Deception Bay (Post Code: 4508)

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Named almost by mistake, Deception Bay (sometimes abbreviated to D-Bay) located 32km north of Brisbane was mistakenly thought to be a river by New South Wales Surveyor, Lt.  John Oxley in 1823 who had initially called it Pumice Stone River.  Realizing his mistake, he changed the name to Deception Bay.  Deception Bay separates’ the Redcliffe peninsula and Bribie Island.   During the 1980s and 1990s it was an area that was plagued by high crime rates and unemployment due to a very high proportion of social housing, however these community issues have subsided in recent years with the increased development and population growth in the area.  It is now a thriving coastal suburb thanks to investment and development and is a base for fishing trawlers off Moreton Bay and is a tourism center north ofBrisbane for tourists and day trippers looking to take advantage of the bay’s relaxed and casual atmosphere.  While Deception Bay began as a seaside village overlooking shallow mud flats, with a couple of houses to let, by the late 1950s its population began to grow, as accessibility increased by the rise of private motor transport and the nearby Bruce Highway. By the 1980s it had grown to become a substantial suburb in the Caboolture Shire and the past few years has seen the beachfront area receive a major re-design under the urban renewal program of the Queensland Government.  Deception Bay also contains a new development area – North Rise.  Bayswater Resort is a also currently under construction in the Moreton Downs Estate and neighboring suburbs include Rothwell, Narangba and North Lakes.  Deception Bay extends inland to the Bruce Highway, providing extensive acreages for residential growth.

Dining & Food:

            Deception Bay has a good mix of eating and dining establishments catering for people of all tastes and budgets.  The obligatory Asian restaurants are present – primarily Chinese – however there is also a good mix of Italian, Indian and Pizza options available in addition to the cafés and coffee clubs.


The Deception Bay Shopping Centre is one of the area's major shopping complexes offering a very good variety of shops for all requirements and needs.  In addition, Westfield North Lakes is also only a 10 minute car trip south providing even more choice.

Events & Outdoors:

            There are quite a few different events and activities to keep you occupied in Deception Bay.  Most of these are focused in and around the music scene; however there is also a weekly farmers market in Lake Eden which is just over a 10 minute drive away each Sunday during the summer months.

Real Estate:

            While initially opened for selection in 1861, Deception Bay was not really settled until 1881 when Dr Joseph Bancroft moved there with his wife and family. 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.  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 Bombers Rugby League Football Club and the Deception Bay PCYC both consider the Deception Bay Sports centre as their home.  In addition with its proximity to the water, there are many water activities available for those interested in partaking.  Deception Bay also has a variety of health and fitness facilities that are available to the public.


            Deception Bay is located just of the Bruce Highway on Deception Bay Road and has extremely good links into Brisbane (40 minutes south) and the Sunshine Coast


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 State High School is a co-ed state run high school that services students aged 8 to 12 and currently has an enrollment of 850.  The Deception Bay North primary school opened in 1979. It has State and Catholic primary schools (1892, 1979), a high school (1992).

                        To the North of Deception Bay just before the Bruce Highway is the Freshwater National Park.  Deception Bay is bracketed to its south by the North Lake Environmental Park.  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.

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