What's On in Cleveland and Redland Bay
Cleveland is a great place to stay and explore, see links below to see what's on in Cleveland.
- Redland City Council - What's On in Cleveland
- Redland Performing Arts Centre - Events and Things to Do
- Dining Guide - Cleveland Restaurants
- Events at Sirromet Winery - A Day on a Green
Raby Bay Harbour
Raby Bay Harbour is the “in” place to be!
Outstanding restaurants offering the diverse culinary delights of many nations...to alfresco dinning at its best. waters lapping, admiring the myriad of beautiful boats as they travel between the marina and Moreton Bay, people watching as visitors and locals stroll, cycle or jog along the harbourside boardwalk or just unwind over a superb selection of culinary delights.
The impressive Raby Bay Harbour complex which is located only a 2 minute drive from the Cleveland Bay Air Motel adjoins Raby Bay Marina and park adjacent to Cleveland Railway Station, and as well a featuring an outstanding selection of restaurants and eateries, it hosts a range of lifestyle activities, commercial and tourism outlets. Relax dine in style overlooking the water, enjoy a coffee, be pampered or discover more about the beautiful Redlands on Morten Bay.
Watersports and fishing – Moreton Bay is centred around nature’s very own sporting playground – the water. There is a host of activities from which to choose. All you need is to determine the pace of your day and there will be something to suit. From fishing off a local pier to joining an adventure sailing cruise or, maybe, a deep sea charter to chase the ultimate game fish, the marlin. Boaties rejoice! Redlands’ waterways are a boaties paradise. Breeze across the bay in a speed boat, drift along the shoreline in a dinghy or set sail.. Whatever floats your boat. Paddle your way to adventure at North Stradbroke Island, or swim or windsurf at Wellington Point. For those who prefer being on solid ground, picnic at Victoria Point in a family friendly waterfront park. The options are endless.
On your bike – if you’re looking for cycling and walking adventure then Redlands is for you! There’s ride and walk for everyone. Most of the islands offer bicyle hire, or bring your own.
Golf – Fancy a swing? Golf clubs abound in the Redlands at such places as Redland Bay, Birkdale, North Stradbroke Island and the southern Moreton Islands. Guests are always welcome.
Bowls – Don your whites and enjoy a day of bowls at one of the many friendly clubs in the Redlands. For a memorable experience, visit the club on Macleay Island, which enjoys one of the most spectacular waterfront locations of any sporting establishment in Australia.
Football – join in the excitement of the Queensland State League and see our own Redlands City Devils Football Club compete for the ultimate crown of being the states best soccer/football team. Games are usually played alternate Saturday nights at Cleveland showgrounds March through to September.
Back to Nature
With around 4000 hectares of bushland plus ocean, bays and rivers you have a veritable piethora of intriguing creatures of nature that you can observe in their home environment. From June to November, watch migrating humpback whales, especially from North Stradbroke Island, as they as they make their way between Antarctica and their calving grounds near the Great Barrier Reef, throughout the year you can watch out, too, pods for of dolphins, manta rays and green sea turtles.
Go Bush – by day, vegetation hides a bustling community of wildlife a Venman Bushland Reserve, Mt Cotton, but at dawn and dusk there’s plenty of movement. This is a great barbecue and picnic area, with walking tracks taking you through bushland and over creeks. The Redlands Indigiscapes Centre, a native botanical garden at Capalaba is another easily accessed area with abundant wildlife, including koalas, and gardens displaying local wildflowers, walk the trails, get advice on the use of native plants, have a picnic or sample tearoom delights from a veranda overlooking bushland.
The Black Swamp – a fascinating eco-system and abundant birdlife await visitors at the black swamp, just near the Cleveland Railway Station. Boardwalks and interpretive signs help you as you take in the eerie atmosphere, view ibis resting by day and thousands of awakening flying foxes at dusk.
- Combine koala spotting with bushwalking in one of the hinterlands reserves.
- Kayak along Tingalpa Creek and observe the abundant birdlife.
- Experience lily filed lagoons, walking trails, perfect picnic spots and public art in Capalaba Regional Park (Pittwin Road North).
- Enjoy a family day, have a BBQ picnic or a game of cricket at one of the Bayside points.
- Learn about the regions rich Aboriginal heritage at Eprapah Scouting Reserve, Victoria Point.
- See scribbly Gum forest, koalas and wildflowers at Greater Glider reserve.
- Take a walk through Venman Bushland reserve.
Mt Cotton Rainforest Gardens
This magical tropical rainforest is just 35 minutes from Brisbane City. Uniquely different, this wonderland is set into the side of a mountain with views of the glasshouse mountains and the Bay Islands. Contained in private surroundings the Mt Cotton Rainforests also have wet weather and shade facilities. Picnickers, coach tours, weddings, workshops, special occasions and social club functions are very welcome. Devonshire Teas are their speciality.
Straddie Kingfisher Tours
Take the day off and visit “Straddie” – North Stradbroke Island. You can enjoy:
- Whale watching
- BQ on the Beach
- Island stroll to see North George
- Watch our dolphins play
- Fishing or swimming
- Visit fresh water takes.
It’s well worth a special trip to wander among the stalls of the Sunday’s Cleveland Market in the midst of Bloomfield street, which is closed off to enable local artisans and producers of fine foods to display their wares.
