8.1 out of 10

Macleay Island

Ranked 165th best suburb in Brisbane
-27.61725 153.37292
Great for
  • Neighbourly Spirit
  • Clean & Green
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Safe & Sound
  • Cost of Living
Not great for
  • Public Transport
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping Options
  • Parking
Who lives here?
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals

Reviews

ADA ADA
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
Aug 08, 2017

"A Beautiful Green Escape with Friendly People!"

Macleay Island is an absolute gem of an island, The house prices are cheap, the homes are unique and people are friendly! Yes it's not for everyone, but if we expected the same it would be boring.
I will never understand why people move here if they want convenience, clearly brainless. I commute 1 hour and 15 minutes to a from work and because it's a routine you get use to it, the boat ride is nice and relaxing and sometimes you just have to appreciate life.

Once on Macleay, you generally relax - especially after a long day, I love the nature, wildlife and the relaxed attitude. For those who say their are "ferals" well newsflash they are everywhere no matter where you go, even internationally.

If you love the water, nature, cheap purchase price of homes, neighbourhood vibes and a relax approach on life then Macleay would suit you.

If your a workaholic and need to be somewhere within 30 minutes then no, or even would like cheaper rates and more general convenience don't move here in the first place.
micks4
micks4 Hi Ada. What about jades5's comments in this section...they are very concerning
Aug 09, 2017
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1/5
Jul 24, 2017

"Don't move there! Warning! Any of those islands. Murder."

Macleay is very, very, expensive. Travel, ferry's, two cars, go cards, spar food shop prices and a lot of illness every winter from the ferry. Plus, even if you get the flu shot it doesn't work. People get crook for a month on Macleay and the Drs... Omg, eep. Has been banned from writing prescriptions apparently and has diagnosed my grandparents with allergies when they are crook and I mean crook for the 6th week.

Works out cheaper living off the island. High rate of drug users of all age, unemployed and the lovely elderly. Also you'll have to change to Telstra to get phone coverage. Barely coverage phone wise on the island for any other phone company. Most houses rented through Raywhite won't put the internet on either. They want you to pay 3-4 hundred to install the internet!? Then say they will reimburse you. Telstra is the only internet you can get, I've heard. The library which advertises internet and open is never open. I've never seen it.

People are friendly but seem to be hiding from the mainland. You'll find most people "Oh the mainland is too much for me, I never leave the island". When they go across to the mainland it a seems to be an all day event just to go across grocery shopping. The food cafe closes very early on a weekend before 1ish, exept spar, we have been to get lunch at the cafe near the post office a few times around 1pm Saturdays. We were told to go home as they were closed. When we did get into the parrot cafe I found a pubic hair in my toasted sandwich.
Macley island is about 20 years behind the times, but this is not to shame anyone just pointing out facts.

Great for elderly except there is no hospital so the water ambulance takes a while to come over from Redland Bay. Most of the time they are taking angry, yelling, ice users on the police boat. I wouldn't encourage raising children there as there isn't anything to do and the high drinking and drug use happening. There is a Primary school but no high school on the island. The rest of the people are unsavoury characters, unemployed and drug users.

You're on your own, the police are never around except picking up drug users every Friday and Saturday nights at the jetty where you catch the ferry. Google Macleay murder. People say the island is safe but there's a been a murder! It'scary catching the last ferry at 11ish. Then you can't get off the island. Male ferry staff especially one is very unfriendly and you cannot top up your go card on the ferry. So if your gocard is empty and the ticket booth is shut you are stranded. The ferry will leave without you. You have to get on a bus just to top up your go card.

The police station on and off the mainland closes very early every day. So you're on your own basically.
Crime rate is low due to under reporting or not reporting at all due to the lack of police presence.

Drug dealers, I have seen this. They seem very young with children and live in cheap shacks and never sleep. Domestic violence is an issue on this island also.

Lesbian and gay friendly. Mainly Aussies living there. Lovely beaches. Fishing. Kind of a hippy feel. Everyone has purple hair even the oldies which is interesting.

