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Discover Heritage at Cleveland Point

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by Meg Forbes (subscribe)
Meg Forbes is a mum, freelance writer, and photographer living in the Redlands, South of Brisbane. https://www.instagram.com/megforbesphotography/
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
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.

The historic lighthouse at Cleveland Point
The historic lighthouse at Cleveland Point


Prior to the installation of this lighthouse, farmers along the coast constructed their own smaller lighthouses to assist ships at night.

Information about Cleveland Point Lighthouse
Information display on Cleveland Point Lighthouse


However, once the Cleveland Lighthouse was completed in 1865, a kerosene light was installed and placed at the top of the lighthouse more than 10 metres above the high tide level.

Cleveland Point Lighthouse overlooking Moreton Bay
Cleveland Point Lighthouse overlooking Moreton Bay


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.

Disused boat ramp at high tide
Disused boat ramp at high tide


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.

The remains of an old jetty at Cleveland Point
The remains of an old jetty at Cleveland Point


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
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.

Cleveland Point Lighthouse playground
Cleveland Point Lighthouse playground


There are also shaded picnic tables, BBQs and toilets, making this the perfect place to relax before heading home at the end of the day.
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Why? Discover Redland City's heritage at Cleveland Point Reserve
When: Anytime
Phone: 07 3829 8999
Where: 237 Shore St North, Cleveland QLD 4163
Cost: Free
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