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  1. 1. A picture paints a 1000 words. You will get 1000s of these words from the following photos. Words that describe some of the experiences that you and your family Can enjoy
  2. 2. Nth Stradbroke Island(your neighbour) has much to offer too.
  3. 3. Well what can you say about North Stradbroke with respect to its fishing options, in a word "unlimited". If you want the calm boating areas of Jumpinpin up through the inside north past Dunwich and up to Amity then there are plenty of options. Or you can slip out over the south passage bar and run up to Point Lookout and fish the group or one of the many other rocks not covered by the grey nurse exclusion zones. North Stradbroke or "Straddie" as those of us that love it to death more commonly call it is a fishermans paradise. I've fished 40 knot winds and still caught fish here albeit in trying conditions. Your good weather options are almost unlimited and as I pointed out even in bad weather you can usually find a spot to wet a line.
  4. 4. Starting from the southern end the famous Jumpinpin and its surrounds are bream central during the colder months and flathead country as it starts to warm. Throw in tailor, tarwhine, whiting, jew and a few other blowins and you can see why the boat traffic gets pretty thick around here at times. A run along water of Canaipa passage has us passing a few of the populated mid size bay islands such Russell Island, Macleay Island, Lamb and Karragarra all with varying fishing opportunities for those wishing to explore. Mangroves, sand and broken reef, rock and rubble areas indicate bream are the main target around here but flathead, snapper, whiting, and tailor are also regulars here as well as big buck mud crabs for those might be carrying a pot or two. Continuing north we travel through Deanbilla Bay which is worth investigating for bream, mackerel at times and sand crabs as the seasons suggest. Then comes Stradbrokes main township Dunwich. Bream, whiting, various breeds of trevally and although irregular the odd snapper can be caught from shore (just don't tell anyone). Around the corner is the little ships club with more of the same available close by in this area. Continuing between Dunwich and Myora we come across channels and sandbanks which look fishy and often are with some true tackle crunchers among them. Large sharks are often present in this area as are huge parrot, big mulloway, snapper, mackerel and assorted other species. It takes quite a bit of time and effort to get up to speed on this area so be very nice to anyone you know that fishes it well. Towards the Northern end we come to Amity Point which stretches from inside the bay is bounded by the south passage bar and continues around to the surf side till Flinders Beach. Amity can throw up some great pelagics such as mack and longtail tuna, tailor, spotty and school mackerel, bonito and reef species inside the bar and out.
  5. 5. The wreck of the Rufus King is worth a look if you are not wanting to go too far otherwise keep running around to the likes of rocks area off Point Lookout. Quality snapper, sweetlip, spanish mackerel, yellowfin tuna, wahoo, marlin, sailfish and a big mix of reefies are all chances of hitting your hooks as you wander along and past this area. Further south the steep rises and falls of the cathedrals give a hint that it might be worth dropping a line in here and many of the above will be lurking. As we near the starting point closer in to main beach closing up behind the surf break you can at times encounter schools of tailor, mackerel and others pounding bait fish. At such time with careful boat handling you get the chance for some wild top water action. For land based fishermen Dunwich holds bream, whiting, tailor, trevally plus bait such as yabbies, hardiheads and soldier crabs which are easily gathered close by. Point Lookouts options are numerous with the headlands offering good cover in less than ideal conditions. Tailor, kingfish, jew, trevally and bream are common captures from the rocks. But be warned rock fishing is known as the worlds most dangerous sport for a reason and some of the rocks here are known as widow makers for good reason. Almost 40km of surf along main beach means there should be a gutter worth fishing somewhere along there. Even if it is only to pick up pippis or pull worms it is worth the drive along main just for the site seeing. Amity Point land based can be hot or cold. If the locals aren't out fishing it probably the latter as word spreads quickly when the fish are on. Small macks and bonito on slugs can be daytime options with bream and squid good target choices from the jetty and rocks at various times but getting better after dark.
  6. 6. Flinders beach is the choice for a quiet family camping holiday with fishing available straight out from your campsite. Protected reasonably from the usual south east winds and swell Flinders can hold whiting, tailor and dart. Extremely calm conditions can make fishing a bit quiet at times so the occasional run up to main to get pippis might demand a few casts up there to get rid of any built up frustrations. As with Moreton I will be doing more detailed articles on specific areas and fishing targets so if you want to know more about North Stradbroke drop in every now and then check for the latest on the island.
  7. 7. Moreton Island National Park, St Helena Island National Park and the Moreton Bay Marine Park are designated under the Marine Park Zoning Plan which was declared in 1993 and covers 3400 square kilometres. These parks are put in place to protect the abundant wildlife and marine life including whales, dolphins, dugong, sharks and turtles. Due to this the bay is extremely popular with recreational anglers ,sightseers and tourists. Many families are making a lifestyle change to the Islands of Moreton Bay, and to cater for this, new services, shops and activities are popping up quickly.
  8. 8. Karragarra Island is known for its unspoilt, small sandy beaches, coves and bush walks with stunning water and inter island views. It is also recognised as having safe waterways for swimming, canoeing, boating and fishing. Karragarra Island is rich in native flora and fauna and home to a number of bird species. Along the main waterfront there is a very popular enclosed ocean swimming area and on the sandy beach foreshore under the trees there are free electric BBQs and covered picnic tables with a nearby children's play area. The "Water Bus" is a constant and regular service for island dwellers and permits well behaved dogs to travel aboard to the mainland or to neighbouring islands. (New rules state that dogs must have a gentle muzzle restraint.) What is there to do on Karragarra Island? There are no shops or theatres on this unique island but if you enjoy relaxing beside the water on gorgeous sandy beaches, swimming in the safe ocean enclosure, having picnics on the foreshore under the trees, fishing, camping, hunting for helmet crabs at low tide, canoeing or cycling (not provided) or exploring the small bush walks and little sandy coves, then this is the perfect place to live for you and your kids.
