Moreton Bay extends 125 kilometres from Caloundra in the north, down to Surfers Paradise in the south and west to the foot of the Toowoomba range. Moreton Bay’s southern navigation entrance is the Gold Coast Seaway. The bay is 35 kilometres across at its widest point.
It is separated from the Coral Sea by a chain of three sand islands: Moreton Island in the north, North Stradbroke Island, and South Stradbroke Island in the south. Tipplers Passage is the main channel on the western coast of South Stradbroke Island. The Gold Coast Seaway is at the southern extent of Moreton Bay, before the Gold Coast Broadwater.
The bay itself contains about 360 islands in total. This includes the populated Russell, Macleay, Lamb and Karragarra Islands collectively known as the Southern Moreton Bay Islands. Residential development has also occurred on Coochiemudlo Island and Bribie Island. In the past Peel Island has been used as a sisal plantation, quarantine station, asylum and a leper colony.
Moreton Bay is generally shallow and sandy, though a substantive channel is maintained to allow access to the Port of Brisbane at Fisherman Islands at the mouth of the Brisbane River, for international shipping. As well as the Brisbane River, the Pimpama River, Logan River, Albert River, Pine River, Tingalpa Creek and the Schulz Canal all empty into Moreton Bay. Within Moreton Bay are the smaller bays of Waterloo Bay, Redland Bay, Raby Bay, Deception Bay and Bramble Bay.
The bay contains island villages such as the settlement on the bayside of Moreton Island, Tangalooma and on North Stradbroke, Dunwich and Amity Point. Prominent coastal communities and mainland suburbs situated on the bay include Deception Bay, Scarborough, Redcliffe, Margate, Woody Point, Brighton, Sandgate, Cleveland, Victoria Point and Redland Bay. Other attractions in the bay include Pumicestone Passage and numerous boat ramps, marinas and jetties, including the Shorncliffe pier.
West Moreton is a region in Queensland, Australia, consisting of the entire rural western portion of South East Queensland.
This region sits inland from both Brisbane and the Gold Coast, and to the east of the Darling Downs.
Much of the region lies in the Great Dividing Range. The name appears in the names of many community organisations, and is used by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
The Moreton Bay Region
The Moreton Bay Region takes in three key areas – Caboolture, Redcliffe and Pine Rivers. These areas came together after being amalgamated into the Moreton Bay Regional Council, which was formed in 2008, making it the third largest local government area in Australia behind Brisbane (the capital of Queensland) and the Gold Coast.
Three other local government areas neighbour the Moreton Bay Region including Brisbane (southern boundary), the Sunshine Coast (northern boundary) and Somerset Region (western boundary). However, the eastern boundary is met by the Coral Sea.
And this is part of what makes the Moreton Bay Region one of South-East Queensland’s most diverse areas, spanning more than 2037 square kilometres from Samford and Arana Hills to Redcliffe, Bribie Island, Caboolture, Dayboro, Woodford and Mt Mee. The coast to the hinterland.
With this diversity, comes a plethora of employment opportunities from small businesses in a range of industries, to large employers such as the Moreton Bay Regional Council.
Along with employment opportunities, the Moreton Bay Region has sustained continued growth since 1933 with a population of about 11,900, increasing to a population of about 389,600 as of the last census taken in 2011.
Invest in the Moreton Bay Region
The Moreton Bay region is perfect for both business and lifestyle. Well placed to the north of the Brisbane central business district, the region provides direct access to the Brisbane International and Domestic Airports, the Port of Brisbane and to the Australian Trade Coast giving businesses easy and competitive access to both domestic and international markets.
Both the Moreton Bay Regional Council and Regional Development Australia Moreton Bay have joined forces to nurture business investment into the Moreton Bay region in a seamless and straightforward way with a view to maximise returns.