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Southern Moreton Bay Islands
Gold CoastQueensland
Southern Moreton Bay Islands.jpg
Eden, Kangaroo and Woogoompah Islands (looking west)
Population 0 (2011 census)
Established 2003
Location 20 km (12 mi) from Surfers Paradise
LGA(s) City of Gold Coast (Division 12)
State electorate(s) Coomera
Federal Division(s) Fadden
Suburbs around Southern Moreton Bay Islands:
Steiglitz Russell Island North Stradbroke Island
Jacobs Well Southern Moreton Bay Islands South Stradbroke Island
Coomera Paradise Point

The Southern Moreton Bay Islands is a suburb on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. It is located at the northern end of the City of Gold Coast local government area. It was gazetted as a bounded locality on 7 Feb 2003 and regazetted on 27 November 2009 due to local government changes.

The suburb is unusual in that it does not have any permanent residents.

The suburbs consists of numerous very low-lying esturarine islands separated by channels in the southern part of Moreton Bay. The islands are mostly covered by mangroves, and a substantial part of the area is inundated by water at high tide.

Islands within the Southern Moreton Bay Islands:

  • Cobby Cobby Island
  • Coomera Island
  • Crusoe Island
  • Eden Island
  • Kangaroo Island (Boonnahbah)
  • Mosquito Islands
  • Short Island
  • Rat Island
  • Tabby Tabby Island
  • Woogoompah Island
Tipplers Passage Jacobs Well
Tipplers Passage with Kangaroo Island in the background on left, 2014

Passages and Channels within the Southern Moreton Bay Islands:

  • Canaipa Passage
  • Cobby Passage
  • Coomera River (North Branch)
  • Coomera River (South Branch)
  • Jewel Creek
  • Main Channel
  • The Broadwater
  • Tiger Mullet Channel
  • Pimpama River
  • Whalleys Gutter

Several of the islands within the suburb have been protected as the Southern Moreton Bay Islands National Park. Most of the channels are protected as part of the Moreton Bay Marine Park.

Additional protection for fish habitat is provided by the Jumpinpin-Broadwater Fish Habitat Area declared on 19 November 1983. The habitat of sea grass meadows and shallow estuarine areas are protected for a variety of sea life.

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