  9. 9. The Bay Islands Moreton Bay is a vast Marine Park with some 365 islands dotted throughout and is regarded as the ‘Jewel in the Crown ’ of South Eastern Queensland. The principal residential islands situated in southern Moreton Bay lay between Brisbane and the Gold Coast and are collectively known as the Bay Islands; and ranking in size are - Russell Island, Macleay Island, Lamb Island and Karragarra Island. The Bay Islands are just a short drive from Brisbane city in the west and are protected by North Stradbroke Island to the east. The Moreton Bay waterway was the original thoroughfare for sailing vessels and steamboats travelling from north to south of the Bay. Nowadays it’s a favoured protected anchorage for sailing craft and motor boats of all sizes. The four Bay Islands are connected to the mainland by fast passenger ferries and barges, which also serve as inter-island transport. A 17 minute ferry ride (runs every half hour) across protected waters to Redland Bay township on the mainland, and just 40 minutes by road to Brisbane CBD; with the ever- expanding cosmopolitan city of the Gold Coast 45 minutes drive away, and is within 15 – 20 minutes by boat from the island to the northern Gold Coast, Tipplers and Jumpinpin Bar. The Islands played a key role in the white settlement of the Southern Moreton Bay region. From 1842, when Brisbane and the surrounding areas were opened up to free settlement, primary industries such as timber cutting, fishing and oyster farming flourished here and were important in the economic development of South East Queensland. Until the early 1970s, fruit and vegetable production and fishing supported the small island communities. The Bay Islands have to be one of South East Queensland’s best kept secrets; In 2007, after a short 'current affairs' TV program, the islands received an enormous amount of interest. The population underwent a large increase, making previous census figures inaccurate. Estimates based on passengers carried by ferries and active telephone connections place the populations of the two larger Islands Macleay and Russell close to 5,000 each. The Early 70’s Land Subdivisions. During the 1970’s all the Bay Islands reputations suffered as no local authority controlled development on the islands and land developers commenced promoting and selling off some land lots that were drainage affected or subject to by high tides inundation. The Redland Shire Council has since stepped in, acquired the low lying land and set it aside under conservation purposes. No further land sub-division will become available under current zoning – which means that once sold, and with continuing demand, fuelled by both the affordability of island land and the population increase into S. E. Queensland, the Bay Islands land will become a precious and sought after commodity. Testament to this is the growth of land values recently experienced in island land sales during the last two years. The Bay Islands are virtually self-sufficient… All land approved for building homes on the Bay Islands is zoned Residential ‘A’. Having council services for rubbish collection, town water, broadband and electricity supplied. The quality of the island roads varies from island roads to gravel and sealed bitumen and concrete. Council has a works programme in place to upgrade them to sealed roads as the take up of housing demands. As no sewerage is yet connected to the island all waste disposals are via septic or environmental systems installed at the time of building.
  10. 10. Lamb Island is the third largest of the Bay Islands, and is known as the 'treasure of Moreton Bay'. Lamb Island was known for many years by its Aboriginal name "Ngudooroo". There is an abundance of these trees opposite the dam on the island. Lamb Island measures only two kilometres by one kilometre at the narrowest north- eastern end and has a minimum resident population of around 500 people. Whether you have a boat, or just want to throw a line in from the shore, there is an abundance of fish in the waters around Lamb Island. Walk along the foreshore, into the rainforest and inspect the sea eagle's nest. Sea eagles build only one nest in their life and keep the same mate year after year. There is a swimming enclosure on the northern end of the island on the eastern side. A deep water passage and former shipping route, known as the Canaipa Passage, is situated east of Lamb Island and runs along the shoreline of North Stradbroke Island to the Gold Coast. The local kiosk provides food, supplies, fuel, ice and souvenirs.
  11. 11. Karragarra is the smallest of the rich fruit growing Bay Islands, measuring about half a kilometre wide and four kilometres long. Karragarra was once called "Rabbit Island" (around1884). Historically, small farms were an important industry on the island. The island offers long north facing sandy beaches with netted swimming enclosure, electric and wood barbeques, picnic tables and shady trees, which are all very close to the jetty. The adjacent passage allows good shelter for boating. Everything is within easy walking distance and visitors can enjoy a short rainforest walk on the north-eastern end of the island. The landscape is a vision of grey-green eucalypt forest, red soil and blue water that is continually changing. Karragarra has no shops at all, which is preferred by the residents.
  12. 12. Lamb Island... A uniquely special place to live. (borrowed from the net) Whether you're looking for value in lifestyle or real estate, Lamb Island is well worth considering. Lamb Island is one of the Southern Moreton Bay Islands – a group of four islands (Russell, Macleay, Lamb and Karragarra) basking in the lee of North Stradbroke Island, just over an hour's all-up travelling time from Brisbane CBD. And yes, just in case it needs to be said, the islands have mains power, land-line phone (including broadband) and town water connected, plus a weekly council garbage collection. Surrounded by the tranquil waters of Moreton Bay, these islands are arguably the last unspoilt coastal living environment in South-East Queensland, and still something of a secret even to Brisbane people, let alone the rest of Australia. And although the word is slowly starting to get out, so far this lack of awareness has kept property prices relatively low.
