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Check out our listings of islands. In this section, we have also provide some brief info on Queensland islands that are not covered in great detail elsewhere.

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Family Group of Islands

The Family Group of Islands are a chain of islands offshore from Tully Heads and Mission Beach, extending about 14 km in length. The most northerly and largest of the islands is Dunk Island, which was formerly named Coonanglebah, but renamed by Captain Cook after Lord Montague Dunk, the Earl of Sandwich and First Lord of the Admiralty).

Thorpe and Bedarra (Richards) Islands also located in the north, are privately owned.

The southern islands include Bowden, Coombe, Smith, Hudson and Wheeler Islands, and are all national parks covering some 119 ha.

Permits are required for camping on Dunk, Wheeler and Coombe Islands. Camping is not permitted on Smith, Bowden or Hudson Islands. You should carry your own drinking water and there are no toilets or walking tracks.

Along with some other islands, including Brook Islands, Gould Island and Hinchinbrook Island, they are all also referred to as ‘Mission Beach Islands’.

Source: - Mission Beach Islands
and Wikipedia - Family Islands National Park

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Karragarra Island

Located in Moreton Bay just east of the township of Redland Bay is Karragarra Island one of the smallest of the Bay Islands, at about 3 km long and 0.5 km wide and only 12 minutes by water taxi from Redland Bay. There are about 100 full-time residents. With no shops visitors are advised to bring their own picnic or BBQ. There is a netted swimming enclosure, electric and wood barbeques both on the beach and under cover, a children's play area, and picnic tables. There are a few sandy beaches, or you can stroll Sunset Strip and Treasure Island Avenue.

Karragarra was originally an important farming area, and was previously known as Rabbit Island (around 1884).

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Lamb Island

Lamb Island has a jetty store which provides groceries as well as lunches and dinners, it also has a library, community centre, bowls club and fruit and vegetable stall. It is about 4km long by 1.5km wide would be about right.
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Macleay Island

Known as Alcheringa by the Aboriginal occupants, and now referred to as ‘The Emerald Isle’, Macleay Island is the second largest Bay Islands at approximately 6.5 km in length and 1.5 km wide at its widest point. As part of the tribal territory referred to by the indigenous term ‘Quandamooka’ and extensively used by the Aboriginal people, it was then settled by Europeans in the 1800’s and farmed.

The island became known as Tim Shea’s Island after a convict who was able to live on the island for nearly fourteen years without detection. It was given it’s current name in 1839 by the surveyor Warner, in honour of Alexander Macleay, who was NSW Colonial Secretary from 1825 to 1837.

Macleay Island is part of the Redland Shire which conserves one of the largest concentration of mangroves in the greater Brisbane area, with the Macleay Island coastline home to significant stands of grey, red, orange, yellow and river mangroves. Today the island is mainly residential, with a population that triples in the holiday season. Macleay is connected to the mainland by ferries and water taxis that operate form Redland Bay. There are a few sandy beaches and enclosed swimming area.

Source: Quandamooka Lands Council

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Quandamooka Lands Council
• Email • A glimpse into the places, people and issues of Moreton Bay, its islands and coast - the traditional estate of the Aboriginal people of Quandamooka. Including section on Alcheringa (Macleay Island).
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Mission Beach Islands

‘Mission Beach Islands’ is a locally used name to describe Brook Islands, Gould Island, Hinchinbrook Island, and the Family Group of Islands that include Dunk Island, Thorpe Island, Bedarra Island, Wheeler Island, Coombe Island, Smith Island, Bowden Island, Hudson Island.
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Russell Island

The traditional home of the Yuggera Aboriginals, Russell Island is part of the Redland Shire and the largest of the Bay Island group at 12 km long by 3 km wide. The first European settler was Sam Wills who established in 1867 a salt works. Subsequent settlers mainly grew custard apples, paw-paw and avocados. The island has stands of grey, red, yellow and large-leafed orange mangroves that dot the shoreline and waterways providing vital habitat for birds, fish, crabs, molluscs and sea grasses. There is an enclosed swimming area.
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South Stradbroke Island Accommodation

Located just 30 km south-east of Brisbane are the islands of North and South Stradbroke Islands. Once a single island, they were separated by a storm in 1896 with access by ferry. North Stradbroke Island is approximately 38 km long and 11 km wide, with South Stradbroke Island being the smaller at only 22 km long and about 2.5 km wide.

Accessible by ferry that departs from Runaway Bay Marina in Surfers Paradise, the ferry takes passengers direct to a campsite. There are of course a number of resorts on the island offering guided tours and other daily trippers. You can also travel to the island via a number charters or water taxis.

Check out our listing of South Stradbroke Island accommodation.
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