The historic seaside town of Cleveland is as much a holiday destination as it is a place to call home. Situated 25 kilometres south of Brisbane along the shores of Moreton Bay, Cleveland relishes in its laid back culture.
Locals love to soak up the sun and views along the beautiful foreshore parklands, or drop a line off the wooden jetties and boardwalks. The lively Cleveland Markets are a popular spot on the weekends whilst the heritage walk showcases the historic sites and buildings that have been converted into functional public spaces – the Old School is now Redland Art Gallery, and the old courthouse and jail is now The Courthouse Restaurant and events venue.
Raby Bay Harbour is home to luxury boats, a relaxed dining precinct, a maze of residential canals with private jetties and small beaches to splash around in. Further around ancient Moreton Bay Figs line the peninsula that leads up to Cleveland Point. Perched along the water’s edge is the original timber lighthouse which overlooks Stradbroke Island – which is only 45 minutes away by ferry.
Life could have been vastly different for locals – in 1850 the then NSW Governor, George Gipps stepped off his boat into waist-deep mud at GJ Walter Park, had the tide not been out, Cleveland as we know it would have been the main port of Brisbane. Instead, Cleveland has become a weekend destination for Brisbanites and home to the Grand View Hotel, Queensland’s first licensed pub and Queensland’s oldest Banyan tree.
Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School
Cleveland State School
Cleveland District State High School
25km from Brisbane
Cleveland Train Station connects to the Queensland Rail City Network
The council provides bus services within the Cleveland area