  13. 13. Lamb Island, just two kilometres long by up to one kilometre wide, and with a population of less than 300 residents, a small general store (trading seven days a week) and a licenced club, is generally regarded as the most lifestyle-friendly island of the four. It's not as populated as Macleay or Russell, but it still has facilities that Karragarra lacks. On Lamb Island, you'll find a welcoming easy-going community, where people accept each other for what they are rather than what they're expected to pretend to be. Instead of 'mine-is-bigger-than-yours' McMansions jam- packed against each other and surrounded by high walls, or blocks of flats overshadowing your privacy, you'll enjoy low- key architecture set in leafy surroundings, with fresh air, open vistas, and a balmy climate that's usually a couple of degrees cooler than Brisbane in Summer, and as warm again in Winter. Transport and services: All four islands are serviced by fast twin-hull 'waterbuses' which run more-or-less half-hourly during the day and hourly at night to and from Redland Bay from 4.45am till 10pm (11pm on Thursday, and midnight on Friday and Saturday nights). The trip between Lamb Island and Redland Bay takes around twenty minutes. Mainland bus services run in conjunction with the waterbus timetables. Vehicular barges also service the islands from Redland Bay every hour or so. Arguably the last unspoilt coastal residential environment in South-East Qld. Lamb Island's 'main drag' – and in the middle of the morning peak hour rush.
  14. 14. The Redland City Council maintains a general parking area as well as a secure card-entry parking compound adjacent to the mainland jetty, and many islanders leave 'mainland cars' there and use cheaper cars for getting around on their islands – although Lamb Island is small enough for many residents to choose to just walk, cycle, or in some cases use golf carts. There are medical surgeries on both Macleay and Russell Islands. All four islands are also serviced by locally based paramedics, with an ambulance on each island, and a special ambulance boat for transfers to the mainland. Urgent cases are transported by helicopter which makes the trip to hospital faster than from many Brisbane suburbs. Shopping, Lamb Island style: Lamb Island has a small general store we call the 'kiosk', and a members-run bowls club with a liquor licence but no bowling greens (it's about priorities). There's also a community hall, public tennis court, a first-aid facility, and a Volunteer Fire Brigade. Lamb Island is 40 kilometres from Brisbane CBD as the crow flies. Waterbuses run more-or-less half-hourly during the day and hourly at night.
  15. 15. Macleay Island offers supermarket shopping, a butcher, pharmacy, medical services, restaurants, hotel, golf course, bowls club, a thriving arts and crafts centre, and more – just a three minute waterbus ride away. There’s also a primary school on Macleay Island, with a supervised bus to transport the Lamb Island kids to and from the Macleay jetty. (High school students go to the mainland, where special buses transfer them.) Russell Island, just five minutes in the other direction, has a huge IGA supermarket, butcher, bottleshop, etc, all within a hundred-or-so metres of the jetty – or a quick barge trip if you want to take your car over. Redland Bay offers comprehensive shopping facilities a few hundred metres from the mainland jetty. Victoria Point (just a few minutes drive further or via regular bus services) is a booming regional shopping centre with everything one could need including cinemas, restaurants, medical surgeries, and a council library. Vehicular barges run every hour or so. The trip takes 45 minutes. Thousands of square kilometres of boating paradise on the doorstep.
  16. 16. From Redland Bay, Brisbane CBD is within a 45 minute drive outside peak hour (but closer to an hour during peak times), while the Gold Coast is about 45 minutes via easy access to the Pacific Motorway. Make your lifestyle what you want. Living on Lamb Island is like enjoying a permanent holiday in a small unspoilt coastal town that's still the way things were back before the rest of the world went crazy. Obviously, if you're into boating and/or fishing, this is the perfect place for you. But for most residents Lamb Island's major appeal is the very real sense of peace and contentment that comes from living in such a natural environment and its small-scale community where everyone's friendly and laidback, primarily interested in enjoying life on their own terms rather than trying to keep up with the people next door. The free public tennis court, community hall, and bowls club beyond the trees. Stone Curlews (or 'Bush Thick Knees') in the parkland along from the tennis court.
  17. 17. There's also the security factor. Lamb Island's relatively small size makes it something like a 'gated community' – for the most part only the local residents or their visitors come here, and because everyone knows each other at least by sight, anyone who doesn't belong soon gets noticed. And of course, cruising hoons from elsewhere are never going to come through at two in the morning. Paradise, but not for everyone. Despite all the lifestyle positives and recreational opportunities, it's important to understand that living here isn't for everyone (which is part of what makes it so appealing to those who do). While property prices are relatively low, accessing the mainland costs money and adds to the real cost of living here. Teenagers and young adults find it a hassle having to go to the mainland for their entertainment and social activities, and then having to come home around midnight. An inter-island social cricket game on the playing field next to the bowls club. Another Bream, this one took a "Silver Fox Squidgy" while targeting flathead between Victoria Point and Coochiemudlo Island.
  18. 18. And in practical terms, day-to-day living requires a certain amount of planning. To begin with, the only 'shopping experience' on the island is the kiosk. Instead of Big Macs, we have to make do with regular burgers, and chips instead of fries. While the kiosk covers basic needs, most locals shop off-island for meat, liquor, groceries, and so on, bringing them home on the waterbus (with specially dedicated areas for passengers' personal 'freight'). Others take the barge to do a major shop every so often, fill the car, then scurry back to the relative peace of the island. Alternatively, Woolworths now home-deliver on-line orders to Lamb Island every Thursday. Whatever the choice, most of us happily consider any extra effort to be a fair trade-off for the advantages of living such a natural and laidback island lifestyle – free of pollution, traffic, noise, crime, hustle-and-bustle, and angst. In fact, there's an attitude that inevitably takes over Lamb Islanders, one that you'll hear expressed time and time again as locals get off the waterbus after a trip to what they refer to as 'Australia' or 'overseas' – and it usually goes something like: "Thank goodness we're home again. How can mainland people live like that?" Once you live here, you'll wonder too. The end of a perfect day on Lamb Island. But there'll be another one tomorrow.
