Park Fees, are ( 7 - 11.15pm ) Saturday nights. cost 2008 is $90
Depart Manly Boat Harbour
The WETLANDS IS STOP ON THE NORTH MORETON BAY TOURIST ROUTE 2
The Boondall Wetlands are Brisbane’s largest remaining wetlands, surprisingly, they are located only 15km from the centre of the Brisbane.
The Wetlands have been protected by the Council as it is crucial to Moreton Bay’s fishing industry.
The Reserve includes tidal sandflats, mangroves, salt marshes and freshwater wetlands - vital habitats for birds, fish and other animal plant life.
The area is roughly bounded by the Gateway Arterial Road, Nudgee Road, Moreton Bay and Cabbage Tree Creek.
Access to the area is by 3 locations:-
* The Boondall Wetlands Information Centre - located just off the Gateway Arterial Road (Stanworth Rd intersection), Exit 117, the same as for the Boondall entertainment centre.
* The bike track starting just North of the Nudgee Waste Transfer Station (Nudgee Road) Nudgee,
* The mangrove boardwalk and bird hide at the end of O’Quinn St, Nudgee Beach. This is the Boardwalk that I did. As it happened, the tide was out, so you could easily see all the crab holes. The walk is quite pleasant, even though the day was hot. The Mangroves give shade, and there are plenty of seats along the way to stop for a rest!
There are Bikeways, and you can also go canoeing along Kedron Brook, Nudgee Creek, Nundah Creek and Cabbage Tree Creek.
There looked to be plenty of water in the creek even at low tide.
Cleveland Markets, and I have been here many times over the past 20 years.
They used to be extremely busy, now are quieter, but still enjoyable to take a wander around. Nowdays, it includes a "Farmer's market" which is great, I bought a lot of very cheap fruit and vegetables, all nice and fresh!
Each time I go, I find something new in the handmade products, there is allsorts, including crochet items, clothing, knitwear, confectionary, pottery, artwork, re-cycled clothing,
bric-a-brac along with massage and tarot readers, buskers and food stalls.
They are located in Bloomfield street, which is nice and shady for those summer days. Plenty of outdoor Cafe's too, and a children's play area.
Cleveland is located in Redland Bay, Brisbane. A train from Brisbane runs a regular service to here.
LOCATION.......Bloomfield street, Cleveland
HELD.............. Every Sunday, 7am - 2pm.
Wivenhoe Dam is a nice place to visit at any time, especially if you wish to make a day of it. Plenty of picnic areas and room for games, a great family destination.
Another time to visit, is when the Brisbane area has had a huge amount of rainfall and the Dam is full. The Dam's floodgates are open, usually a few at a time, but if necessary, the whole five are opened at once.
We, along with hundred's of others, went along for the look. There are several view points, and what a sight it was. The roar and force of the water, the water heading towards Brisbane down the Brisbane River, was one big, frothy, white mass!
If you didn't have a raincoat on, then you were quite wet from the spray.
We found the best area to view the sight was from upstairs, it wasn't until we went up, that other people realized there was another section for viewing.
If you can, try to go on a weekday, it still was busy, but was regulated well. We queued for a while, and as a car left, another was allowed in. I noticed the sign said to expect a 30min delay, this would be on weekends.
So, if you are here when this happens, go for a look as it doesn't happen very often at all.
The Dam is located 80kms from Brisbane, heading towards Ipswich and then to Esk. It is easy to find, just follow the Brown Tourist signs.
Want a nice drive to and up a lovely mountain, then take the 50minute drive to the flat topped Tamborine mountain.
The mountain has an excellent Gallery walk, full of Arts & Craft shops and more, so much here to see, it will keep you entertained for quite a while. When you are tired, you can have a nice meal or perhaps an icecream!
There are Wineries, excellent Lookouts & picnic areas, and lots of walking trails.
There are 7 national parks, within 10kms of each other. When the rain arrives, the waterfalls flow, at the moment its in drought, so no water. (2009)
Expect to see Birds & Animals, lovely tall Gum trees, and beautiful rainforest, with Tree ferns, Palms, fresh water streams with pebbles, oh, so pretty.
Markets are held here, produce is sold on the side of the roads..........
Hang gliders take off from the Mountain top............
and if you wish, you can stay in a delightful B&B on the Mountain top.
These are only some of the things to
keep you busy on the mountain top............
Don't forget........Summer is cooler here.......
AND......Winter is colder (enjoy a wood fire)
Either drive......or ......Take a tour.......
You will not regret a visit to one of my favorite places in Queensland
AND I NEARLY FORGOT.........
GREAT VIEWS OF THE GOLD COAST!!
LOCATION ..70ks south of Brisbane
Toowong cemetery is Queenslands largest cemetery. It is located on the slopes of Mount Coot-tha, near the Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens and the Brisbane Forest Park.
This cemetery is historic and has quite a few interesting & important people buried here. They do have signs with details infront of these graves, unfortunately, they have faded badly, and were very hard for me to read, some I could not even decipher!
Opening in 1875, some burials took place from 1871, the most notable being Queensland's second governor, Colonel Samuel Blackall.
