Top 10 things to do in Redlands
1. North Gorge Walk
This 1.5km boardwalk offers stunning views of pristine sandy beaches and the Blow Hole, a unique rock formation that mimics the humpback whales who pass by each year. The walk is one of the best places on the island to spot the migrating whales from June to November, not to mention dolphins and turtles year-round.
2. Get back to nature
At IndigiScapes, Capalaba, you can wander through tranquil gardens, lay your hand on a 400-year-old Tallowwood Tree, and maybe spot a koala – or just enjoy a bite to eat in the open air Tea Garden Cafe, surrounded by natural bushland.
3. Cruise on Moreton Bay
Cleveland is home to Raby Bay Harbour, a canal estate providing direct access to Moreton Bay. Dine out at one of the many restaurants and then relax and watch the sunset with a glass of bubbly on a 38ft catamaran under sail with Robinson Cruises.
4. Indulge is a glass of wine (or two!)
Queensland’s largest and most highly awarded winery, Sirromet Winery is a must-visit for food and wine lovers. Aside from the obvious attractions, it has stunning views of surrounding bushland, the bay and North Stradbroke Island. Choose from the fine dining restaurant or the busy cellar door and cafe.
5. Walk to King Island from Wellington Point at low tide
On the mainland, Wellington Point offers a great day out for youngsters. The kids can throw in a line from the jetty, climb the huge fig trees, or just enjoy an ice cream and watch sailboats gliding by. At low tide you can even walk to King Island.
6. High Tea on the bay
Ormiston House, run by the Carmelite nuns, is one of the Redlands’ best-loved historic treasures. Open every Sunday, this beautiful property overlooks Moreton Bay and is the perfect spot for an afternoon Devonshire Tea. After you enjoy a cup of tea and homemade scones, take a stroll through the fully restored home (one of the few remaining 1860s country houses in Queensland) and tranquil leafy gardens.
7. Island escape to Coochiemudlo
Just a 10-minute journey by water taxi, ferry or barge from Victoria Point, "Coochie" is perfect for a day trip. A family favourite, Coochiemudlo Island is easy to explore on a hired tandem bike, and with 4km of safe beaches, it is a great place for the kids to swim. If you’re looking for some extra fun on the water, you can hire an aqua bike, canoe, kayak or dine out on a barbecue pontoon.
8. Get arty on the islands
Explore your creativity on Macleay Island at Timeless Gallery’s Mosaic Garden and Studio. The working studio is owned and operated by professional freeform artist Madeleine Ekeblad, who offers artist escape weekends and daily group workshops.
9. Treat yourself to a little pampering
Need pampering? Redlands has three of the region’s most renowned luxury day spas:
Mount Cotton Body and Soul Spa Retreat, Harbour Day Spa and Stephanie’s Vintage Day Spa. If you are looking for something therapeutic, book a treatment at Salt Sanctuary, the first salt therapy clinic in Greater Brisbane, simulating the effects experienced in the therapeutic natural salt caves of Europe.
10. Put your tastebuds to the test
No trip to the Redlands is complete without trying a Mega Death Burger, the Everest of food challenges at Off The Wall Diner in Wellington Point! The name may seem a tad dramatic, but what else do you call a burger infamous for being one of the hottest meals on the planet? If you can make it through the challenge, you will be rewarded with some cool yoghurt and be officially inducted into the Death Burger Immortals and have your name added to their wall.