Parking is a MAJOR issue even though a new car park has been made. You could miss your ferry home or to work and be waiting up to 45 mins for a park. Other options are to pay $95 a month for parking on the mainland or park at an illegal house that offers slightly cheaper parking.

This is the information I wish I knew before I moved to the island. All the other islands are the same.
5/5
2yrs+

"So Impressed we purchased a block of land!"

We fell in love with it from the first time we went there. The Island has a good feel as soon as you step off the ferry from the mainland. We plan to retire in about 3 years time and we found the island has everything we need so we purchased a block of land in readiness for our retirement. Holidaying at first then building bit by bit. Love it!
Pros
  • lots of bird life, great for nature lovers
  • low crime rate, cost of housing
  • fantastic for boating, sailing, fishing, kyaking and jetski
  • peaceful, community spirit
  • Sun, sea, sand. Life is a beach!
Cons
  • don't come if you want a mainland lifestyle. It's different.
  • parking problems at ferry terminals
  • cost of commuting, many unsealed roads
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Big Value, Little Paradise where commuting is a waterbus trip!"

We moved to Macleay Island three years ago from Melbourne, after research, choosing Macleay over Russell (after holidaying on Russell). We rented first then bought a little place. I commute Monday to Friday to work via the ferry and it takes me 18 mins on the ferry plus about 50 mins in total to get to work. Yes, this does take some getting used to, but, all cities have this drama. If you have less than an hour's travel in Sydney then you are very lucky (many coastal dwellers there travel more than an hour for work). The ferries are frequent, and the trip is comfortable and friendly; and and I enjoy it. People know each other and chat or read on this service. I hop in my car a drive the remainder of my journey.

We are very happy on this Island. It is welcoming, peaceful and beautiful and has a low crime rate. Macleay has abundant marine life (dolphins, dugongs, turtles, fish), birdlife, delightful walks and a mild climate compared with the mainland (a degree or two warmer in Winter and cooler in Summer).

Macleay Island has much to do: Water sports - boating, fishing, kayaking, swimming; cycling, walking and public barbecue areas, state of the art skate park and a netted swimming area too. There are all the essential services: Doctor, Pathology, Dentist, Vet, Police, Ambulance, SES, Local Fire service, Primary School, Day care, Library, Chemist, Hairdressing, Petrol pumps, Bakeries, Pizza, Fish and Chips, Coffee Shops, home and garden supplies, Marine and Auto Supplies and supermarkets you require. Woolworths will home deliver as will Dan Murphy's if that is your thing (minimum quantities apply).

We have a Bowls Club (Club Macleay) and a Golf Club both of which also have food service and a regular entertainment line up. Both of these clubs provide courtesy bus services from the ferry, your home or rental accommodation. There is also a Boat Club that has a famous Fish and Chips night once per month; you can of course hire little catermarrans or kayaks.

Macleay has an Arts Centre and Gallery, with regular classes including pottery. We also have a modern Community Centre which is utilised by various groups, including a large crafters' group, which meet weekly. The Island offers Yoga, massage, and a number of artistic groups including a writers' network.

There are a number of annual events too including a round the island Kayak race, Inter-Island Tug of War, Barge Bash - great day out. Both clubs do a fabulous New Year's Eve night each year on top of their regular entertainment evenings.

So, what's not to like? Yes, there is a trade off with costs of commuting and having to navigate across the bay but if peace, reassurance and sense of community appeal, as it does to us, then it is well worth it.

With property prices some of the lowest in the whole of Australia, it truly is an affordable 'million-dollar lifestyle'.

The Fitzgibbons
Pros
  • lots of bird life, great for nature lovers
  • low crime rate, cost of housing
  • fantastic for boating, sailing, fishing, kyaking and jetski
  • peaceful, community spirit
  • Sun, sea, sand. Life is a beach!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
CarolM
CarolM Hi...I've just read your review of the island. My husband and I were over there last week to look around, with the possibility buying land and building......There are a few thing that we were a bit concerned about, the mozzies and midgies. I've read that they are a problem,......I realise that the land is cheap, and this is the reason why, but just how bad are they????....what do you do to control them .......this was a big disappointment as we really liked the island...The other thing is that I was unable to find any walking tracks....do they exist?......
Would love these questions aswered before we go any further....

