There’s plenty to do on Macleay, with a bowls club, boat club, golf course and beaches for swimming and fishing, with barbecue facilities in the foreshore parks. It offers some of the best views in the southern bay. A sealed road runs through the centre of the island 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.
Potts Point is a popular spot for picnics and swimming. Dalpura Beach, on the island’s western shores, is a top spot to relax, have a barbecue or go for a swim. This is arguably the best place to check out the stunning sunsets.
There are several boat ramps, making this a great spot for boating and fishing fans. And, with a flourishing arts culture, Macleay Island also has a range of galleries to explore.
While Macleay is the second largest of the Southern Islands at 6.5km long and 4km at its widest point, it boasts the largest population.
There are plenty of facilities, including local shopping centres and places to eat.
There is a range of holiday accommodation and B&Bs on the island. More information is available at the Redlands Coast Visitor Information Centre.
Schools and colleges
Macleay Island State School serves this island community. Secondary students attend school on the mainland.
Passenger and vehicle ferries depart from Weinam Creek Marina, Weinam Street, Redland Bay:
- Southern Moreton Bay Island Ferry – 07 3206 8033 – passenger ferry
- Stradbroke Ferries – 07 3488 5300 – vehicle ferry
Inter-island transport is free. Mainland bus services connect with island transport services.
Macleay Island’s Corroboree Point is believed to be a traditional Aboriginal ceremonial ground and dreaming site. Read more about the history of Southern Islands.
Macleay Island is in Division 5 (Cr Mark Edwards).
Visit the popular parks on Macleay Island.