Peel Island is located approximately 3 hours from our base at Cabbage Tree Creek and easy hop from St Helena, Stradbroke, or going to or coming back from the Gold Coast.

Peel Island

Peel Island is a National Park but was a leper colony from 1907 to 1959 . Historical buildings and remnants of the colony still remain and tours are available by contacting the local ranger in advance. Tons of cicadas to list too on the island.

Fishing off the jetski. Peel Island
Fishing off the jetski. Peel Island

Horseshoe Bay

Horseshoe Bay is the main anchorage on Peel Island. Excellent Beach with Clear waters. On the south side of the island Horseshoe Bay is protected from every direction beside south, south east, southwest. You can anchor in 2-5 meters of water. This is a small heritage listed island which has a rich history and ruins from being a Leprosy Colony, a quarantine station and also used for “inebriates”. A popular stop for boaters as it is near to Raby Bay on the mainland.

Horse Shoe Bay Cave
Horse Shoe Bay Cave

Platypus Wreck

Peel Island has quite a bit of coral around it, so great for snorkeling and don’t forget to visit the wreck of the Platyplus on the South East Side near the Bluffs. Fishing abounds everywhere around the island, just check your Moreton Bay Guide to make sure you are not in a fishing prohibited area.

wreck of the Platyplus
wreck of the Platyplus on the South East Side near the Bluffs


Horseshoe Bay has a lot of room for anchoring. If you need to get out of a south direction wind, you can go around to Lazaret on the North Side. Be careful of your tide depths when anchoring. This is not a large anchorage at Lazaret.

Lazarette anchorage
Lazarette anchorage

The clear water in shore is ideal for swimmers and the rocks on the eastern side of the bay offer excellent snorkeling opportunities. The white sandy beach is popular with day trippers and visitors. The anchorage can be very crowded during the weekends but during the week is a relatively quiet anchorage. Dugongs, turtles, and dolphins are frequent visitors of Horseshoe Bay and in recent times even whales have been spotted as they migrate the east coast during winter.

Sandy beach on Peel Island
Beach on Peel Island

Moreton Bay Wildlife and National Park Info

Family Sailing in Moreton Bay

The Many Areas of Moreton Bay

Moreton Bay Day Sails