  19. 19. Fishing - North Stradbroke Island (borrowed from the net) North Stradbroke Island boasts a range of fishing options envied by many other locations. The diverse types of fishing available ranges from the ‘bread and butter’ species of tailor, bream, whiting and flathead from the beaches, through to the more specialised offshore species of mackeral, wahoo and marlin. Straddie is unique in that it has fishing available from its beaches, rocky headlands and surrounding calm and offshore waters. 4WD enthusiasts have access to bream, whiting, flathead, tailor and dart from the beaches all year round. Whether it be Main Beach or Flinders Beach, depending on the prevailing wind, anglers always have access to fishable water due to the shape of the island. In winter tailor run the beaches chasing schools of baitfish and the anglers are not far behind. The same fish are available to those who prefer to fish from boats on the calm waters of Moreton Bay. In addition reef species such as snapper, sweetlip, jew and parrot are also caught from these calm waters. South Passage Bar provides access to some of the best offshore fishing available in SE Queensland. Snapper, pearl perch, traglin jew, sweetlip and parrot are all captured by bottom fishing the close offshore reefs off Point Lookout. For those anglers who prefer trolling, pelagic species such as mackeral, wahoo and tuna are captured from around the rocky outcrops between Flat Rock and Point Lookout. Sportfishing enthusiasts are also well served, when they target the more exotic species of marlin, sailfish and yellowfin tuna from the deeper offshore waters. Straddie is famous for the capture of exceptional sized fish during the local Straddie Classic Fishing Competition held in August each year. Examples include Spanish Mackeral of 40kg, snapper – 11.8kg, pearl perch – 5.3kg and tailor – 7.5kg to mention a few. Overall Straddie is one of the most versatile fishing destinations available and has something to offer to everyone.
  20. 20. With fishing boundaries ranging from the sunshine coast to the NSW border and all points east there are few fishing styles that aren't catered for in this event. Whiting fishermen will journey to the Logan, Albert and other SEQ rivers seeking XOS whiting and stud bream. Surf fishermen will head for Straddies pristine beaches in search of greenback tailor, dart and jew, while boaties will head offshore seeking monsters from the deep or prospect their secret Moreton Bay spots. The choice is yours with many choosing their direction with the change of the wind. Winter westerlies this time of the year are ideal for fishing the beach. Warm calm days on the other hand beckon the hard men to go wide in search the big ones. If the weather goes bad then it isn't hard to find a protected river or estuary out of the wind. Moreton Bay Fishing Classic (borrowed from the net) This competition headlines as "the ultimate fishing event" and in all honesty it is pretty hard to argue against that title. With over $200 000 in cash and prizes on offer there are few other fishing competitions that even come close.
  21. 21. 07/08/08 – Peel Island (borrowed from the net) Sad to say that we still cannot get out of bed until after 9:30am. We were both surprised at just how calm our anchorage at Horseshoe Bay (Peel Island) was all night and basically most of the day compared to our previous experience a couple of years ago. Only a couple of boats around and definitely a day worth heading off to explore the island. The island was originally used as a quarantine base in 1850 by the NSW Government to house ship’s crew and passengers that may have been diagnosed with cholera, typhus and smallpox and eventually became an asylum for the poor and homeless as well as a home for those suffering from leprosy. Took off in our dinghy and headed to the middle of the island. Its sad history aside, Peel Island is beautiful and quiet where you can walk for hours through the paperbark trees and giant ferns as well as stumbling across the odd historic remnants still echoing the island’s past. Today the crystal clear water lapped up against the long stretch of sandy beach. I was so tempted to go for a swim but as soon as my feet met the water they almost froze off my toes. Maybe next time
  22. 22. What is local voices? Local voices is the easy way to find out what people REALLY think about the street they live in. It’s a place where people can finally voice their opinions about where they live, have lived or simply visited! Posted by wun72 /5 rating details Sep 05, 2011 "Fantastic Island living" Great place to live with kids, no traffic and peace and quiet, great fishing with new boat ramps, amasing furtile soil with heaps of fruit growing wild(avocado, pawpaw,custard apple, passionfruit). no bridge is great for keeping the "island escape" feel and keeps out the rifraf as well as keeping a friendly island atmosphere and I cant beleive the price of land here is so good, I was loking at moving upto Magnetic Island off Townsville, thank god I found Russell Island instead, we just love it here. PROS •great for gardening •beautiful island escape •no bridge •peaceful •CLOSE TO NORTH STRADBROKE ISLAND •GREAT BOATING/JET SKIING/WATER ACTIVES •GREAT FISHING CONS •possible future bridge RECOMMENDED FOR •Professionals •Families with kids •Retirees •Tourists •Country Lovers •Helpful •Comment •Follow
  23. 23. • Feb 19, 2011 • "peaceful small town" • Like stepping back to the 80's, very friendly locals, my kids love it • PROS peaceful • CONS no high school yet • cost of transport to island • RECOMMENDED FOR Professionals • Families with kids • Retirees • Country Lovers • Helpful • Comment • Follow posted by Darsonw07 • T
  24. 24. • "The Undiscovered Paradise just minutes from the hussle & bustle of the urban sprawl" • I just love starting the day looking out the window of the water bus watching out for dolphins, dugongs and turtles... I equally love the wind down ride home after a hectic stressful day stuck in traffic in Brisbane. I really have found my little piece of paradise - where else, this close to both Brisbane City and the Gold Coast can you own your own piece of land on the waterfront without crown land in front. The peace and tranquility, the abundant bird life, the mud crabs at the bottom of the garden, the great fishing, prawning - Lamb Island is truely a magic place to wind down on weekends after a hectic busy lifestyle during the week. I'd recommend it for anyone working on the mainland - the commute is only 20 minutes and it really is a fantastic start and finish to each day. • RECOMMENDED FOR Professionals • Singles • Retirees posted by Delectable •
  25. 25. • ls • Jun 16, 2010 • "Island Paradise“ posted by casal • Plenty of open space, clean air, relaxing, restful atmosphere. The short ferry ride is such a relaxing way to travel. Good community feel. Abundance of interesting hobby groups if you want to be involved. Community Garden starting soon. IGA has everything & at mainland prices takes the hassle of bringing groceries from mainland away.
