Recreational water quality

Swimming and recreational water sports are popular and safe activities in the Redlands Coast.

To make sure our waterways remain safe to use, we proactively test water samples for microbes and elevated levels of enterococci bacteria. The monitoring is conducted regularly throughout the year at a number of locations across the Redlands Coast.

Council's Recreational Water Monitoring Sites

North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah)

  • Amity Point (Pulan), Picnic Park
  • Main Beach, Point Lookout (Mulumba)
  • Cylinder Beach, Point Lookout (Mulumba)

Southern Moreton Bay Islands:

  • Coochiemudlo Island Foreshore Park (Goochiemudlo)
  • Pats Park, Macleay Island (Jencoomercha)
  • Karragarra Island Foreshore Park
  • Russell Island (Canaipa)

Redlands Mainland:

  • Beth Boyd Park, Queens Esplanade
  • Wellington Point Reserve
  • Raby Bay Foreshore Park, Masthead Drive
  • Les Moore Park, Wilson Esplanade
  • Thompsons Beach, Victoria Point
  • Wilsons Beach, Victoria Point

Managing health risks associated with recreational water

Redland City Council monitors the water quality at a number of popular beaches within the City, to ensure the public is not exposed to unncessary health risks.

Where we identify that a recreational water body contains elevated levels of enterococci bacteria we may:

  • close the site temporarily
  • warn the community via temporary signage
  • inform the community through our main website and media releases 
  • continue to monitor the site until it is safe to swim.

It should be noted that Council are unable to obtain on the spot results for bacteria levels or know what levels are present at all times. The results from monitoring conducted only indicate the levels present at the time the samples were taken. Water samples take 48 hours for laboratory analysis. By the time results are known the bacterial levels may have changed.

When enjoying waterways on Redlands Coast it’s important to be aware of water quality issues. Sometimes certain activities may not be recommended as they could pose a health risk. There are two types of recreation in our waterways – primary contact is any activity where the whole body or face is frequently immersed in water, while secondary contact refers to activities where only the limbs are regularly wet and ingesting water is unlikely.

To protect your public health Council always recommends that you avoid contact with waterways during and after heavy rainfall. 

Temporary Warning Signage

If Council's Recreational Water Quality Monitoring Program confirms high levels of bacteria in recreational waters, temporary warning signage will be placed at the affected beaches, to help keep the community informed.

These plastic signs state 'WARNING DO NOT SWIM - Potentially high levels of bacteria in these waters may pose a risk to human health'. Once subsequent testing has confirmed that the recreational water sites have returned to safe and acceptable levels, the signage will be removed.

The National Guideline for Managing Risks in Recreational Waters is used to manage the risks associated with recreational water and to determine when temporary signage should be installed or removed.