Historic Jetties of the Redlands

Cleveand jetty 1871

Redland Bay


Russell Island Jetty

Russell Island

The Redlands has had many jetties. The first one was built in the 1820s on North Stradbroke Island.

Many were private jetties built by people whose land went down to the sea. Some were built by the Shire Council with a swimming enclosure on the end. Many Redlanders learnt to swim in these enclosures. Other jetties were built by the Queensland Government for ships, ferries and other boats.

Some jetties were simple wood platforms that were barely above the water at high tide. Other jetties were built of concrete and steel and were big enough for passenger ferries.

wellington Point

Wellington Point

The Wellington Point jetty was first built about 1937 in the same place as the present jetty. It has been renovated and repaired since then. It was mainly used by visitors to Wellington Point, which was a popular camping spot especially
during school holidays.

The first jetty built in the Redlands was at Dunwich on North Stradbroke Island. A 100-metre causeway was built out of rocks in about 1827-28. It was built by convicts living on the island.


Harold Walker Jetty Dunwich

Many more jetties were built all over the Redlands in the next 150 years, including:

  • Redland Bay jetty
  • South Street jetty
  • Black’s jetty
  • Oyster Point jetty
  • Wellington Point jetty
  • Paxton Street jetty
  • Victoria Point jetty
  • Amity Point jetties

Russell Island Jetty 1886

Redland Bay was a long way from the railway line, which ended at Cleveland. Therefore boats were very important for the farmers who needed to get their produce (crops) to market. Redland Bayhas had several jetties built by either the Shire Council or the State
Government, and some farmers had their own jetties as well. It is not known exactly when the Redland Bay public jetty was first built.
By the 1898 the main jetty was worn out so the boats used another jetty just below the Redland Bay Hotel. In 1907 a new jetty was built on the site of the present Redland Bay jetty.

redland Bay hotel

Redland Bay Hotel and Jetty..1907

The 1866 jetty also got damaged by the weather, and in 1887 the Queensland Government built another timber jetty off the other
(western) side of the Point. The 1887 jetty replaced the 1866 jetty
as the main one used by the coastal steamers. This jetty lasted
longer because it was more sheltered on that side of the Point.
However, it also wore out, and was demolished in 1978 because it
was falling down and unsafe.
HP289: of all the jetties in the Redlands, this one was the most well-known. It was built
on Cleveland Point in 1887 by the Queensland Government to replace the 1866 jetty.
Photos of this jetty were used for postcards like this one. This photo was taken about 1914

Cleveland Jetty


History of the Southern Moreton Bay Islands



After the convict period ended in 1842, many people came to the islands for the timber. Fishermen also headed there to hunt dugongs for their oil and harvest oysters, firstly for their shells and later for their meat. They also farmed oysters, with it becoming the biggest fishery in southern Queensland for many years.

Farmers began to move to the islands in the 1860s. The early cotton and sugar were not very successful, so they started growing fruit and vegetables instead. Some farmers swam cattle across to the islands and tried to set up herds. One of the early fruit crops was mangoes and some of the trees planted in the 1890s are still growing. Later, pineapples and bananas were very popular. 

Many of the jetties were built so the farmers could get their crops to markets on the mainland. Once the farmers began to do well, they built community halls, churches and schools. As the years went by, the farmers found it harder to make a living and, by the 1960s, they began to sell their farms.

