Northern beaches

Eating fish and chips at Morgans Seafood, a renowned local institution in Scarborough, while watching pelicans glide and seagulls wheel over the bobbing trawlers against a background of the Glass House Mountains, is a must-do. Travel south to Redcliffe, the site of Queensland’s first European settlement in 1824, and follow one of the heritage trails (ask at the information centre for brochures). Redcliffe has good beaches and a landscaped foreshore lined with little cafes – great for coffee with a view over to the Moreton Island sandhills. Its jetty is a popular fishing spot and the little cafe here is decorated with historical photos. There’s also a memorial to John Oxley, who landed in 1823, and a plaque dedicated to Mathew Flinders, who came ashore here in 1799. Margate beach has a string of shaded picnic spots with lovely bay views. At Woody Point, you will find the historic Belvedere Hotel, built in the 1890s.


Fish ‘n chips with the pelicans at Scarborough

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