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Strathpine is north of Brisbane in the Pine Rivers region, a district that includes the forested areas and national parks closest to the capital. Taking advantage of this rural setting so close to the city are a number of art and craft industries.

Visitor Information

Pine Rivers Visitor Information Centre, 220 Gympie Rd; (07) 3205 4793

Nearby national parks

  • 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

  • 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

  • Tamborine National Park

    The scenic Tamborine Mountain plateau and its surrounding foothills is the setting for this national park in the Gold Coast hinterland. Made...more

Nearby towns

  • Caboolture

    At the northern edge of Greater Brisbane and the southern opening to the Sunshine Coast, Caboolture is surrounded by subtropical fruit...more

  • Ipswich

    Ipswich is Queensland's oldest provincial city. It was first settled in 1827 on the banks of the Bremer River which burst its banks in...more

  • Landsborough

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


Brisbane Forest Park This natural bushland forest park has a scenic drive from the south-east corner to lookouts, mountain towns and attractive landscapes, ending at Lake Wivenhoe. It has pristine rainforest, towering trees, cascading waterfalls, deep pools, mountain streams and incredible wildlife. The small settlement of Mount Glorious is a base for forest walking tracks. Wivenhoe Lookout, 10 km further on, has superb views west to Lake Wivenhoe.There are many picnic spots – Jollys Lookout is a highlight, with views over Brisbane, the valley and north to the Glass House Mountains. A guide to the park's walks is available from the park headquarters at 60 Mt Nebo Rd, The Gap. Access via Ferny Hills.

St Helena Island This low, sandy island, 8 km from the mouth of the Brisbane River, was used as a prison from 1867 to 1932. It was dubbed ‘the hell-hole of the South Pacific’. Historic ruins remain and are protected in the island’s national park. Tours of the island depart from the Brisbane suburbs of Manly and Breakfast Creek; 26 km E.

North Stradbroke Island ‘Straddie’ is a coastal and bushland paradise, with contained pockets of development. Blue Lake National Park is an ecologically significant wetland; access is by 4WD or a 45min walk. Other island walking trails include the popular North Gorge Headland Walk. Travel to North Stradbroke by vehicular ferry from Cleveland. The ferry arrives at Dunwich, the site of a 19th-century quarantine and penal centre; 37 km SE.

Moreton Island Almost all of this large island is national park. It is also mainly sand, with 280 m Mt Tempest possibly the world’s highest stable sandhill. On the east coast is an unbroken 36km surf beach, with calmer beaches on the west coast. Get to the island by passenger or vehicular ferry from Scarborough or the Brisbane River. A 4WD and a permit are required for self-drive touring; 41 km E.

Lake Samsonvale: fishing, watersports and bushwalking; 8 km NW.

Old Petrie Town: heritage park that holds markets each Sun and the popular Twilight Markets 1st Fri each month (Jan–Oct) then every Fri (Nov–Dec). Catch the free bus from Petrie Railway Station; 9 km N.

Alma Park Zoo: palm garden and subtropical rainforest zoo with native and exotic animals. Feed the koalas and explore the Friendship Farm for children; Alma Rd, Dakabin; 14 km N.

Australian Woolshed: demonstrations of shearing, spinning and working sheepdogs; bush dances with bush band; Ferny Hills; 16 km SW.

Osprey House: environmental centre; Dohles Rocks Rd; 18 km N.

Brisbane's Vineyard: wine tastings and sales; Mt Nebo Rd, Mount Nebo; 46 km SW.

Fishing spots near town

Lake Wivenhoe 41 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

Eco-friendly activities around town

Westlander 18 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

Mount Coot-tha Forest 18 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

Cycling and mountain-biking around Brisbane 19 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 19 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

Cycling the Sunshine Coast and hinterland 63 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

Golf courses around town

North Lakes Resort Golf Club 10 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

Royal Queensland Golf Club 17 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

Pacific Harbour Golf & Country Club 35 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

Brookwater Golf & Country Club 40 km

Brookwater opened to considerable fanfare in 2002, with many observers quick to draw comparisons with Augusta National, venerable home of the US Masters. The varied terrain, inventive bunkering and undulating putting... Find out more

Pelican Waters Golf Club 53 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

Cafes & restaurants around town

Fishes at the Point

With seafood sourced from local anglers, this friendly cafe is always busy with locals and tourists enjoying freshly prepared and affordable meals. A rib-eye fillet costs only $15, or $20 with a glass of red wine, and... Find out more

Look Cafe and Bar

Enjoy the laid-back island style of this cafe, starting with breakfast while you read the papers or stare at the waves and headlands of Frenchman’s Beach, where large pods of dolphins often come in to ride the... Find out more

Oceanic Gelati & Coffee Bar

Homemade cakes and gelati, good coffee and a big range of teas, plus views of passing whales from June to November, make this a must-stop venue. Cash only.... Find out more

Nearby eco-friendly places to eat

Mondo Organics, West End 19 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 17 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

Foster's Group (Yatala Brewery) 55 km

This brewery site, located at Yatala, midway between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, was established by the Power Brewing Company, which launched Powers Bitter in 1988. Four years later a joint venture between Powers and... Find out more

Campsites around town

D'Aguilar National Park camping areas (bush camping) 26 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

Gallagher Point camping area 35 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

Poverty Creek camping area 37 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

Mission Point camping area (boat-based camping) 38 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

Neurum Creek camping area 40 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

The Wrecks camping area (walk-in camping) 41 km

The Wrecks is a walk-in camping area just a short stroll from Tangalooma near the main barge landing point. There are 21 sites available; the surface is sand (not grass) and is surrounded by native shrubs and trees.... Find out more

Ben-Ewa camping area 41 km

A favourite with families and school groups, Ben-Ewa’s valley location provides protection from strong winds and offers many a shady tree. The site is on the western side of the island, 1.5 km north of The Wrecks.... Find out more

Archer camping area 44 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

Lumley Hill camping area 44 km

Just a short distance from Captain Logan Camp, Lumley Hill has powered sites. The campground is on Logan Inlet Rd, off Hay Rd, signposted off the Brisbane Valley Hwy. Lake Wivenhoe is a major water storage reserve where... Find out more

Captain Logan Camp 44 km

With as much water as 2.5 Sydney Harbours, Wivenhoe Dam is a major water storage reserve for south-east Queensland and a hub for watersports enthusiasts (however boat motors are not to be used on the lake). With 57... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

BIG4 Brisbane Northside Caravan Village 6 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

Newmarket Gardens Caravan Park 14 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

Brisbane Holiday Village 31 km

Easily accessed from the Pacific Highway (Mt Gravatt exit), this large, quality park is on the south side of the city. Facilities include minigolf, a tennis court, convenience store, cafe and lovely grassy sites. For the... Find out more

Brisbane Gateway Resort 33 km

This is a good quality park with easy access to all the major highways, including the Pacific Motorway, and is 16 km from the city centre. The good facilities include a resortstyle pool and tennis court. Bookings are... Find out more

Bribie Island Caravan Park 34 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

Glasshouse Mountains Tourist Park 41 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

Ocean View Caravan Park 58 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 60 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

Jacobs Well Tourist Park 64 km

This is a quality Gold Coast City Council park, located in a quiet township on the protected waterways north of the Gold Coast. It is a very popular park with families and those who fish. Bookings are required in peak... Find out more

BIG4 Forest Glen Holiday Resort 68 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

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Brisbane Marriott Hotel 17 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

Glass House Mountains Eco-Lodge 44 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

Rest areas around town

Coochin Creek camping area 48 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 60 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

Pine Rivers Festival: May.

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