Category Archives: Tourism

Straddie’s gorge walk still open for a naturally wonderful experience


The popular Point Lookout Gorge Walk is still open for visitors to enjoy, despite a section currently being closed due to erosion following a recent severe weather event.

Division 2 Councillor Peter Mitchell said the majority of the walk on North Stradbroke Island/Minjerribah remained open, with tourists and locals welcome to use the facility as long as they adhered to the safety signage.

“With two long weekends coming up we wanted to remind people that the gorge walk still offers an amazing and naturally wonderful outdoor experience, with multiple vantage points to see stunning scenery and abundant wildlife including kangaroos, sea eagles, dolphins, rays, turtles as well as humpback whales during their annual migration from May – November.

“Most of the boardwalk is still open, with two entry points – one to the south of the closure and one to the north. It’s just not a circuit at present, so when you get to the closed section roughly in the middle of the walk, it’s as simple as retracing your steps back the way you came,” Cr Mitchell said.

“The heavy rain that resulted in erosion and flooding in many areas of south east Queensland in the lead up to the Easter break caused a wash out around boardwalk foundations on the southern side of North Gorge.

“The affected section was immediately closed off to ensure visitor safety and to allow Council’s engineers to assess the damage.

“The walk is an iconic destination, and this special experience can still be enjoyed – but to do this safely, sticking to the designated trail is a must, for your own safety as well as to protect the sensitive vegetation in the area.

“A fall from the closed section could result in serious injury, so we ask that visitors and locals take heed of the site safety signage and not enter the closed area, create shortcut trails around it or try to bypass it.

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Redland City advocates for new Redland Bay precinct


Redland City Council is advocating to the state and federal governments for their continued support of Redland Bay’s Weinam Creek precinct as a coastal village of regional and intergenerational importance.

At its general meeting today, councillors also endorsed the updated Weinam Creek Priority Development Area (PDA) masterplan, which is also being assessed independently by Economic Development Queensland (EDQ).

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council wanted to ensure the revitalised Weinam Creek transport hub was supported with health and other vital services for the Southern Moreton Bay Islands (SMBI) and Redland Bay communities and provided job opportunities for locals.

“The masterplan and Weinam Creek PDA Development Scheme supports the social and economic viability of the project as a coastal community and gateway to Moreton Bay and the SMBIs, stimulating island tourism and economies and enhancing public open space and services for existing and future generations,” Cr Williams said.

“We want to ensure the state and federal governments are part of this and will continue to push for commitments to utilise the precinct for services such as a satellite hospital.”

The Weinam Creek PDA project, which is managed by Redland Investment Corporation (RIC) in consultation with Council, covers about 20ha of land-based works across the existing site that will improve civic open spaces and include new retail, commercial, marine, health and public services.

“The project is now transitioning from the first stage of construction of the public carpark and residential precinct on the southern side of Weinam Creek to detailed master planning of the northern side of the Weinam Creek transport and ferry terminal,” Cr Williams said.

“As the masterplan has evolved from the conceptual to construction stages, minor changes have been made to refine the access and boundaries of the carpark to improve amenity for residents in the area. There are also slight refinements to the siting of the pedestrian bridge, boat ramp and residential zone.

“The result is a masterplan that will make a significant contribution to the community through the revitalisation of the waterfront precinct and the provision of a range of public and community infrastructure.”

Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards said the proposed development would deliver a high-quality mixed-use development and improved public realm for shopping, working and socialising.

“This will create an appealing, safe and vibrant hub for the mainland and Southern Moreton Bay Island communities,” he said.

“Southern Moreton Bay Island residents and commuters using the Redland Bay Marina ferry terminal will benefit from improved access to services without the need for additional transport.

“This will also fill a gap which currently exists for Redland Bay and surrounding suburbs, while creating a significant number of new jobs, especially for the area’s younger residents.”

 

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Vote to help make Redlands Coast Queensland’s Top Tourism Town


Redlands Coast needs your vote to become Queensland’s Top Tourism Town.

