The coastal suburb of Cleveland is located approximately 25 km
east-south-east of Brisbane. There is an elegant marina, great places
to eat and excellent facilities throughout the relaxed bayside
precinct. Cleveland station is the terminus on the QR Citytrain
Cleveland suburban railway line.
North Stradbroke Island
Cleveland is the step-off point for Straddie, as it is referred to
by the locals. North Stradbroke Island is the ideal holiday destination
for families, couples or maybe just a day trip. Straddie is easily
accessible by fast and reliable vehicle ferries or water taxis which
depart from Cleveland. The Island is famous for its scenic headlands,
kilometres of rolling surf and white sandy beaches. Although Straddie
is the second largest sand island in the world and ideal for four wheel
drive enthusiasts, the island’s bitumen roads make it suitable
for conventional cars.
Cleveland Village Farmer's Markets
These markets run each Sunday from 7.00am - 1.00pm in a closed off
section of Bloomfield Street (between Middle and Queens Streets).
Behind them is a row of shops and cafes, most of which were open for
Sunday trading, a visit to the markets with lunch afterwards makes for
a great Sunday morning. The markets themselves have a wide variety of
stalls selling everything from fruit and vegetables, fresh meat and
seafood to house plants, trinkets and bric-as-brac.
Raby Bay Foreshore Park
This bayside reserve offers playgrounds (mainly for little ones),
water views, little beaches and long waterfront paths. If you have
children, it might be better to travel a little further to the Masthead
Drive playground, which has a larger playground, a climbing net,
scooter, walking and bike paths, a small beach and open grassed areas.
Cleveland Point Lighthouse
Standing about 12 metres tall, the hexagonal wooden lighthouse is
made of painted weatherboards attached to a timber frame. It has a
gallery around the top made of painted iron alloy with glass windows.
The top (turret) is capped with a painted iron alloy dome. The light
used kerosene until 1934 when it was converted to electricity. The
Lighthouse was built about 1864 and lit the Point until it was replaced
in 1975 by the concrete structure. The park surrounding the lighthouse
has a large grassed area with shelters, picnic area, drinking water,
electric BBQ, toilets, play equipment, viewing platforms and a boat
ramp. It is a short walk to the Lighthouse Cafe for Gelatai ice cream,
take-away fish and chips or seafood dining by the sea.
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Oyster Point to Cleveland Point Walk
A relatively flat walk mostly on concreted or sealed paths. The walk
passes historical buildings and sites dating from the original
settlement and development of Cleveland. The pamphlet ‘Cleveland
and Ormiston Heritage Trail’ produced by the Redland Shire
Council and available from the Redlands Visitor Information Centre
provides interesting information and photographs about these and other
historical sites. Suitable for bicycles.
Cleveland Heritage Trail
A flat 4km walk or cycle which takes in quaint 19th century
buildings in the bay’s best preserved historical village as well
as a number of secluded seafront parks on the way to Cleveland Point.
The trail can be lengthened to around 6.5km depending on where you
choose to start. If arriving by train, disembark at Cleveland Station,
collect a map at the adjacent Visitor’s Centre and either
walk/ride 1.5km or take a bus down to GJ Walter Park where the
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GJ Walter Park
A pleasant, secluded seaside park with a picnic area, a child's
playground, views across the bay, all shaded by Norfolk Pines. There
are times set aside for when dogs can be exercised off their leashes.
The Grand View Hotel
What is Queensland's oldest licensed pub and one of Cleveland's
oldest surviving buildings, this pub is somewhat of a local
institution. It is arguably one of the bay’s treasures and a more
than pleasant place to while away some time with a cold drink and pub
meal. In true Victorian pub style, upstairs is accommodation in the
form of a pair of heritage furnished rooms opening onto the verandah.