Carol
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"10 minutes from the busy noisy mainland. A world away from problems"

This fast developing island presents the very best of living standards. A quiet, peaceful evironment. Wonderful wild life, including many birds that are human-friendly. Must be the perfect place for raising a family. An excellent seaside life style. Shopping mini markets, doctors, police, Queensland ambulance, SES, schools, many varieties of businesses including a bank.
Pros
  • Sun, sea, sand. Life is a beach!
  • lots of bird life, great for nature lovers
  • low crime rate, cost of housing
  • peaceful, community spirit
  • fantastic for boating, sailing, fishing, kyaking and jetski
  • very conducive to maintaining a level of fitness
Cons
  • don't come if you want a mainland lifestyle. It's different.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
lovejoy
lovejoy Cool sea breezes in summer too!!! Not like western Brisbane.
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"A small town where everybody knows your name."

I've lived here for over five years and work at Macleay Island spar supermarket for two years here is my review.

Pros:
It's quite, there is very low crime, there is three police officers here 24/7 but they're relaxed, there is a lovely preschool and day care centreā€Ž. Two big shops (one even has fuel pumps), parks lots of public parks here and beaches. An internet cafe, two restaurants, public toilets, jettys, dvd store, own fire, ambulance and police station lots of wild life, golf club a community center that has yoga and karate weekly and more.

Cons:
Cell phone reception drops out in some parts, there is no city no night life and once the water taxis close at 11 you can't go anywhere, Pub drinks and food cost twice as much due to being traveled over here, The locals don't like to say it but there is ALOT of Racism here, Water taxi is expansive and parking is a pain on there and alot of unfinished dirt roads.

If you want to know more or have any questions feel free to ask me.
Pros
  • Rent and homes are cheap to buy.
  • Country like everyone knows everyone and its quite.
  • Lots of parks to vist and beaches.
  • lots of bird life, great for nature lovers
  • low crime rate, cost of housing
  • fantastic for boating, sailing, fishing, kyaking and jetski
  • Sun, sea, sand. Life is a beach!
Cons
  • Racism and far from city
  • Dirt Roads
  • Have to rely on water taxi times.
  • isolated at night when ferry services stop
  • don't come if you want a mainland lifestyle. It's different.
  • parking problems at ferry terminals
  • cost of commuting, many unsealed roads
  • housing savings often lost after ferry fares and 2nd car costs
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers
kitkatz
kitkatz Are you able to elaborate about the racism? Against whom? Thanks.
2yrs+
flo802800
flo802800 Yes same from here.
2yrs+
CarolM
CarolM I'd like to know about the mozzies and sandflies...just how bad are they...and, you mentioned the phone drop out, which ares?...and internet?.......would need a good connection as most of my work is done online...Thanks
2yrs+
PearlyF
PearlyF My friend moved there two months back and no internet ever since? Can anybody throw light on this. Was thinking of going there too but with a home business no internet would be curtains.
2yrs+
stormye
stormye Could you please be specific with the racism as Im a Maori hybrid will people call me racist slurs?
May 19, 2017
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Perfect retirement spot"

I'm a recently retired female and used to live on Straddie but after returning from a few years in rural Tasmania I chose Macleay over Straddie and I'm really glad I did - I just love it here.
For those who like a simple, quiet and relaxed lifestyle near the water and don't mind commuting or can work from home, then Macleay Island is perfect, and for age-pensioners like me it really is an affordable paradise. My transition to island living 10 years ago was an easy one as I'd been a country girl all my life, used to limited facilities and expensive and lengthy travel, but that's not the case for many people. Anyone contemplating a move to any of the bay islands needs to do thorough research via the Internet first and take a tour with Google Street View and Satellite - look at the condition of the roads, houses and surrounding bush, plot the distances with Google Maps to the shops, ferry and water and do a terrain check to make sure it's not somewhere requiring webbed feet. Finally, do your sums regarding how much it's actually going to cost you to live there, especially if you have to work, then come for a visit . If you're still keen, find somewhere to rent for 12 months - there's always heaps to choose from but even after doing all this you may find the reality of living on Macleay does not meet your expectations - it definitely has its Pros and Cons. I hope the following information assists you in taking that next step...or not.

