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Discover History at Deception Bay

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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
Published June 13th 2015
We are fortunate in having some wonderful historical places in and around Brisbane. There's one spot that is not often on the "tourist route" but it should be. It is on the coast with wonderful views of the sea, and has a very interesting history, and a historical walk along the waterfront that will impress!

Deception Bay, history, Deception Bay Heritage Trail
The Waterfront Pathway

"Deception Bay was so named by Lt John Oxley in 1823 who thought the bay was a river and because of his mistake and the shallowness, named it Deception Bay. Dr Joseph Bancroft was a pioneer in experimenting in native plants for their health properties and through his meatworks, the preservation of meat, fish and vegetables. His son Thomas carried on the tradition with some work in cultivating cotton and castor oil. A rough-hewn pyramidal block of granite stands today on the foreshore highlighting the towering biological achievements of these two doctors.

The area was once large parcels of land supporting dairying and farming and while some large blocks remain today, most have been subdivided in line with providing housing for a growing community."

Source - Moreton Bay Regional Council website.

Mrs Bancroft's saltwater bath,
Mrs Bancroft's Bath

Deception Bay is around 40 kms north of Brisbane can be accessed through Redcliffe, the Bruce Highway - turn off just before Burpengary and get onto Deception Bay Road. There are plenty of places for a picnic lunch along the foreshore, and a raft of places to buy food along the way. A "must do" is to walk along the Deception Bay Heritage Trail. Dotted along the path are artworks and stories about the history of the area.

If you arrive during the opening hours of the Deception Bay Library, you can request an information booklet with additional information.

The path itself is along the water's edge, at the bottom of some interesting cliffs, and you can return via another path giving you almost a bird's eye view of the bay from the top of the cliffs. A gentle pathway takes you to the top of the cliff, so no "mountain climbing" needed.

Dr Bancroft's wife had a medical condition which improved if she bathed in salt water, so the good doctor had a "bath" carved out of some of the rocks, and at high tide the sea water rushed in providing her with a safe bath. Much of it has filled with sand, but it is clearly visible unless a very high tide.

Deception Bay Seafront

There's plenty of grassy area for children to run and burn off energy and covered picnic spots.

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Your Comment
Hi Di
It is nice to see someone has noticed our beautiful beachside track at Deception Bay but you missed two of my favourite things about this area. The huge stone couches and the amazing rock pool sculptures.
by Nicola Lentfer (score: 0|9) 1490 days ago
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