Russell Island via Macleay Island, Karragarra

Russell Island via Macleay Island, Karragarra

The Paddle

The launch point is from the Redland Bay ferry terminal, Esplanade Street, Redland Bay.


From the launch point use the Beacon to Beacon directory or a relevant chart to determine your direction and bearing to Macleay Island first, then Karragarra Island and finally to Russell Island.


You will need to return to the Redland Bay ferry terminal by reversing your route after your activities on Russell Island.


A water taxi can be called for the return journey to the mainland return as an alternative.


How to get there


From the Cleveland-Redland Bay Road at Redland Bay turn into Boundary Road, follow it into Broadwater Terrace and turn left into Hamilton Street, then a further left into Esplanade Street. 


Distance/Time to allow


This is an approximately 25 Km round trip, and allow about two hours each way, with one hour at Russell Island for lunch.


What to expect – Wind, Tide, Hazards


The wind is seasonal. You need to plan your paddle with reference to the tide book as it is best to paddle on a slack tide.

There are a number of hazards to watch out for, and they include sand banks at low tide, and to ensure that you follow the beacons marking the channel.


Camping Facilities, Accommodation


Food available (coffee shop) on Russell Island. You should bring your own morning tea/lunch. No camping, though toilets available.


Useful Information


Maritime Safety QueenslandÕs Beacon to Beacon directory

Bring hose to connect in the ladies toilet for boat washing on return to Redland Bay.