THE PROS OF LIVING ON MACLEAY
- Properties for sale and rent are very cheap given its proximity to Brisbane and probably the main reason people choose to live here
- Water taxis run late enough to have a night out in Brisbane and still be able to get back home. It's a 15 minute trip and they run pretty much every half hour. Buses from and to Brisbane meet each boat at Redlands ferry terminal. Vehicle barges run almost every hour until the late afternoon but they're very expensive.
- There are good basic-necessity shops spread over 3 small centres (emphasis on small), located in the southern half of the island. Woolworths or the local carriers will deliver anything that can't be sourced on the island. Macleay has a primary school and early learning centre, various medical, community and emergency services along with several small businesses
- People are friendly and most neighbourhoods are very safe and quiet. There are very few holiday renters and no 'schoolies'
- From anywhere on the island, the water is within easy walking distance and although it is pretty much surrounded by mangroves there are a few small sandy beaches (no surf), some with BBQ facilities and one with a jetty. Surrounding waters are very shallow for some distance out so it's important to check tide times to ensure the water is high enough for a swim or to launch/land watercraft, or low enough to go for a walk
- For a night out with live basic entertainment there's a variety of venues on both Macleay and Russell . The islands are just a short ferry trip apart so it's easy to island-hop and pub/club courtesy buses pick up from home or the jetty, plus there's taxi services on both islands. Lamb Island often has something on offer too - transport not required.
- For other things to do there's a great cafe, a pub, golf club and bowls club (with wonderful bay views) - each with bistros, and a boat club with fortnightly Friday meals - anyone can join any of these clubs. Macleay is artists' heaven, has it's own Arts Complex and is very supportive of those who are creative. There's an organic market on Saturday mornings and Wednesday afternoons. For the more active there's cycling and walking - Macleay has a shared pathway which runs the full length of the island and cool leafy roads lead off this on either side. The school tennis courts are available for hire outside school hours- enquire at Foodworks. Moreton Bay is a kayaking, boating, fishing dream with a multitude of islands to navigate or pull up to. Macleay has two concrete boat ramps and several other vehicle access points at mid to high tide. On Russell there's an RSL and bowls club, a cafe, gym and swimming pool. Yoga, Dance, Fitness, Martial Arts, Gymnastics, Pilates, Tai Chi and more are conducted at the Macleay Island Community Centre
- There are primary schools on both Macleay and Russell but no secondary schools. However, most secondary students can be home pretty much within an hour of leaving school whether it be a state school or one of many good private schools.
- Macleay enjoys a wonderful sub-tropical climate, sheltered from the ocean swells by Straddie, and because the island is so small everyone benefits from the cooling bay breezes

