Where is it: Various locations, Moreton Bay Region
What's it all about: A free event put on by Moreton Bay Regional Council - just for fun!
How can I join in: Come along to the park with your favourite teddy bear and be prepared to have fun!
Tell me more: Moreton Bay Region's Teddy Bears Picnic is a really fun and popular event for little kids! Aimed at kids under school age, there's lots of entertainment and activities on offer - it's a great way to get your little ones out and about in a safe and relaxed setting. The jumping castle was hard to get past - so much fun and it was great for the little kids to have one all to themselves without sharing with the older kids! There was more than just that on offer with a baby animal farm, face painting heaps of art and craft and of course teddy bears were everywhere, including a nice little teddy bear parade! There was even free teddy bear biscuits and fruit for our picnic! This annual event takes place in different locations so make sure you check out the details of the event - and make sure you check out what the theme is for the day! A really nice day out for the little ones!
Norfolk Lakes Park, Narangba 2019
John Oxley Reserve, Murrumba Downs 2018
Pine Rivers Park, Strathpine 2017
Jamieson Park, Scarborough 2017
Pine Rivers Park, Strahtpine 2016
Just to the west of Brisbane (about 10 minutes from the city limits) is the busy but charming little town of Samford, and not too far from Samford is Cedar Creek - one of our favourite little getaways! It's a rocky creek that is generally calm and in most spots not too deep, so it's great for inquisitive little kids who love to explore! The drive out to Cedar Creek is really nice and picturesque. To reach this spot from the CBD it's about a 50 minute drive, but the last 20 minutes is through some really nice windy, rural and hilly roads and it's such a change from the city that you've just left. Turning on to Cedar Creek Road you will feel a world away on this winding road which criss-crosses the creek a couple of times through bush and rainforest - the road ends at the Cedar Creek Retreat, so once you are on this road you can't really get lost. You might even get to see a stone replica of a medieval French bridge! It's a private bridge but it looks really great in this setting.
The creek at Andy Williams Park is rocky and the water is clean and clear and not very deep, so it's great for little kids, however you will have to keep an eye on the little guys as some of the rocks can get a little slippery. There are a number of deeper waterholes further along up the creek as well. One of the more popular locations you will find if you drive right up to the end of the road (another 2 km). You will then have to follow the creek further upstream for another 800 metres or so before you come to a series of swim-able waterholes! The walk along the creek can be a bit tricky in places, but it's great for adventurous kids - and the waterholes are great!
If you are looking for a creek for little kids to splash in and explore, we think that Cedar Creek is up there with the best! We've been visiting Cedar Creek since our oldest boy was just a toddler and it's always been heaps of fun - a really worthwhile day out, and the best part is that there is so much of the creek to explore! We're really looking forward to getting back and finding a new favourite spot!
Amenities: Full park amenities at Andy Williams Park but nothing elsewhere! 👍👍👍
Cost: All free! 👍👍👍👍
Parking: Limited parking at certain points along the road and at Andy Williams Park, however it is a popular spot in summer! 👍👍👍
Access: Not the best access for prams or those with mobility issues - very limited access at Andy Williams Park!👍
Entertainment: Plenty of opportunity to entertain yourself in the water here! 👍👍👍
Best for: With shallows and deeper waterholes everyone should be happy with Cedar Creek! Andy Williams Park is great for the little guys! 👍👍👍👍
Wildlife: Birds, little fish and tadpoles - and watch out for those cheeky bush turkeys who will rummage through your belongings if you leave it unattended! 👍👍
Summary: An easy and fun day out for the whole family! A great way to escape the city and cool off in the warmer months! 👍👍👍👍
Andy Williams Park
Where is it: All over the world!
What's it all about: A day for all Star Wars fans! Probably the most popular film series ever, and most likely with the most passionate fans, Star Wars deserves its own special day!
How can I join in: Look for events around your local area! We've been along to events at Dreamworld and libraries previously, so theme parks and libraries are likely to have something planned, as are cinemas and shopping centres!
Tell me more: May the Fourth (Star Wars Day) is a special day for all fans of this awesome series of movies! For those that don't understand, Jedi knights often sign off from their conversations by saying "May the force be with you…", so May the 4th has been claimed by Star Wars fans as their day all over the world! So you can expect to see lots of stormtroopers, jedis, a few Sith Lords, jawas and any number of Darth Vaders! A lot of events double as fundraisers for various charities, but more importantly, it's great fun watching the little kids trying to work out whether they should trust all these people in costume! Keep an eye out for Star Wars movie marathons as well! Always a fun day!
