Macleay Island is the second largest of the four Bay Islands, situated 30km from Brisbane in the Moreton Bay Marine Park at the southern end of Moreton Bay. It is 6.5km long and 4km wide at its widest point. Protected by North Stradbroke Island to the east, Macleay is connected to the mainland by ferries and barges, which also connect to inter-island transport for the four Bay Islands.
More than 3500 people are resident on Macleay, enjoying several beaches for swimming and fishing, as well as a bowls club, golf course and boat club. There is also an Arts Complex consisting of a studio, gallery and pottery shed.
The Early Years
Macleay Island has a diverse and interesting history, both aboriginal and european. There seems to be some dispute as to the original aboriginal name, with claims for “Alcheringa” and “Jencoomercha”. Most maps use the former, whereas most council and government information refer to it as Jencoomercha. It was regarded as an aboriginal meeting place of spiritual importance, mainly for the women of the tribes. Later it was named Tim Shea’s Island after a convict who lived alone on the island for fourteen years.
Popular Picnic Spots
Pat’s Park at Potts Point is a popular spot, with bbqs, swings, toilets and a swimming enclosure. Dalpura Beach, located on the western side of the island, is the perfect place to relax on the beach, have a family bbq or go swimming. There is also a boat ramp for recreational boats. This is the best place to check out our beautiful sunsets!