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Moreton Bay, Brisbane

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In 1770 James Cook named this expanse of blue water, cradled by Moreton Island and North Stradbroke Island , after his friend in England, the Earl of Morton. However, it was fellow explorer Matthew Flinders who first entered and mapped the islands. Today, the bay has become an natural playground for Brisbane's residents and many people enjoy the rich waters and islands, such as St. Helena Island , Peel Island and South Stradbroke Island . Fishing and water sports abound and Coochiemudlo Island , offering the closest beach to the suburbs of Brisbane, provides a safe swimming area with just a short ferry ride.