Moreton Bay is a large, 11 500 km2 bay bordered by Moreton and Stradbroke Islands to the east, and the Brisbane River and eastern Brisbane suburbs to the west. The bay is 60 km long and up to 30 km wide. It has three entrances; the small meandering tidal channel in the south that connects with Jumpinpin and Nerang inlets, the 3 km wide South Passage between Moreton and Stradbroke Islands, and the large, 15 km wide North West and North East channels, between Bribie and Moreton Islands. The islands and its orientation protect the bay from all ocean swell, with only low wind waves dominating the low energy shoreline, while in the bay strong tidal currents work the tidal shoals and channels.
The bay has two halves, the more open northern half and narrower and more congested southern half. The northern half of the bay is bordered in the north by the southern shores of Bribie Island, and along the western shores by Deception Bay, Redcliffe Peninsula and Bramble Bay which terminates at Brisbane Airport and the mouth of the Brisbane River, with Moreton island forming the eastern boundary. To the south of the Brisbane River the bay narrows progressively in lee of North and South Stradbroke Island, and becomes increasingly congested with numerous low islands. This section describes the bay beaches between Pebble Beach opposite Bribie Island, down the western shores of the bay to Manly.
Beach Length: 2.2km
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