THE CONS OF LIVING ON MACLEAY
- There is very little employment on the island so the majority of permanent residents commute to the mainland which is expensive at almost $70 a week for the water taxi leg alone plus for some islanders there is the additional cost of buying and keeping a second car there. For anyone contemplating a move to the islands it's important to do the sums first, then weigh them up against the lifestyle of island living including the inconveniences
- There is no bus service on Macleay but there is a mini-bus taxi which meets the ferries - best to book ahead. To get around the island people use scooters, push-bikes or motorbikes, but most have an island car unless they live close to the ferry terminal.
- Macleay probably isn't for new families with teens who have been used to having all the conveniences and facilities of mainland living. There's very little for them in the way of entertainment or recreation and no surf either
- Parking spaces near the island jetty fill up very early in the day but just up the hill there's usually plenty of spots. At Redland Bay parking facilities are in very short supply and this has been an issue for many years for those who need to keep a car there. Parking on the nearby streets is time limited so beware - cars can be clamped or trashed. There's a long waiting list for paid secure parking.
- Midges are a fact of life on the islands because of the mangroves and waterlogged blocks that can't be built on. The first two weeks after I arrived I was nearly eaten alive and it took a month of lotions and antihistamines for the itching and sores to heal. But I soon got into a routine of never going out mornings or evenings without putting on repellent and giving a quick spray over my head too. I read about Vitamin B1 being useful to deter midges and while it doesn't work for some people, it does seem to be working for me but it doesn't stop mosquitoes which fortunately, are less of a nuisance.
- After the last ferry has gone the islands are completely cut off and although there is a small medical centre there is no hospital, If there are potentially serious health issues in the family then island living would not be advisable. There is an ambulance service to get people off the island by water and in extreme cases by helicopter. During the severe storms earlier this year the ferries couldn't operate and the islands were without power for several days - something to consider/plan for even if there are no health issues. Unlike the mainland, you can't just get in the car and drive to where ever you fancy - everything done off the island requires money, a degree of planning and good time management. A night out on the mainland can have its problems if the last ferry is missed - where to spend the night.
- Mobile and Internet reception in some areas are very poor even with Telstra. Coverage maps on the Internet should not be relied upon so if you're likely to be highly dependent on these communications, do a physical check of each area you're interested in before committing to rent or buy. Between 4pm and 8pm demand is high and reception often at it's worst.

IN SUMMARY
Good luck - Macleay really is a wonderful place .... but only for some of us....
Pros
  • low crime rate, cost of housing
  • peaceful, community spirit
  • fantastic for boating, sailing, fishing, kyaking and jetski
  • very conducive to maintaining a level of fitness
  • cool breezes and lots of trees
  • water is within walking distance of everywhere
  • lots of bird life, great for nature lovers
Cons
  • isolated at night when ferry services stop
  • housing savings often lost after ferry fares and 2nd car costs
  • mobile reception very poor in some areas
  • no bus service
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Hipsters
  • Country Lovers
TracyWilton
TracyWilton Yes I totally agree with you. My partner and I work full time. And we come over during the holidays..As we own a house on the island which we rent out. To wonderful tenant. Also in the process of building our dream home on waterfront. I'm hoping in the next 5 yrs to move over there free hold. And just commute back forward to work. Hopefully by then they storted out the car parking on the mainland. Would be nice to have a bridge..but ruin the lifestyle..One thing I love about the place..even one seens to help each other out. See you on the island soon,.
2yrs+
AB BA
AB BA helpful tips, thanks!
Oct 12, 2016
Chris 3105
Chris 3105 were planning on possibly moving to the island so this has helps alot
Oct 22, 2016
maidm
maidm The other islands can be accessed without charge. The only Pilates on the SMBI is on Russell, 3 minutes' walk from the RI jetty: PilatesYogaFusion 6 classes 3 days a week, 0412 22 55 88. Excellent for all ages genders expertise
Feb 15, 2017
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Fantastic for boaties, yachties and other recreational water-lovers!!!"

Macleay Island is so close to Brisbane and the Gold Coast, yet a world of it's own. The low cost of housing offsets the travel costs. One can literally get to Brisbane CBD from their doorstep in 90 mins if they have a car on the mainland and a scooter or second car on the island (one can get reduced 'Island' rego).
Most homes on Macleay are high and dry to my knowledge so one doesn't need flood insurance! The Southern Moreton Bay Islands are built for rain to runoff.

