Right on Brisbane's doorstep is a marine oasis of seaside villages, natural islands and an abundance of wildlife. 125km of coastline from Bribie Island through to Redland Bay in the south makes up the Moreton Bay and Islands region.
The bayside villages with Moreton Bay views and foreshore areas in common, are dotted along the coastline with Redcliffe and Scarborough located north of Brisbane, Sandgate, Shorncliffe, Wynnum and Manly on Brisbane's Bayside and Cleveland and Victoria Point in the south. The best way to discover the points of interest within each of the bayside villages is on the North and South Moreton Bay Tourist Drives were you can discover the dining scene at Manly Harbour Village or the Settlement Cove Lagoon at Redcliffe.
Bribie Island is connected to the mainland by a bridge that crosses the Pumicestone Passage. The passage side of the island has gorgeous views of the Glasshouse Mountains and is a calm water haven for swimming, watersports and dolphin spotting. A patrolled surf beach is located on the other side of the island at Woorim and looks out to Moreton Island in the distance.
Moreton Island is only 25km off the coast of Brisbane but you'll feel miles away from anything. The long stretches of unclaimed sand are perfect for beach camping and four wheel driving. On the island you can snorkel at the Wrecks, sand board and even hand-feed a dolphin at Tangalooma Island Resort. To get to Moreton Island there is a daily ferry (except Tuesdays) from Port of Brisbane.
Regular passenger and ferry access to North Stradbroke Island is available from Toondah Harbour at Cleveland. North Stradbroke Island has sealed roads and most of its natural attractions are accessible by vehicle. The island has a series of freshwater lakes, beaches and walking trails to discover and is a popular spot for surfing, beach camping and fishing.
There's more to discover right across the Moreton Bay and Islands region, take a deeper look at some of the places to visit below.