With an emerging arts culture, Macleay Island has a range of art to explore within the Macleay Island Arts Complex Inc. 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, weekly organic market (Saturdays) and a well known bowls club which has spectacular bay views. Macleay Island has around 2200 permanent residents, and is a relaxed and peaceful destination for a day trip or short break.
Water taxi and vehicular barge connections leave from Weinam Street in Redland Bay.