Boat trip to Peel Island

Living on Canaipa Pass Russell Island gives us access by boat from our backyard  to the many beautiful islands in the majestic Moreton Bay.As the tinny is launched the decision is made that the escapade we were about to embark on was to see the pristine Peel Island.The Island was named in 1824 after Sir Robert Peel by british colonists and was first seen in 1799 fi by Matthew Flinders.Peel Island was used as a quarantine stationing the mid 19th century for passengers of sailing ships and for the scrub down and sanitise of ships for a certain time,prior to arrival into Brisbane.A leper station in 1907 and in 1959 the Island was heritage listed “in shark infested waters”.Today, Peel Island is a tourist destination for many wishing to get in touch with nature and be fully self- sufficient and the Island is a popular spot for the keen fishermen.

With our trusty Captain Dave at the realm we absorb the amazing scenery that Moreton Bay exhibits.
The rusted partially submerged shipwreck in Platypus Bay provides an abundance of marine life for the snorkelling enthusiasts and kayakers to enjoy.



Teerk Roo Ra (Peel Island) National Park is mostly restricted access to the public due to preservation however there is two camping areas in Platypus Bay and Horseshoe Bay.
Platypus Bay is on the Eastern side of the Island and is surrounded by unspoilt beaches ideal for water activities being mindful of the shallow coral reefs .Boatsman and holiday makers anchor up in Horseshoe Bay bearing in mind the tidal access for their boats to the island .





The red ochre sandstone cliffs provide a stunning backdrop to the exquisite water surrounding the Island










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