A residential island in Moreton Bay, off brisbane, Macleay island is
home to 2500 people. Macleay Island has sandy beaches and mangrove
foreshores. These are popular spots for fishing, swimming, sailing,
picnicking and barbecues. A popular launch spot is the new Dalpura Ramp
towards the north of the island. There are several areas of wetlands
and an aboretum with mango trees dating from the 19th century.
For some time the island was called Tim Shea's Island after a convict
who lived on the island for more than a decade. The current name was
given by Surveyor Warner who named the island after Alexander Macleay
who was the Colonial Secretary of New South Wales from 1825 to 1837.
Perulpa Island is a small attached to Macleay Island by a causeway.
About Moreton Bay
Moreton Bay, to the east of the city of Brisbane and its suburbs, is
very much the city's playground, a wide expanse of relatively calm
water dotted with many surprisingly unspoilt islands of different sizes
and varying character. The bay extends some 160 km from Caloundra in
the north almost to Surfers Paradise in the south.
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The bay's southern navigation entrance is the Gold Coast Seaway. It
is a haven for wildlife - spotting dolphins, whales, turtles and manta
rays, and its vast array of birdlife is a popular pass time. The bay's
heritage protected wetlands, mudflats, and waterways are some of the
healthiest in the region, supporting seasonally up to 25 % of
Australia's bird species.
Moreton Bay is also a popular destination for recreational anglers
and is used by commercial operators who provide seafood to market. A
number of ferry and water-taxi services travel over the bay either to
and from islands or on day and half-day sightseeing and fishing tours.