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About Teerk Roo Ra

Getting there and getting around

Horseshoe Bay and Platypus Bay are open to the public. The rest of the island is a restricted access area to help preserve its historic remains. Photo: Robert Ashdown

Horseshoe Bay and Platypus Bay are open to the public. The rest of the island is a restricted access area to help preserve its historic remains. Photo: Robert Ashdown

Teerk Roo Ra National Park is 4 km east of Cleveland, a suburb of Redland City.

Horseshoe Bay and Platypus Bay are open to the public. Most of the island, including the lazaret, is a restricted access area closed to the public for the preservation of historic remains—fines apply and the park is patrolled.

Private boats may moor off the island. Consider the tides when anchoring in shallow water. Weather may significantly affect access; weather forecasts are available from the Bureau of Meteorology.

Wheelchair accessibility

  1. There are no areas accessible by wheelchair in Teerk Roo Ra National Park.

Park features

Large, ancient scribbly gums are a dominant tree in the eucalypt woodlands on the higher parts of the island. Photo: Robert Ashdown

Large, ancient scribbly gums are a dominant tree in the eucalypt woodlands on the higher parts of the island. Photo: Robert Ashdown

The 519 ha island is surrounded by mangroves, except for a sand beach on the southern side that forms Horseshoe Bay. Rich in cultural significance, Teerk Roo Ra is the only intact example of a multiracial lazaret in Australia. It opened in 1907, housing leprosy patients for the next 52 years. Prior to the lazaret, the island served as a quarantine station (1874 to the 1890s) and home for 'inebriates' (1910–1916).

Camping and accommodation

Teerk Roo Ra National Park provides limited bush camping areas along Horseshoe Bay and Platypus Bay. You need to be self-sufficient when camping here; permits are required and fees apply. There is no alternative accommodation.

Things to do

Boating and fishing

Teerk Roo Ra is surrounded by Moreton Bay Marine Park, a multiple use marine protected area, which protects the high natural, cultural, recreational and amenity values of the bay.

Varying restrictions on fishing and recreational activities apply in different zones and designated areas of the marine park. Refer to the following documents for information about boundaries and restrictions relating to zones and designated areas:

Overview of conservation zones on Teerk Roo Ra National Park

Peel Island conservation zones

Teerk Roo Ra National Park is protected by different zones in different areas, which restrict you from doing different things. Download the relevant maps and userguide for more detailed information about each zone.

Sandstone outcrops, Horseshoe Bay

Spectacular sandstone outcrops at Horseshoe Bay. Photo: Robert Ashdown

  • Green zone: the area around the island zoned as marine national park under the Moreton Bay Marine Park zoning plan, prohibits all forms of collecting including fishing.
  • Yellow zone: the conservation park zone allows fishing that is restricted to a maximum of two lines and two hooks per person.
  • Go slow areas for turtles and dugong: these areas protect turtles and dugong from boat strike, which is a major threat. In these areas:
    • all vessels must travel off-the-plane or in displacement mode
    • motorised water sports are prohibited.

Note: The QPWS registered mooring in Platypus Bay is for authorised vessels only.

For more information about recreational fishing rules and regulations see the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

Swimming and snorkelling

Both Horseshoe Bay and Platypus Bay provide clean, calm waters for swimming. Be aware of boats and watercraft at all times.

The shipwrecks in Platypus Bay host a variety of marine life, providing a popular place for snorkelling. Ensure you have a dive flag visible when snorkelling to warn boats of your presence; the area around the wrecks is also used for boat mooring.

Always take care in the water and never swim or snorkel alone.

Lyngbya (Lyngbya majuscula) is a naturally occurring, filamentous, blue-green algae that has occurred in bloom proportions in Moreton Bay coastal waters. Be aware of this when in the water and avoid direct contact with material that is washed onto the beach. See the Lyngbya updates page for further information on Lyngbya.

Things to know before you go

Essentials to bring

Preparation is the key to a safe and enjoyable visit. Ensure you bring:

  • hat, sunscreen and first-aid kit
  • all your drinking water—fresh water is not available on the island
  • a fuel stove—open fires are prohibited; test your fuel stoves before leaving home and never use them in confined spaces such as tents
  • insect repellent—mosquitoes and sandflies may be present in large numbers
  • rubbish bags—rubbish bins are not provided; take all recyclables and rubbish with you when you leave.

Opening hours

The park is open 24 hours a day.

Permits and fees

Camping permits are required and fees apply. A camping tag with your booking number must be displayed at your campsite.

Pets

Domestic animals are not permitted in the national park.

Climate and weather

The Brisbane region enjoys a mild, subtropical climate. The average daily temperature range is 22°C to 30°C in summer and 12°C to 22°C in winter. For more information see the tourism information links below.

Fuel and supplies

There are no supplies on the island. Fuel and supplies are available in Brisbane and North Stradbroke Island. For more information see the tourism information links below.

Staying safe

For your safety and to protect the historic remains, please stay out of the restricted access areas. Please read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.

In an emergency

  • Dial 000 for fire, medical, police emergency assistance.
  • Carry a first-aid kit with you and know how to use it.
  • If no mobile reception, try 112. Horseshoe Bay can have average-to-poor reception depending on where you are.

Looking after the park

Your help is needed to preserve the park and historic ruins for generations to come. Please be aware of these guidelines while visiting the park:

  • To preserve the historic sites, access is restricted to most of the island. Fines apply for entering the restricted access area.
  • Everything in the national park is protected.
  • Rubbish bins are not provided. Take your rubbish home with you and dispose of it responsibly on the mainland or at home.

See caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.

Park management

Teerk Roo Ra was dedicated under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 as a national park and conservation park in December 2007. The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service has worked towards preserving the island’s historic remains and artefacts and managing visitor access to the island.

On 4 July 2011, the Quandamooka Peoples #2 Native Title determination was recognised over land and waters on, and surrounding North Stradbroke Island, and Peel Island in Moreton Bay. This included Naree Budjong Djara National Park and other protected areas on North Stradbroke Island, and Teerk Roo Ra National Park and Regional Park on Peel Island.

Today Teerk Roo Ra National Park and Regional Park is jointly managed by the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC) and the Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing. Quandamooka and departmental officers’ are working together to protect the islands cultural and natural values for the benefit of all the people of Queensland.

Tourism information links

For more information about Teerk Roo Ra, contact:

  • Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service
    Teerk Roo Ra National Park
    PO Box 5178, Manly QLD 4179
  • Friends of Peel Island
    fopia.org.au

For more information about activities, tours and accommodation in the Brisbane region, contact:

For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see Queensland Holidays.

Further information

Contact us.

Last updated
23 February 2016