History of Cleveland: There are conflicting reports as to the naming of Cleveland, it was either named in 1770 by Captain James Cook in honour of John Cleveland, the Secretary of the Admiralty around the time, or by surveyors in the 1840s, in honour of William Vane, 1st Duke of Cleveland. Cleveland was proclaimed a township in 1850 and land sales occurred in 1851 mainly in the Cleveland Point area. The Redlands attracted farming families and became a district known for producing top quality fruits and vegetables with crops of strawberries, tomatoes, pineapples, custard apples, citrus fruits, bananas, herbs and vegetables grown very successfully.
Things to Do: Cleveland offers a multitude of activities for young and old. Catch a ferry across to North Stradbroke Island for the day or enjoy the Sunday Farmers Markets in the main street of Cleveland. Feel free to log onto the Redland City Council website to find out more.
Landmark: While Cleveland has a numerous historical landmarks, in our opinion the Cleveland Lighthouse would have to be our favourite landmark. Located on the tip of Cleveland Point, the Lighthouse was built about 1864. It lit the Point until it was replaced in 1975 by a concrete light. The lighthouse is the only remaining timber-structured, timber-clad 19th century lighthouse in Moreton Bay. It was an experimental design and one of only three hexagonal lighthouses erected in Moreton Bay.
Shopping: Cleveland offers all the major shopping conveniences in and around the Bloomfield and Middle Street area.
Restaurants & Cafes: Cleveland offers plenty of choices when it comes to Cafes and Restaurants. Some of our favourites include Café Arabica, Grand View Hotel, The Lighthouse Restaurant and the Terrace Café to name a few. There are also plenty of places to choose from in and around Cleveland Harbour.
Sports and Fitness: Cleveland is the home of the Cleveland Aquatic Centre offering 3 pools, a 50mtr 8 lane pool, 25mtr heated outdoor pool and an indoor 20mtr pool. There is also a children aquatic adventure playground. Cleveland offers numerous family fitness activities with bikeways, walking tracks and park fitness equipment to name a few.
Transport: Cleveland has its own Railway Station and is the end of the line on the rail network in the Redlands. Cleveland also offers multiple bus stops that link to local shops and or to the City. Cleveland also offers a ferry service to the Bay Islands for both people and vehicles.
Distance to City: Only 25 km from Brisbane CBD