  26. 26. • Mar 23, 2010 posted by DRA • "A great place to be..." • Russell Island is great for anyone wanting to wind down and enjoy a simplified lifestyle. It has a coastal country town feel, the people are friendly and all the necessary services are in place. A very relaxing 20 minute trip on the ferry takes you to Redland Bay with easy acess to major shopping facitilties and good public transport. The air is clean, the sky is clear, the grass is green and the water tastes good. We have lots of conservation areas for the nature lovers and our marine life is fantastic. Great fishing and boating in sheltered waters with offshore acess through 2 bars. It is a good spot for the family, the retiree and anybody else looking to escape the rat race. Realestate is very affordable and people who are unable to enter the market in other areas quite often achieve thier dream here. Come for a day or weekend and you will find it hard to leave. It is a top spot in Australia. • RECOMMENDED FOR Professionals • Families with kids • Retirees •
  27. 27. • Jan 24, 2010 posted by thats0401 • "Beautiful Russell Island" • The good thing about Russell island is like being in a country town. People are friendly and helpfull. We have a small boat and often got to Dunwich,Peel Island, Amity Point, Jumpinpin, Gold coast and Harrigans Irish pub at colypso bay. Im from Sydney and still cannot believe that being so close to Brisbane the property prices here are a Bargin. Comparing Scotland island or Dangar island this is the same proximity to the CBD. Theres no way I could move back to the mainland. • RECOMMENDED FOR Professionals • Families with kids • Retirees •
  28. 28. • Dec 29, 2009 posted by Secured • "Invest now to retire in peace and tranquility later!" • 1. Isolated, which makes it hard for the burglars to make that all important quick getaway! Police station established. 2. Essentials are here. Non essentials are not. 3. Live simply and peacefully in a real society. You know, where everyone looks out for each other but all know to respect other peoples privacy. Not too many door to door sales here. 4. Invest now to retire in peace and tranquility later! I am so glad to have found this gem! I have two blocks and I will always hold one for retirement. I hope this will help someone else to make the decision to make their future more secure. I have witnessed the financial ruin caused by Storm. Don't think it can't happen. This is very cheap to hold "just in case"! • RECOMMENDED FOR Professionals • Singles • Families with kids • Retirees •
  29. 29. • Dec 14, 2009 posted by Effie • "The jewel in the crown - the best kept secret in south east Queensland" • I have lived here for 4years and love it, my employment is here also. I only go to Australia, if I am in desperate need of retail therapy, or to visit family or to go to the movies, which isn't very often. I make my trips over something to look forward to. You cant live life just shopping, there is so much more to life. Russell Island is such a great place for a first home buyer ( be you young or mature) to get into the market, while it is still affordable. One day we will be discovered and when that happens, hold onto your hat, it will explode. On the islands there are craft groups, church groups, art groups, wildlife groups, the RSL and Bowls Club, as well as sporting groups, library and writing group, the list goes on. we have a great cafe/restaurant Aunty Alices which is a great meeting place for all,and great coffee too. • RECOMMENDED FOR Professionals • Singles • Families with kids • Retirees
  30. 30. • /5 posted by mjo • Dec 15, 2009 • "The prettiest of the Bay Islands" • Karragarra Island is beautiful, has the best beach out of all the Bay Islands and is easily accessible from Redland Bay by ferry or barge if you wish to take a vehicle accross. There's a few accommodation options on the island, B&B's etc. Housing is affordable and island neighbours Russell Island with it's amenities, shopping etc. Not good for nightlife but you can take a 15-20 min ferry ride to the mainland for some fun!! great place to live if you don't mind commuting by ferry for work.