Mayor Karen Williams said she was thrilled the city had been named a finalist in the 2021 Queensland Tourism Industry Council Tourism Award Program, which is aimed at recognising the state’s outstanding destinations.

“Now we need the community to show how proud they are of Redlands Coast and get behind our city so we can win the Queensland Top Tourism Town award and help our tourism and hospitality businesses,” Cr Williams said.

“Votes help determine the winner, with a total of 70 per cent to be decided by the public, so your vote is vital.

“To be inspired by our naturally wonderful Redlands Coast you need only look at the world-class experiences on your doorstep, and so close to the Brisbane CBD.

“We are home to the world’s second largest sand island, Minjerribah/North Stradbroke Island, that is teeming with marine life, where you can swim with manta rays, watch whales from one of the best land-based whale watching site in the southern hemisphere and spot turtles, dugongs and dolphins.

With 335km of coastline, it is no wonder the Redlands Coast is such a popular playground.

“Redlands Coast is also home to one of the world’s oldest living cultures, with the Quandamooka people delivering immersive cultural tours and experiences for visitors and locals alike.

“With 335km of coastline, it is no wonder the city is a playground for those who love coastal, island and water adventures including sailing, boating, snorkelling, diving, fishing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, making the King Island walk at Wellington Point and visiting our other unique islands.

“Ride the ferry to Coochiemudlo Island or our Southern Moreton Bay Islands, get afloat in Moreton Bay Marine Park, or stretch out on our many hinterland trails and bayside walks.

“Or visit our national parks and rainforest, go mountain bike or horse riding, shop at our unique villages, and enjoy the food and view at the oldest licensed pub in Queensland, the Grand View Hotel, and Queensland’s largest, award-winning winery, Sirromet.

“Our region’s world-class natural and eco-cultural treasures, hidden gems and a friendly, welcoming vibe are the perfect mix for a thriving visitor economy that will also help tourism and businesses recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Cr Williams congratulated the tourism industry that works together to develop packages and promotions to encourage visitors to Redlands Coast.

Each year more than 1.2 million visitors come to Redlands Coast, injecting $228 million into the economy and supporting more than 2000 jobs.

In March this year, Redland City Council’s latest tourism video, Redlands Coast on Quandamooka Country, won an international gong and catapulted the region on to the world stage.

The video won the Best Cultural Tourism award in Japan World’s Tourism Film Festival and was developed as part of Council’s Reconnect on Redlands Coast campaign to help the tourism industry recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The campaign was viewed more than 2.57 million times and tourism operators reported an increase in both out-of-region visitors and Redlands Coast residents booking holidays and staycations on Redlands Coast.

To cast your vote for Redlands Coast, visit Council’s website or head straight to the QTIC website.

Voters will be in the draw to win a $2000 Apollo Motorhome travel package.

Voting closes 26 April 2021. Winners will be announced in May.  The state winners will represent Queensland at the national awards and have the opportunity to be named Australia’s Top Tourism Town!

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Redlands Coast tourism destination video wins international award


Redland City Council’s latest tourism video has won an international gong and catapulted the region onto the world stage.

The Redlands Coast on Quandamooka Country video won the Best Cultural Tourism award in the Japan World’s Tourism Film Festival.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the accolade was a great endorsement for the naturally wonderful Redlands Coast during Queensland’s Year of Indigenous Tourism.

“The cinematic destination video is beautifully narrated by renowned artist Delvene Cockatoo-Collins, a proud Nunukul, Ngugi and Goenpul woman of Quandamooka Country, and illustrates her connection to the magical places across Redlands Coast.

“The video was developed as part of Council’s Reconnect on Redlands Coast campaign to help the tourism industry recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Importantly, we wanted to acknowledge Quandamooka culture and how integral it is to the identity of our city.

Filming of the Redlands Coast on Quandamooka Country tourism video on Minjerribah/North Stradbroke Island with narrator Delvene Cockatoo-Collins.

