STOP 6 ON THE NORTH MORETON BAY TOUR
This is a beaut waterfront walk of around 2-2.5km return, easy walking as this has recently been paved. The walk commences from the intersection of Friday St and Allpass Parade. Along the way is the historical Shorncliffe Pier which dates to 1872. It was formerly known as Sandgate Pier, has white timber rails and colonial lamps. Near the jetty, is more nice paving and new Toilets/Change rooms.
Another point of interest along the walk is Musgrave House at no 8 Allpass Parade. The house was built in 1884 as the Lady Musgrave Sanitorium for Sick Children. At that time, 50% of children died before reaching 5 yrs of age.
If the short walk isn't enough, it can be combined with the Sandgate walk which is approx 6kms.
We are travellilng along Eagle Terrace, high above the ocean. It is along here where the wealthy built lovely old Queenslander homes.
One building that reallly caught my eye, was the old Masonic Hall. This historic building was built in 1889. Today, it has been given a new lease of life. Not only can you enjoy Breakfast and Lunch or High Tea here, but also home-made Fudge which is made on the premises.
Behind the Dining room, is a retail area where high quality china and jewellery and more is for sale.
Quite a unique Restaurant!
If you want to know more, check out the website
STOP 8 ON THE NORTH MORETON BAY TOURIST DRIVE
Time to leave the Beach behind and follow the "Dugong" into Sandgate's main centre. Historic Sandgate, since 1853 has been known as one of Brisbane's most picturesque seaside villages. By 1858, Sandgate had its first hotel and in 1874 its first school.
Driving down the hill and into the centre was quite a surprise!~
I was quite taken back by the old Town Hall, it really looked like one you may find in Europe. This old memorial style hall is heritage listed. It was being renovated which was nice to see.
As it was the weekend, I wasn't able to go inside, so I walked across the pedestrian crossing and went into the Park. This a lovely park, one I could imagine that is popular during the week for eating lunch. In the centre was the War Memorial, and to one side was a Rotunda.
Across the road, was the old Sandgate Post office which is now a Bar & Grill, quite an attractive building. There were many outdoor Cafes where on a nice day like it was, there were quite a few people enjoying the afternoon.
Altogether, I was quite impressed with Sandgate.
The Memorial park is at the roundabout in Bowser Street, Brighton Road, Seymour Street, Sandgate
The other buildings surround the Park.
We are leaving Sandgate and following Flinders Parade alongside the seaside to the suburb of Brighton.
Not far from Sandgate is where the Kite Surfers gather. There always seems to be plenty of wind in this area, and always Kite surfers, wow! can they go and can they get airborne! Well worth stopping and watching for a while.
At the Deagon Deviation road, we turn right at the traffic lights and onto the Houghton Highway which takes us across Bramble Bay.
The old Hornibrook Bridge was recently demolished, and all that stands is a small area each end for fishing and the art-deco concrete abutment arches which frame the entry and exit approaches.
When it was built in October 1935, it was the longest bridge in Australia, spanning 2,686 metres across the water between Sandgate and Clontarf on Redcliffe Peninsula.
In the past Redcliffe had been isolated from Greater Brisbane, with the only access being a around-about trip by horse, motor car, bus or by steamer.
In 1935 Tolls costing 1/- (one shilling) for cars and utility trucks and if you carried more than 6 passengers an additional 3d for each person. As you can imagine, Redcliffe Peninsula took off and now its a small city!
Once across the Bridge, we turn right at the traffic lights and make our way to our next stop.
A great way to see native fauna and flora in Brisbane.
There are quite a few bushes around Brisbane with worn tracks that are quite easy to navigate around.
The level needed ranges from easy strols to hikes.
At most of the entrances to these should be a map so you know what way you want to go. very easy to read, and while walking there are ocasional signs that show you which way to go.
One i regularly use is Tohey forest. but there are heaps around.
A good way to get info on these would be through the Brisbane city council.
