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by Anna (subscribe)
I'm Anna - a full time worker and keen adventurer who loves to explore and make the most of what life has to offer. My partner and I enjoy spending our weekends in the great outdoors and getting off the beaten track.
Published March 18th 2017
Spend this weekend unwinding on Karragarra Island
Karragarra Island may not be the prettiest of islands but if you're looking for a quiet and relaxing place to unwind with next to no tourists, then Karragarra Island is for you.

Karragarra Island, Moreton Bay, Redland City, Picnic, Relaxing, Beaches
Views overlooking the bay

Situated in Southern Moreton Bay, a 45 minute drive from Brisbane city, Karragarra Island is accessible by a 15 minute ferry ride. The ferry departs from the Redland Bay Ferry Terminal and hops between Karragarra, Macleay, Lamb and Russell Island. Prices vary depending on whether you have a TransLink GO card. See the Brisbane TransLink website for more information on pricing.

Karragarra Island is the smallest of the bay islands and has an untouched feel to it. The island is 500m wide and 2km long and although inhabited, there are no shops, facilities or traffic. Because of this, Karragarra provides serenity that cannot be experienced anywhere else in the bay.

Karragarra Island, Moreton Bay, Redland City, Picnic, Relaxing, Beaches
Sunset views from the Karragarra Ferry Terminal

Karragarra offers an ideal setting to enjoy a picnic. There are picnic amenities near the ferry terminal with toilets, electric BBQS, tables and shelter provided. There is also a swimming enclosure here. Apparently there are bull sharks in the bay and although we didn't encounter any during our time here, we'd still recommend swimming in the enclosure.

Karragarra Island, Moreton Bay, Redland City, Picnic, Relaxing, Beaches
Picnic table next to the private beach

After disembarking the ferry, we turned right and went for a walk until we discovered a private stretch of beach with gorgeous views over the bay and scenic backdrop views of the Gold Coast Hinterland. We spent a few hours here and did not encounter another soul.

There is plenty of fishing and crabbing to be done on Karragarra Island. We were ecstatic when we caught a blue swimmer crab on our fishing line.

karragarra Island, blue swimmer crab, Moreton Bay, Redland City, Picnic, Relaxing, Beaches
The crab that we accidentally caught!

I would highly recommended Karragarra Island for anyone who is looking to escape the chaos of the city for a day.

Where is it?
Depending where you are in Brisbane, any of the following roads will get you to Redland:
Old Cleveland Road
Rickertt Rd
Mt Gravatt-Capalaba Road
Beenleigh-Redland Bay Road
Mount Cotton Road
See Google Maps for more information on the best route.

What can you do?
Stroll along the beach
Kayaking/paddle boarding etc.

Relevant Sites
Tourism and Events Queensland - Kangarra Island

Redland - Kangarra Island

Translink Ferry Information
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Why? Escape the chaos of the city and have a relaxing picnic on Karragarra Island
Where: Karragarra Island
Cost: Between $5-$15
Your Comment
What a very pretty spot, Anna!
by Elaine (score: 3|7917) 1448 days ago
Hope you didn't catch that crab with your toes! Great article!
by Paula McManus (score: 3|3661) 1448 days ago
Nice article. Looks like a lovely place to unwind.
by Irenke Forsyth (score: 3|2366) 1448 days ago
Great article. The islands are a bit rough, but if you pop over to Macleay (directly opposite Karra) there is a bowls club that makes great burgers.
by emmar (score: 0|9) 1447 days ago
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