  31. 31. • 5/5 rating details posted by alimac • Sep 24, 2011 • "10 minutes from the mainland. A world away from problems" • This fast developing island presents the very best of living standards. A quiet, peaceful evironment. Wonderful wild life, including many birds that are human-friendly. Must be the perfect place for raising a family. A wonderful seaside life style • PROS Sun, sea, sand. Life is a beach! • lots of bird life, great for nature lovers • low crime rate, cost of housing • peaceful, community spirit • fantastic for boating, sailing, fishing, kyaking and jetski • CONS don't come if you want a mainland lifestyle. It's different. • RECOMMENDED FOR Professionals • Singles • Families with kids • Retirees • Tourists • Gay & Lesbian • Students • Country Lovers • Trendy & Stylish • Beach Lovers •
  32. 32. • /5 rating details posted by defiant1 • Dec 26, 2010 • "A great retreat close to Brisbane" • A residential island in South Moreton Bay, Macleay Island is host to a wide cross section of people enjoying relative solitude in a sub-tropical climate not far from the mainland. The ferry ride is about 17 minutes and the car barge about 40 minutes, both depart from Redland Bay. Commuting is fairly expensive for the average person, however this is offset somewhat by the lower cost of housing on the island. Basic services are available on the islands including doctors, groceries, takeaway food, bakery, police and ambulance. There are also licensed venues including the Pub, Bowls and Golf clubs. The Bowls Club boasts one of the best water views from any club in Australia. There are also some lovely parks and swimming spots which are great at high tide. • PROS peaceful, community spirit • low crime rate, cost of housing • lots of bird life, great for nature lovers • CONS isolated at night when ferry services stop • cost of commuting, many unsealed roads • parking problems at ferry terminals • RECOMMENDED FOR Singles • Retirees • Country Lovers •
  33. 33. • 5/5 rating details p osted by lovejoy • Jan 20, 2011 • "Fantastic for boaties, yachties and other recreational water-lovers!!!" • Macleay Island is so close to Brisbane and the Gold Coast, yet a world of it's own. The low cost of housing offsets the travel costs. One can literally get to Brisbane CBD from their doorstep in 90 mins if they have a car on the mainland and a scooter or second car on the island (one can get reduced 'Island' rego). Most homes on Macleay are high and dry to my knowledge so one doesn't need flood insurance! The Southern Moreton Bay Islands are built for rain to runoff. We have a Spar, Foodworks, Butcher, Bakery, Childcare centre, Primary School, Boat/Sailing Club, Bowls and Golf Club, Pub with TAB, Restaurant, Takeaway with great fresh seafood, Pizza Shop, Arts Centre, Taxi, Video shop, Hairdresser, GP's, Dentist, Computer shops, Bank, Post Office, Vet, Pet Shop, Ambulance/Helipad, Police station, Fire station, Tai Chi/yoga/pilates etc, etc!!! Best of all, we have a wonderful community spirit here and warmly welcome newcomers :) The passenger ferry departs approximately every half hour from 4.33 am - 11.10pm M-F. A bit less on weekends. The vehicle barge departs quite frequently. ENJOY YOUR VISIT!!! ;) • PROS fantastic for boating, sailing, fishing, kyaking and jetski • lots of bird life, great for nature lovers • low crime rate, cost of housing • peaceful, community spirit • RECOMMENDED FOR Professionals • Singles • Families with kids • Retirees • Tourists • Gay & Lesbian • Hipsters • Students • Country Lovers • Trendy & Stylish • Beach Lovers •
  34. 34. • james start • Member • Join Date: Jul 2011 • Location: south coast • Posts: 24 • russel island and macleay island were listed fairly high up for capital growth for the next 5-8 years in a residex report i purchased, so you (may) have that to look forward to, sooner rather than later, if i had enough money i would buy every property on the island and make it my own, imagine that, your own little island!! no one to bother you and you could walk around naked all day offending no none but sea brids...aaahh bliss
  35. 35. • Join Karragarra fun • JENNY CONROY • 07 Jun, 2010 03:51 PM • Karragarra Island beach is the place to be on Sunday, June 13, to enjoy the fun of the renowned annual Seamarket. • Karragarra Island Progress Association president John Bohen said this year's event promised to be bigger and better than ever, with numerous stallholders already booked. • "We have people with plants to sell, bric-a-brac, arts and crafts, household treasures and boat-loads of bargains. You can have a great time, purchase some morning tea and lunch, sit back and enjoy the music and festivities on the beach," he said. • Redland Mayor Melva Hobson and local Councillor Barbara Townsend will be there. Visitors will be able to join these local politicians riding a camel or competing in the Chuck-A- Fish competition. • "We have great raffles with prizes and support, thanks to our sponsors: Macleay Island Pharmacy, Mac's Hardware Macleay Island, SPAR Supermarket Macleay Island, Macleay Island Boats and Bits, Stradbroke Ferries, Bay Island Transit System and Bay Islands Veterinary Services," Mr Bohen said. • The Seamarket runs from 8am until 2pm and stall sites are still available; phone Jillian on 0408 428 187 or 3857 5163.
  36. 36. • Thousands roll up for oysters • JENNA DAROCZY • 23 Nov, 2009 06:03 PM • THOUSANDS of oyster lovers descended on Dunwich on Sunday for the annual Straddie Oyster Fest in its first year at the Straddie Sharks Allsports Club. • The Bayside Bulletin Oyster Shucking Competition was fiercely fought, with Dunwich resident and oyster grower Narelle (Nicky) Borey retaining her title and snatching the win from president of the Oyster Growers Association, Greg Nankerris, who came a close second. • Nicky won the title last year and competed in the international oyster shucking competition in Ireland. • There were also novice rounds for first time shuckers. • More than 200 residents of Russell, Macleay, Lamb and Karragarra islands caught two chartered ferries up to Dunwich for the day, with special guest masters of ceremony TV personalities Bruce Paige and Spencer Jolly keeping events rolling and local musicians Shag Rock playing a mellow soundtrack for the seafood-fest. • Organisers from Straddie Allsports said they were “extremely happy” with the day, and looked forward to hosting it again next year.
