Be greeted by an amazing mosaic masterpiece that will set the mood for your visit to Russell Island, the largest of the Southern Islands. At 3km by 8km, it is separated from North Stradbroke Island by Canaipa Passage and extends down almost as far as Jumpinpin Bar between North and South Stradbroke islands. It also has views south to the Gold Coast.
Check out the Southern Moreton Bay Island Museum, swimming pool, RSL and bowls clubs. There is also a medical centre, supermarket, library and many public parks to explore.
Russell’s hallmarks are its easy-living, fishing opportunities and connection with the natural environment. The bird life is simply amazing, with the island a world-recognised sanctuary.
The island has a shopping centre, including an IGA supermarket, and a wide range of services.
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
Russell Island State School serves the island community. Secondary students attend school on the mainland.
Passenger and vehicle ferries depart from Weinam Creek Marina, Banana 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.
On Russell Island, there is an Aboriginal crossing point from the northeast tip across Canaipa Passage to Stradbroke Island. Read more about the history of Southern Moreton Bay Islands.
Russell Island is in Division 5 (Cr Mark Edwards).
Visit the popular parks on Russell Island.