Brisbane Islands. Queensland
There are not too many capital cities in the world that have over 350 islands on the doorstep. Brisbane does. Most are only small rocky outcrops, but some, like Stadbroke Island, Moreton Island, St Helena Island & Bribie Island offer visitors quick access to a relaxing day on "The Island" .
Situated in the Moreton Bay region, the largest island are those mentioned, have managed to keep their unique charcteristics, and island appeal. Moreton Island and Stradbroke Island are the 2 largest islands in the bay area. They are accessible from either Cleveland or Scarborough by vehicle ferry.
They are great for camping on, and adventuring around by walking and 4WD. There are many activities available on these islands, from surfing, fishing, swimming, sandboarding, bushwalking, diving and scenic touring.
There is magnificent variety of animals , birdlife and marine fish to marvel at in the islands. On Bribie there is plenty of mangrove areas to throw in a crab pot and catch a "muddie"
Moreton Island is mostly sand, and holds the record for the highest stable sandhill - MT Tempest. A great location for sandboarding. On the east side of Moreton Island is 36km of surfing beaches, and on the western side is more calm waters. Four Wheel drive and permits are required. Visit Queenslands oldest, still operating lighthouse on the tip of Cape Moreton (1857)
St Helena Island is a low sandy island, that was once named "the hell hole of the pacific" as it was originally used as a prison and lepur colony from 1867 - 1932. There are many historic ruins on St Helena Island, and tours are available, departing from Manly or Breakfast Creek in Brisbane.
Stradbroke Island is also another recommended destination offering visitors a wonderful holiday experience. On one side of the island is long beautiful white sandy beaches, whilst on the "bay"side you have the calmer Moreton Bay waterways, that everyon can enjoy.
For those who like a bit of adventure and fun there are 4WD tours, diving, golf, and a spectrum of aquatic activities. For others who want a more relaxing day out, the Island offers bowls, bird watching, picnic spots and scenic walks. For further information about the wide range of activities and tours available, see activities and tours.
Bribie Island in the north, is a great place to relax and is very popular for all ages. A third of the Island is National Park, offering a range of excellent birdlife and wonderful wild flower displays. There is plenty of easy bush walking to enjoy, and the island is well catered for tourists. Bribie Island is accessible by car from Caboolture.
The Brisbane Islands may be only a short distance away from the city of Brisbane, but visitors feel they are worlds away from the city hustle and bustle when on a Brisbane Island escape.