Meg Forbes is a mum, freelance writer, and photographer living in the Redlands, South of Brisbane.
Published March 4th 2020
Fascinating history just waiting to be explored
Cleveland Point in Redland City sits on Quandamooka Country. The Jandai word for the area was Nandeebie. Signs of the Quandamooka People's occupation remain throughout Redland City, and Nandeebie / Cleveland Point remains a place of significance to Quandamooka People.
Nandeebie / Cleveland Point on Quandamooka Country
Today the landscape at Cleveland Point includes a park with settler heritage. The historic Cleveland Lighthouse is the most well-known landmark here. This lighthouse is the only remaining timber structured and timber clad 19th-century lighthouse remaining in Moreton Bay today.
Although the lighthouse is the most easily recognisable built heritage at Cleveland Point, a short walk around the point reveals many other signs from days gone by. One of these is a boat ramp that is now only used for non-motorised watercraft such as kayaks.
Although the original jetty, which extended out towards Peel Island, is no longer present, the remains of numerous smaller jetties remain visible around the Cleveland Point reserve reminding visitors of Redland City's agricultural past. Today they remain in use, but only by seabirds such as pelicans and seagulls.
Before leaving the area, a restaurant named after the lighthouse stands on the reserve and includes fish and chip takeaways, gelato ice creams, and a tea room in addition to the restaurant itself. The food and beautiful views make this an ideal place to round off your exploration of Redland City's history.
Cleveland Point Lighthouse restaurant overlooking Moreton Bay
Finally, if you have children with you, there is a nautical-themed playground in the centre of Cleveland Point Reserve that includes climbing equipment, slides, swings, a boat, and a giant turtle for imaginative play.