“The campaign was viewed more than 2.57 million times and tourism operators reported an increase in both out-of-region visitors and local residents holidaying in other parts of the city.

“Tourism is an integral part of the Redlands Coast economy. In the 2019/20 financial year, the region attracted more than 1.2 million visitors who contributed $228 million to the local economy.

“With tourism offerings as wonderful as we have, a committed tourism industry on Redlands Coast and support from Council delivering products like this award-winning tourism film, we look forward to continuing to grow the tourism dollar in our city.”

Straddie Chamber of Commerce president Col Battersby congratulated Council for the vision to develop a world-class video that was helping drive visitors to Redlands Coast, including Minjerribah/North Stradbroke Island.

“The Straddie Chamber and Council worked closely on the Redlands Coast tourism campaign, of which this was a component, and that came out just after COVID-19 restrictions were eased last year,” Mr Battersby said.

“What a well-deserved gong. It is an incredible video that promotes one of the best places on Earth, and the oldest living culture in the world.”

Delvene Cockatoo-Collins said the award was very exciting news for the region.

“It’s a privilege to share the beautiful natural environment and the legacy our people have left here for us,” she said.

“The team behind the video was amazing – that includes everyone in Council’s tourism team, the Yulu Burri Ba Dancers and all the businesses. The team has beautifully captured what’s here.”

Matt Raimondo, who produced and directed the video, said it was fantastic to be recognised with the Best Cultural Tourism award.

“Redlands Coast is a beautiful place that speaks to people’s hearts and I’m honoured I was able to work with Delvene and give her the chance to share the story of her amazing connection to the land and to her culture,” Mr Raimondo said.

“She was just a beautiful person to work with and the video allows her personality to come through.

“Indigenous culture is something I’m quite passionate about and it’s awesome that the video has been well received overseas, particularly in Japan which is so close to Australia.”

Council worked on the Reconnect on Redlands Coast campaign with Straddie Chamber of Commerce; Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation; the Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport; Tourism and Events Queensland; Brisbane Economic Development Agency and SeaLink.

The Redlands Coast on Quandamooka Country video can be viewed on Council’s website. It is also expected to screen in Brisbane cinemas this year.

REDLANDS COAST ON QUANDAMOOKA COUNTRY VIDEO DETAILS:

  • Developed by Redland City Council
  • Narrated by Delvene Cockatoo-Collins, a Nunukul, Ngugi and Goenpul woman of Quandamooka Country
  • Director/producer: Matt Raimondo

Featured in the video:

  • Quandamooka song man Josh Walker and the Yulu Burri Ba Dancers
  • Quandamooka cultural tour guide Matt Burns
  • Aunty Evelyn Parkin
  • Local Yacht company – Aria Cruises
  • Local tourism operator – Bay Island Water Sports
  • Redland Coast residents
  • Supported by the local Redlands Coast Coastguard
  • Myora Springs, Brown Lake, Gorge Walk, Main Beach,  Adder Rock, Home Beach, Don and Christine Burnett Conservation Park, Moreton Bay Marine Park, Moreton Bay Cycleway
  • Native wildlife – kangaroos, koalas, whales, eugaries

Featured locations:

  • Minjerribah/North Stradbroke Island
  • Teerk Roo Ra/Peel Island
  • Cullen Cullen/Wellington Point
  • Nandeebie/Cleveland
  • Joonggabbin/Sheldon
  • Jencoomercha/Macleay Island
  • Goochie Mudlo/Coochiemudlo Island
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Work starts on Stage 1 of Straddie’s Minjerribah Panorama Coast Walk (Point Lookout Connection)


Walkability on North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) is set to improve, with work starting on Stage 1 of the Minjerribah Panorama Coast Walk (Point Lookout Connection).

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the allocated $1.743 million Stage 1 of the Walk would upgrade about 460 metres of the trail link between Point Lookout Village and Cylinder Beach, from Snapper Street to Frenchman’s Beach access stairs.

