28 things to do on Redlands Coast - Visit Brisbane


28 things to do on Redlands Coast

Redlands Coast is a region defined as much by coastal waters as it is by the mainland. On the shore, its bayside villages are filled with cute cafes, seaside fun and an abundance of nature to explore, while the many islands dotting Moreton Bay (the jewel being North Stradbroke Island) operate on their own time zone with plenty of adventures to be had.

1. Cruise around Moreton Bay and hop between islands 

Redlands Coast is an area blessed with coastline and a bay dotted with islands big and small. Get direct access to the expansive Moreton Bay via Raby Bay Harbour in Cleveland. Visit Peel or Minjerribah/North Stradbroke Islands with Aria Cruises or Brisbane Yacht Charters and go for a swim and snorkel in crystal clear waters.

2. Trek the North Gorge Walk

It’s only 1.5km long but the North Gorge Walk could take all day – if you allow time to take it all in. The views are absolutely breathtaking, with the boardwalk overlooking the clear blue ocean and pristine sands of Main Beach. Watch the waves lap against the rocky gorge, sit and spot marine life such as whales, dolphins and turtles and spy a white-bellied sea eagle circling up above and diving into the waters for a fish or two.

Keep an eye out for the seasonal (June to November) migration of humpback whales, and be sure to wander around to see the "Blow Hole" – a natural sea inlet that sends water streaming into the air like a humpback whale reaching the sea’s surface. Once done, refuel with a delicious icy treat from the Oceanic Gelato and Coffee Bar or The Blue Room just across the street in the local tantalising dining precinct of Point Lookout.

3. Bucket of fresh prawns and sunset

While on  Straddie, make the most of your island location by popping down to Amity Point and sampling the freshest of seafood straight from the trawler at Rufus King Seafoods or The Prawn Shack at Point Lookout, serving up fresh local seasonal seafood daily. Grab yourself a kilo of bay prawns and enjoy them with the sand between your toes as you watch the picturesque sunset.

4. Go on a craft beer trail through the region

Craft beer has truly been embraced in the region. Design your own self-drive trail between the area’s micro-breweries and craft beer bars. At Capalaba, Bacchus Brewing Co has earned a reputation for brewing dessert beers – think White Chocolate Raspberry Pilsner or the Salted Caramel Imperial Porter. Choose from delectable food trucks on Thursdays and Fridays or the brewery kitchen serving up pizzas, pretzels and sticky ribs on weekends.

In the centre of Cleveland, The Beer Bench touts itself as Redlands Coast's first craft beer bar. Best of all, the venue lets you BYO food from the surrounding restaurants. Over in Birkdale, Craft Bar & Kitchen features boutique beer, wine and spirits with delicious tapas and ribs.

5. Walk to King Island from Wellington Point at low tide

Wellington Point on the mainland is a great spot to spend the day. Here, kids can throw in a line from the jetty, climb huge fig trees and eat ice-cream while watching sailboats gliding by. When the waters hit low tide, you can walk across to King Island. Don’t dawdle or you might get stuck over there.

6. Stop for lunch and wine tastings at Sirromet Wines

Queensland’s largest and most highly awarded winery, Sirromet Winery is a must-visit for food and wine lovers. Aside from the obvious attractions (wine, duh) it has stunning views of surrounding bushland, the bay and Minjerribah/North Stradbroke Island. Lurleen’s Restaurant is renowned for a fine dining experience, with breathtaking views over the bay and rolling hills of Mount Cotton, or head to the more casual Tuscan Terrace bistro. Watch out for the wallabies; they share the ambience too.

7. Extracurricular activities at Sirromet

Once you’ve finished a tasting or tour, grab a club and tee off for a round of SupaGolf. No, it’s not putt putt or mini golf. In SupaGolf, everything is larger, giving you an excellent chance of hitting that ball first go.

The expansive grounds at Sirromet also host music festivals throughout the year. Keep an eye out for the popular Day on the Green concerts.

