Historically, Macleay was one of the islands that provided Brisbane with valuable timbers and abundant supplies of mangos, avocados, citrus, pineapples and vegetables. The huge mango trees and citrus orchards that remain are testimony to the island’s fertility.
Macleay Island has a community-spirited population of people from all walks of life and most parts of the world, who have brought with them an extensive range of skills and interests in areas such as art, pottery, writing and sculpting.
Macleay is just 15 minutes by fast passenger ferry from the mainland with all its hustle and bustle, and as you board the passenger ferries you will visibly relax and experience a sense of enjoyment in the knowledge that you are travelling to a quieter place. The trip itself through the calm and sheltered Southern Moreton Bay waters is also relaxing and it is not unusual to see turtles, dugongs or dolphins and sea birds.
Macleay Island is popular with day trippers, many of whom explore the island by car or bicycle. Popular activities include walking the Heritage Trail or just finding a peaceful spot to observe the birdlife, or to picnic, fish or swim. The beaches are tidal, so swimming is best within a couple of hours of high tide.
If you want to enjoy a relaxing short break or holiday, the island offers a range of delightful B&Bs and holiday houses to suit everyone’s taste and budget. Some of these have the waters of Moreton Bay lapping at their doorstep, and with amazing views across the sparkling blue seas.
Any spot on the foreshore provides spectacular views across Moreton Bay to points such as North Stradbroke, Peel and Coochiemudlo Islands or to the mainland. Early mornings feature exquisite sunrises over Stradbroke Island and evenings provide spectacular sunsets to the west.
As well as enjoying the scenic attractions visitors can savour a range of culinary opportunities with restaurants, coffee shops and clubs providing a variety of cuisine that will tempt anyone’s taste buds. The Art Gallery opens at weekends to exhibit the works of the many sculptors, painters, glass artists and potters who live on the islands.
Macleay Island is self-sufficient in many respects with all of the necessary supplies that you will need for a day trip or holiday available on the island. Each year there are a number of events held on the island which are enjoyed by both locals and visitors. Macleay Island provides a treasured and relaxing lifestyle – visit us and experience the peace and tranquillity that the islanders have come to enjoy.