One hour’s drive from both Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast, you’ll find the 500-acre Woodford Folk Festival site in the midst of the Moreton Bay region, one of the hidden gems of South-East Queensland.
This is a region where the native bush hides crisp, cool swimming holes and pristine beaches line the many small islands Moreton Bay encompasses.
With a border just 25km from the Brisbane CBD, this region stretches from Bribie Island in the north through to the Southern Bay Islands of North Stradbroke and Moreton Island with areas like Samford, Arana Hills, Redcliffe, Caboolture, Dayboro, Woodford and Mt Mee in between.
Whether you’re visiting the Woodford Folk Festival for a day or the entire six-day duration of the festival, there are many attractions nearby to continue feeding your sense of adventure.
1. Jump into a deep and cool watering hole
2. Sandstone Point Hotel
If having having a beer and relaxing overlooking Bribie Island sounds like your cup of tea, Sandstone Point Hotel is a great place not only to unwind but also an ideal place for weddings, and concerts – not least thanks to the lush green grass that ends at the waters edge which also makes it an ideal spot for children to run free, kick a ball or play cricket.
Just over the Mt Mee range is lovely little town called Dayboro. A stroll along their historical town walk reveals the stories of old buildings rich with history, the old butter factory, Dayboro Community Art Gallery, Crown Hotel and the quaint bootmaker building, which all tell a story of the small country town.
4. Moreton Island and North Stradbroke Island
Take a ferry over to one of Moreton Bay’s unique islands and discover the exquisitely clean white beaches of Moreton and North Stradbroke Island.
While strolling along the beaches look out for the dolphins frolicking close to the shore and whales passing through from the months of June to October.
If you’re feeling adventurous (and fit!), try out sand tobogganing on what are some of the biggest sand dunes in Australia.
5. Bribie Island
Fun Fact: Bribie Island is the only Queensland island connected to the mainland by bridge. Permits are available for 4WD, which means you can explore the island off the beaten tracks – tracks that often lead to a beach where you can camp right near the waters edge. A little closer to civilisation, you can learn how to surf, go fishing, canoeing, jet skiing and kite surfing.
6. Kids Activities in Woodford
Woodford Skate Park – D’Aguilar. Woodford
Woodford Swimming Pool – Petersen Road, Woodford, (07) 5496 1918
BMX bike Tracks – D’Aguilar Hwy Woodford
Woodford Railway – Great family event!
Enjoy a train ride in an old steam train.
Margaret Street, Woodford
First Sunday every month 10 -3.30pm
7. Centenary Lakes
This large parkland has something to offer the whole family – beautiful lakes and gardens, a kids climbing playground, tennis and netball courts and even a BMX track across the road.
8. Pumicestone Passage
A channel running 35 km between Bribie Island and Caboolture coastline, Pumicestone Passage is a place filled with wildlife for any nature lover and a place to have an action packed weekend filled with water sports like fishing, jet skiing and kite surfing.
9. Wamuran cycle rail trail and Wamuran Trail Loop
Fancy working off all that festival feasting? Just 10 minutes drive from the Woodford Folk Festival site is a 5km scenic bicycle loop that starts in Wamuran. Those who like a challenge can extend the ride all the way to the Glass House Mountains, around a 20 km ride. It’s quite flat…until you reach the Fox Mountain!
10.Mountain Wine Tours at Ocean View Estates
Nestled between the rolling green hills of Mt Mee is the Ocean View Estates Winery, a place where great wine, stunning views and a relaxing country atmosphere meet.