Caboolture

Historical Village, Courtesy of Tourism Queensland

At the northern edge of Greater Brisbane and the southern opening to the Sunshine Coast, Caboolture is surrounded by subtropical fruit farms. The town was settled in 1842 after the restricted land around Moreton Bay penal colony was opened up. The historical village north of town exhibits much of this history. Bribie Island to the east has spectacular aquatic and wildlife attractions, which bring many visitors to the region.

Visitor Information

BP North Travel Centre, Bruce Hwy, Burpengary; 1800 833 100

www.visitmoretonbay.com.au

Nearby national parks

  • Glass House Mountains National Park

    On the coastal plain north of Brisbane sits a collection of dramatic sheer-sided volcanic peaks that rise up out of verdant green forests...more

  • Moreton Island National Park

    Regarded as the jewel of Moreton Bay’s sandy islands, Moreton Island is a haven for 4WD adventurers wanting a wilderness experience...more

  • Kondalilla National Park

    Kondalilla, an Aboriginal word meaning ‘rushing waters’, is an apt name for this national park in the Sunshine Coast hinterland,...more

Nearby towns

  • Strathpine

    Strathpine is north of Brisbane in the Pine Rivers region, a district that includes the forested areas and national parks closest to the...more

  • Landsborough

    Landsborough is just north of the magnificent Glass House Mountains in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. It was named after the explorer...more

  • Caloundra

    This popular holiday spot at the southern tip of the Sunshine Coast was once a retirement haven. It now boasts a diverse population of...more

In Town

Trail of Reflections: self-guided trail of open-air artwork and sculptures around town that illustrate the history of the area; starts in King St; details from visitor centre.

Nearby

Bribie Island This island park is separated from the mainland by Pumicestone Passage, where mangroves flourish and dugongs, dolphins, turtles and over 350 species of birds live. National park covers about a 3rd of the island and offers secluded pristine white beaches. Follow the Bicentennial Bushwalks to discover the park on foot, boat along Pumicestone Passage or 4WD along the ocean beach (permit required). Fishing and surfing are popular at Woorim Beach, just north of which are old WW II bunkers. Woorim itself is an old-fashioned resort. See migratory birds in summer at Buckleys Hole Conservation Park on the south-west tip of the island, where there are also picnic pots and walking tracks to the beach. Bridge access to island; 21 km E.

Ferryman cruises: cruise the waters of Pumicestone Passage; (07) 3408 7124.

Historical Village: over 50 restored buildings of historical importance house museums, with themes including maritime and transport; open 9.30am–3.30pm daily; Beerburrum Rd; 2 km N.

Airfield: Warplane and Flight Heritage Museum with displays of WW II memorabilia and restored fighter planes. Tiger Moth and Mustang flights and gliding on offer; McNaught Rd; 2 km E.

Sheep Station Creek Conservation Park: walks through open forest. See remains of the old bridge on original road leading from Brisbane to Gympie; 6 km SW.

Abbey Museum: traces growth of western civilisation with displays of art and antiques; open 10am–4pm Mon–Sat; just off road to Bribie Island; 9 km E.

Woodford: the town has one of the largest narrow-gauge steam locomotive collections in Australia; Margaret St; 22 km NW.

Mt Mee State Forest: boardwalks through subtropical rainforest and lookouts over Neurum Valley, Moreton Bay and surrounds; 23 km W.

Donnybrook, Toorbul and Beachmere: coastal fishing towns to the east.

Fishing spots near town

Lake Wivenhoe 46 km

Impoundment fishing for native species in southern Queensland has enjoyed phenomenal growth and it all began at Lake Wivenhoe. Situated about 80 km west of Brisbane on the Brisbane Valley Highway, Wivenhoe has a surface... Find out more


Mooloolaba 48 km

It’s 6am on the Mooloolaba waterfront behind Kawana Waters Hotel. The temperature is mild enough to be wearing shorts and a shirt. All is quiet amid the moored boats except for the eager anglers sitting around the... Find out more


Eco-friendly activities around town

Cycling the Sunshine Coast and hinterland 37 km

Join a half-day or longer guided bike tour with Bicycle Tours of Queensland, particularly the popular Sunshine Coast ride or Maleny to Glass House Mountains. A back-up bus is included if it all gets too much.... Find out more


Mount Coot-tha Forest 43 km

The largest natural area in Brisbane, this 1500 hectares of open eucalypt forest holds more than 18 kilometres of walking tracks, 12 kilometres of mountain-biking tracks and a further 31 kilometres of multi-use tracks.... Find out more