“Anyone who has visited Minjerribah knows it is one of the most beautiful places on earth and this project will formalise a track worn on the ocean side of Mooloomba Road, improving access for locals and enhancing visitor experiences,” Cr Williams said.

“It will add to the popular Gorge Walk, enjoyed by visitors from across the world attracted by the island’s natural beauty, including some of the best whale watching in the country.

“This project is the perfect example of what can be achieved when different levels of government work together, with it being supported through a million dollar State Government grant.

“I thank the Queensland Government for partnering with us on this project, which is important to the transition of North Stradbroke Island’s economy, post-sand mining.”

Division 2 Councillor Peter Mitchell said the project would provide the ‘missing link’ in the coastal walk, which the island community told Council they wanted through a previous consultation process.

“The consultation also identified a community desire for improved way-finding signage and erosion management, all while sensitively enhancing this beautiful area and building on the existing and unique landscape features and character of Point Lookout,” Cr Mitchell said.

“Council subsequently developed a design concept taking into consideration community input, maintenance requirements, safety and visual impacts.

“The design concept, which can be viewed on Council’s Your Say webpage, is expected to deliver an environmentally responsive outcome that preserves the character of Point Lookout.

“This project is also a fantastic contribution to Council’s long-term goal of improving cycling and pedestrian facilities across Redlands Coast, as described in Council’s recently adopted new corporate plan.

“It includes a new coloured bitumen and natural stone trail, a composite viewing deck at Snapper Street, a small tree planting to provide natural shade to the path, low shrub and groundcover revegetation and weed management.

“I look forwarding to walking the route once work is completed.”

Work is expected to be completed by 28 May 2021, weather permitting.

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10 things to do on Redlands Coast this summer


Looking for something to do with family and friends over the summer holidays?

Redlands Coast offers activities for everyone, whether you’re into arts and crafts, nature, being active or getting out on the water.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said summer was the perfect time to get out and experience some of the region’s many attractions.

“Redlands Coast abounds in opportunities to explore our naturally wonderful outdoor spaces, both on land and water,” she said.

“This Christmas holiday season I encourage everyone in our community to get out, venture somewhere they’ve never been and, in the process, support our local tourism operators and businesses.

“There are also plenty of local businesses offering activities for children and families so there really is something for everyone.”

10 things to do on Redlands Coast:

  1. Take a walk or drive along one of the local heritage trails in Cleveland/Ormiston and on North Stradbroke, Coochiemudlo, Lamb, Macleay and Russell Islands.
  2. Watch a blacksmith in action most Saturdays at Redland Museum. You’ll find them at work in the wooden shed beside the museum, demonstrating skills of their ancient trade.
  3. Join a sailing charter around southern Moreton Bay or hire a BBQ boat on Coochiemudlo and explore the island’s coastline.
  4. There are more than 1400 conservation areas, parks and reserves in Redlands Coast. Why not go bushwalking, mountain biking, cycling or horse riding and explore nature.
  5. Visit a park or playground. The new all-inclusive playground at Thornlands Community Park features a giant treehouse, climbing structures, a nature play area, mega slides, a double flying fox, water play elements, a sandpit with dinosaur bones, a farm-themed café cubby house, sheltered picnic areas and barbecues.
  6. Buy some unique items or fresh produce at one of the regular farmer and craft markets across Redlands Coast.
  7. Explore local waterways by canoe or kayak.
  8. Take a day or spend a week exploring Council’s collection of more than 100 public art works along the Redland Coast art trails. There’s a trail from Cleveland to North Stradbroke Island, on each of the Southern Moreton Bay Islands and on Coochiemudlo Island.
  9. Explore the botanic gardens at IndigiScapes Centre and gain some tips on how to transform your own garden with native plants.
  10. Fancy an island adventure? Go swimming, check out the wildlife or go fishing. Take a ferry or water taxi to North Stradbroke, Coochiemudlo or the Southern Moreton Bay Islands. Peel Island is accessible by watercraft.

