Brisbane is sheltered by Moreton Bay. North Stradbroke Island is on its southern most tip and and extending out from there is Moreton Island. It is almost directly opposite Brisbane Port and it is accessed from Pinkenba and from Redcliffe.
The reason I am telling you this is because if you have not visited this lovely island, which is literally just off the mainland, make it part of your plans for a long weekend or a school break or even a romantic getaway at the appropriately named Honeymoon bay.
Booking the ferry from Pinkenba is quite easy to do and you can find details HERE or if you live further up the coast try Redcliffe Ferry transfers.
The island has one large resort called Tangalooma Beach Resort which sits happily along the longer part of the beach as you get off the ferry. Moreton island can be explored in a day but you would not be doing it justice, so allow for a few days of leisure and fun activities.
The resort caters for all needs with a variety or restaurants and leisure facilities, from, segway beach tours, snorkelling, kayaking, feeding the dolphins or sand duning. There is a national park on the island with tracks to explore and lagoons for a well earned rest and a dip.
The beaches are pristine and full of starfish that have washed up on to the beach or pretty little shells. The Tangalooma wrecks which were sunk to form an artificial reef are a great place to go diving and snorkelling and to see a large variety of fish.
On the ocean side some of the beaches are special protection zones and may not be accessible. Some restrictions apply to the lee side as well between Tangalooma and Kooringal so take advice and always make sure you are safe when you set out to explore.