The smallest of the Bay Islands, Karragarra Island is about .05 km wide by 4km long. The sandy beach with swimming enclosure adjacent to ferry terminal is a popular spot for picnics and BBQ’s. Safe swimming makes it ideal for families with small children. High tide is the best time to visit. The local Council has provided electric bbq’s both on the beach and in undercover areas, playground and toilets. Karragarra has no shops so all food items and drinks must be brought with you from the mainland or purchased from the other islands. Popular with walkers and cyclists.
Second smallest in size, Lamb Island is about 1 km x 1.5 km and is a pleasant island for walking or cycling. Clarks Point at the Northern end of the island is accessible at low tide and is a pretty sandy point fringed by mangroves. There is a swimming enclosure about ½ way down the island on the eastern side with a shady picnic area with electric BBQ. Lamb Island has a small kiosk that provides both grocery items and takeaway food. There is a tennis court for hire and a Bowls Club where meals are available on Fridays from 6.00 pm and bar service from 5.00 pm all days. The Pioneer Hall adjacent to the Bowls Club is of historical interest as is the grave of the founder, Lucas, near the ferry terminal.
The most populated of the islands, Macleay Island is suitable for cycling and walking and has a taxi available for hire that meets most ferry arrivals. A marked Heritage Walk is popular with visitors. Macleay has a number of B&B’s and cottage accommodation. On the northern end of the island at Pats Point there is a swimming enclosure, bbq and toilets. There is a hotel that boasts the best view in the islands a short walk up the hill from the ferry terminal. A bowls club and golf course, both providing meals and recreational activities. Macleay has an art gallery that hosts annual art events, as well as a permanent display of local art. Currently under construction are a large supermarket and police station and residence. There are a number of takeaway food outlets, The Blue Parrot restaurant and café, seafood shop, and pizza. There is a pharmacy, doctor’s surgery and ambulance and fire stations, vet, post office, bait and fishing tackle shop, service station and one of the 2 primary schools for the island children. A day care centre is also available for residents. There are a number of real estate agents. A causeway connects Macleay to the quaint island of Perulpa, which means the island off an island.
Russell is the largest of the 4 islands and is currently undergoing a boom in infrastructure with the construction of new shopping centre and swimming pool due to open late February 2008. A police station and residence is also underway. There is a RSL club, proudly built by the locals, Bowls Club, Aunty Alice’s café and a supermarket, liquor outlet, garage, post office, and plant nursery. Fresh produce can be found on roadside stalls and a market held on Saturday mornings next to the garage. Russell Island Primary School has an impressive history, educating the island children for over 90 years. There is a pharmacy, ambulance and fire stations, and a number of real estate agents, library with Internet access and video store. Accommodation is available at the motel and several B&B’s. Adjacent to the ferry terminal is a swimming enclosure and picnic area. Jackson Oval on the western side of the oval is the home of the Russell Island Dolphins Cricket Club, with claims of the prettiest water front cricket venue in Australia and popular with visiting mainland teams. There are a number of flora and fauna areas of significance, particularly the wetlands. A taxi is available for hire, kayaks and motorbikes and bus tours can be arranged for groups. A large island with some bitumen roads, Russell is a challenge for cyclists with views over the Cainapa Passage that runs between Russell and North Stradbroke Islands.