Redlands Coast has 150km of Moreton Bay shoreline including the Southern Moreton Bay Islands and North Stradbroke Island.
Moreton Bay is a significant marine national park, home to extensive seagrass meadows, turtles, dugongs and whales, significant cultural heritage, abundant water-based recreation, along with commercial and recreational fishing.
The bay and creeks in the Redlands Coast include:
- 22 freshwater creeks
- 12 catchments
- Freshwater lakes (including perched lakes) and dams – more than 1,500 scattered across the Redlands
- Freshwater wetlands
- Natural drainage lines
- Moreton Bay – from Peel Island to Panakin Island
- Estuarine waters
- Marine/Coastal wetlands
- Intertidal mud and sand flats
- Foreshores and intertidal areas
- Exposed coast of North Stradbroke Island.
Economic, social and environmental values
Our bay and creeks have multiple values, including economic, social, cultural and environmental.
They are valued for drinking water supply (Tingalpa Creek, North Stradbroke Island), stock water and irrigating crops (farm dams).
Our waterways have biodiversity value, supporting abundant plant and animal life, providing a place of refuge during drought and connecting places in the landscape via waterway corridors.
Redlands Coast bay and creeks attract tourism to the region. Our bay and creeks along with adjoining parks and foreshores also provide for recreational or leisure activities for local residents and tourists, such as bush walking, trail bike riding, bird watching and plentiful water-based recreational activities (e.g. boating, fishing).
The diverse environmental assets, cultural significance and natural beauty of the region highlight the city as a modern, liveable city.