For more ideas check out the Visit Redlands Coast website, pop into the Visitor Information Centre in the Raby Bay Harbour Precinct, Cleveland or visit Redland City Council’s online What’s On calendar.

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Give the gift of a Redlands Coast experience this Christmas


Redlands Coast residents are encouraged to share local experiences as Christmas gifts this year.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said buying local would provide a much-needed boost for businesses and tourism operators who had experienced a challenging year due to COVID-19.

“This holiday season is the perfect opportunity to support our local tourism operators by gifting an experience which will showcase our naturally wonderful Redlands Coast,” she said.

“Our backyard encompasses bushland, rainforest, bay and islands and offers plenty of scope for a special gift which will create long-lasting memories.

“Such gifts will also help our local businesses to thrive and create a stronger and more prosperous community.”

13 great Redlands Coast experiences to gift:

  • A guided kayak tour on the waters of Moreton Bay
  • Diving and snorkeling off North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah)
  • Sailing charter around southern Moreton Bay
  • BBQ boat hire on Coochiemudlo Island and explore the island’s coastline
  • Explore Quandamooka history and culture with a guide on North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah)
  • Get crafty with a membership to Macleay Island Arts Complex
  • One-on-one surf coaching
  • Axe-throwing session
  • A 4WD eco tour of North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah)
  • A fishing charter
  • Glamping under the stars
  • A clay class to make your own pottery pieces
  • Pamper with a day spa or beauty clinic experience

For information on any of these experiences and where to book them, grab a free copy of the latest Redlands Coast Holiday Guide, which is available from the Visitor Information Centre and participating businesses or read it online on the Visit Redlands Coast website.

Redlands Coast Visitor Information Centre is located in the Raby Bay Harbour Precinct, Cleveland.

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Festival fun has begun at Christmas on the Coast


Festivities are underway at Council’s Christmas on the Coast festival at Raby Bay Harbour Park.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said yesterday’s successful opening night was the first of five evenings of family fun and entertainment, from 4.30 to 8.30pm daily until 20 December.

“Christmas is being celebrated on the Redlands Coast waterfront this year in a five-day ticketed COVID-safe festival,” Cr Williams said.

“On opening night, crowds enjoyed live stage entertainment headlined by Alexa Curtis, children’s rides and family activities, and boutique markets with food vendors.

Live entertainment was headlined by Alexa Curtis

“The city’s Christmas tree was lit and there was an outdoor screening of PG rated movie A Dennis the Menace Christmas.

“We’ll be lighting the Christmas tree and showing a different Christmas movie each night so no one misses out on the magic.

“In addition to the festival, we’re offering the full Christmas experience with ice-skating on a synthetic rink from 10.30am to 8.30pm throughout the festival period.

Ice-skating fun continues throughout the festival

“Some very excited kids, big and small, have already tested out the rink and reported that it was as fun as it looks!

“The rink is located outside of the festival parameters to allow for separate access to the skating sessions, which can be purchased online.

“It’s time to lighten up after a long and serious year, so I encourage everyone to come down to Raby Bay Harbour Park to bring in the silly season.”

Free kids activities include inflatable jumping castles, Santa photos, roving entertainment, carousel rides and giant games.

Proceeds from event tickets will go towards helping some of the most vulnerable people in our community including local charities such as domestic and family violence support services.

Christmas on the Coast details:

To keep this event COVID-safe, bookings are essential, with numbers restricted to 1500 people each day. Book your tickets now before they sell out.
When: 4.30pm-8.30pm, Wednesday 16 – Sunday 20 December 2020
Where: Raby Bay Harbour Park, Shore Street West, Cleveland
Cost: $5 per person or $15 per family (under 12 free); includes free train travel to and from event
Ice-skating cost (tickets sold separately): $15 day sessions, $10 night sessions
See the full nightly programs and purchase tickets: redland.qld.gov.au/christmas

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Council urges pre-schoolies visitors to behave responsibly and stay COVID-safe


Redland City Council is urging young people who may be planning to visit North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) for ‘pre-schoolies’ to stay vigilant and follow Queensland Health COVID-19 restrictions.

