Only an hour from Brisbane's CBD and a 15 minutes FastCat ferry ride from Redland Bay's public transport Passenger Ferry Terminal, lies Macleay island, in the Southern Moreton Bay Islands Marine Park.
Imagine yourselves far removed from hectic city life and experience instant relief from stress and noise! This peaceful, relaxing getaway, lovely Macleay Island Writers' Cottage is located on the acreage property of 'Yarrandabbi Dreaming B&B Retreat' - a consistent TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Winner since 2013. Set on picturesque and secluded Secret Beach, in natural native bushy surrounds teeming with birdlife, enjoy the most comfortable and charming accommodation. Here in privacy, is the ideal tranquil retreat to unwind and rejuvenate your spirits.
The Writers' Cottage offers a beautifully decorated Queen bedroom with fine bed linen, a very spacious open-plan lounge/dining with Free WiFi, a large flat-screen TV/DVD player and Foxtel. The modern kitchen is large and has a full electric oven and stove top, fridge, microwave and a pantry equipped with essentials - tea and coffee making facilities, nice china and glassware and new quality cutlery etc. A private roomy bathroom with shower, designer towels and personal bathroom toiletries and hair dryer are all provided for guests' comfort.
Importantly given Brisbane's hot climate, the cottage is Air-Conditioned and has fans and glass sliding doors to a furnished veranda with garden and sea views. There is off-street parking at the front entrance and access is through a private gate along a short level walkway. Off the veranda, 4 steps descend into Yarrandabbi Dreaming's courtyard and access across the lawn to the beach. (50 metres).
For guests' use and enjoyment is a large entertaining deck and BBQ overlooking the the 12 metre swimming pool. Courtesy Bikes, a Canadian Canoe, fishing gear and smoker are also freely available.
Once here, we offer free transfers to and from the Macleay Island Jetty and discounted vehicular barge tickets if you prefer the convenience of coming over by car. (We can make the bookings on your behalf). We can also arrange 'Meet and Greet and Transfer' services of Bay Air Transfers from Brisbane Airport, neighbouring hotels and the International Shipping Terminal to Redland Bay - a 50 minute journey.... This currently costs AU$100 for two people
Your sojourn in the Writers' Cottage will exceed your expectations! But, No Smoking please!
Macleay Island is described as the yet 'undiscovered gem' of Moreton Bay, located between Brisbane and North Stradbroke Island, it has sheltered, cove like, tidal sandy beaches frequented by migrating sea birds and hundreds of large turtles!. No Surf! Biking, canoeing, sailing, boating, fishing, or swimming and exploring on foot are all popular activities. The Island is 6.5kms long and a kilometre wide. There is no public transport, and, one limited, expensive Taxi service, so bringing your car over on the 45 minute barge ride in hot weather and for convenience is recommended!
Enjoy the spectacular maritime scenery from the friendly Club Macleay -the Lawn Bowls Club, or, play on the picturesque and friendly 9 hole Golf course. Both clubs, so very reasonably priced welcome guests and both have very good Bistro restaurants, entertainment on Saturday and Friday nights respectively, and, courtesy buses. Our Tingira Boat club has sailing on Sundays and welcomes guests on Friday nights too. Other eating options are The Blue Parrott Cafe, an excellent fish and chip eatery and takeaway Chinese Cafe located 5 mins walk around the corner from Yarrandabbi's Writers' Cottage. Mammas Pizzaria also does salads and deliveries.
Two Supermarkets, a bakery, butchery, chemist, dentist, Doctors, ambulance, Fire and SES services, Real Estate and Post Office, Library, Yoga, Tai Chi classes, Craft groups and an excellent artists and writers community Art Gallery and Pottery place are here on Macleay Island. A Lions Club and many organizations service this friendly and supportive community of around 2,500 people.
Macleay Island is a safe and relatively crime free community - the way things were 30 years ago. Children 'free range' under an umbrella of community caring. Doors are more often left unlocked. Our insurances are the cheapest in the region. We have left the world's problems behind us!
Yarrandabbi Dreaming's Writers' Cottage is set in native gardens and lawns, 10 metres above picturesque Secret Beach. (See photo's).
In our natural Australian beachfront setting you will be delighted to find 200 species of birds, bearded dragons, blue tongue lizards and many species of frogs.
Our policies and practices are designed to be Environmentally Sustainable and our buildings exceeds the 4.5 Star building code.