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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.
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. This site also has a history being one of the places which used “indentured” labour, from the South Sea Islands. The Heritage Park remembers the Kanaka people and 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.
The heritage relics along the Heritage Trail have been carefully preserved and tell the stories and significant developments of the North Harbour site from early European settlement through to the present day. Our heritage trails offer 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 North Harbour, “Moray Fields”, 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.
North Harbour is utilising the site’s nine kilometres of river frontage to establish a community with a lifestyle unlike any other that’s on offer in the region.
Explore the many bends of the river and try to hook what is the locals’ favourite catch, a Mangrove Jack. They say there’s plenty of fish on offer but exactly where to catch them remains one of the region’s best-kept secrets.
North Harbour Heritage Park features several spacious picnic shelters with BBQs, tables and benches. These are perfect spots to relax after walking the Heritage Trail and visiting the Compass Centre or to catch up with friends for a relaxed picnic/ BBQ by the river.
Heritage Park also has an amenities block with toilet facilities and water fountains.
The Heritage Park precinct includes an off-road mountain bike trail with 6km of tracks to suit beginners, families and intermediate level riders.
Beginners/families: One trail with gentle gradient and smooth surface. Some obstacles such as roots, logs and rocks. Suitable for beginner mountain bikers with basic mountain-bike skills and off-road bikes.
Slightly more skilled/intermediate and families: Trail with moderate gradients, variable surface and obstacles.
Opening hours: Daylight hours and weekends only
North Harbour parkrun is a free off-road 5km walk/ run held every Saturday at 7am in the North Harbour Heritage Park.
The parkrun community is vibrant, inclusive and encouraging – everyone is welcome and you don’t have to be a seasoned runner to take part. Young and old, walkers and runners. It’s all about your own personal health and fitness journey.
For more information and to sign up please head to the North Harbour Parkrun Facebook page: facebook.com/northharbourparkrun
|Interpretive Heritage Trail|
|Morayfield Homestead Site|
|Shaded Picnic Shelter|
|Proposed Kayak/Fishing Platform|
|Mountain Bike Trail – Starting Point|
|parkrun – Starting Point|
|Proposed Australian South Sea Islander Gathering Area|
|Contemplation Garden – Grave Site|
|The Old Dairy Site|
|Commodious Wharf Site|