Nestled in the D’Aguilar Range, Ocean View is a picturesque rural town in Queensland’s Moreton Bay region. It’s dominated by small farms and winery estates and is on the doorstep of wildlife-filled bushland and a heritage trail with links to the area’s 19th-century European settlers.
Things to do in Ocean View
Sprawling west of Ocean View is D’Aguilar National Park, which encompasses a rugged mountain range blanketed in eucalyptus woodlands and subtropical rainforest. Begin your visit at the Walkabout Creek Visitor Centre before following one of the hiking trails that offer magnificent views of the Glass House Mountains and Moreton Bay. More than 240 bird species have been recorded in the park, together with native mammals such as echidnas and red-necked pademelons.
On the other side of Ocean View is Rocksberg Heritage Park, which hugs the upper reaches of the Caboolture River. The land was previously farmed by German settlers before becoming a public recreational destination. You can splash around in the rocky watering hole or enjoy a short walk through the native bushland, which provides a habitat for wallabies and kookaburras.
For a dose of local history, follow the Caboolture River Road Heritage Trail, which winds its way through the former farming community. Stop at the 1870s-built Morayfield State School Building and the Farmer’s Assembly Hall, which was constructed by the locals to host events and dances. Also of note is the Primitive Methodist Church, which has been used for worship services since 1875.
Getting around Ocean View
Ocean View is around an hour’s drive from the centre of Brisbane and Brisbane Airport, which has flights to destinations across the globe. Renting a car is the most convenient way of getting to Ocean View and exploring the surrounding region.