Meg Forbes is a mum, freelance writer, and photographer living in the Redlands, South of Brisbane.
Published July 26th 2020
Great food and friendly service on an easily accessed island
Although the Southern Moreton Bay Islands on Redlands Coast, including Russell Island, Macleay Island, Lamb Island, and Karragarra Island, are easily accessible via a short ferry ride from Redland Bay, many people in South East Queensland never get to visit them. In part, this may be because many people don't realise how well resourced some of the islands are, in addition to how frequently the passenger ferries and vehicle barges run.
Aunty Alice's Cafe is just a short walk from the Russell Island Ferry Terminal
Russell Island is the largest of these islands and includes a police station and ambulance service on-site. In addition to the stunning natural beauty of the island is Aunty Alice's Cafe, just a short walk from the ferry terminal. Our family has found everyone at Aunty Alice's Cafe to be incredibly friendly, and a great source of informal tourist information when visiting the island. And that is before we even get to the food they serve!
Aunty Alice's Cafe sits within the natural beauty of accessible Russell Island
Aunty Alice's Cafe usually provides a range of seating options and welcomes dogs in the outdoor seating area. At present, with Covid19 restrictions, only 4 customers are able to be within the cafe's indoor area at a time, so the usual indoor seating is not available. There is also a pleasant area that is designated for smoking under a shade tree.
Due to Covid19, the usual seating is restricted to the very pleasant outdoor areas
The outdoor seating areas have views across beautiful Moreton Bay, and the well-established native trees are popular with the local birdlife. In addition to sulphur-crested cockatoos, laughing kookaburras, and a variety of small parrots, we watched two white-bellied sea eagles soaring over the water beyond the trees while enjoying our pre-island exploring lunch.
Colourful parrots, such as this pale headed rosella, and other birds are at home in the natural environment surrounding Aunty Alice's Cafe
From the outside, Aunty Alice's Cafe looks quite small. However, their menu is anything but! Their menu is varied and includes a range of all-day breakfasts, bagels, light meals, mains that are served after 10am, burgers, potato wedges, and hot chips.
The varied menu at Aunty Alice's Cafe (photograph courtesy of Aunty Alice's Cafe)
Aunty Alice's also has a selection of ice cream flavours. While my son was ordering his, the friendly lady behind the counter advised him that waffle cones "hold more ice cream" - and the end product did not disappoint!
An ice cream that even a teenage boy took his time over!
Aunty Alice's Cafe sometimes holds live music events, announcing them on their Facebook Page here. Supporting local businesses and tourism is one of the ways that Queenslanders can genuinely help the State as a whole during the disruptions wrought by Covid19. While Russell Island is a beautiful and easily accessible location for everyone living in South East Queensland, a visit to Aunty Alice's Cafe not only completes the day but supports the local economy as well.
A day out on Russell Island, with a stop at Aunty Alice's Cafe is a great day out that also helps Queenslanders support Queensland