Welcome to the Southern Moreton Bay Islands.
Macleay Island is the second largest of the four Bay Islands, situated 30km from Brisbane in the Moreton Bay Marine Park at the southern end of Moreton Bay. It is 6.5km long and 4km wide at its widest point. Protected by North Stradbroke Island to the east, Macleay is connected to the mainland by ferries and barges, which also connect to inter-island transport for the four Bay Islands.
More than 3500 people are resident on Macleay, enjoying several beaches for swimming and fishing, as well as a bowls club, golf course and boat club. There is also an Arts Complex consisting of a studio, gallery and pottery shed.
Sculptor Ted Upton and Calligrapher Ruth Venner with a commemorative seat for local resident Jane Swann.
The seat is situated on Golden Sands Road and was made by Ted and the calligraphy designed by Ruth
The early years
Macleay Island has a diverse and interesting history, both aboriginal and european. There seems to be some dispute as to the original aboriginal name, with claims for “Alcheringa” and “Jencoomercha”. Most maps use the former, whereas most council and government information refer to it as Jencoomercha. It was regarded as an aboriginal meeting place of spiritual importance, mainly for the women of the tribes. Later it was named Tim Shea’s Island after a convict who lived alone on the island for fourteen years.
The Industrial Ruins located at the southern end of Macleay Island appear to be associated with the 1869 establishment of a sugar mill, possibly in conjunction with a salt works. Although no early description of the mill and salt works has been found, documentary evidence reveals that a sugar mill was erected on the island in 1869.
Popular Picnic Spots
Pat’s Park at Potts Point is a popular spot, with bbqs, swings, toilets and a swimming enclosure.
Dalpura Beach, located on the western side of the island, is the perfect place to relax on the beach, have a family bbq or go swimming. There is also a boat ramp for recreational boats. This is the best place to check out our beautiful sunsets!
Other recreational boat ramps are located at at the end of Mel Street and at Corroborree Park, a pebble beach with deep water.
Bay Island Ferries and barges run seven days a week and connect Macleay to the other Bay Islands and to the mainland at Weinam Street in Redland Bay. Residents receive discounted barge fares.
See Barge Timetable for updated schedules and rates.
See Bay Island Ferry for updated schedules and rates.
A causeway connects Macleay to this small island. Its aboriginal meaning is ísland off the island.
Island Community Services
Macleay is also host to a number of service organisations such as Lions and the Macleay Island Progress Association. A primary school, ambulance station, SES and Volunteer Fire Brigade are based on the island. Check our Community Services page for more information.
There are several shopping centres and many small island businesses which cater for the community. A business directory on the site gives phone numbers and addresses.