We have a Spar, Foodworks, Butcher, Bakery, Childcare centre, Primary School, Boat/Sailing Club, Bowls and Golf Club, Pub with TAB, Restaurant, Takeaway with great fresh seafood, Pizza Shop, Arts Centre, Taxi, Video shop, Hairdresser, GP's, Dentist, Computer shops, Bank, Post Office, Vet, Pet Shop, Ambulance/Helipad, Police station, Fire station, Karma Carpentry,Tai Chi/yoga/pilates, Community Centre with many consultants/services etc, etc!!! Best of all, we have a wonderful community spirit here and warmly welcome newcomers :)
The passenger ferry departs approximately every half hour from 4.33 am - 11.10pm M-F. A bit less on weekends. The vehicle barge departs quite frequently. ENJOY YOUR VISIT!!! ;)
Pros
  • fantastic for boating, sailing, fishing, kyaking and jetski
  • lots of bird life, great for nature lovers
  • low crime rate, cost of housing
  • peaceful, community spirit
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Paradise close to Brisbane"

Love it here - have my 690m2 place close to ferry, shops and golf course; vegetable garden, fruit trees, fishing, will buy a boat soon ...am self employed and can work via internet / laptop;

perfect place for ev. 30-99 who searches for piece and (still) affordable property - way to cheap - takes me 20 minutes to redland bay with ferry or 70 min to brisbane with bus / ferry .... new bycicle track and kids park is coming, 3 shopping centers, most hoons left island a few years ago ....still waiting for the mystical "bridge" otherwise my perfect island paradise - also close to byron and gold coast; Prices will go up sooner or later as its a mirracle that esp macleay - the most developed island - hasnt been discovered ....

NOT for people who cant survive without car or not flexible in regards to ferry / used to city lifestyle
Pros
  • lots of bird life, great for nature lovers
  • low crime rate, cost of housing
  • peaceful, community spirit
  • fantastic for boating, sailing, fishing, kyaking and jetski
  • Sun, sea, sand. Life is a beach!
Cons
  • don't come if you want a mainland lifestyle. It's different.
  • isolated at night when ferry services stop
  • parking problems at ferry terminals
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers
lovejoy
lovejoy FANTASTIC FOR MUSO'S AND ARTISTS :)
2yrs+
kitkatz
kitkatz Hi, great review. Just wondering do you have any problems with your internet connection where you are?
2yrs+
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5/5
2yrs+

"Macleay Island - The Jewel in the Bay"

Macleay Island is in the Moreton Bay Marine Park only 30 kms from Brisbane This island is 6.5km by 4kms and is the second largest in the group of islands in the bay. The island offers safe swimming and snorkeling. There are some great fishing spots with good catches to be had. Macleay Island boasts an Arts Complex with studio, gallery and potters shed. There is a golf course with fully equipped club or you can play bowls. Accommodation is by way of a B & B or several holiday cottages and units. Macleay Island has some really affordable property both for sale and rent. This could be a first home buyers paradise for those happy to commute by ferry.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"A great retreat close to Brisbane"

A residential island in South Moreton Bay, Macleay Island is host to a wide cross section of people enjoying relative solitude in a sub-tropical climate not far from the mainland. The ferry ride is about 17 minutes and the car barge about 40 minutes, both depart from Redland Bay. Commuting is fairly expensive for the average person, however this is offset somewhat by the lower cost of housing on the island. Basic services are available on the island including doctors, groceries, takeaway food, bakery, police and ambulance. There are also licensed venues including the Pub, Bowls and Golf clubs. The Bowls Club boasts one of the best water views from any club in Australia. There are also some lovely parks and swimming spots which are great at high tide.
Pros
  • peaceful, community spirit
  • low crime rate, cost of housing
  • lots of bird life, great for nature lovers
Cons
  • isolated at night when ferry services stop
  • cost of commuting, many unsealed roads
  • parking problems at ferry terminals
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
mjo mjo
4/5
2yrs+

"See reviews for Macleay Island - they're one and the same!"

Best Streets in Macleay Island

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Scotts Road

1/5
"Do not move here to Macleay"
-27.622980598 153.3691793973

Unranked Streets in Macleay Island

"great quiet loop st"
-27.61652 153.35938
-27.6213259847 153.3629366044
-27.62461 153.37034
-27.62287 153.3719
-27.597 153.35503
-27.6150456257 153.3512159998
-27.592198643 153.3621579629
"Best Beach at the end of the street!!"
-27.59069 153.35719
"A place where you can be whomever you want to be and be accepted - however there is no room for pomposity"
-27.6116 153.35679