Easily accessed by vehicle or passenger ferry from Redland Bay, these delightful subtropical islands offer abundant natural attractions and a taste of an idyllic island lifestyle to visitors.

With regular ferry services operating daily between the islands so you can explore more than one island in a day. In the protected channels and waterways of Moreton Bay surrounding the Bay Islands, dolphins, turtles, and dugongs can often be seen in the pristine waters. Here you will find plentiful opportunities to enjoy safe swimming, snorkeling, boating and water sports such as kayaking.

The four islands are rich in flora and fauna and edged with mangrove foreshores interspersed with sandy beaches. Bird lovers will be enthralled by the annual visits by migratory birds from Japan and China, as well as many non-migratory species. The islands of Southern Moreton Bay are precious and fragile, so it is important that residents and visitors enjoy, protect, and appreciate nature’s gift. The friendly local communities are welcoming, whether you are visiting for the day or staying longer.

Inter-island travel is easy with ferries operating on a regular basis. Accommodation properties range from small cottages to large waterfront houses, many of which are pet friendly with bay views. An affordable getaway for families, couples and friends, the islands allow the opportunity to stay in one spot but go island hopping or explore the rest of Redlands Coast. A variety of supermarkets, cafés and general stores cater for all your needs, or you can enjoy a meal at a local club.

Getting here

The tranquil islands of Lamb, Karragarra, Macleay and Russell lie in the protected waters of Southern Moreton Bay, only one hour from Brisbane.


With each island rich in its own character, you’ll enjoy discovering the varied lifestyle quite different to the mainland.

Before you travel

Haven't been to any of the islands before? Here are some Frequently Asked Questions about the South Moreton Bay Islands.

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