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Redlands


The Redlands region includes Wellington Point, Victoria Point, Cleveland, North Stradbroke Island, Coochiemudlo and the Southern Moreton Bay Islands. It has the best of all worlds - scattered islands in Moreton Bay, bayside villages on the mainland and scenic hinterland.
To reach Redlands head over the Story Bridge and follow the signs towards Wynnum (R23). When you reach the Wynnum Manly Roads roundabout take the Manly Road exit (R43) and continue following R43 all the way to Main Road. Take a left turn towards Wellington Point.

North Stradbroke Island

Alternatively, catch the train from Central Station or Roma Street Station to the end of the line at Cleveland. Close to the Cleveland train station, you will find the Redland Shire Visitor Information Centre. Staff at the centre will be able to assist you with any visitor information you require.

The Redlands region includes a number of bayside suburbs including Wellington Point, Victoria Point and Cleveland. From Cleveland there is regular access to beautiful North Stradbroke Island. Visit Victoria Point or Redland Bay for access to Coochiemudlo Island or any one of the many Southern Moreton Bay Islands.


Wellington Point Reserve
Wellington Point Reserve is a prime barbeque and picnic spot, with views to the islands of Moreton Bay, including North Stradbroke. Boating, fishing and windsurfing are all possible from the reserve. There is also a licensed restaurant with outdoor dining.
While you’re at Wellington Point, throw out a line or take a stroll along the Wellington

 

Point Jetty.
Ormiston House
Ormiston House, Wellington Street, Ormiston is a fine example of colonial architecture in Queensland. It was built in 1862 and has spacious grounds overlooking Moreton Bay. Tours of the house and Devonshire teas are available. Open Sundays from 10.30am to 4pm. Phone 07 3286 1425 for admission prices or group bookings.


Cleveland Point Heritage Precinct
Continuing in the historical theme, the Cleveland Point Heritage Precinct, Shore Street, is an informative and fascinating area. The highlights and history of the Cleveland and Ormiston heritage precincts are outlined in one of the 3 Redlands heritage trail guides available from the Redlands Visitor Information Centre. Highlights include Queensland’s oldest banyan tree (beside the Grand View Hotel, Queensland’s oldest licensed hotel), the Cleveland Lighthouse, old church and schoolhouse. (The other 2 heritage trails in the suite cover North Stradbroke Island and the Southern Moreton Bay Islands).


Redlands Museum and Redlands Art Gallery
To learn more about Cleveland’s past, call into the Redlands Museum. It is one of Queensland’s largest regional museums. Redland Art Gallery is the Shire's most vibrant cultural destination with a mix of innovative and culturally diverse exhibitions.

North Stradbroke Island
Like natural attractions? On the region’s doorstep is the magnificent North Stradbroke Island. ‘Straddie’ as it is known to the locals, offers fantastic surf beaches, pristine headland views, and an array of wildlife.


Coochiemudlo and the Southern Moreton Bay Islands
Why not try island hopping on the Southern Bay Islands? Coochiemudlo and the Southern Moreton Bay Islands including Lamb, Macleay, Karragarra and Russell offer a great option for day trippers and short break holiday makers. Explore these islands by jumping on the passenger ferry, or if you like, the car barge. Access to Coochiemudlo Island is from Victoria Point. To access the Southern Moreton Bay Islands, depart from Redland Bay.


Point Halloran Conservation Reserve
On the mainland there is a variety of walking tracks suitable for all ages. Point Halloran Conservation Reserve Orana Street, Victoria Point is home to one of the densest free-living koala populations.


Redlands IndigiScapes Centre
IndigiScapes located at 17 Runnymede Road, Capalaba is a 14.5ha site and is Australia's first environmental centre for indigenous plants. Birdlife and wildlife is plentiful and can be viewed as you explore the walking trails. Public displays, workshops and events are regular features at the centre. Visit the IndigiScapes Tea Garden and be sure to try some of their famous IndigiCake!


Cleveland Bayside Markets
Love markets? Every Sunday, the colourful Cleveland Bayside Markets take over Bloomfield Street in Cleveland. Try some of the delicious food on offer, or explore the arts and crafts. Make a day of it and have lunch at one of the fantastic harbourside restaurants.


Redlands bikes and boats
Take your bike for a ride in the Redlands. There is a fantastic cycling and walking guide available from the Visitor Information Centre and Cleveland and Capalaba Council Customer Service Centres. To take your exploring further, hire fishing boats, charter yachts, or join a tour of the bay. The Redland Shire Visitor Information Centre has all the details.


Canal-front homes
Like to see how the other half live? Cruise or drive around Raby Bay, a canal-front estate of luxurious homes. Stop off at some of the parks along the way, there are playground and barbeque facilities available.


Where to eat and drink:
The historical Grand View, Cleveland Sands and historic Redland Bay Hotels are popular weekend watering holes.

Wellington Point village offers indoor/outdoor dining at Tanja’s, Hogan’s, the funky new Off the Wall Cafe and many other eateries. Point of View Café offers expansive views of the bay and is located right at Wellington Point Reserve.

Award-winning Lurleen’s Restaurant at Mt Cotton’s Sirromet Winery presents stylish, contemporary dining with wonderful views. Sirromet also offers wine tasting, delicious cheese platters and Sunday afternoon jazz at their cellar door.
Coochie Island Resort offers a great restaurant on Coochiemudlo Island

The Blue Parrot Café on Macleay Island is a popular spot for those doing the ‘Island Hop’, or just visiting Macleay.

Be sure to sample the delicious Moreton Bay bugs and oysters from one of the Stradbroke Island restaurants.


Where to stay:
Stradbroke Island and the other Moreton Bay islands are favourite escape spots for Brisbane locals. Accommodation ranges from beach camping to luxury houses and self contained apartments. The Redlands mainland has many welcoming B&Bs, cottages, tourist parks and motels.


Historical fact:
Cleveland was called Emu Point by squatters in the 1840s. It was renamed in honour of the Duke of Cleveland in July 1851. The Aboriginal people call the area Nandeebi

 
 
 
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