Macleay Island has its own climate to some degree - literally. It is milder, with temps 1-2 degrees cooler in summer and warmer in winter. Because we are surrounded by water, there is usually a beautiful afternoon breeze to cool us down in summer. It has the benefit of being protected by surrounding islands e.g. Stradbroke etc. so waters are calm most of the time - no surf - sorry, storms excepted. Having said that, I have caught the ferry in very bad weather and it is fine. The 'Cats' are twin hulled and very stable. We can leave Redland with white caps and metre swell and when we get into the protection of the islands it has dropped to next to nothing.