Question 1. How can I travell to the Islands?

Bay Islands Transit (BIT) operates a fast, comfortable  passenger ferry service to the SMBI Islands – 7 days per week – 365 per year. The round trip (fare each way)  Redland Bay to  Redland Bay takes approximately 50 minutes. Travel between islands is FREE; you can island hop as frequently as you wish.The service commences at Russell Island at 4.20/5.30  am and runs through to 10/11/12  pm -  depending on the day of the week. Public holidays (except Christmas Day) are  a Sunday timetable, unless otherwise published. It is a frequent service, with ferries departing generally very half an hour. All ferry services go to all islands.  The BIT   friendly staff are happy to help you plan your trip to the SMBI.
Since commencing operation 50 years ago with the first vehicle ferry, MV Myora, Stradbroke Ferries has grown to become the largest marine operator in Moreton Bay, with seven vehicle ferries and one water taxi.
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Question 2. Can I do Island Hopping?

I travel between the islands: Yes. Passenger ferry travel between the islands is FREE. Island hop as often as you like, to make the most of your explorations. Vehicular ferry between the islands incurs a small fee, with booking made through Stradbroke Ferries. Book on-line to receive a discount.

Question 3. How can I get around the islands?

I don’t have a car, how can I get around the islands: A Taxi service is available on Macleay and Russell Islands. Alternatively, a couple of our islands, Karragarra and Lamb are small enough to walk, while taking in the sights and on Macleay and Russell Islands the main shopping precincts, are an easy stroll from the passenger ferry terminal. On Macleay Island, café’s, a pub, the Progress and Community Hall, and a skatepark are all within a short stroll. On Russell Island, cafés, a bottle-o, a public swimming pool, and sports fields are all within a short stroll. Footpaths run most of the length of these two larger islands.
Bikes are a fabulous way to explore further on the islands, BYO bike, they may be parked on the front deck of our passenger ferries, or may be hired from an operator based on Macleay Island.
If this is too energetic, our major clubs have courtesy bus transfers to/from our passenger ferry terminals: Club Macleay has fabulous views west to Coochimudlo Island and north to Peel Island, with Sandpiper Beach, Macleay Island Arts Complex (incl. Gallery), and Tingira Boat Club just a short stroll away.  Bay Islands Golf Club, has an excellent 9 hole golf course and popular airconditioned bar and grill with regular entertainment. Russell Island RSL also has a bistro and entertainment.

Question 5. Is there restaurants and shops on all the Islands?

Are there Restaurants and Shops on all the Islands: Karragarra Island is the only island without shops of any description, making it the ultimate secluded getaway. Lamb Island has limited facilities, however a full range of retail amenities are available on both Macleay and Russell Islands – See our Restaurant and Clubs section of this website.

Question 6. Is there access for boaters?

Is there access for boaters: The islands provide many bays, each providing shelter from different wind directions, for the anchorage of larger boats/yachts, where tenders may be utilised to come ashore – remember the islands are tidal. Official all tide boat ramps for trailers are provided at each vehicular barge terminal, which are available for use by recreational boaters, and a ¾ tide ramp is provided at Dalpura Beach, Macleay Island. Many private ramps and unofficial launch areas are spotted around the islands.