The Karragarra Sea Market Festival is held each year beside the beach on idyllic Karragarra Island, the smallest populated island of the group known as the Southern Moreton Bay Islands (SMBI). The Festival began 23 years ago as a small fundraiser for the Karragarra Island Rural Fire Brigade and has grown over recent years into one of the largest community events on the SMBI.
The Festival this year includes around 100 stalls, many selling arts, crafts and other locally-produced items from the islands and surrounding areas. It features a range of speakers and workshops on topics including gardening, permaculture and sustainability, and other highlights include live entertainment, multiple food outlets and children’s activities.
The focus of the Festival is sustainability: reduce, reuse, recycle, as well as a focus on permaculture and gardening. The festival encourages stall holders to sell items that reflect this focus.
An IMPORTANT NOTE for visitors: Karragarra Island has no permanent shops and there is no local access to ATMs. It is essential that you bring sufficient cash for the day.
The Karragarra Sea Market Festival is intended to showcase the beautiful Southern Moreton Bay Islands and their vibrant local community. It is a day which brings together our four Islands in celebration of our community and its uniquely beautiful environment.
The Festival builds community by encouraging the participation of local artists and artisans of all kinds. A mix of stall holders is sought from across the Bay Islands, in particular those selling locally hand-crafted merchandise.
The Festival includes speakers and workshops on topics that generate awareness about the issues our environment faces and practical ways to address them, including presentations on sustainability.
The Festival is a plastic free zone and stall-holders are encouraged to maximise their use of recyclable or reusable items on their stalls. Visitors are encouraged to bring their refillable water bottles and coffee cups and, of course, their own shopping bags on the day.
By being part of the Festival our visitors have an opportunity to have a fun day out while learning about how to reduce and recycle waste and to live with a lower impact upon the planet.
Karragarra is the smallest of the four Southern Moreton Bay Islands – it is just two kilometres long and half a kilometre wide, with a permanent resident population of about 180 people. This population grows considerably during holidays, though, with many friends and visitors coming over to enjoy the tranquility and vistas of our island home.
We are located 40km south of Brisbane and 50km north of the Gold Coast, just off the coast at Redland Bay and protected from the Coral Sea by our much larger neighbour, North Stradbroke Island.
The Island features a Foreshore Park near the ferry jetty, with a sandy beach, swimming enclosure, free BBQs and seating. It is a very popular spot with locals and visitors alike, especially on those warm summer days.
The Karragarra Community Garden is just a short walk along the foreshore Esplanade from the ferry terminal and is a great place to relax for a while when wandering around the island. There is another small park adjacent to the Garden with a playground, more BBQs and public toilets.
There is no vehicular access to Karragarra (it’s an island!) but reliable and inexpensive ferries between Redland Bay Marina, Karragarra and the other Bay Islands operate throughout the day. Plan your public transport journey with the TransLink journey planner and don’t forget to bring your GoCard.