There are quite a few different walks that you can do. We drove our car in, you can drive around the whole cemetery, it is huge. This is the best way to go, then just stop when you see something of interest. The most important sites, are high on the hill, and the road will take you to them, something I found out after climbing an extremely steep hill!!!
Check out the website if interested in more details.
LOCATION....Cnr Frederick Street and Mt Coot-tha Road, Toowong
I haven't done this, but there are ghost tours available....
$55.00 pp (includes book); $35.00 pp (adults);
When: 7.30pm - every Saturday evening
Meeting Place : Main Gates Toowong Cemetery, Toowong
Duration: 2 hours
Tour Type: Walking Tour
The little "suburb" of Nudgee Beach is located adjacent to Moreton Bay, and is Brisbane's nearest beach. In saying this, do not expect a fantastic beach, as Brisbane itself is not known for good Beaches, more mud flats than anything, but there is Beach here, and it looked to be pretty popular.
People were walking their dogs, and there were Horses on the beach, and one Horse was having a swim. From here, there were good views across to the Glasshouse mountains.
Right here is the Boondall wetlands (previous tip) canoeing & bike riding.
There is plenty of lawned area, picnic tables & seats, BBQ's, fish cleaning table & Toilets. A proper fish platform has been built for the keen fishermen & women, and I noticed an Icecream Van there, with quite a few customer's!
I hope that you have a car so that you can spend a lovely day in the countryside near Brisbane.
This full day tour I have done many times and every time I enjoy its beauty.
Departing from Brisbane, we head on the Ipswich Motorway  which then goes into A2. Follow the road that says to Toowoomba, we don't want to go to Ipswich today!
Just past Blacksoil, we see the sign for the Brisbane Valley Highway [A3], so this is where we turn right.
The 1st town you come across is Fernvale, maybe stop at the good Information Centre, or get a Pie or Pastry from the award winning bakery in the main Street. A stretch of the legs, and there are Free Toilets located in the park. Just the other side of town, every Sunday morning there is a big Market held in the School Grounds, well worth stopping at, just to get some nice fresh fruit or other bargains.
Next stop, is Wivenhoe Dam, plenty of picnic areas and great views. Continuing on, we come to pretty little Esk, another good Bakery and interesting shops. Past Esk, we watch for the sign to Somerset Dam and follow this road, there is an old heritage building that is often open, so stop and have a look.
Somerset dam, and more nice picnic areas, great views as the road twists and turns mainly along the edge to the town of Kilcoy, home of the "Yowie."
From Kilcoy, we pass through nice farm land, hills, Pineapple plantations on the D'Aguilar Highway until we join the Bruce Highway at Caboolture and head back to Brisbane after having a very enjoyable day's outing.
For more details, check out my ESK pages
You may or may not known him!
He was born in Hamilton (a suburb of Brisbane) in 1897. An exciting, adventurous person, he chose the career of Pilot, once being known as the "World's greatest Pilot."
Sir Charles Kingsford Smith set many world flight records during his time. He was a Pilot during the War and received the Military Cross for his bravery. Later, he worked as a stunt Pilot in Hollywood for several years, then back in Australia, he was the Pilot who flew the first regular mail service between Geraldton and Derby.
In 1926, with another pilot [Ulm], he completed a round-Australia flight in 10 days and 5 hours. This was half the time it had taken earlier pilots.
They then travelled to the United States in search of a plane that would enable them to make the long return trip to Australia – a feat that had never been achieved before. They purchased a Fokker VIIb-3m8, which they renamed the Southern Cross, and a legend was born.
"The Southern Cross weighed over 6000 kg. Its wingspan was 23 metres, it was about 15 metres long and just under 4 metres high. It had a cruising speed of just 93 miles per hour (about 150 kilometres per hour). "
The crew consisted of two pilots, one navigator and one radio operator.
The first leg of their long journey began in Oakland, California, from here they took 27 hours to fly to Hawaii. The next stage was a 3,000 miles flight to Fiji. From here, it was to Brisbane where over 25,000 people greeted their hero, 'Smithy', back home.
Smithy & Ulm wanted more adventure, so they flew the Southern Cross to England, then flew it across the Atlantic and the continent of North America, returning to Oakland where their first flight began.
THEY HAD JUST COMPLETED THE WORLD'S FIRST AROUND THE WORLD FLIGHT.
Still not satisfied, he broke the record again for solo flight from England to Australia three years later . Sir Charles Kingsford Smith held more flying records than anyone else at that time, became an international celebrity, admired for his courage, skill and daring sense of adventure.
Smithy's last flight was in 1935, when he died in a Plane crash.
A Sir Charles Kingsford Smith Southern Cross medal was struck in 1935 to commemorate the aviator, and he's also featured on the Australian $20 dollar note.
Now I have told you the story, why not go and see his Memorial located on Sir Charles Kingsford Smith drive, just opposite the Brisbane International Airport, not far from where he was born.
In a large Hanger, is the Southern Cross. A look at the Plane and I thought what an adventurer this man was, flying around the world in "THIS" Plane!
Around the display are old photo's of him, his team and other very interesting bits and pieces.