  37. 37. • Island war pulls crowd • LYN UHLMANN • 17 Oct, 2011 12:00 AM • AFTER almost 20 years, the Inter-Island Tug of War was resurrected last Sunday, with hundreds of visitors attending the fun and festivities some from as far away as Toowoomba. • The Tug of War, once an annual event on the Southern Moreton Bay islands of Macleay and Lamb, was last held in 1993 and was brought back to life on Sunday by the Macleay Island Lions Club. • The novel event featured a series of tugs spanning 300 metres of water from Corroboree Park on Macleay Island, across Lucas Passage to Ward Park on Lamb Island. • Ten teams five from Macleay Island, three from Lamb Island, one from Karragarra Island and one from Russell Island fought on either side of a 400-metre long rope weighing about 500kg to become the Inter-Island Tug of War champions for 2011. • The knockout competiton left the Bay Island Beauties and the Ngudooroo Castaways vying for championship status, with the Bay Island Beauties taking out the top position. • Event coordinator Colin Scoble said the day was a great success and well attended by people from both the Redlands and further afield. The Inter-Island Tug of War Champions for 2011 -- the Bay Island Beauties, from Macleay Island -- celebrate their win after taking out the top place following five pulls on the day. Photo by Chris McCormack
  38. 38. • Winter fish begin to arrive • WITH DAVE DOWNIE • 19 Apr, 2010 03:39 PM • AS winter approaches the number of summer fish species like whiting and mangrove jack caught throughout estuaries in South East Queensland begins to decline. • Good numbers of fish are still around for those anglers willing to put in the effort. • Although not the monster fish of spring, flathead have been consistent throughout all rivers, creeks and sandbank areas of Moreton Bay. • Some of the better locations include the channels leading towards the Pin Bar, the mouth of the Brisbane River around the Coopa Channel and the drains flowing into the Rainbow Channel in the Bay. • A moving bait or lure that is hitting the bottom is the key to a feed of flathead. • Bream catches are slowly increasing as the water temperature drops. • There have been a lot of undersize fish caught but those anglers fishing at night or on the water before first light have had good results, especially around rocky areas in the southern bay, the Sunken Wall and rocky areas in the Brisbane River and close to the Pin Bar and Southport Seaway. • Bream size and numbers will improve over the next month. • In Moreton Bay tuna have been a consistent catch for those following the birds through the central and northern bay. • Very small chrome slugs have accounted for the majority of fish hooked. • Mud crabs are still being caught from the Logan and Brisbane rivers and Jumpinpin areas. • Catches will slow over winter, but it is still worth having pots in the water for the next month. • Reports of sand crabs have been scarce although those working the deeper water east of Mud Island have come up with reasonable catches. • Banana prawns are still being caught in the southern bay around Lamb, Karragarra islands and the eastern side of Russell Island. • There has also been good catches from the Logan River around Pitt Rocks and down river of Marks Rocks out to the Power Lines.
  39. 39. • Boaties head offshore to round up some good fish • 12 Apr, 2010 04:36 PM • Conditions at the weekend saw lots of boats head offshore throughout South East Queensland with many reporting good catches. • Wahoo and Spanish mackerel are in good numbers mixed in with quite a few yellowfin and mac tuna as well. • The best technique has been trolling live baits or lures and the pick of locations include Sevens Reef and The Group off Point lookout as well as Hutchison Shoals to the north and the Tweed Nine Mile to the south. • Bottom fishing for reef species has also been well worth the effort. • Catches of snapper, red throat, spangled emperor and sweetlip have been excellent and those fishing live baits on or near the bottom also reported small kingfish, amberjack and a few bigger cobia, especially if berley is used. • The shallows sounding the bay islands continue to turn up snapper and sweetlip especially for those on the water before first light. • Soft plastic lures worked very slowly over the reef edges and unweighted baits are getting results. • Surf beaches are in good form with excellent catches of pan size tailor, especially from Flinders Beach and the southern end of Main Beach at sunset on North Stradbroke Island. • There has also been plenty of dart throughout the day, especially on the main beach on Bribie Island. • Prawn catches improved as well this week. • Some of the better areas were in the southern bay in the deeper holes around Macleay, Lamb and Karragarra islands and further south around the mouth of the Logan River. • Anglers will need to use their sounders to find them as it really is a day to day proposition with their whereabouts very unpredictable. • The Logan River is slowly clearing and catches are improving. • Whiting and flathead have been the most consistent catch and the pick of locations is the sandbanks around the green beacons of Ageston Sands.
  40. 40. • Island film goes international • 23 Apr, 2009 04:57 PM • A six-minute cartoon made by students of Macleay Island State School is the only Australian film selected for the prestigious 55th International Short Film Festival in Oberhausen, Germany next month. • The film will screen twice on the popular final day of the festival, which has premiered the work of such filmmakers as David Lynch, Martin Scorsese and Agnes Varda. • Oberhausen is the oldest short film festival and one of the world's most respected film events. Each year, it presents numerous world premieres and international first-runs. • The success of the film, It Never Did Sink, has been a great boon for the students and small community of Macleay Island, whose stories and skills are being shared with a growing national and international audience. • The film was featured in GoMA's recent blockbuster Contemporary Australia: Optimism exhibition and is currently delighting audiences at Redland Art Gallery in Cleveland, where it is in its final days (you can view it today and Sunday; the gallery is closed for Anzac Day tomorrow) . • It Never Did Sink is a lively animated film relating tall tales and true from Macleay and Lamb Island. • The film was made by award-winning animator, Dave Jones, and artist-in-residence, Christine Dew, in collaboration with students of Macleay Island State School and older island residents. • Students worked with the artists to conduct interviews for the film's soundtrack and to create drawings for the animation. • The stories in It Never Did Sink are told by long-term residents of Macleay and Lamb Island, who fondly remember the old ferries, cars and camaraderie of island life late in the 20th century. The film conveys the unique lifestyle, history and community spirit that thrives on the Southern Moreton Bay Islands. • It Never Did Sink was commissioned by the Redland City Council as part of the Bay Views artist-in-residence project, where artist and creative producer Christine Dew is working with the community to produce a series of short films to be shown in the Floating Pictures film festival on Karragarra Island in June this year. • "This project has been so rewarding; short films are such an accessible medium for getting the community involved in telling their own stories and the outcomes can really be greater than we would have imagined," Christine said. • "The communities and stories of the Southern Moreton Bay Islands really are quite unique, it is a privilege to be a part of sharing them with a wider audience.