Advertised as 'australia's alcatraz', St Helena Island used to function as a high security prison. The prisoners were engaged in work in agriculture, boot-making, baking, and a number of other trades, and at one point St Helena penal establishment was reportedly considered one of the best prison's in the world. I've been to the island once years ago and found it pretty interesting. The website has more information and there are number of travel deals I've seen around. There are ecotours of the island, as well as a program including a drama of the early settlement of the island.
Passing through the Brisbane suburbs along Waterworks Road, we soon were on Mt. Nebo road and travelling through the Brisbane Forest Park.
We hadn't gone far when we saw a turn-off to Bellbird Grove. This turned out to be a very nice picnic area, with plenty of picnic tables, gas bbqs, Toilets and a huge lawned area. On a weekday, we were the only ones there, plus a Goanna who decided to climb a tree to get away from me, and flock of Parrots feeding on grass seeds.
Between 1860 - 1930, miners came here looking for gold, some lost their minds in the process!
There used to be three mines in this area, namely Double D, Never Beat and the Golden Boulder. You can walk the 1.8 km - 1hour return Golden Boulder track to the historic mine site, the largest mine in the area with five shafts.
There is also the 1.7km – 1hr return walk - The Turrbal Circuit, named after the Turrbal Aborigines. This circuit meanders through Eucalypt forest and down to a peaceful rock strewn creek, not today though, as there hadn't been rain for ages. Evidently, a good variety of Bird life can be seen on this walk.
Getting there: Take Waterworks Road to Mount Nebo Road. Turn right into Bellbird Grove (sign on Mt Nebo Rd)
The Brisbane Forest Park has merged with the D'Aguilar Range, making it the largest national park within 20 kms of a capital CBD in Australia.
Located just 20 minutes drive from Brisbane city, it's a great place to come and smell the fresh air, cool down on a hot summers day, to enjoy a picnic, to chill out and listen to the birds, to go bush-walking or swim in a waterhole.
The Information Centre is at the park entrance and has information about bush camping (per person/family $5/19) and maps of walking trails, but it does not sell camping permits. If you plan to camp then you must get your permit through the EPA - phone 13 13 04 or www.epa.qld.gov.au before arrival. You need a car as the camping areas are not accessible by foot.
Over the years, we have followed the Mt. Nebo road and stopped at all of the lookouts.
McAfee Lookout is named after the original landowners and is usually a top lookout. This time was very disappointing, as instead of enjoying views from the viewing platform over the D’Aguilar Range, the Glass House Mountains, Brisbane city and Moreton Bay, all I could see was a Gum tree blocking the view! I do hope they do something about it!
Back in the car for a 10min drive to Jolly's Lookout, named after the Lord Mayor of Brisbane, William Alfred Jolly, who was so impressed with the view that he agreed for a road to be built to this point. This is the oldest lookout on the Range and has good views of Moreton Island, Samford Valley and the Glass House Mountains. If you like to explore further there are the Egernia circuit and Thylogale Walking Track.
Camp Mountain was another stop. The air was hazy, so not the best of views to Moreton Island or the Glasshouse Mountains.
There is no need to return the same way by car as you can do a complete circuit back to Brisbane.
A very nice scenic drive to do, is a full day trip to Mt. Mee.
From Brisbane, head toSamford, then onto the small village of Dayboro. A stop at these villages finds Museums and historical buildings. Dayboro is where we find the brown tourist sign to Mt. Mee. Straight away, we begin to climb up the Mountain side, even from the start, the scenery is good as we follow the road and wind our way past Dairy farms and the Glengariff Historical estate & winery.
Near the top, we take a turnoff to the right which takes us to a new housing estate. Wow! What great views they have looking over Moreton Bay. We drive around the estate, noticing the homes are big and expensive. Land was more expensive than most houses to build.
Our journey continued along the ridge, enjoying good scenery all the way. We made a stop at Dahmonger park is a proper lookout point that has picnic facilities, free Toilets, free parking and a Rotunda in which there are old photo's with information of this area and seating. After an interesting read, it was time to look at the view, and what an excellent view it was! I could see all the way to the volcanic plugs of the Glasshouse Mountains, another direction was over Moreton Bay, and another way was over farm land, all very nice! It was quite hazy because of fires burning in some areas. It was good to see the council had put several interpretative signage boards so I knew which Mountains I was looking at.