Westlander 43 km

Take the overnight train ride from Brisbane to Charleville or Quilpie, travelling over the Great Dividing Range and through some of Queensland’s rich farming areas.... Find out more


Cycling and mountain-biking around Brisbane 44 km

Brisbane has a growing network of great cycling trails and some excellent rides for tourists – a five-to-20-kilometre ride along the shores of the Brisbane River comes highly recommended. There is also a great ride... Find out more


Rock climbing around Brisbane 45 km

Brisbane’s Kangaroo Point is perhaps the friendliest city rock-climbing spot in the country, with views over the Brisbane River, a range of climbs for absolute beginners and upwards, and established anchor points... Find out more


Golf courses around town

North Lakes Resort Golf Club 16 km

Good course designers have tricks up their sleeves when it comes to spurring golfers to rise to the challenge. They can visually intimidate you with large schemes of bunkers or water hazards encroaching on the best... Find out more


Pacific Harbour Golf & Country Club 20 km

Challenging the best players without alienating casual and beginner golfers is the fine line every course designer treads in coming up with a new creation. One designer who does it better than most is Ross Watson. His... Find out more


Pelican Waters Golf Club 31 km

It took 54 years for his dream to be realised, but when Pelican Waters Golf Club finally opened for play in 2000, not even the visionary behind the original idea could have imagined it would turn out as good as it... Find out more


Royal Queensland Golf Club 42 km

Of all the golf courses in this book, Royal Queensland has undergone the most dramatic changes in recent years. Originally opened in 1920, on reclaimed mangrove swampland on the north bank of the Brisbane River, ... Find out more


Twin Waters Golf Club 52 km

By the end of the 1980s, Queensland’s Sunshine Coast had a handful of good member clubs. In the ’90s, as the region became home to Australia’s fastest growing population, more golf courses and more... Find out more


Nearby eco-friendly places to eat

Mondo Organics, West End 45 km

Australia’s first organic restaurant when it opened in 2000, Mondo Organics serves a range of organic meats, including beef, chicken, duck and lamb, and the fish is chosen for the sustainability of the catch. The... Find out more


Nearby breweries

Castlemaine Perkins (Fourex) Brewery 43 km

The pages of Australian brewing history are littered with take-overs and acquisitions, and while Castlemaine Perkins sounds like a merger, it was, in reality, yet another buy-out. As the name suggests, the Castlemaine... Find out more


Sunshine Coast Brewery 47 km

Queensland’s longest-running microbrewery has been operating from an industrial estate on the outskirts of Maroochydore since 1998. It was established by Jim Robinson and Queensland craft-beer pioneer Graham Howard... Find out more


Campsites around town

Gallagher Point camping area 17 km

One of Bribie’s smallest campsites, with just 6 numbered sites, this camping area is typically popular with backpackers who can easily access the grounds, just 3 km north of White Patch Ranger Headquarters. There... Find out more


Mission Point camping area (boat-based camping) 18 km

Accessible only by boat from Pumicestone Passage, there are 12 numbered sites at Mission Point, along with toilets, picnic tables and fireplaces; bring your own drinking water and firewood. Mission Point is north of... Find out more


Poverty Creek camping area 18 km

Poverty Creek campsite is a popular family area, with 12 numbered sites and a group camping area suitable for camper trailers. Bring your own drinking water and firewood. Access is via White Patch Espl (navigable by 4WD... Find out more


Coochin Creek camping and day-use area 22 km

A great find for those who enjoy fishing and boating, this flat and grassy site beside Coochin Creek is on Roys Rd, 3 km upstream from the Pumiceton Passage. Access is 9 km east of Beerwah and 4 km east of the Bruce Hwy.... Find out more


Neurum Creek camping area 25 km

A 4WD is recommended for accessing this medium-size campsite off Neurum Creek Rd, about 6 km from the Salin Rd entry (The Gantry) to the northern section of the park and about 13.5 km from the Rasmussen Rd entry... Find out more


Archer camping area 26 km

Camp in open woodland near a creek at this lovely grassy site just 1 km from the Rasmussen Rd entry to the northern section of the park. It can be accessed by car from Rasmussen Rd, but if you are entering via Mt Mee and... Find out more


Ocean Beach camping area 29 km

Bribie’s biggest camping area, the 64 sites are set behind sand dunes and reached via defined tracks. Access is 4WD only from the Eighth Ave carpark off North St, Woorim, but you’ll need to check tide times... Find out more


