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Moreton Bay Coastal and Country Towns & Brisbane Hinterland.
The greater Brisbane region offers a wide variety of landscapes and activities. As well as Moreton Bay and bayside towns, the surrounding shires and the Brisbane hinterland include many smaller towns, farmland and rainforest mountains.
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Moreton Bay Regional Council Area (North)
The region covered by the Moreton Bay Regional Council is north of Brisbane, Queensland - close enough for many residents to commute to Brisbane, far enough to enjoy semi-rural and coastal lifestyles and a wide range of landscapes and activities. The region was officially created when Pine Rivers, Redcliffe and Caboolture Shires were amalgamated into the Moreton Bay Regional Council in March 2008.
With Brisbane to the south, Moreton Bay to the east, the Sunshine Coast to the north, the combination of location and affordable housing makes this region one of the fastest growing in Australia. Many residents commute to Brisbane by train or car.
Brisbane Hinterland and the Somerset Region (North West)
To the west of Brisbane, yet very close to the city are the Mt Glorious and Mt Nebo rainforests and Brisbane Forest Park. Beyond them is Somerset Region which covers Kilcoy and Jimna, Esk, Toogoolawah, Fernvale, Lowood and Marburg. The region is known as the Brisbane Valley and has three large dams: Lake Wivenhoe, Lake Somerset and Atkinson Dam.
West-southwest of Brisbane is Queensland's oldest provincial city, Ipswich. The cities meet each other at Goodna on the Ipswich Motorway and the Brisbane to Ipswich suburban rail line.
Scenic Rim Regional Council Area (South West)
This region to the south-west of Brisbane runs down into the Gold Coast hinterland and includes the towns of Beaudesert, Boonah, Rathdowney, Kooralbyn, Kalbar, Aratula, Canungra, Tamborine Mountain, Harrisville and Peak Crossing.
Logan is between Brisbane and the Gold Coast from Rochedale South and Springwood to Beenleigh and Eagleby. Ipswich and the Scenic Rim are on its western border. Logan has many housing developments and light industry at Marsden, Crestmead, Slacks Creek and Loganholme.
The Redlands are on Moreton Bay and include North Stradbroke (Straddie) and Coochiemudlo Islands. Mainland suburbs include Cleveland, Capalaba, Alexandra Hills, Birkdale, Mt Cotton, Ormiston, Redland Bay, Sheldon, Thorneside, Thornlands, Victoria Point and Wellington Point.
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the Moreton Bay and Brisbane Hinterland Region in Queensland