All of this is located behind glass. A stand is there, where you just press the button, and you will be talked to, an easy way to hear the information.
It is well worth stopping at!
There is off-road parking for FREE.
The display is FREE
1st stop on the NORTH MORETON BAY TOURIST DRIVE.
Well, not much to see from the outside, at least I know how to reach here by car if I want to see a show.
I actually have been here on several occasions, once to see a Singer, then a Cultural show, and World Class Netball competition in the Sports Arena. It is here were Entertainers and Singers from around the World hold their concerts. If you want to know what is on, or to book, see seating arrangements, find out how to get here, you will find it all on the website.
There is a Restaurant if you want to have a meal before the event, and there are food/drink outlets located in the centre.
The Brisbane Entertainment Centre is located in Brisbane's northern suburbs at Boondal, just 16km north of Brisbane’s CBD and 8kms north from the Brisbane Domestic and International airports.
There's onsite car parking available, and the centre can be reached by public transport
CITY - CBD via Sandgate Road OR Gateway Motorway.
(From Gold Coast) via M1, exit onto Gateway Motorway and take exit 117
(From Sunshine Coast) via Bruce Highway, exit onto Gateway Motorway and take exit 117
We are on the road again, and driving past the Deagon Racecourse. This is not a Racecourse for the public to come to, but is a full time training facility and head quarters of Racing Queensland Limited. It was established 110 years ago, and was then used as a private Racetrack, right up to November, 1941. Deagon is now owned by Racing Queensland Limited. Deagon was named after William Deagon who was Mayor of Sandgate in the late 1800s.
The area of Deagon is quite rich in Aboriginal history.
As this area is quite old, so are the homes. The "Corner Store" which in many suburbs has disappeared, is still alive and well in the Deagon area. These are a part of Australian history.
Giant Moreton Bay Fig Tree's line many of the streets, making it quite pleasant on a warm Summer's day.
THIS IS STOP 4 ON THE NORTH MORETON BAY TOURIST DRIVE
Continuing on from Deagon, the "Dugong" now takes us to Cabbage Tree Creek. The road is aptly named "Sinbad" Street, for along the Creek many Fishing Trawlers are moored. They range from small to quite large, all are used to catch Prawns.
I am really not sure if this is still allowed to happen, but on Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings you were able to buy direct from the Fishermen.
It is rather pretty looking down the calm waters of the creek and seeing the reflections of the Boats.
Just a little further along this street, we came to the Sandgate Yacht club, this time Yacht's were moored .
STOP 5 ON THE NORTH MORETON BAY TOURIST ROUTE IS AT LOWER MOORA PARK
From the Sandgate Yacht Club, we have driven along past the Sandgate Golf club and along Allpass Parade, this leads into Shorncliffe Parade and Park Parade. These roads follow the Ocean, all there is between you and the ocean is 19th century Lower Moora Park. This is quite a large, green grassed Park beside a little bay. The area is shaded by cotton trees, there are rock pools, Rotunda's, modern picnic shelters, BBQs, Jetty and a playground featuring timber forts with colourful animal wood carvings and sea creature sculptures in the sand. Free Toilets are located here also.
As you could imagine, this park is very popular on the weekends.
We drove to the top of the hill and stopped for a look. I noticed along here, the houses are old and rather grand, no wonder, what a view of the sea they have!
From here, I had a good view of Moreton Bay and the Port of Brisbane where all the Cargo ships berth. I was happy!
Back in the Car again and on our way to our next stop on the tour
STOP 10 ON THE NORTH MORETON BAY TOURIST DRIVE
As we turn at the traffic lights, it is only a short distance to Pelican Park situated beside the Ocean.
The Redcliffe Visitor Information Centre is located in Pelican Park.
Pelican Park..... yes there are Pelicans that come to be fed at 10am daily.
This popular park also has a half -court basketball court and is a popular spot for kite flying, kite surfing and Jet skiing at Bells Beach. There are plenty of barbeques, covered picnic tables, play equipment, bikeways, toilets & disabled access and a boat ramp.
What is good here, the people in wheelchairs haven't been forgotten. The park has a "Liberty Swing" for people in electric or standard type wheelchairs. Keys to the liberty swing are available from the information booth located just in front of the playground.
The other attraction is Kite flying. The Redcliffe Kite Club comes here every first and third Sunday of each month, from 12pm midday to 4pm. You can bring your own Kite.
Each year in May, they hold a KITEFEST. ADMISSION IS FREE. Fun to see all the different styles of Kites being flown. The website gives details on the 2012 event.
LOCATION....Hornibrook Esplanade, Clontarf
The rest of the reviews for the North Moreton Bay Tourist Route can be read on the REDCLIFFE PAGE
Scattered around the suburbs of Brisbane, there are various markets that are held on a Saturday or Sunday.
These sell everything, from secondhand goods, to brand new.
Arts and Crafts of many types, make it a good place to find a cheap, unique gift to take home with you.
There are fresh fruit & vegetable stalls, Flowers, Plants, Clothing (new & secondhand), & more....
If you are hungry or thirsty, then you are catered for as well.
To find out their locations, check out this website.....