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Wellington Point

Bordered by water on both sides, it's no surprise that Wellington Point is known as a great spot for fishing, boating, and various water sports. Its long jetty is the ideal spot to cast your fishing line and exchange stories with local and visiting fishing enthusiasts.

The picturesque Wellington Point Reserve is a fantastic venue to watch the lights brighten over Brisbane as daylight fades, to picnic, enjoy the sun or just relax with a good book in the shade of the huge Moreton Bay figs.

A trip to "Wello" is not complete without a walk at low tide across the sand bar to King Island, where beds of exposed seagrass come alive with crabs and remnants of the marine environment.

This beautiful bayside village boasts a vibrant town centre and there are regular festivals and twilight markets to enjoy and explore. Indeed, the dining precinct has many cafes and restaurants to satisfy all tastes.

Wellington Point, Redland City Area
Queensland
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Venman Bushland National Park

Mount Cotton, Redland City Area
Free Entry
Venman Bushland National Park is a tranquil portion of bushland on Tingalpa Creek abounding in wildlife: koalas, possums, gliders and wallabies. In spring, wildflowers bloom. These 255 acres were sold to the government for one dollar in 1971 by a farmer with a dream of preserving wildlife and its habitat. Jack Venman (who still lived next door on the rest of his property) then devoted the rest of his life to improving the area for others. Two walking tracks take you to the creek. Listen for the tunes of birds, especially the deep call of the powerful owl and try to glimpse this rarely seen bird. Enjoy a picnic or cook your lunch on a wood-fired barbecue (firewood supplied).

Daisy Hill Conservation Park

Daisy Hill, Logan City Area
Free Entry
Daisy Hill Conservation Park and surrounding areas protect vital koala habitat. For these popular marsupials, this is one of the last relatively intact natural habitats between Brisbane and the Gold Coast. For personal experience of the area, try the mountain biking trails and self-guided walking tracks, such as the Tree discovery trail. Five walking tracks radiate from the picnic areas, ranging from the 450 metre Paperbark trail (accessible to wheelchairs with assistance) to the nine kilometre Buhot Creek circuit. Daisy Hill Koala Centre (free admission) provides a wealth of information about these appealing Aussie icons. Join a fun and informative. Connect with Nature activity. Ride your bicycle or horse along one of the signed trails. Dogs are allowed on leads - but only where signs permit. The lower picnic area and koala centre are wheelchair-accessible. The park can be reached from the Gold Coast Highway.

Cornubia Forest Park

Cornubia, Logan City Area
Free Entry
Cornubia Forest Park is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life and get back to nature. Explore the lush 196 hectare forest or just breathe in deeply and relax. Keep an eye out in this pristine bushland for koalas, bandicoots, water dragons, wallabies, greater gliders and around 50 species of native birds.

Karragarra Island

Karragarra Island, Redland City Area
Karragarra, once called Rabbit Island, is the smallest of the Southern Bay Islands. 'Karra', as it is affectionately known has no store or retail facilities - one of the island's secrets to remaining a quiet and peaceful place to be enjoyed by visitors looking for seclusion and tranquillity. Just four kilometres long and half a kilometre wide, the island supports around 170 residents, who rely on buying their supplies on the mainland or Russell Island, so be prepared to bring along a picnic basket. There are parks, sandy beaches, a swimming enclosure and barbecue facilities. Wet a line, take a walk or just relax in the sun on Karragarra. The experience starts with a short water taxi ride from Redland Bay.

Lamb Island

Lamb Island, Redland City Area
Get away from it all and rest in the peaceful and tranquil waters of Moreton Bay. Lamb Island was known by the Aboriginal people of Moreton Bay as Nguderoo, or paperbark trees. It is the second smallest of the Southern Moreton Bay Islands, is easily navigable, has a general store, recreation club and a swimming enclosure for cooling off in the bay waters. Measuring 2 kilometres by 1 kilometre, it's an easy walk around Lamb Island. Access to Lamb Island is by ferry from Redland Bay.

