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Published August 16th 2022
A reminder of the treasures in our own backyard
Macleay Island is the fourth largest island in the Moreton Bay Marine Park off Queensland's South East corner and is 6.5 kilometres long and 4 kms at its widest point. It can be accessed by either passenger or vehicular ferry from the Weinam Creek Marina at Redland Bay, with the passenger ferry taking only 18 minutes including a short stop at nearby Karragarra Island.

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Marina at Redland Bay

During the early 1800s, the island was known as Tim Shea's Island after the convict who lived there. It became Macleay Island after being surveyed and was named for Colonial Secretary of NSW, Alexander Macleay.

Why do you need to know this? Because its location means it is blessed with glorious views across the bay and the quick ferry trip makes it far more viable, and more affordable, then a trip to the Greek Islands.

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Cafe at the Redland Bay Marina. YAY!

Our hosts had made arrangements for us to be met at the Macleay Island ferry terminal by the Club Macleay courtesy bus which operates from Wednesday through to Sunday. The five-minute road trip to the northwestern foreshore takes you through bushy suburban house blocks with an array of green vegetation, immediately reminding you just how far you are from the urban sprawl of the mainland.

Club Macleay, located at 28 Benowa Street, has the most spectacular views of the mainland and across to Coochiemudlo Island. I would also suggest that their lawn bowls area would have to rate amongst Australia's best for coastal views.

The Club Macleay Bar is open 7 days a week and is a relaxed, casual venue for catching up with friends and family. The Waters Edge Bistro is open from Wednesday through to Sunday and offers coffee and cake for a quick outing or meals for those prepared to settle in for the day.

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As at 17/8/22

We selected options from the Seniors Meals Menu, the water views coming at no extra cost.

Club Macleay's operating hours are as follows:

Wednesday 10am–10pm
Thursday 10am–10pm
Friday 10am–10pm
Saturday 10am–11pm
Sunday 10am–6pm
Monday 12–6pm
Tuesday 11am–6pm

You can find out more here.

We'll be travelling across the bay again shortly. Club Macleay on Macleay Island is a good reminder that we don't need to travel to the other side of the world to enjoy beauty.

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Why? A reminder of the treasures in our own back yard
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Phone: 07 3409 5364
Where: 28 Benowa Street, Macleay Island
Your Comment
So close and so beautiful and right on our doorstep. Great find!
by Gillian Ching (score: 3|5336) 39 days ago
So close and so beautiful and right on our doorstep. Great find!
by Gillian Ching (score: 3|5336) 39 days ago
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