The Bay Islands were subdivided into suburban blocks over the next 10 years sparking a controversial chapter in their development



The island was first settled by Europeans in 1866, when John Campbell was granted a lease on the northern end of the island closely followed by John Willes and his family.[3] Land auctions commenced in 1870.[2] Farmers and oystermen were the first full-time inhabitants, but with the arrival of the Jackson family in 1906, a small village was created on the western side of the island called Jacksonville, that had a sawmill, pineapple canning factory, jetty and even a picture theatre.[3] A small school was opened in 1916.[2]

Russell Island is known for the infamous land scams of the early 1970s,[4] when many of the islands farms were divided into over 20,000 blocks.[3] At the time, the area, with a population of less than 500, did not have a local authority enforcing planning regulations. Heavily advertised and sold off by unscrupulous vendors, these blocks were often not where the unwary customers thought they were buying.[4] It all rode on the vague promise of a bridge from the National Party government at the time. Media reports exposing the scam pointed to blocks that were underwater at high tide and the lack of public land.[history



……………….posted by a long-time Russell Island property owner and ratepayer, as follows:
“Mark mentions how the islands were dumped on Redlands but I read a different story…Redland shire were to collect the rates and use them for infrastructure minus admin costs. It was part of the Bjelke-Petersen Government’s decision to place Queensland’s offshore islands into local authority areas. This followed sovereignty threats by the Whitlam Government to extend the Australia’s territorial limits. Official files confirm that there was little discussion before Russell Island was included into Redland Shire in 1973. At the time of incorporation of Russell and four other islands into the Shire, the number of the Shire’s rateable properties more than doubled from an estimated 11000 to an estimated 25300.
The Shire had no objections to incorporation of the Southern Moreton Bay Islands (Redland Times, 14 Feb. 1973) and recognised that with only 271 residents, the islands could not become a separate shire. The council did not object to the decision of the then Minister for Local Government, Mr McKechnie to incorporate Russell Island into Redland Shire. The council’s main concerns were for the then Harbours and Marine Department to pay the full costs associated with jetties and that additional Loans Council borrowing to be allowed for an enlarged Shire. It has only become fashionable in recent years to blame the original condition of the islands for the slowness of development progress. The Redland Shire Council intended to collect about $300000-$400000 pa in rates from the Russell, Karragarra, Lamb and Macleay island group. By agreement with the State Minister the Redland Shire Council was to ensure that this money would be spent on the islands after allowing for administration costs. But apparently the Minister did not ensure the agreement was kept and the council’s intention changed over the years and only a small proportion of the rate money collected from the islands has been returned for island works. Consequently, the basis under which “public good conservation” measures were later introduced is that the island was not serviced so in places it still resembled bushland etc.”

Port Douglas Queensland

The tour called ‘Port Douglas in Style” caught my eye, and we were met at the Marina where Pacific Dawn was moored out at sea, by a Hummer which is a long, stretch Limousine. This one was complete with luxurious padded velvet seats and Champagne.


Everyone was fitted in and we leisurely drove through Port Douglas town seeing some very beautiful treed streets as we headed out towards Mosman and Shannonvale

Port Douglas is a town in Far North QueenslandAustralia, approximately 70 km (40 mi) north of Cairns. Its permanent population was 3,205 at the time of the 2011 census.[2] The town’s population can often double, however, with the influx of tourists during the peak tourism season May–September. The town is named in honour of former Premier of Queensland, John Douglas. Port Douglas developed quickly based on the mining industry


When the Kuranda Railway from Cairns to Kuranda was completed in 1891, the importance of Port Douglas dwindled along with its population. A cyclone in 1911 which demolished all but two buildings in the town also had a significant impact.[5] At its nadir in 1960 the town, by then little more than a fishing village, had a population of 100.

In the late-1980s, tourism boomed in the region after investor Christopher Skase financed the construction of the Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas Resort.

Skase’s Legacy is street after street in Port Douglas lined with magnificent palm trees that he purchased fully grown and had planted. However, he is not remembered for this, despite the fact that the trees are prominent and form a major part of Port Douglas’s beauty because he relinquished payment for his investment….long memories of those not paid for their services, despite the fact that the trees remain, and so does the Resort.


