The town of Deception Bay lies 30km north of Brisbane in the south-eastern corner of the bay of the same name which separates the Redcliffe Peninsula and Bribie Island.
The bay was named in 1823 by indefatigable explorer John Oxley who was so taken in by the shallow water that he originally thought he was navigating a river.
Today those same shallow, sheltered waters make Deception Bay a popular haunt of anglers, boaties and swimmers.
Historically, the town and the bay have close links with pioneering scientists Joseph Bankroft and his son Thomas, who worked a nearby farm where their experiments helped control rust in wheat and other tropical plant diseases.
It is a central base from which visitors can explore Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast and its hinterland. It is part of the Caboolture shire which extends from the coast into the Glass House Mountains and the D'Aguilar Ranges.