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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.
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 heritage remains 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.
Compass Centre to Grave: 1.2km, 20-30mins return
Compass Centre to Homestead: 150m return, 2mins
Homestead Circuit: 200m, 5-10mins
Compass Centre to the Old Dairy and Wharf: 1km return, 20mins
Riverwalk, Old dairy to the picnic tables: 1km return, 15-20mins
Round trip > Compass Centre > Grave > River > Old Dairy > Compass Centre: 2.5km, 45mins – 1 hr
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. An ASSI Shelter is due to begin construction shortly and will be a dedicated space for the South Sea Islander community to remember their ancestors at this place.
The proposal is to develop a nakamal style meeting house which might have a more open architectural style to allow for the park-like nature of the setting. The concept currently is to have a shelter structure with some lock-away storage facility so that the community group can leave things there safely and return to them.
The idea is to cultivate an area of ground close-by to the shelter, which could be developed as a garden area, where a variety of crops and materials might be grown. For this reason, there is a water supply provided in the vicinity of the car parking that would be associated with the shelter site overlooking the river and up the bend.
North Harbour Heritage Park is open on weekends from 6am-6pm. Access to Heritage Park is from the end of Moreton Bay Boulevard, in North Harbour.