Where else can you enjoy sun, surf, sand and wineries all in one place? Welcome to Victoria Point, located within the coastal Redland Bay district just a short drive from Brisbane.
While Victoria Point is nestled within a coastal area, there are a surprising number of things to do inland as well. With an abundance of nature to explore, plus cute cafés and plenty of shopping, Victoria Point is a fantastic place to not only holiday to, but also settle down.
Here are what we believe to be the best activities in Victoria Point.
There’s plenty to do on Stradbroke Island (affectionally known as “Straddie” to the locals), but walking the North Gorge is at the top of the list. Stunning blue waves crash against soaring cliffs along this 1.5km walk, with breathtaking views of the ocean and Main Beach. From June to November, the walk also makes a great whale-watching spot as humpback wales move along the coast. Once you’re done, why not head down to Amity Point and sample some fresh prawns at Rufus Kings Seafood?
Moreton Bay is a gorgeous part of south east Queensland, dotted with islands big and small that can be explored either by foot or by sea. Aria Cruises and Moreton Bay Yacht Club both run cruises around the bay area and also offer experiences such as fresh seafood on board, curated activities such as paddle boarding and learning to sail, and of course plenty of chances for swimming and taking in the pristine bayside.
This is one of the inland activities we mentioned – and it’s not to be missed! As Queensland’s largest and most highly awarded winery, Sirromet Wines has plenty to offer food and wine-wise, but also offers breathtaking views of surrounding Mt Cotton bushlands, the bay and North Stradbroke Island while you take it all in. There’s often live music, including live shows from international musicians, whilst Sculpture in the Vines (a guided tour of sculptures that you can enjoy with a glass of bubbly) runs every December through to February. You’ll likely spot wallabies roaming nearby, too.
What Cleveland Point Lighthouse lacks in size, it makes up for in aesthetics and a laid-back way to enjoy a lazy afternoon. This white-painted, tapered timber tower has been around since 1864, and is surrounded by a recreation reserve, fish and chip and gelato vendors, and the seafood-orientated Lighthouse Restaurant. Watching the sunrise or sunset from nearby the lighthouse is a special experience, especially if you’re a photographer with a keen eye.
If you have the stamina for ocean kayaking, try joining a guided trip with Redlands Kayak Tours. There are plenty of options available, from introductory courses right through to full day adventures, in which experienced guides will show you around the area, known for its turtles, dugongs and natural beauty. Catch the sun rising over Stradbroke Island, or bathe under the light of a full moon and take in the distant Brisbane city lights – there’s lots to experience within your kayak!
Construction of the Historic Ormiston House began in 1853, with the homestead being commissioned by Capt. Hope, a grazier, sugar planter and miller and named “The Father of the Commercial Sugar Industry”. Ormiston House was built for Hope, his wife and their eight children, and over the course of a hundred or so years fell into the possession of the Carmelite Order of nuns in 1959. Realising the historical value of the house, the nuns allowed the house to be restored to its former glory.
Now a beautiful, rustic home that can be toured every Sunday, Ormiston House also has a tranquil garden to explore and refreshments available in the form of Devonshire tea, biscuits, sandwiches and a variety of teas.
With so much to see and do, Victoria Point is certainly a prime area in which to retire – so why not come and visit our Victoria Point Retirement Village and possibly say hello to your new home? Our gated community is purpose-built for seniors and is located on the doorstep of Redland Bay and a short drive to Brisbane city.