Roughly midway between Brisbane city and the Gold Coast, Raby Bay harbourside sits within Moreton Bay in South East Queensland, Australia; forming the coastline of Cleveland and Ormiston, suburbs in the Redlands.
Do you know Raby Bay is known for its seagrass meadows, which support the local dugong population?
Catch the occasional dugong along these shores … if you keep an eye out for them.
You can drive to Raby Bay or take a train to the most scenic railway station in Queensland, in my eyes anyway – the Cleveland railway station, which opens out to Raby Bay itself.
An inviting welcome when you step off the train.
The canal estate developed in 1979 expanded this Cleveland suburb into the bay creating prestigious waterfront homes and commercial businesses with access to Raby Bay eateries and marina.
The marina offers a central location for seafarers north and south of the coastline; and was also a pit stop for Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp and his crew), docking the Black Pearl for a bit of R & R whilst filming the latest Pirates of the Caribbean ‘Dead Men Tell No Tales’ in 2015.
Take a walk from the station, along the boardwalk, to restaurants and cafes; serving up a variety of fresh eats – cool off with a drink and meal at Fiction Bar and Restaurant, taste freshest fish and chips from Samson Fish Seafood, or exotic and spicy Thai at Thai Inlay.
Yes, you have guessed it – they are my 3 favourite eating houses in Raby Bay.
The Fiction restaurant offers modern Australian fare from fresh local seafood to juicy steaks cooked just right. Sample sweet potato fries; lightly crumbed tender calamari or enjoy the burst of flavour when you bite into tempura pumpkin flowers served with aioli sweet-chilli brandy; let your palate savour the symphony of freshness as you watch the yachts cruise by.
Sit beside the boardwalk or laze at the stools and benches overlooking the sunken bar, enjoying cold beers or a glass of wine, basking in gentle sea breezes.
Happy hour is usually busy but never overly crowded; a perfect spot to watch the sun sets over the bay.
A good place to catch up with friends for a drink and a meal … or for that special dinner with that special someone on a Saturday night … to enjoy live music, great food accompanied by a great selection of beers and wine.
Nikki and her team will look after you.
Samson Fish Seafood
If you prefer something relax and casual, try the fish and chips at Samson Fish Seafood – a little café who consistently serve up a big promise of freshest seafood, especially fish; any kind of fish; from cod to dory, barramundi to salmon – you dream of it; they have got it!
The fish is served grilled, crumbed or battered; my personal favourite is crumbed – the fish is lightly crumbed, fried golden brown to perfection, served with chips, crispy salad and tartare sauce.
Always service with a smile – Sam, Lorna and team will assist with your requests.
The choices are varied, wholesome to satisfy the whole family!
You can bring your own beer, wine, and glasses as well,
at Samson’s; though they also have a full selection of soft drinks and juices to choose from.
A convenient place to meet up with friends for a quick bite or treat yourself with a night off cooking dinner … (Photos courtesy of Samson Fish Seafood)
Thai Inlay Restaurant
Thai Inlay Restaurant – Chef Noy will warm your palate with
‘Fish on Fire’ – fish pieces cooked with a spicy sauce (traditional Thai recipe) – another favourite of mine; or a sizzling stir-fry chicken or pork Thai-style.
A good ‘Pad Thai’ is to be savoured with reverence – noodles
cooked just right – ‘el dente’ is the word I am looking for; stir-fried
with meats and vegetables or served as a vegetarian dish –
an all-time favourite to be enjoyed.
Thai spring rolls, fishcakes, tom yum soup and a selection of vegetarian entrees.
And the traditional classics of green, red or massaman curries, the choice is endless, depending on your fancy. Let Adele know when ordering, Chef Noy will make it as mild or as spicy as you desire.
It is still my Thailand when I am not in Thailand.
I keep going back faithfully, sometimes weekly, because it is sheer pleasure to enjoy consistent, quality food served at these establishments and I thank these eateries for giving me the dining pleasure I have enjoyed over the years in Raby Bay Harbourside.
You can our more about Raby Bay at www.rabybayharbour.com.au.