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Published October 25th 2012
Island Hop around Brisbane Bays for a Great Day Out
Do you realise for those of us living in Brisbane we have easy access to exploring some of our many local interesting islands
After recently organising an 'island hopping' trip to some of our surrounding islands, a few of us got out together to take some ferry rides out to explore some of these islands. I'm about to spend some time taking you on a mini review trip out to these islands so that you can get a taste and feel of these places and see how our island people live.
Firstly, to fill you on which islands I am referrring to, we have a lovely group of islands in the Moreton Bay region easily accessible from the Redland Bay region, from the Banana Street Ferry Terminal. These islands, in order of our island hopping itinerary are, Karragarra, MaCleay, Lamb, and Russell. All a little bit different and all interesting in their own way.
We disembarked at the ferry terminal on each island to scout around the shores with the aim of finding the local coffee shop or convenience store, depending on what island had what. Here is a brief run down on the islands and what is on offer. The one thing to be aware of is, as a small community, not all shops/cafes may be open seven days a week. Call beforehand if you planing a visit around a special place.
A brief about the smaller islands:
Karragarra Island is about half a kilometre wide and four kilometres long. There no shops on this island and you can easily walk along the island in 20-40 minutes (it is quite a skinny island) and you can walk easily from one side to the other.
Lamb Island is second smallest in size, about one kilometre by 1.5 kilometres, and is a pleasant island for walking. This island has a kiosk near the jetty.
A brief about the larger islands:
Macleay Island has a bowls club which can pick you up and take you up there for lunch. Apparently there are very nice views from the bowls club, and there is a beach in front of this as well. A pub is a few hundred metres away from the jetty.
Russell Island is the largest of four islands and has a kiosk, coffee shop, and bakery to cater for it's larger population.
Russell Island Ferry Terminal
Something to consider if touring the islands is to take your bicycle. This way you will be able to see more and get around easily. While we stopped and walked around the shoreline, this was also enjoyable and gave us a good idea of how to plan for the 'next trip back'.