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Wow! In our own backyard, there are mountains to conquer, waterholes to scramble up and swim, beachside yoga and cycling paths, or you can get off the beaten track and hike to some of the secret bouldering spots that rock climbers flock to.
Here are some top spots across the Moreton Bay for a workout with a view.
1 Beach yoga at Redcliffe
Relax and restore your mind and body in a restorative yoga class at Suttons Beach, Redcliffe for inner peace and calm. There are $12.50 casual classes or it costs $25 for the week with Monica Batiste at 6am most weekdays. It’s your chance to stretch, relax and greet the day with a positive attitude. Or you could just roll up your yoga mat and find your own spot on the waterfront for some solo downward dogs.
2 Trek through the gorges near Mt Glorious
It’s off the beaten track, and not the easiest of hikes but the pay-off is a quiet day of hiking and swimming in rock pools without the crowds. The scenery is beautiful on this well-hidden hike with cool-water rock pools and a waterfall. There is also plenty of wildlife to be seen while you’re wandering along the tranquil forest floor and wading through the creeks.
3 Boating on Lake Kurwongbah
Lake Kurwongbah is a shared recreational water sports zone for skiing and paddling, alongside the Pine Rivers Rowing Club. Kayaks and canoes can launch from Mick Hanfling Park and you can begin to enjoy the lake’s serene waters, which are just a stone’s throw from Petrie. It’s about 3.2sq km and offers a peaceful environment to enjoy exercise on the water, birdwatching and fishing.
4 Secret spots to go bouldering and rock climbing
While most people associate rock-climbing in southeast Queensland with the Glasshouse Mountains, there are some little-known spots where you can boulder in the Moreton Bay Region. Cedar Creek has some boulders along the creekline that provide some good challenges and a cave underhang, not to mention the creek to cool off in after your climb. There are also a few boulders at Terrors Creek near Dayboro.
5 Boxing at Lake Eden
Bust away the stress of your working week at a fast-paced boxing session adjacent to Lake Eden at North Lakes. It’s both a strength and cardio workout overlooking the water and all its birdlife. The lake also features a 1.7km track around it, with runners and walkers regularly pounding the pavement.
6 Golfing at Bribie Island
Rated as the Moreton Bay Region’s toughest golf course, the par 72 Pacific Harbour Golf and Country Club course will challenge golfers of all abilities. You can even enjoy teeing off under the watchful eye of resident emus.
7 Cycle a rail trail
Try cycling along the Samford Valley Rail Trail, which starts at Ferny Grove and follows the former train line through Camp Mountain to Samford Village. The 8.3km track meanders through forested area, and you can stop at the cairn to commemorate the 1947 rail disaster where 16 people died. The new Caboolture to Wamuran Rail Trail is now open. The 10.5km shared pathway looks amazing.
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