Introduction

A powerful spirit of place

To stand on the foreshores of Redland Bay, especially at dawn, is an opportunity to experience a powerful, even transformational experience of being one with Nature. 

Sunrise over Redland Bay
Redland Bay Sunrise Poster


Sub-tropical Redland Bay forms part of larger Moreton Bay, 40 kilometers East of Brisbane, capital city of the Australian State of Queensland. Redland Bay forms part of larger Moreton Bay. 

The Aboriginal name for the Redland Bay region was Talwarrapin, after the native cottonwood tree. The area had been occupied by the Noonuccal indigenous people for many thousands of years prior to European settlement. The mild climate, abundant fruiting vegetation and sea-food from the bay made this a likely place of long-term habitation.

Redland Bay Sunrise



The environment in pre-settlement times thick forest of cedars and other lowland rain-forest timbers. The foreshores were covered in thick, tangled scrub. 

Early cultivation was sugar cane, then cotton and rice, followed by bananas, pineapples, citrus. Queensland's first avocado orchard was established in what is no the Orchard Beach precinct of Redland Bay. 

A Methodist church was established in 1885, a primary school the following year and a school of arts in 1889. 

The township has long been the port for vessels plying the bay islands. These islands include Russell, Macleay, Karragarra, Lamb and North Stradbroke, home to several thousand residents enjoying an idyllic, sub-tropical lifestyle 'far from the madding crowd'.