May the fourth be with you, Ashgrove Library 2018
May the fourth be with you, Arana Hills Library 2017
Star Wars Day / Stormtrooper Weekend, Dreamworld 2015
Star Wars Day 2014
We don't know any kids who aren't intrigued by shipwrecks! Come to think of it, we don't think that there would be too many adults who wouldn't be interested in a shipwreck! Luckily for us, here in Brisbane, there is a really accessible shipwreck right on our doorstop - just north of Brisbane at Redcliffe! The HMQS/HMAS Gayundah was deliberately beached in the 1950s at Woody Point to act as a breakwater. I'm not sure if at that time the beaching of a vessel was viewed with the same intrigue as it is today, but regardless we thought that it would be worth the short drive north to check it out!
Wanting to know a little more about what we were visiting, we did a bit of a search and found out that the Gayundah (meaning lightning), was a gun-boat and originally operated by the Queensland Maritime Defence Force, which we found interesting in that Queensland had its own defence force! The boat had a sister ship called Paluma (meaning 'thunder') and was involved in a mutiny that took place on the Brisbane River! It was transferred to the Australian Navy after federation and was in service during World War One. After the war it was used commercially until the 50s, during which time it sank and was raised before being beached at Redcliffe. Phew! What a life!
Our visit to the Gayundah was not nearly as adventurous as the little vessel we were off to see, an easy half hour drive up the highway and across the impressive Ted Smout Memorial Bridge to get to Redcliffe peninsular can hardly be described as an adventure, however the kids do love the idea of driving across the sea! The wreck is situated at the southern end of the Gayundah Coastal Arboretum, a nice quiet park with some nice views across Moreton Bay and barbeque facilities. There are plenty of car-parking spaces reasonably close in the arboretum or some street parking on Gayundah Esplanade, so there is no problem with parking.
Depending on where you park, it should only be a short walk on concrete paths to reach the Gayundah, definitely pram friendly and if your only plans are to see the wreck , there should be little need for you to carry anything significant, although a hat is definitely recommended in summer! That said, if you have no other plans you might be wasting a great opportunity to stop off in the park for a relaxing picnic or barbeque! You should also note that there are no toilets in the park(?) but there are a number of other parks in the area (driving) so if you are faced with an toilet-emergency, you may have to be prepared to jump back into the car!
The wreck itself does not seem to have retained any of the boat's features that we had seen in historical photos. This certainly did not disappoint us or the kids, and it is still quite distinguishable as a boat, but the years have certainly taken their toll, so it may only be a matter of time before she disappears completely - but I'm sure it will still be around to bring the grandkids! The kids were suitably impressed, and I think the less of its story explained to the little ones the better - just to let their imaginations run wild with their own reasons as to why the shipwreck was here! I'm sure that in their minds they were picturing that it was a swashbuckling pirate battle or a huge storm beached the Gayundah!
There are signs that tell you, most probably for safety reasons, not to get down on the beach to explore the wreck. I'm sure that this will assist in the preservation of this area as well. You can get a really good view of the wreck from the viewing area, however you will need to check the tides before you visit - at higher tides the wreck is almost completely submerged! The wreck is certainly worth a visit - it is so easy to access and the story behind the HMAS Gayundah is quite intriguing. Hopefully you get the opportunity to see the wreck before it goes the way of the wreck of the Dicky at Sunshine Coast - which deteriorated so much it had to be removed!
Amenities: A nice park is adjacent but no toilets! 👍👍
Cost: Completely free but perhaps some travel costs for those not lucky enough to live in Redcliffe!👍👍👍👍
Parking: Plenty of parking around and you can visit whenever you like! 👍👍👍👍
Access: No access to the wreck itself but so easy to get to the viewing area - just remember to check the tide before you head off! 👍👍👍
Entertainment: It's all in the imagination! 👍👍
Best for: Everyone! With a special recommendation for photographers! 👍👍👍👍
Wildlife: Do crabs count? 👍
Summary: A really easy and relaxing way to spend a few hours! Check the tide times and plan your visit, it is such an easy way to get up close to a real shipwreck! 👍👍👍
Hints: Sunrise will give you some amazing photo opportunities!
Photos taken before bow colapse
Brisbane Family Explorers