Sample strawberries straight from the farm, olive products and freshly ground coffee, try on exquisite jewellery, marvel at the myriad of ceramic creations and even get shoes made to order.
There’s plenty of fun for the kids, too, with jumping castles, a carousel and wandering entertainers.
Make a day of it, complete with morning tea or lunch at a local restaurant or hotel.
For a sophisticated and romantic getaway enjoy on of the many fine restaurants at the Raby Bay Marina or the Restaurant precinct along middle Street, Cleveland. Close by is the trendy Cleveland Point, Wellington Point and Victoria point restaurants precincts which makes the only hard decision of where will we eat tonight? All localities are within a short stroll or drive from the Cleveland Bay Air Motel and guests continue to sing the praise of the districts fine restaurant scene.
Restaurants of note include:
- Fish on Fire - best fish and chips in Cleveland
- Icon at Raby Bay Harbour
- Funky Mexican Cantina
- The Courthouse Restaurant Cleveland Point
- Thai Siam – Wynyard Street Cleveland
- Happy Garden Restaurant – Middle Street Cleveland
- Elios Italian Restaurant – Waterloo Street Cleveland
- Toscanis Italian Restaurant – Victoria Point
- Cleveland RSL - top food / entertainment at budget prices, right next door to the Bay Air Motel
- Sirromet Winery – Mt Cotton Road Mt Cotton - 10 minutes’ drive
- Grand View Hotel, a quick stagger from the Bay Air Motel
Want to Bop! Don’t forget “The Alex” the districts hottest night club where you can dance the night away to the early hours of the morning. A great place to meet new friends and enjoy the vibrant company of anyone wanting to be where its at. Located at Alexandra Hills Hotel just a six minute drive by Taxi form the Cleveland Bay Air Motel. Remember don’t drink and drive!
Explore Moreton Bays Islands
With 365 islands dotted throughout Moreton Bay, this is the “Whitsunday of southern Queensland”, with the definition of peak hour being two boats jostling for a pontoon. Welcome to the bay islands.
Sheltered within this vast marine park of Moreton Bay, is a magical cluster of readily accessible islands. They are rich in native flora and fauna, such as the curlews in Coochiemudlo island, and edged with mangrove foreshores and sandy beaches.
By car, bike or on foot these largely undiscovered treasures are just waiting for you to explore. Contact the Redland shire visitor information centre for more details.
- Coochiemudlo Island: Coochiemudlo is the Aboriginal name for ‘red rock’. While rich red cliffs adorn one corner of the island, glorious sandy beaches and clear blue water fringe the rest.Getting there – A passenger ferry and vehicle barge service operates daily, departing every half hour from Victoria Point.
- Southern Bay Islands: A cluster of four small islands in the sheltered waters of the bay, the southern bay islands of Macleay, Russell, Lamb and Karragarra Islands provide respite from the pressures of the outside world. The eco tourism dream and bird watchers nirvana, the southern bay islands provide a rich variety of experiences. Calm waters are great for fishing, swimming and sea kayaking or a leisurely cruise in a ‘tinnie’. Whether you discover on your own or take a tour, you are sure to be surprised by these hidden gems.Getting there- A passenger ferry and vehicle barge service operates daily, departing regularly from Redland Bay ferry terminal.
- Peel Island: Horseshoe Bay Australia’s best kept secret so we wont say much more but bring your bathers and towel.
- Stradbroke Island: is one of natures marvels and you can visit there in camping mode or do it in a five star comfort with one of the many top class accommodation places available.
Four wheel driving is allowed along the famous flinders and main beaches with access points available at Amity Point, Flinders township and Adder Rock, Point Lookout. It is essential that permits are obtained to legally enter these 4 wheel drive areas.
Getting there is easy on board the Big Red Cat a all in the comfort of air-conditioned lounge and licensed café. Sea Stradbroke office is 1 minute drive from the location of the Cleveland Bay Air Motel and less than 5 minutes walk.
Main townships include Dunwich, Amity and Point Lookout.
Suggestion of things to do on Straddie:
- The Aqua water and unspoiled Australian bush are two of the reasons why North Stradbroke Island is one of Australia’s latest eco tourism ‘hot spots’. Watch turtles, dolphins and whales from lookouts or the deck of your holiday house.
- Join the local fisherman at the beach or island jetties – or try your own luck.
- Fancy a challenge? Try golf, Straddie style, on a hilly course complete with kangaroos!
- Visit the Fig Tree gallery, Dunwich, for art workshops and local works.
- Participate in indigenous culture and bush tucker talks for visitors and educational groups, organised by Minjerribah Moorgrumpin Elders.
- Sample the succulent local Deanbilla Bay oysters.
- Call at Brown Lake, one of this sand island’s special inland lakes, idyllic, safe swimming for young families and excellent facilities’ for picnics.
Take a self-guided walk, following the NSI Heritage Trail (available from Visitor Centres and NSI Historical Museum, Dunwich).
- Visit Myora Springs, a pristine source of natural spring water surrounded by sub-tropical forest.
- View a moving tribute to Dr John Ballow, featured in the Dunwich Cemetery, along with headstones from many of the residents of the early convict and quarantine stations and immigrants who fell victim to a typhus plague.
- Enjoy Jazz at the Little Ships Club at Dunwich – an annual drawcard event for music lovers in June.