Since commencing operation in 1964 with the first vehicle ferry, MV Myora, Stradbroke Ferries, now SeaLink South East Queensland, has grown to become the largest marine operator in Moreton Bay. Today SeaLink South East Queensland operates vehicle and passenger ferry services to North Stradbroke Island and the Southern Moreton Bay Islands of Lamb, Karragarra, Macleay and Russell.
SeaLink South East Queensland is open for business 7 days a week, 365 days a year, with booking offices located at Cleveland and Redland Bay on the mainland, and on North Stradbroke (Dunwich) and Russell Islands.
The North Stradbroke Island terminal is located at Toondah Harbour at the end of Middle Street in Cleveland. It is marked clearly by the iconic four story tower, which originally came from Expo 88 and was an FM broadcasting tower.
The Redland Bay terminal for services to Russell, Lamb, Macleay and Karragarra Islands is located on Weinam Street. At the departure terminal there is a reservations office where the friendly staff can answer any questions that you may have.
Each year Sealink SEQ vessels make approximately 25,000 crossings of Moreton Bay. The business employs over 100 people. And over the course of 50 years, have made a significant contribution to the communities and visitors in both economic and employment terms and the continued growth of the tourism industry.
MV Moreton Escape
The Moreton Escape was the sister ship to the Lakarma, both of which were war vessels brought over from Holland to Freemantle in 2003.
The Lakarma commenced operation around the Southern Bay Islands in 2005. The 180-tonne vehicle is powered by two Detroit 350hp diesel engines and has the capacity to carry 200 people.
MV Bay Islander
The Bay Islander joined the fleet in 1990, formerly a cross-river vehicular cable ferry. The vessel was lengthened from 19m to 25m when it first joined Stradbroke Ferries and was lengthened further in 1993.
The Quandamooka was built in 1994 then extended in 1999. The name “Quandamooka” comes from the Aboriginal name for Moreton Bay. It can carry up to 52 cars and 400 passengers and features a licensed, air conditioned onboard café with viewing platform.