Take a boat ride across Moreton Bay to one of the four inhabited Southern Moreton Bay Islands and relax away from the everyday hustle and bustlevisitredlandscoast.com.au
Macleay Island is located in beautiful Southern Moreton Bay, Queensland, about an hour south-east of Brisbane.
The South Moreton Bay islands are part of the Redlands Coast leisure area, and have a wonderful coastal climate, friendly people, excellent facilities and above all, peaceful and tranquil locations to get away from it all.
Whether fishing, golf, bowls, sailing, swimming or just chilling-out are what you are looking for, then this is the place to be.
It is a quick jet ferry ride from the Redland Bay Marina, or a more leisurely vehicle barge from the same location. Once onboard you will feel the stresses and strains of life slip away as you view the blue waters and green islands of this picturesque part of the Sunshine State.
The Redland Bay Marina is easily accessible by car from the M1 motorway or by bus with connections from the Cleveland Railway station, Brisbane City and major interchanges at Carindale, Garden City and Logan Hyperdome Shopping centres.
- Visit translink.com.au for bus, train and ferry timetables and go card ticketing information.
- Vehicle barges are operated by SeaLink Bay Islands – bookings required (select to/from Southern Moreton Bay Islands)
The Brisbane International and Domestic airport is serviced by Bay Air Transfers, providing a fast and efficient service direct to Redland Bay Marina.
See and do
As the most popular of the Southern Moreton Bay Islands, Macleay Island has plenty to keep you as occupied or relaxed as you like!
The island’s beautiful coastal parks have barbecue facilities, with Potts Point to the north and Dalpura Beach to the west being popular spots. Boaters and anglers love the multiple boat ramps and easy access to Moreton Bay, while arts enthusiasts can explore the thriving arts centre, where exhibitions and workshops are regular features.
Island clubs and eateries
Macleay Island is very well supplied with great clubs to make your time here enjoyable.
As you alight from the ferry or barge the first landmark will be the Macleay Island Hotel (known by the locals as Pub Paradise!) with its large covered deck, beer garden, bottle shop and stunning views over the bay. Cold drinks and meals are available seven days a week.
There is an excellent 9 hole Golf course with a great licensed clubhouse providing a good selection of drinks, meals and entertainment.
The island Bowls club, Club Macleay, has an award winning restaurant, new synthetic green and fabulous views from the deck.
Tingira Boat Club is a friendly place to meet local sailors and canoe paddlers. Meals and drinks are also available on Fridays and Sundays.
The Golf Club, Bowls Club, Pub Paradise and Tingira Boat Club all provide free courtesy busses for their patrons.
Adjacent to the Post Office is the Blue Parrot Café which provides lovely meals.
Half way up the island are two shopping centres, both of which have food outlets and cafes.
Shopping and facilities
There are two supermarkets, a Post Office, a pharmacy, doctors, dentists, garden centre/hardware, marine supplies, estate agents, a petrol station, hair salons, library and numerous other small businesses to cater for almost all your needs. There are also permanent Police, Ambulance, Fire and Emergency services available. But there are no traffic lights!
Boating and fishing
For those who want to launch their tinny, canoe or powerboat, there are two good boat ramps on the island which are free to use and have trailer parking. It is also a great place to drop anchor with many safe anchorages around the island.
Parks and swimming
If you fancy a dip in the clean waters around the island there are two great locations. Dalpura Beach is a beautiful west facing gently sloping golden sandy beach with a grassy picnic area. It is not patrolled.
Pat’s Park on the northern tip of the island has an enclosed swimming area with a nice beach area, great childrens play park and BBQ area, toilets, showers and water tap.
Walking and cycling
Macleay Island is a great place to walk and cycle with little traffic to worry about and a footpath that extends the full length of the island.
Free Island maps are readily available and are a very useful to find your way around.
The locals are very friendly and more than willing to help you if you require assistance.
Not one, but four islands to explore! Or more with your own boat!
Inter-island ferry rides are free, so hop on the ferry and head over to Karragarra Island where there is a beautiful white sandy beach, safe swimming enclosure, BBQs and covered picnic shelter, or perhaps go to the sparkling 25m public swimming pool complex on Russell Island.
Lamb Island is also a great place to go for a walk and wander about in peace and quiet.