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  42. 42. Lakeside Shopping Centre 5km from mainland jetty. A Frame in Time – 07 3820 9222 ALDI Supermarket - ANZ Bank – 07 3820 9066 Apache Tyres – 07 3820 8733 Aussie Home Loans – 07 3207 7622 Auto Parts Victoria Point & Redlands Marine – 07 3207 9355 Bayside Home Loans – 07 3820 9155 Bayside Orthopaedic Services – 07 3820 6200 Bi Bowden – 07 3820 8487 Biddle Laywers – 07 3207 6788 Bikini on the Beach Swimwear – 07 3207-8595 Binary Music – 07 3820 6633 Burgo’s Fruit Barn– 07 3207 0350 Century 21 At The Point – 07 3207 8211 Chemist Warehouse – 07 3207 0711 Chemist Warehouse – 07 3207 0711 Cycle Scene – 07 3207 0599 Elevate Street & Skatewear – 07 3820 8223 Family Eye & Vision – 07 3207 6011 Fresh Cuts Butcher – 07 3207 8488 H & R Block Tax Accountants – 07 3820 9486 Harcourts Victoria Point – 07 3820 5999 KDH Business Group – 07 3207 6959 Keith Mole & Associates – 07 3820 9444 Kevin E Howe Chartered Accountant – 07 3207 7888 Lakeside Spa & Beauty – 07 3820 6622 Lanolot Computer Services – 07 3820 9566 Legal Muscle – 07 3820 6547 Lincraft – 07 3207 0987 LJ Hooker – 07 3207 8633 Lucky Charm Newsagent – 07 3207 9026 Make Me Hair Salon – 07 3820 9020 Messa Home Design – 07 32 Peter Dowling MP – 07 3207 6910 Redlands Florist – 07 3820 9711 Redlands Pool Service – 07 3820 6182 Repco Auto Service – 07 3207 7966 Strategix Training – 07 3207 9950 Struddy’s Sports – 07 3207 8944 Sunshine Kebabs – 07 3820 7088 Sunstate Family Practice – 07 3207 7744 Sweet Corner – 07 3207 0399 Thread & Ginger – 07 3820 9052 Tres Blond Fashion – 07 3820 7100 Ukko Shoes – 07 3820 8722 Ultratune – 07 3207 0499 Victoria Point Acupuncture – 07 3207 6642 Victoria Point Denture Clinic – 07 3820 7400 Victoria Point Massage – 07 3820 9333 Victoria Point Mowers – 07 3207 0122 Victoria Point Office Supplies – 07 3820 7536 Westpac Bank – 07 3207 9243 White Lily Couture – 07 3820 9363
  43. 43. More shopping centres 5km from mainland jetty. Pelicans Nest Shopping Centre Australia Post Bay Harmony Beauty and Well being Bendigo Bank and ATM Bennett Family Real Estate Boatcare Marine Breeze Cafe BWS Beer Wine and Spirits Cafe Coffeeee Coburns Hair Dante’s Pizzaria DonOne Electrical Foodworks FSG Employment Services Golden Bowl Chinese & Thai Dine in and Takeaway Pelicans Nest Surgery QML Pathology Ray White Real Estate Redlands Clinic Remax Real Estate Super Cuts by Lisa Tranquil Spirit Victoria Point Bakery – Oven King Victoria Point Family Practice Victoria Point News Victoria Point Pharmacy Town Centre Shopping Centre Bombay Bliss T: 07 3207 0860 Bucks Diner T: 07 3820 9036 Bunnings Hardware T: 07 3829 7000 BWS T: 07 3820 8670 Dan Murphy’s T: 1300 723 388 Dino’s Play Café T: 07 3820 8222 Dominos Pizza T: 131 888 Hot Vanilla Hair Salon T: 07 3207 0444 Marshall Family Bakehouse T: 07 3207 0338 Medical Centre McDonalds T: 07 3820 8699 Naked Seafood T: 07 3820 7900 Night Owl T: 07 3207 6233 Pattons Big Gun Butcher T: 07 3820 9655 Red Rock Noodle Bar T: 07 3820 9063 Subway T: 07 3820 8998 The Cheesecake Shop T: 07 3820 9133 Victoria Point Fruit Market T: 07 3820 6767 Victoria Point Tavern T: 07 3207 8055 Woolworths T: 07 3820 8766
  44. 44. IF THESE BLOCKS OF LAND ARE SO GOOD THEN WHY ARE WE SELLING? 2 blocks we purchased with idea of building on, one for us and one for an investment property. We have now bought a house so don’t need to build. With our commitment level so high the banks won’t lend to build so that’s been knocked on the head. So. Our loss will be someone elses’ gain. 1 block we bought in a self managed super fund. The idea again was to build as an investment for the smsf. We were led to believe by an accountant that we could borrow for the smsf to build a house. It is not the case. So again. Our loss will be someone elses’ gain.
  45. 45. HOW/WHY WE ARE GOING TO MOVE TO PARADISE. WHY We’ve lived >24 years in Mt Isa. While it’s been great we want all of the things shown in this presentation. The things that Mt Isa doesn’t have. I grew up 70km out of Mackay in rural cane farming country. That gave me so many good memories growing up and would love that for our 2 ½ year old. She’ll be safer here than in the big city = us giving her more freedom = her getting that unique childhood experience that I had. Plus I like the idea of getting back to that laidback, friendly country feel for myself. But. My wife has to be catered for also. And that’s where that neighbourhood of Brisbane will come in handy. We can visit the hustle and bustle, do our thing then escape back home. And it’s there any time that she wants. In short we are moving there because it’s perfect. HOW We’ve seen people leave Mt Isa only to return due to the financial factor. (and there’s no jobs on the island) So Andrea’s just got a fly in fly out job. I’m working on a well paid, 12hr day, work ½ the year job in Brisbane. We’ve bought the house. And currently doing all of those other things that need to be done when you move. Only we’re getting ready very early. So. Our aim is to move there around the end of 2012.
  46. 46. OUR CONTACT DETAILS Andrea and Tony Payne 07 47493337 0427493337 alpayne@bigpond.com 23 Thorpe St, Mt Isa.