8. Dive with manta rays

Get up close and personal with marine life off North Stradbroke Island. Snorkel and scuba dive from Point Lookout to meet manta rays, leopard sharks, dolphins, sea turtles and innumerable tropical fish and corals with Manta Lodge. It offers courses that will have you taking a plunge in no time.

9. Challenge your taste buds

No trip to the Redlands Coast is complete without trying what is reputed to be the world's hottest burger – the Everest of food challenges at Off The Wall Diner in Wellington Point. Sure, the name may seem a tad dramatic, but this burger is infamous for being one of the hottest meals on the planet. If you make it through, your name will be recorded for posterity at the venue.

10.  Visit the Cleveland Point Lighthouse

At just 12m tall, this hexagonal wooden lighthouse is so cute we just want to hug it. Originally built in 1864, the structure used kerosene until 1934 when it was converted to electricity. It’s a great place to watch the sunset or sunrise (hence its popularity with photographers) and you can extend your visit by dining at the Lighthouse Restaurant across the road. Naturally, the focus of this seaside venue is seafood. Another option here is a more casual cafe style of fish 'n' chips with a scrumptious gelato takeaway window.

11. Take a stroll at Ormiston House

Ormiston House is one of Redlands Coast's best-loved historic treasures. Open every Sunday from 12-4pm, this beautiful homestead overlooks Moreton Bay and is the perfect spot to take a stroll through the fully restored home (one of the few remaining 1860s country houses in Queensland) and tranquil leafy gardens. Keep an eye out for special events including high teas and specialist concerts.

12. Visit Salt Water Murris’ Quandamooka Aboriginal Art Gallery

Art lovers should pop on over to Minjerribah/North Stradbroke Island for a visit to the Salt Water Murris’ Quandamooka Aboriginal Art Gallery. Take in the rich colours and mesmerising patterns of traditional and modern artworks – no doubt there will be a piece for your collection. Each piece of work tells a story, and allows the artist to share his or her culture. The gallery also stocks jewellery, home wares, children’s puzzles and more.

13. Grab a picnic and a bike and enjoy Capalaba Regional Park

First stop in Redlands Coast when coming down Old Cleveland is a must-do right hand turn into Pittwin Road North, leading to Capalaba Regional Park, with something for all the family. The park has an all-abilities playground including a musical forest, sand play area, forts and bridges and natural plantings. Super accessible toilets make it enjoyable for wheelchairs and prams. Smooth paths weave through the park and lagoons making it a hit for everyone. It's also a great place to spot birdlife.

14. Head to Coochiemudlo Island

Want an island escape but are short on time? No worries. Just a 10-minute journey by ferry or vehicle barge from Victoria Point, "Coochie" is perfect for a day trip. Just five square kilometres in size, the petite and flat island features white sandy beaches Morwong, Norfolk and Main Beach, complete with showers. Or for some extra fun on the water, hire an aqua bike, canoe, kayak or dine out on a barbecue pontoon with Coochie Boat Hire.

15. Get out on the bay with a Redlands Kayak Tours

Redlands Kayak Tours

If you’d rather just get straight out to the bay, Redlands Kayak Tours depart from locations all over the region seven days a week. Head out for a short paddle or a half or full-day adventure on the water. Tours start from Wellington Point, Victoria Point, Tingalpa Creek, Coochimudlo Island, Cleveland Point and Thompson Beach. Keep an eye out for a Full Moon Kayak tour.

16. Catch a live show at RPAC

With a 500-seat concert hall, the Redland Performing Arts Centre is the main place for all the glitz and glam of big shows in the region. Catching well-known performers and acclaimed international artists who are regularly touring, RPAC also hosts locally produced music, theatre and circus acts from the culturally rich community.