Shannonvale River and picnic spot was very beautiful….someone wanted to go to the toilet so that was the end of the exploring around the river, which was picturesque and lined with trees overgrown with creepers and rainforest plants…It is a bathing spot suitable for swimming….and photographs

Out came the purple umbrella…and away we went on our way…past the Shannonvale Winery which I would have loved to visit….to Mosman and forward    http://www.hummersandharleys.com.au/

https://www.shannonvalewine.com.au/  Passionfruit vineyards edge the road …grapes do not grow well in this area and wines are being made with tropical fruits and the passionfruit vineyards edge the road and were were very beautiful..

I am not too sure why we went to Cooya Beach as there was hardly any beach there….and the coconut trees that lined the beach as we drove there were beautiful…the weather was getting cloudy and we could barely see the cruise ship hanging out there on the horizon. It was the place to take some group photos…and then it was back to the Marina and the cruise ship..

Cooya Beach is a coastal suburb near the mouth of the Mossman River, 7 km north west of Port Douglas. The origin of its name is not recorded.

A township plan and formal naming were approved in 1963, but development awaited a further 30 years. Planning approvals and development proposals for a resort and a small shopping centre occurred in the mid-2000s


Although Cooya Beach might seem to be a retirement haven, it is also an out-of-town suburb for working families and has a long-day care centre. At the 2011 census Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders made up 24% of the population. Recreational activities include mud-crabbing and boating.

Barron Falls Queensland

I was expecting to see Barron Falls overloading water with many waterfalls. Alas!! I was not lucky, and got the usual trickle of water…beautiful but not as expected

Instead of paying the usual $159 from the Cruise ship, I went with my friend via Public Transport as this time Pacific Dawn was moored out in the sea at Yorkeys Knob, a place that is not easily accessed from anywhere. I walked about 10 minutes to the end of the street and waited for Bus 212 that comes every hour to Smithfield.  From there at 11 50 am there was a bus to Kuranda….we walked through the shopping Centre and across the main road and the bus was $3.40. From Kuranda we took a Ride Share Car that cost $12..

The Ride Share took us to the Parking area at Barron Falls and from there we meandered along some paths through some very beautiful Rain forest to the Main viewing area for the Falls……


Cairns Rainforest Webcam – Barron Falls

The Cairns Tropical Rainforest webcam is located on the top of Tower 25, adjacent to Skyrail’s Barron Falls Station and points in a West-North-West direction overlooking the Barron Falls and Gorge. There is a 125-watt solar panel supplying the camera and modem. A daylight sensor is installed to shut down the camera and modem at night to conserve power. The video stream runs on demand wirelessly through the cellular network

We walked down to where the Railway stops to share the view of the Barron Falls…and then back to the top and where we started from.

The Barron Falls may be viewed and accessed by road via the Kennedy Highway that crosses the Barron River upstream of the falls, near Kuranda. The narrow-gauge Kuranda Scenic Railway and the Skyrail aerial tram also leads from the coastal plain to the tablelands. The train stops at Barron Falls overlook, where passengers may disembark for several minutes. The Skyrail stops at two rainforest mid-stations, Red Peak and Barron Falls. The trail at Barron Falls Skyrail station leads through the rainforest to three separate lookouts providing views of the Gorge and Falls        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barron_Falls 

Airlies Beach Queensland

Cruise Ship Pacific Dawn arrives at Airlie’s Beach. I decide I should go on shore to see Airlie’s Beach. There was a shuttle bus that would take passengers to a market and I understood a small tour for $5 and along with other passengers I took the bus.

It was a very short drive from the Marina up the road to where a market was located. I got off the bus walked across the road, and walked back to the bus and returned to the Cruise Ship. There was really nothing to see, no view points, a driver who was not interested in his passengers, and as the large ferry was waiting I went back on that one…a choppy ride back to the ship. I am not quite sure why we came to Airlie Beach at all.

Hotels3-star averaging $133, 5-star averaging $218. View hotels
Weather29°C, Wind SE at 21 km/h, 59% Humidity
Location1,123 km (698 mi) from Brisbane; 151 km (94 mi) from Mackay; 25 km (16 mi) from Proserpine
Population1,208 (2016 census)