Southern Moreton Bay Islands
Sailing from Macleay Island Boat Club
The great escape
The four Southern Moreton Bay Islands are ideal for those seeking complete isolation, whether it be for a romantic getaway, to bring the family closer together or just to escape from the pressures of everyday life. Enjoy safe swimming, boating and water sports such as kayaking, fishing or simply taking in the sights and sounds of nature. Turtles, dolphins and dugongs seem to like this quiet environment too and can often be seen in the secluded waters. There is a range of accommodation to suit every budget on the SMBIs, which are serviced from Weinam Creek Marina, Redland Bay, by passenger ferry and vehicle barge.
With an emerging arts culture, Macleay Island has a range of galleries to explore. There are several beaches for swimming and fishing, with barbecue facilities in the foreshore parks. A sealed road runs through the centre of Macleay from the ferry terminal in the south to Pat's Point picnic and swimming area in the north. A causeway connects Macleay to the quaint island of Perulpa, which in Aboriginal means "the island off the island".
Be greeted by an amazing mosaic masterpiece that will set the mood for your visit to Russell Island, the largest of the Southern Moreton Bay Islands. Measuring 3km wide and 8km long, it is separated from North Stradbroke Island by the Canaipa Passage, and extends down almost as far as Jumpinpin bar between North and South Stradbroke islands ... and has views south to the Gold Coast.
Get away from it all and rest in the peaceful and tranquil waters of Moreton Bay. Lamb Island was known by the Aboriginal people of Moreton Bay as Nguderoo, or paperbark trees. It is the second smallest of the Southern Moreton Bay Islands, is easily navigable and has a swimming enclosure for cooling off in the bay waters. Measuring 2km by 1km, it’s an easy walk around Lamb Island.
Karragarra is a great day-trip destination with a family-safe beach and netted enclosure. The experience starts with a short water taxi ride. Karragarra is the smallest of the bay islands - about 0.5km wide and 4km long. It is popular for picnics among locals and visitors alike.
Redlands Visitor Information Centre
More about the SMBIs:
There is a great deal of evidence of Aboriginal people living on the Southern Moreton Bay Islands and while Karragarra has retained its traditional name, Meacleay Island was originally known as Jencoomercha, Russell Island as Canaipa and Lamb Island as Ngudooroo. Read more about the SMBI history here >>
Other useful information:
SMBI bulletin board:
In response to requests from the community, Council regularly posts information bulletins at the passenger terminals on the four islands and at Weinam Creek, Redland Bay.