North Harbour Heritage Park Offers Heaps of Riverside Green Space for Local Families and Visitors to Enjoy

North Harbour’s Heritage Park precinct opened in 2019 and encompasses a vast expanse of parkland, with a mountain bike trail, walking tracks, river access, heritage artefacts and fascinating information about the history of the site.

Retaining and preserving the historical remnants of the North Harbour site was a crucial part of the North Harbour planning process. Following an application process initiated by the developers of North Harbour, the Heritage Park area has been listed and protected on the Queensland Heritage Register since 2011 as a place of Queensland State significance.

The Abbey Museum and North Harbour worked in partnership through project planning and project management and we continue to work together as heritage partners. North Harbour is currently operating and maintaining the park and preserving the artefacts and we are hoping to put together a conservation group of volunteers to help us curate and maintain this special place in perpetuity.

Heritage Park

One of the only Heritage Parks of this size and scope in Queensland, North Harbour’s Heritage Park allows you to take a step back in time and imagine yourself 160 years ago, in one of the first European settlements in Southeast Queensland. The “Moray Fields” sugar plantation was owned by George Raff, who originally hailed from Morayshire in Scotland, hence the name he chose for his sugar plantation. The Morayfield area derives from this naming.

Raff was an important figure in the first Queensland Parliament and this settlement had immense economic importance for the region supplying sugar, rum and molasses to the growing population. Unfortunately, this site also was one of the places which used “indentured” labour at the time, from the South Sea Islands. The Heritage Park has a space to remember these people and their stories, we encourage you to visit and imagine what life must have been like for indentured labourers in those times. Space is made available for the South Sea Islander community to remember their ancestors at this place.

Heritage Park

The heritage remains along the Heritage Trail have been carefully preserved and show the significant developments of the North Harbour site from early European settlement through to the present day. Our heritage trails tell the story of the site on educational signage, allowing for complete immersion in this special space.

When you first arrive at Heritage Park, we recommend you visit the Compass Centre which tells the history of the site through historic photographs, sketches and display objects which allow visitors to appreciate the stories and significant developments from the past up to the present day.

After learning about the history of the site, you can then walk through the heritage trails and view the remaining artefacts of the residents of yesteryear such as the Old Well, and the steps of the Old Homestead.

The Heritage Park took three years to construct, and cost over $3M, with $1,535,062 of funds coming from the Federal Government through a funding agreement with the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology. Funding was through the Community Development Grants programme, provided through the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development and the $1,535,062 Grant was matched by North Harbour.

The Heritage Park precinct includes picnic areas with shelters, BBQs, tables and benches and toilet facilities and is open every day, from 6am to sunset. For more information on what is available and the Heritage Park location please click here.

Heritage Park

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North Harbour Heritage Park Official Opening Morning, Sunday November 10th, 9am

We’re very pleased to announce that our riverside Heritage Park will be officially opening on Sunday 10th November with a special celebration morning from 9am-12noon.

The North Harbour Heritage Park opening event will feature historical talks by North Harbour’s consulting archaeologist Steve Chaddock, free morning tea and ice cream, entertainment from 101.5FM, arts and craft display from our Community Partner the Artisans’ Guild of Caboolture and District Inc. and free games and activities for children (and the young at heart) to enjoy from our Heritage Partner, The Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology. Click here to enjoy an interview with North Harbour Project Manager Bryan Finney about the upcoming the event. 

Games and Activities include:

  • Kids Dig-it – learn how to be an archaeologist with the experts from The Abbey Museum

  • Archery & games

  • Pony rides

We hope to see you there!

North Harbour Heritage Park

North Harbour Heritage Park Opening

The North Harbour Heritage Park is a unique and special project that has come to fruition through the help, interest and support of many people. This will be the first opportunity to experience the Compass Centre and Heritage Walk and learn about the unique history of the site in its beautifully transformed parkland setting. 

Heritage Park is centred around the heritage–listed archaeological remains of the “Moray Fields” settlement and the opening of the Park will mark the first time this area of the Caboolture River has been openly accessible by the public in almost 160 years, since the area’s first European settlement in 1861.

North Harbour Heritage Park

The creation of this unique community park has cost over $3M with $1,535,062 of funds coming from the Federal Government through a funding agreement with the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology. Funding is through the Community Development Grants programme, provided through the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development.

The $1,535,062 grant was matched by North Harbour Holdings Pty Ltd, the developer of North Harbour. The Abbey Museum and North Harbour have worked in partnership and provided significant “in-kind” support through project planning, project management, post-construction operation and maintenance.

North Harbour Heritage Park

Edith Cuffe, Abbey Museum CEO, said: “We are delighted to have been part of preserving this significant historical area and displaying the history of “Moray Fields” for everyone to enjoy.

The site has a number of fascinating stories to tell and provides connections to significant elements in Queensland’s history, including European settlement of the area, history of the South Sea Islander community in the area, separation from NSW and early State Parliament.

It also gives insight into early industrial endeavors such as the manufacture of rum and refined sugar at Moray Fields.”

When visitors first arrive at Heritage Park, they are encouraged to visit the Compass Centre which tells the history of the site through historic photographs, sketches and information which allow visitors to appreciate the stories and significant developments from the past up to the present day.

North Harbour Heritage Park Opening

After learning about the history of the site, visitors can then walk through the heritage trails and view the remaining artefacts such as the old well, and the steps of the Old Homestead.

On a broader community level, the South Sea Islander history of the site has presented an opportunity to recognise the contribution made by past generations of South Sea Islanders and provide a tangible, visitable focus for the Island and Australian South Sea Islander community and their descendants. Space is being made available for the South Sea Islander community to remember their ancestors at this place.

North Harbour Heritage Park

Acting Project Director Bryan Finney said: “The North Harbour team and our heritage partners the Abbey Museum are looking forward to welcoming the first visitors to this unique and special site – bringing a touch of history to our modern, community-based development.”

North Harbour Heritage Park will be open from 6am to 6pm. For more information please visit our website, www.northharbour.com.au.

North Harbour Heritage Park

 

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North Harbour Heritage Park

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