17.  Dive into one of Straddie’s freshwater lakes

Blue Lake or Brown Lake? Yes, the lakes are named for the colour of the water. Both freshwater lagoons hold a special cultural significance for the local Quandamooka people, who acknowledge both lakes as being home to an extraordinarily large carpet snake. You can read more about this dreaming story here

Blue Lake or “Karboora” is within the Naree Budjong Djara National Park and is 5.2km return walk through wallum woodlands. Brown Lake or “Bummiera” has easy road access and the freshwater lake takes its brown tinge from the native teatrees around the perimeter. 

18. Explore the Redland Art Gallery

Redland Art Gallery showcases touring and local, innovative and culturally diverse exhibitions. Perhaps it’s the diverse landscape, the seaside breeze and the area’s deep connection to nature – there’s no doubt Redlands Coast is a creative place to visit.

19. Play a round of barefoot bowls

Kick off your shoes and sink your feet into the green – lawn bowls is a great Australian tradition to be celebrated. Gather a crew and head to Point Lookout Bowls Club. Here, barefoot bowls is available seven days a week by the beach. On the mainland, give Cleveland Sharks Bowls Club a go with twilight bowls and a great meal to celebrate the day’s fun.

20. Get pampered 

If now is not the time to treat yourself, then when? Redlands Coast has renowned luxury day spas: Mount Cotton Body and Soul Spa Retreat, Harbour Day SpaStephanies Luxury SpaYes Please Skin Beauty Health and Milque Spa all specialising in ultimate pampering.

21. Experience Aboriginal culture on North Stradbroke Island

Discover the Quandamooka Coast Aboriginal culture of the Nunukul, Nughi and Gorenpul tribes on North Stradbroke Island. Learn about the island's creation stories, ancient medicinal methods and native foods on the land and sea around you.

22. Drop into the local cinema

Catch the latest flicks at the Cineplex in Victoria Point. This family-owned cinema chain sells tickets for often much less than the price of the big national guns. The same can be said for the candy bar prices – choctops for everyone!

23. Get creative on Macleay Island

Macleay Island Art

Explore your creativity on Macleay Island at the Macleay Island Arts Centre, a non-profit community arts organisation located right on the islands edge with beautiful bay views. Outside of exhibitions, the gallery is open to the public Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 3pm via a ferry ride on the bay departing from Redland Bay terminal. For timetables visit translink.com.au. The SMBI Little Bus is also available to take you the arts centre with a friendly commentary on the islands must dos.

24. Bake and decorate a cake

Learn how to work choux pastry, perfect macaron shells, create 3D icing cake toppers or decorate cookies. Cordie's Cake School is a cake decorating school and custom-made cake bakery specialising in the art of sugar. From beginner to master baker, there’s a class for all skill levels. 

25. Learn to surf on North Stradbroke Island

Hang ten with the North Stradbroke Island Surf School. All you need to do is book and show up at Point Lookout with some enthusiasm and sunscreen – everything else is provided. An accredited instructor will take you out on the water where it’s common to spy dolphins and turtles during the 1.5-hour lesson.

26. Tee off at Redland Bay Golf Club

Redland Bay Golf Course

“Where the bunkers meet the bay” is the motto at Redland Bay Golf Club. The coastal course offers a challenge for all levels and views of stunning Moreton Bay. Once you’ve finished a round, head into the bistro for a bite with fun events such as raffles and special nights taking place over the course of the week.

27. Explore history at the Redland Museum

Preserving the area’s history from 1842 to the present day, the Redland Museum is filled with a grand collection (14,000 items no less). Check out the unique engine, machinery, transport, textile and doll displays and learn a little more about yesterday on the bay. 

28. Make and paint your piece of art with Colour My Pot

Colour My Pot in Cleveland is the place to make your own pottery piece for yourself or someone special. Join a class or have fun with a friend creating a unique treasure. Drinks and nibbles are a fun way to get together with friends with the evening classes. Creations are fired on the premises and the staff have wonderful ideas and techniques for your keepsake created by you.

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