Mayor Karen Williams said Council wrote to the chair of the District Disaster Coordination Centre last month to advise of the upcoming event and seek advice regarding the expected influx of school leavers that visit the island during the September school holidays.

“While there are usually no planned events for pre-schoolies, there are generally large gatherings on the island’s beaches and in the townships, so we wrote to Queensland Health to make them aware of the event,” she said.

“The response acknowledged that while there may be increased travellers to the island, there are no formal planned events, so school leavers would need to comply with the relevant Queensland Health restrictions in place at the time.

“We welcome these young adults to Redlands Coast, but with large groups comes heightened risk of virus transmission so it is also vital that they help us prevent local outbreaks by adhering to COVID-19 restrictions.

“This includes keeping to the physical distancing rule of staying at least 1.5m away from others, the gathering rules of no more than 10 people in public and private places – excluding venues with a COVID-safe plan in place – and regularly washing and sanitising hands.”

Division 2 Councillor for North Stradbroke Island Peter Mitchell said young visitors to the island should also follow any directions given by Queensland Police.

“There are vulnerable communities living on Minjerribah, and the last thing we would want to see is an outbreak of COVID-19 there,” Cr Mitchell said.

“The rules are in place for a good reason and fines for breaches are significant.

“While Minjerribah is a beautiful location to celebrate the transition from school to adulthood, I urge all visitors to the island to help keep themselves and others safe by acting responsibly, knowing the rules, and keeping to them.”

For information about COVID-19 restrictions in Queensland, visit qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19

 

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Rediscover our naturally wonderful Redlands Coast islands


Redlands Coast islands are once again open for travel and business and looking forward to welcoming more visitors as they venture out of their isolation bubbles.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said that our island residents and businesses had been doing it tough during coronavirus restrictions with North Stradbroke Island, in particular, heavily reliant on tourism since the end of sand mining.

“While the Straddie travel ban was necessary to protect locals, it did mean the island’s economy was significantly impacted over that period,” Cr Williams said.

“The rest of our islands and mainland– while not subject to travel bans – also saw few visitors with would-be holiday makers discouraged from taking the trip.

“So it’s great news that the State Government has brought forward Stage 2 of its Roadmap to Easing COVID-19 Restrictions, allowing both travel to, and stays on, our naturally wonderful city.

Mayor Williams said she had seen many examples of #RedlandsCoastKindess over the course of the COVID-19 crisis and was asking one more favour of locals.

“Please use your new-found freedom to take a trip with family and friends to a Redlands Coast holiday,” she said.

“Our islands and hinterland are such beautiful destinations – with lots to see and do – and you would be doing your bit to help local businesses make it to the other side of restrictions.

Cr Williams said Straddie was home to the best land-based whale watching in Australia, with the season now in progress.
“There is a range of eco-tourism and Aboriginal cultural activities available – including cultural walks, art galleries and food experiences.
“If adventure activities are more your style, try a 4WD tour and sandboarding down the dunes.”
Cr Williams said neighbouring Coochiemudlo Island and the Southern Moreton Bay Islands of Russell, Macleay, Lamb and Karragarra should not be overlooked.

“Coochiemudlo Island – or Coochie as locals affectionately call it – is just a 15 minute ferry ride from Victoria Point on the mainland,” she said.

“It’s a beautiful place for a family day trip or extended stay.

“And for those after a relaxing hideaway or great fishing, you can’t go past the Southern Moreton Bay Islands.

“Throw in the lush greenery of hinterland destinations such as Mt Cotton and you are sure to find the perfect place to take a well earned local break.”

For local cultural activities and experiences, contact Redlands Coast Visitor Information Centre on 1300 667 386 or visitredlandscoast.com.au

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