Back in the car, we follow the road, coming out at the village of Woodfurd. Return is via the Gympie Highway back to Brisbane.
The Redcliffe peninsula is just 35 minutes north of Brisbane. It is a beautiful spot with about 22km of coastline. It is seemingly a world away from the bustling city. There is a scenic drive called 'The Northern Moreton Bay Tourist Drive' which is fantastic. Follow the signs from the Bruce Highway and it will take you via Scarborough and the marina and then along the stunning Redcliffe coastline which features Moreton Island out in the distance. Stop for some photos, a swim and and a coffee in Redcliffe. Perfect.
Take the Anzac Avenue exit from the Bruce Highway.
Why not catch a fast ferry to Moreton Island. It's just 35 kilometres across the bay from Brisbane. Here you'll find the Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort. If you can stay the night you can hand feed the dolphins in the evening.
There's also diving available on the Tangalooma artificial reef. It's not Barrier Reef quality but there's plenty of fish to see plus a small amount of coral and it's only 30 metres off the beach with very shallow water depths. Most of the wrecks making up the reef are exposed even at high water.
If you're very, very lucky you may get to see and hand feed a wild turtle like the one in the photo.
The Moreton Venture Ph: 3895 1000 and the Tangalooma Flyer Ph: 3268 6333 run to Tangalooma. The Moreton Venture is a vehicle ferry which leaves from Lytton 6 days a week and also travels to Reeders Point, while the Tangalooma Flyer leaves daily from Holt Street, Pinkenba.
If you head west out of Brisbane on Musgrave Road, which turns into Waterworks Road, you go through Red Hill, Ashgrove and The Gap before leaving Brisbane proper and heading into Crown Land. This is land which belongs to the government - technically still the Crown - and cannot be developed. 15 minutes' drive from The Gap and you could be parked halfway up Mt Nebo at a lookout with a perfect view of the City. Most of these lookout areas are clearly (if somewhat precipitously) signposted - you can see the sign, but not until you pretty much HAVE to turn. This makes traffic slow, but there isn't much of it and you'll generally be too busy looking at the view to bother about speed!
The Brisbane Forest Park website has more details.
If you have some time to explore Brisbane and are looking for something a little quirky, check out The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (Mormans) at Kangaroo Point. Located on River Terrace, in a prime location overlooking Brisbane city, the church is difficult to miss. Recently completed, it is a huge palatial structure, with water features and a big gold angel on top. I believe the technical description would be " a classic modern single-spire design". Whatever the case, it looks outrageously out of place on the street but is definately an attention getter.
The Latter day saints church is said to be one of the fastest growing in Australia, and the temple is part of a worldwide development project. If you're in any way interested in the religion, architecture or the obscure it's certainly worth checking out.
I went on a tour of the temple, which they were offering free before it is dedicated. Only members of the church are allowed access after the dedication (so you can now only view it from outside). The complex is made up of the temple building, and another buidling which houses a community area, meeting rooms, an assembly hall and so on. The temple itself is reserved for church members deemed to be living a life of "high morality". Inside are a number of different rooms, all sloping up and increasing in intricacy and brightness, to symbolise moving closer to God. No expense has been spared in the temple, and the church members are all very proud of their temple.
I should acknowledge that the picture is from the following website: http://www.ldschurchtemples.com/
Tanah Merah means red earth in Bahasa or in Malay.
So when you see a sign in Australia telling you that the next turning is to Tanah Merah, you can't help but to do a double take. I'm quite sure this is one of the more interesting place that one should turn in to take a look.
We have a region that's called Tanah Merah in Singapore and seeing this name in a foreign country makes me feel really at home.
Not all tourists know what the locals do. When in Brisbane you must go to Stradbroke island. To get there take the train to the Clevland stop. There is a shuttle bus that will take you to the ferry station. From there it is a short 30 min boat ride. Once on the island there is a bus that you to various spots on the island