Voyages of Discovery: A Guide to Brisbane’s Bay of Islands

Moreton Island and Tangalooma Wrecks

After months of talking about it you’ve finally got the boat ready for a weekend on the water. It’s had its engine serviced and been decked out with the latest boat accessories courtesy of Holt Marine, the masters of all things marine. Now all that’s left to do is to decide where to take her to. Luckily Brisbane boaties and their passengers are treated to an array of spectacular islands, inlets, bays and waterways to explore. To provide some open air inspiration for the recreational boatie we’ve compiled a list of Moreton Bay islands that may ‘float your boat’ in their general direction when out on the deep blue.

Coochiemudlo Island

No, it’s not a made up name, instead it’s an anglicised version of the Aboriginal word meaning ‘red-rocks’, which are featured in abundance on the cliff faces on the south western side of the island. Home to around 700 people, Coochiemudlo Island is a relatively small island only 1km from the mainland suburb of Victoria Point, and is easily accessible as a day trip for boating enthusiasts. With expansive sandy beaches and deep water moorings located to the south of the island near the jetty, calling into Coochiemudlo Island is a ‘deep-sea’ breeze when out on the waters of Moreton Bay.

Peel Island (Teerk Roo Ra National Park)

Formerly a leper colony (there’s a fun fact) and only accessible by watercraft, Peel Island’s quarantine past is still visible. Remnants of huts still stand which were used for leprosy patients as they were quarantined before being moved to nearby Dunwich on North Stradbroke Island. Dugongs, turtles and other marine life surround the island’s waters, and up to 74 different species of bird have been discovered in this pristine nature reserve, Queensland’s newest National Park.

Macleay Island

Located in Southern Moreton Bay, Macleay Island has a small community of around 2000 people and boasts stunning sandy beaches and mangrove forests. Launching off the island is easy with a boat ramp as well as a fully operational boat club for boaties to berth at. During peak seasons the population of this island community swells to more than 3000 people.

North Stradbroke Island

As the second largest sand island in the world (Fraser Island being the first), North Stradbroke Island needs no introduction as a summertime sanctuary for recreational anglers, boating enthusiasts, surfers and campers. With 5 different beaches to explore around the massive 38 kilometre island, Stradbroke Island acts as a barrier to Moreton Bay from the Pacific Ocean along with its northern neighbour, Moreton Bay. There are plenty of beaches and neighbouring islands to explore by boat as well as dugong that feed on seagrass beds in the area. Southern humpback whales, sting rays and dolphins are also commonly sighted in the waters off Stradbroke Island.

Moreton Island

With stunning expanses of crystal blue water, waters surrounding Moreton Island are an aquatic playground for the recreational boatie.  While there are no public moorings, there are many protected areas where boaties can anchor between the beach and the Tangalooma Shipwrecks, which are a favourite of beachgoers, snorkelers and divers. With a vast array of scenic highlights including WWII relics, and the Cape Moreton Lighthouse, it’s easy to see why Moreton Island remains a popular tourist destination for leisure and pleasure seekers year round.

This list of Moreton Bay Islands is by no means exhaustive, with the recreational boatie blessed with abundant islands and inlets to explore across Moreton Bay, particularly at the southern end. With so much to discover, head out onto the waters this weekend with the expert help of Holt Marine to ‘float your boat’ and help you get away today. For boating accessories, new and used boat sales, plus servicing and repairs call the team of boating specialists at Holt Marine today.  (07) 3353 1928

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