There is a little island just South East of Brisbane that is fast becoming the dream place to take a holiday. Indeed, just fifty minutes from the central business district of Brisbane lies the biggest of several islands in Southern Moreton Bay. Just eight kilometres in length and three kilometres wide, the island boasts all the usual services, including Internet connection, with many businesses situated right here on this island paradise.
Holiday accommodation in Russell Island is widely available, so families will find this place particularly safe and welcoming. As one would expect, this is a beach holiday place par excellence and has some rather beautiful views over the bay to North Stradbroke Island. The beaches are sheltered and safe and there are BBQ areas and picnic points for do it yourself catering. Many people love to catch their own fish off the rocks or jetty.
The beach obviously plays an integral part of daily life on an island and Russell Island is no exception. There are boat trips around the bay and swimming at a pretty enclosure near the High Street on the north end of the island.
In spring a place called Turtle Swamp has a multitude of wild flowers on show among the natural woodlands, forests and mangroves. With the abundance of birdlife too, it is no wonder that people dream of finding Russell Island accommodation amongst this wonderful and natural scenic beauty and it is really what most people desire.
Island living is rather laid back so it gives the entire family a chance to slow down and get back in touch with each other. There is no frenetic pace of life here, just a chance to be calm and do a little fishing or sunbathing. There is plenty to do off the island though since Brisbane and all it offers is not far away.
Brisbane has a great collection of art in the Museum of Brisbane that rarely sees the light of day. However, it puts on displays called ‘Reveal’ which shows off selected paintings, drawings and sculptures from as far back as 1859. With more than five thousand treasures in their coffers, this is a great opportunity to see some stunning work that is normally hidden in vaults. Even Aboriginal art is amongst this treasure trove and, along with pen and ink sketches of historic monuments etc., this is an art lovers dream trip.
For smaller kids, try to catch the Sesame Street Show this year and get up close and personal with the Cookie Monster, Big Bird, the Count and Bert and Ernie to name but a few. The show does exactly the same as the TV version and teaches kids the letters of the alphabet in show and song.
For the uninhibited, nude sun bathing is becoming more popular on this coast. Although totally unofficial, there are some beaches where aficionados of the pastime gather to do their thing, so to speak. However, slapping on the sunscreen, and nothing else, is absolutely mandatory if skin damage is to be avoided!
About twenty minutes outside the city is the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary which many people absolutely adore. Get up close to these lovely creatures and see the Tasmanian devils, kangaroos and wombats to get a taste of Australian wildlife.
Either rent Russell Island accommodation, which comprises of everything from rental villas, serviced apartments or holiday homes etc, or stay nearer Brisbane and go over to the island to get some peace. Either way, families will just love the wide variety of things to do and accommodation on offer even if it is only tents or caravans on the mainland.
Russell Island is warmer in January and February but, for those who come from colder climes, it never gets too cold. If arriving in their ‘winter’, just make sure to bring light clothing to cover the arms and legs for night time. Other than that, the beaches are fine most of the year so a sun tan is probably guaranteed.
Brisbane is a main hub airport for international travellers so people who fly in from the UK’s main airports would be well advised to book transfers for the onward journey when booking the flights. Or, for those who need to recover, stay a few nights in Brisbane accommodation, booked online, before slowing down to the pace of the island. All in all, this is a wonderful family holiday for those who are tired of city life.