Lake Somerset Holiday Park 38 km

Set on a 45 ha property, this holiday park has excellent facilities for campers, caravans and camper trailers, and the option of a log or waterfront cabin for those seeking a little extra comfort. The area is known for... Find out more


D'Aguilar National Park camping areas (bush camping) 38 km

There are 8 areas for bush camping scattered throughout the southern half of the national park suitable for self-sufficient campers. A network of trails provides access between the camping sites and links to the... Find out more


Comboyuro Point camping area 41 km

Within walking distance of the Bulwer township on the island’s west coast, this site has 49 camping sites marked with totem poles and plenty of shade. Water is available, but it must be treated or boiled before... Find out more


Caravan parks around town

Glasshouse Mountains Tourist Park 16 km

Set in a subtropical treed area, close to the picturesque Glass House Mountains, this park has all the basic requirements and is well located for those wanting to spend some time at Australia Zoo. Bookings are required... Find out more


Bribie Island Caravan Park 25 km

A good quality park located on the ocean side of Bribie Island, this place is just a short walk from the shops and the surf club at Woorim. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies.... Find out more


BIG4 Brisbane Northside Caravan Village 31 km

A good quality park close to the northern approach to Brisbane, this park is ideal for those wanting good access to the city’s northern suburbs. Minimum-booking periods apply.... Find out more


Ocean View Caravan Park 32 km

High above the coastal plain with views to the sea, this park is being improved and further developed. Situated midway between Maleny and Landsborough, it is well located for those exploring the hinterland. Bookings are... Find out more


Dicky Beach Family Holiday Park 38 km

This is a popular beachside park adjoining a busy patrolled swimming beach. The park is across the road from a small shopping strip and a few minutes from the centre of Caloundra. For us, this is a great beachside base... Find out more


Newmarket Gardens Caravan Park 40 km

The closest caravan park to Brisbane’s city centre, this older park has good basic facilities. With the city less than 4 km away, it is particularly popular with campers and backpackers.... Find out more


BIG4 Forest Glen Holiday Resort 44 km

This award-winning park is set on over 19 ha of parkland. There is a large pool, tennis court, squash court, minigolf and a licensed restaurant. The Bruce Highway is close by and the Sunshine Coast beaches are just 15... Find out more


Mooloolaba Beach Holiday Park 48 km

This park is split over two locations. The main section is in Parkyn Parade, while the smaller section is at Mooloolaba Beach. We think the beachside section has the best outlook of any park in Australia: it overlooks... Find out more


Cotton Tree Holiday Park 50 km

Located along the waters edge at the mouth of the Maroochy River, this large council park has more than 400 tourist sites. It has a selection of eateries and shops immediately opposite the park entrance and is within... Find out more


Big4 Maroochy Palms Holiday Village 50 km

Across the road from the Maroochy River, this very good quality park has much to offer. Book in here and enjoy the facilities, including the kids club, tennis court and pool, or relax and enjoy a cappuccino from the park... Find out more


Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Caboolture Riverlakes 
Motel

This modern complex overlooks the Caboolture River and parklands, in grounds that run down to the river’s edge. It is popular with business travellers as well as tourists, and most rooms have either a private... Find out more


Beachmere Palms Motel

This owner-operated motel is in a quiet bayside village at the southern edge of the Sunshine Coast. It is only 12 kilometres from Caboolture, but a million miles away in terms of peace and quiet from the tourist bustle... Find out more


Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Glass House Mountains Eco-Lodge 18 km

The simple, down-market rooms here include the use of old train carriages for a communal kitchen and group area. An old church has also been recycled, and all greywater and blackwater is used on site to irrigate the... Find out more


Brisbane Marriott Hotel 43 km

By no means the greenest accommodation in this book, the Marriott still deserves inclusion as one of the better options in large hotels. It gained the Green Globe Benchmarked Bronze status and is AAA-rated for its water-... Find out more


Rest areas around town

Coochin Creek camping area 24 km

T/O 95km S of Gympie (L)

In a bush setting in Beerburrum State Forest. Located 5km (partly unsealed) east of the highway via Bells Creek and Roys rds. For southbound only. Bookings required.


Landsborough park area 36 km

T/O 83km N of Brisbane (L) or 85km S of Gympie (R)

Under shady trees 500m off the highway via the Landsborough exit.


What's on around town

Market: showgrounds, Beerburrum Rd; Sun mornings.

Country Music Festival: Apr/May.

Medieval Tournament: July.

Show: Aug.

Rodeo: Nov/Dec.

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