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Explore the Deception Bay Heritage Trail

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by Di Hill (subscribe)
I love writing, taking photos, travelling and enjoying life. I have a BA of Adult and Vocational Teaching and a Master of Arts (Writing). My business card says Writer, Traveller, Camera Addict, and Bamboo Fan www.dihill.com.au
Published June 4th 2019
What is the Deception?
It's not a popular destination, but there is so much to see and do in Deception Bay, just north of Redcliffe right on Moreton Bay. It's somewhat of a hidden gem, with plenty of fascinating history, great photo opportunities, a library to source more information, and some lovely cafés.

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Deception Bay Library


I'd suggest that you first visit the Deception Bay Library, where you can collect the brochure Deception Bay Heritage Trail. The Library is at 9 Bayview Terrace, and there's usually plenty of parking in the area. Oh, if you want a coffee and snack, I recommend Zesty Lemon, which is opposite the library.
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The Zesty Lemon




The start of the trail is further north at Beach Road and follows the path on the waterfront, south to Boama Park, a distance of around 4 km. If you are walking it may be a 90-minute stroll, but you can do it on a bicycle or skateboard!

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Heritage Trail


The brochure has much information about the history, going back to the days of the Gubbi Gubbi people who lived in the area for thousands of years until white settlement. It is reported that three ex-convicts were sent by boat from Sydney to collect timber, but they ended up being rescued by Gubbi Gubbi people around 1823.

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Plenty of Seating


Around that time, John Oxley was introduced to the area by the ex-convicts, and as a result, the first penal settlement was founded in Redcliffe the following year. You can read more of the historical details in the brochure or on the sculptural markers along the route.

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Historical Information


At high tide, you may find success throwing a line in, at several of the places along the waterfront, or at low tide you can see the interesting sand flats, and chase the tiny crabs that call the area home.

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Low Tide


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Ramp to Path - easy for wheelchairs


There are plenty of BBQ facilities along the route too, and many areas for the younger folk to let off steam.

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BBQ Areas along the waterfront
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Why? Explore historical Deception Bay
When: Anytime
Phone: Library 3203 1094
Where: Deception Bay, Moreton Bay
Cost: Free
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