Southern Moreton Bay Islands (Redland City)

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A satellite view from the southwest of south Moreton Bay, Queensland. Labelled are the many islands created from the outflow of the Logan River behind the barrier of North and South Stradbroke Islands.

Also known as the RKLM, the SMBI and Bay Islands, the four inhabited southern Moreton Bay islands in Queensland, Australia. The group is at 27°38'S 153°23'E, and is part of the Redland City, with a permanent population of 4240 as of the 2006 census. However, nearly one third of all dwellings on the islands were unoccupied, suggesting a high proportion of "second homes" are maintained by people elsewhere on Census Night[1]

The four inhabited Bay Islands in 2006 were:

Tiny Perulpa Island is joined by a causeway to Macleay and is generally regarded as part of Macleay.

In 2007, after a national A Current Affair television news segment, the islands received an enormous amount of interest as having the cheapest land in Australia.

Russell and Macleay have most basic services such as supermarkets, restaurants, primary schools, doctors, police, ambulance, fire brigade, SES, clubs and pubs. Lamb Island has a kiosk with basic supplies and convenience items. Karragarra has no shops at all, which is preferred by the residents.

Originally subdivided in the early 1970s, a bridge was promised by the then government. This never eventuated and residents are now feeling the pressure of transport to the mainland for some shopping trips, as mainland parking has become very scarce.

The Islands enjoy a quiet, relaxed lifestyle with many retirees, pensioners and more recently, an influx of younger families looking for some safety and security, away from the hustle and bustle of the mainland.

The inhabited Southern Moreton Bay Islands are not part of the Southern Moreton Bay Islands National Park, which is also located within Redland City.[2]

Heritage listings[edit]

Lamb Island has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

Macleay Island has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:


The islands have a frequent scheduled vehicle barge provided by Stradbroke Ferries and fast passenger ferries services provided by Bay Islands Transit, leaving from Redland Bay. The spectacular Canaipa Passage between North Stradbroke and Russell is a favourite destination for private boats

Coochiemudlo Island has ferries from Victoria Point. North Stradbroke Island has ferries from Cleveland.


The Four Islands are served by two telephone exchanges. Macleay and Lamb Islands are served by the Macleay Island Exchange, while Karragarra and Russell Islands are served by Russell Island Exchange.

The exchanges do not have direct backhaul to the mainland, but are instead connected via Microwave to other larger exchanges. Call Handling is done by the Woolloongabba Exchange.

ADSL Internet has been available to the Islands from 2004/2005 and are capable of ADSL2+ Speeds. Wireless Broadband is available, however several residents report poor reception in some bushy areas. This was combated on Macleay Island by having the Radio Masts raised slightly.

Due to the small-size of the exchange footprint on Russell and Karragarra Islands, some residents are not able to receive ADSL, this is due to the copper line's length being beyond maximum standards (5km). Mainly people living off Centre Road and Canaipa Road. Residents have lobbied Telstra to install Roadside Cabinets at some of the worst affected areas, so that they can receive Internet services, but have been repeatedly ignored. Most residents outside the Exchange Footprint for ADSL have to resort to Wireless Broadband, and in many cases Satellite Internet. This also applies to Macleay and Lamb Islands as well.

Foxtel Digital PayTV is available via Satellite.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Russell, Karragarra, Lamb and Macleay". Australian Bureau of Census. 2006. 
  2. ^ "Redland (C)". Queensland Local Government Areas (LGA), 2011. Queensland Government. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Lamb Island Pioneer Hall (entry 16256)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-12. 
  4. ^ "Industrial Ruins, south end of Macleay Island (entry 15836)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-12. 

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Coordinates: 27°38′S 153°23′E / 27.633°S 153.383°E / -27.633; 153.383