A Day on Macleay Island in Moreton Bay, Queensland

We are in the middle of a two-week school holiday break here in Australia at the moment. As usual, Mrs Bob and her friend Stacey are looking for things to do to keep the kids amused.

On Wednesday of last week they paid $6 for the adults and $3 each for the children to board the ferry to Macleay Island, just off of the Brisbane coast, as foot passengers. Here are the kids looking cool as they speed out towards the island…

ferry20 minutes later they found themselves on the island at its southernmost point, but they wanted to be in Pat’s Park at the north end. Luckily, a cab was parked up nearby and the driver was happy to take them where they wanted to go as soon as she had finished her lunch.

A few more bites on a sandwich and one $20 minibus ride later, they were where they wanted to be.

I didn’t go, as I’m sure you have gathered by now, but if I had I would have taken some wonderful photographs like those taken by Melanie Cook…

Macleay Island 1

Macleay IslandPhotos courtesy of Melanie Cook

I would have also, no doubt, taken even more high-quality pictures similar to those taken by Redland City Council…

Macleay Island sand

Macleay Island boat

Macleay Island sunsetPhotos courtesy of Redland City Council

But I didn’t go, so what we have here instead are the photographs taken by Mrs Bob with her iPhone.

It wasn’t long before they found the path that leads to the swimming pool…

swimming poolNot your regular kind of swimming pool, but it did at least have netting all the way around it to keep out the sharks, which was nice….

swimmingAs long as you jump back in on the right side of the fence…

swimming

Like this…

swimming (3)

swimmingMacleay Island

Macleay Island is one of four inhabited islands in the group of islands known as Southern Moreton Bay Islands. The other three are Russell Island, Lamb Island and Karragarra Island.

Macleay Island has a population of around 2572 people (as at 2011), which is 99 more than on the larger Russell Island, making it the most populated of the four. Lamb Island and Karragarra Island are considerably smaller.

Moreton Bay itself does have many more islands, including North Stradbroke Island and Moreton Island, both of which we have visited on many occasions.

If you fancy the quiet island life though, you might be surprised to hear that property on these islands is considerably cheaper than on the mainland. I had a quick look and found a five bed detached house for $295,000 and a two bedroomed detached cottage for just $158,000, both on Macleay Island.

Of course, the downside is that there won’t be too many job opportunities on the island and shopping is limited.

With the day over, the girls needed to find their way back from the north end of the island. They discovered that if you have a drink in the Macleay Island Bowls Club, you can get a free ride back to the ferry terminal in their courtesy bus.

Two glasses of wine and three kids drinks = $19.70.

A perfect end to a perfect day.

Do you live on Macleay Island? Or any of the other Southern Moreton Bay Islands? What’s it really like to live there? Please do let us know in the comments below…

It's good to share...Share on Facebook0Tweet about this on Twitter0Share on Google+0Share on Reddit0Pin on Pinterest0Share on StumbleUpon0

Related Posts

Open a bank account in Australia
{ 10 comments… add one }
  • pravdaseeker April 21, 2016, 6:13 pm | Link

    Greetings Bob,

    Living on Russell Island for 6 months now. We LOVE it here. No cattle trucks rumbling by, or trains horns in the middle of the night. Just stone curlews calling out sometimes. Our garden has a lot of native plants so we are visited by honey eaters, and Lorikeets on a regular. There is a mob of Sulphur crested cockatoos that pass through occasionally. One I think was once a pet, as it answered my wife a distinct HELLO the other morning. Russell has just about all one really needs, and occasionally a trip across the bay is needed for certain items, but a good sized IGA store, a bowls club, a RSL, nice school for the younger children, a nice swimming pool, and various small businesses that meet most needs. A police station with 2 officers I think. BUT NO PUB…hmm. Someday it might have one of these too. Nice and quiet place, lovely island. The soil at our house is a DEEP RED and very fertile. We have passionfruit growing like crazy, and a paw-paw tree that has at least a dozen fruit coming on at the moment. Banana trees at back of property. We decided to buy where we wanted to retire at, so after going all over Queensland, Russell Island seemed to fit the bill for us. Cheers, and keep up the good work with your website mate!

    • BobinOz April 22, 2016, 6:37 pm | Link

      It sounds absolutely perfect, well, until I got to the bit about no pub! I assume you can get a drink at the Bowls club or the RSL though?

      That aside, it would appear to have the best of everything. Quiet, secluded beach side living. Small friendly community. Local shops for everyday needs. Bananas, no trucks, and Australia’s fourth largest city a short ferry ride away.

      I’ll be checking out Russell Island one day soon, it’s definitely on my ‘to do’ list. I’ll make sure I bring some tinnies with me 🙂

  • Warwick April 7, 2016, 3:54 pm | Link

    Wellington Point, Victoria Point, Redland Bay – these are beautiful seaside areas with rich red soil and lush vegetation. They are like sub-tropical paradises. They are nuggets amongst the dross of the greater Brisbane area.

    • BobinOz April 7, 2016, 8:45 pm | Link

      Yes, Brisbane may not have golden sandy beaches and waves to satisfy the surfers, but it does have coastal areas of beauty and serenity. Wellington Point is one of my favourites, but all three you mention have a distinct charm.

    • Warwick April 21, 2016, 8:16 pm | Link

      I used entirely the wrong word when I said ‘The dross of the greater Brisbane Area.’
      “Dross” is very wrong.
      Most of the greater Brisbane area is fine; it is just that these particular spots are possessed of something special.

      • BobinOz April 22, 2016, 6:59 pm | Link

        Ha ha, I thought it was a little harsh at the time Warwick, and not your usual style. All good though, Brisbane forgives 🙂

  • djmcbell April 5, 2016, 10:19 pm | Link

    Ah, Bob – we are now very happy as, for starters, our car has passed its MOT somehow – and we didn’t even have to sacrifice any goats!

    But, more importantly, things are moving on our house! We have accepted an offer and, all being well, should be out in the land of Oz at the beginning of July! Probably not the best time, but it should allow us to get settled without frying to death immediately. We also have a rental lined up for as soon as we get there, which is (quite literally) a stone’s throw from the beach.

    Now I just need to get a job sorted…

    • BobinOz April 6, 2016, 6:25 pm | Link

      My congratulations to your car and those retained goats.

      Looking good on the house front as well, hope the sale proceeds smoothly and congrats on securing a rental for when you get here, that’s not always easy to do. Please do refrain from throwing stones at the beach though 🙂

      Seems things are falling into place for you, well done. And any time is a good time to arrive in Australia. Cheers, Bob

  • Richard Huckle April 5, 2016, 12:07 pm | Link

    Loved this blog. Sister in Birkdale – how I wish I could stay there.

    • BobinOz April 5, 2016, 9:26 pm | Link

      Yes, Birkdale, nice and handy to catch that ferry from there, and it’s a very nice place to stay. If you can’t get a permanent visa, maybe your sister will let you stay for a holiday or two? 🙂

Leave a Comment

If your comment doesn’t get answered, find out why…..
FAQs and Comment Policy.

torfx-ad