The ‘snail whisperer’, the mangrove gurus and the ‘insect man’ are just some of the amazing people you can meet at the Peaks to Points Festival, being held across greater Brisbane’s south side from 19 July to 3 August.

This two-week festival to celebrate greater Brisbane’s “wild side” offers free events and hands-on activities from the ‘peaks’ — Flinders Peak near Ipswich — across the south side of the Brisbane River, down to the ‘points’ of Moreton Bay.

The festival kicks off with Festival Family Day presented by bmag on Sunday 20 July from 10am to 4pm at the Oxley Creek Common (Sherwood Road, Rocklea).

Enjoy live entertainment, children’s activities, boating on Oxley Creek, guided bike rides to Pelican Lagoon, orienteering, train rides around the common, a bike swap (buy, sell or donate a bike), information displays, and a selection of hot and cold food.

Other events include:

  • The ‘snail whisperer’, John Stanisic, one of Australia’s foremost experts on land snails will run a free workshop on 2 August from 9am to midday
  • On World Mangrove Day Saturday 26 July you can meet the people who monitor the bay’s mangroves – mangrove gurus, Dr Norm Duke and Jock Mackenzie. This free event is from 9am to 1pm, with morning tea and lunch provided. Bookings essential. Email or tel: 0439 914 631
  • A one day workshop about native bees with entomologist Dr Tim Heard at Griffith University’s Ecocentre on 31 July. Costs $25 per person or $15 for concession card holders and includes morning tea. Bookings essential – contact Tim at

The Peaks to Points Festival proudly supported by bmag features many other great events. For more information visit