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Deception Bay


Postcode: 4508   |    Location: 34 km to brisbane cbd



Local Government Authority

Moreton Bay



34km to Brisbane CBD; 18km to Caboolture; 10km to Redcliffe.



Relaxed peninsula lifestyle.



Deception Bay lies 40 minutes north of Brisbane in the Moreton Bay Regional Council.  The peninsula was named by Lt. John Oxley in 1823 who thought the bay was a river because of its unusual shallowness.When he realised his mistake he renamed the area Deception Bay. While the area earned an unfortunate reputation in the 1980s and 1990s for its crime rate and high unemployment, it has changed into a thriving coastal suburb, thanks investment and development.  The area is a base for fishing trawlers off Moreton Bay and a tourism centre north of Brisbane. It's also becoming an increasingly popular spot for day trippers and tourists, who take advantage of the bay's relaxed atmosphere.


The area was once home to large parcels of land supporting dairying and farming and while some large blocks remain today, most have been subdivided to provide housing for a growing community. Streets close to the water have low-set weatherboard homes on small blocks. Larger brick homes on larger blocks are available away from the water. The Deception Bay Shopping Centre is one of the area's major shopping complexes. Westfield North Lakes is also only a 10 minute car trip south.  Local schools include Deception Bay State School, Deception Bay State High School, Deception Bay North State School, Christ the King Catholic Primary School and Moreton Downs State School. Deception Bay's proximity to both Caboolture and Redcliffe means that it is surrounded by areas which offer a relaxed, yet rich and diverse lifestyle, with beautiful beaches and stunning mountain scenery -- all less than an hour from Brisbane.



Deception Bay was named in 1823 by Lt John Oxley, who thought the bay was a river and because of his mistake and the shallowness, named it Pumice Stone River; he later changed the name to Deception Bay. The name Deception Bay is often abbreviated to D-Bay. The suburb was previously plagued with crime and high unemployment during the 1980s and 1990s; however community problems subsided after 2001 due to development and population growth in the area. Deception Bay is also the name of a small bay in the west of Moreton Bay, south of Pumicestone Passage and north of the Redcliffe Peninsula. In the north of the bay at Beachmere is where the Caboolture River and Burpengary Creek meet the ocean.

The area was once large parcels of land supporting dairying and farming and, while some large blocks remain today, most have been subdivided to provide housing for a growing community. In the past few years, the beachfront area has received a major re-design, under the urban renewal programme of the Queensland Government. The suburb also contains a new development area, North Rise. Bayswater Resort is a resort currently under construction in the Moreton Downs Estate. Neighbouring suburbs include Rothwell, Narangba and North Lakes.


A notable resident of Deception Bay was Dr Joseph Bancroft, a pioneer in experimenting in native plants for their health properties and, through his meatworks, in the preservation of meat, fish and vegetables. His son, Thomas, carried on the tradition with some work in cultivating cotton and castor oil. A rough-hewn pyramidal block of granite stands today on the foreshore highlighting the achievements of these two doctors, and the streets around Dr Bancroft's home, Joseph Street and Bancroft Terrace, are named in his honour.

Local residents are proud of the contribution the Bancroft Family made to the early development and progress of Deception Bay. Mrs Bancroft's bath, on the foreshore of the bay, can be visited. On 15 March 2008, Deception Bay became a suburb of a new super council, Moreton Bay Region. Deception Bay divided into two divisions, with the area of the suburb falling north of Deception Bay Road becoming a part of Division 2.  The suburb has one major high school, Deception Bay State High School, and three primary schools. There is one Catholic Primary School.





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