Russell Island

Russell Island, Redland City Area
Be greeted by an amazing mosaic masterpiece that will set the mood for your visit to Russell Island, the largest of the southern bay islands. For fishing, there's a jetty at the northern end of the island, with a nearby fenced swimming enclosure for cooling off on a hot day. High tide is best for swimming in tidal pools. This is an ideal spot for picnicking in the foreshore park adjacent to the small beach. Sandy Beach is also a fantastic spot for fishing or simply relaxing on the grass, with nearby picnic tables, barbecue area and toilets. Adventurers can take a walk around Rocky Point and spot some of the local wildlife. Go for a day trip or stay longer, venture in the freshwater wet heath area of Turtle Swamp, where the trees are home to dozens of species of birds and spring wildflowers are a pleasure to discover. The Southern Moreton Bay Islands beaches are to be enjoyed for their peaceful tranquillity, with early mornings and evenings delightful in their picture postcard beauty.

Redland Bay

Redland Bay, Redland City Area
Charming and friendly with a country ambience, Redland Bay is home to a close-knit resident population who welcome visitors. Situated at the southern end of the Redlands area, it is the departure point for the Southern Moreton Bay Islands. Regular passenger ferry and vehicular barge services depart from Redland Bay for Russell, Lamb, Macleay and Karragarra Islands. Sport is a popular pastime for locals and there's an 18-hole golf club, tennis courts, cricket oval, cycling and walking paths, amateur fishing club and, it's worth noting, one of the most picturesque and popular foreshore trails in the City. Markets are a popular attraction on Broadwater Terrace and Stradbroke Street every second Sunday of the month, and there is a vibrant shopping and dining precinct popular with locals and visitors alike. A boat ramp also makes Redland Bay a popular launch access to Moreton Bay and its multitude of islands and secluded beaches.

Wellington Point

Wellington Point, Redland City Area
Bordered by water on both sides, it's no surprise that Wellington Point is known as a great spot for fishing, boating, and various water sports. Its long jetty is the ideal spot to cast your fishing line and exchange stories with local and visiting fishing enthusiasts. The picturesque Wellington Point Reserve is a fantastic venue to watch the lights brighten over Brisbane as daylight fades, to picnic, enjoy the sun or just relax with a good book in the shade of the huge Moreton Bay figs. A trip to "Wello" is not complete without a walk at low tide across the sand bar to King Island, where beds of exposed seagrass come alive with crabs and remnants of the marine environment. This beautiful bayside village boasts a vibrant town centre and there are regular festivals and twilight markets to enjoy and explore. Indeed, the dining precinct has many cafes and restaurants to satisfy all tastes.

Coochiemudlo Island

Coochiemudlo Island, Redland City Area
Affectionately known as Coochie, this small sub-tropical island is just a short 10-minute ferry ride from Victoria Point in Redland City. The island is only 5 square kilometres in size so there is no need to take a car - just pack a picnic and go for a walk. If you are looking for something a little more active, try your hand at paddleboarding, tandem bike-riding, kayaking or jump on an old-fashioned aqua-bike and cruise around the calm waters of Moreton Bay. Coochiemudlo's peaceful atmosphere and stunning views have inspired many artists and a range of arts and crafts are on offer at the regular Coochie Craft Markets. The island has a range of accommodation including resorts, cottages and holiday homes. The passenger ferry service runs every half hour.

Macleay Island

Macleay Island, Redland City Area
With an emerging arts culture, Macleay Island has a range of galleries to explore. There are several beaches for swimming and fishing, with barbecue facilities in the foreshore parks. A sealed road runs through the centre of Macleay from the ferry terminal in the south to Pat's Point picnic and swimming area in the north. A causeway connects Macleay to the quaint island of Perulpa, which in Aboriginal means "the island off the island". There is a nine hole Golf Club and a well known bowls club which has the most spectacular bay views. Macleay itself has around 2,200 permanent residents, and is a relaxed and peaceful destination for a day trip or short break. Ferry connections leave from Weinam Street in Redland Bay.
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