North Stradbroke Island: A Must Visit

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North Stradbroke Island

Just off the coast of Brisbane you’ll find a stunning island dominated by long, beautiful, clear, pristine beaches accompanied by turquoise waters. It’s known for its incredible natural landscapes including cliffs, beaches, forests, and of course Aussie wildlife. The second largest sand island in the world after Fraser Island. 38km long and 11km wide making is super easy to access. Lovingly known as ‘Straddie’ to the locals, North Stradbroke is one of Queensland’s best kept secrets. This short guide will tell you everything you need to know about visiting Straddie, including how to get there, what to do, getting around, where to camp and so much more.

 

Getting to North Stradbroke Island

The best way to get to Straddie is to hop on the ferry from Toondah Harbour in Cleveland which is a half an hour drive from Brisbane city. Stradbroke Ferries operate vehicle ferries every day of the year. They have plenty of daily departures to suit everyone’s needs. You can also grab a taxi ferry if you’d prefer to explore Straddie by foot for the day. During busy tourist seasons peak hour ferries tend to sell out. Friday afternoon, Saturday mornings and Sunday evenings. Vehicle permits can be bought online.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Getting around the island

Taking your own vehicle gives you the freedom to explore all the island has to offer. The island is only 20 minutes wide, making it easily accessible. Most of the roads and stunning beaches on Straddie are only accessible via 4WD. This includes driving on the main beach that stretches the length of the Eastern Coast and where most of the beautiful campsites are located. The 4WD access points are on both the Main Beach and Flinders Beach, with fuel stops in Dunwich, Point Lookout and Amity Point. If you decide on a day trip, for less than $10 you can hop on and off the public bus around the island stopping at most of the main attractions, beaches, lookouts, and Amity Point. Luckily enough the bus timetable is linked to the ferry timetable so getting off the ferry should coincide with the bus arriving.  However, relying on a bus means your time is limited. Recommend paying the extra ferry fee and having the freedom to roam at your own leisure. If riding a bus bring the correct change, the bus only takes cash, $5 per ride or $10 for the day pass.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Camping on North Stradbroke Island

There are 6 campgrounds to choose from at Dunwich, Amity Point and Point lookout. 4WD campers have the option of 200 campsites on the foreshore of Flinders Beach as well as 300 campsites on the southern end of Main Beach. You can purchase a monthly vehicle access permit for $57.80 which is valid for one month from your date of purchase. Campsites can all be booked in advance online. Most of them are $25 per night. Keep an eye on the tide times when making your way to camp as they are best accessed at low tide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What to do on North Stradbroke Island

Straddie’s iconic main beach is one of the first things you’ll come across when arriving at Point Lookout. The sandy beach stretches for 30km, making it the perfect spot for a swim or a cruise in your 4WD.

 

North Gorge Walk

A short 1.5km walk highlights the views of Point Lookout while surrounding you with stunning beaches and insane coastal views before landing you back into town. Even though its relatively short allow plenty of time to stop off and take in the magical scenery, explore the magnificent views from the cliffs.

 

Point Lookout Town

A beautiful coastal town situated above the picturesque Main Beach. Home to cute cafes and boutiques. The perfect spot to chill out and peruse what’s on offer. At sunset the kangaroos appear, one of the best spots in QLD to see them in the wild.

 

Cylinder Beach

An epic location not to be missed. A sheltered beach, making it the perfect spot for a swim to cool off. A 30 minute walk from the town centre making it easily accessible. Heading towards Deadman’s Beach you’ll find a series of rock pools to wade through.

 

Amity Point Jetty

This jetty stretches out onto Moreton Bay providing the perfect vantage point to watch the wild dolphins frolicking about. They seem to be quite used to humans, swimming in the shallows, coming close to your feet. They are known to arrive at the jetty between 3-5pm daily.

 

Pack Your Snorkel

Straddie has some of the most amazing snorkelling spots. The water of the west coast of the island is generally calmer and clearer, perfect conditions to see fish, turtles, and stingrays. If needed, you can purchase snorkelling equipment from Amity Point, a popular location to spot fish in the island shallows.

 

Minjerribah Campsite

Just up from Amity Point you’ll find this peaceful campsite. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for wild koalas in the trees. They offer a selection of powered/unpowered sites and even some cabins.

 

Explore Inland Straddie

It is just as beautiful: two of the most popular attractions to visit in inland Straddie are the Blue Lake and the Brown Lake which are two large freshwater lakes in the middle of the island. Both lakes can be reached by 2WD.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to eat on Stradbroke Island

There’s several cute cafes and restaurants to choose from around the three main towns, Dunwich, Point Lookout and Amity Point. French Ease is a popular spot for toasties. Breakfast is great at The Blue Room Café, with an outdoor beach shack style, the coffee and food goes down a treat. Stop for gelato at Point Lookout, there’s two options:  Oceanic Gelati and Coffee Bar and Bella Belena Gelateria. Take a seat on the grass and enjoy the views. There’s also a few small supermarkets in each of the towns to stock up if you’re camping. Have a drink at Little Ship Club in Dunwich, fabulous views, and affordable drinks. They also have live music on a Sunday.

 

Accommodation on North Stradbroke Island

If you’re not camping there are other options, something to meet everyone’s budget. Options are not too plentiful, but you shouldn’t have a problem if you book ahead. If you’re looking for a budget friendly location Manta Lodge Hostel is ideal. The Islanders Resort is perfect for a mid-range stay and Saltwater 5 an apartment rental is more luxurious.

It’s known for its incredible natural landscapes including cliffs, beaches, forests, and of course Aussie wildlife. The second largest sand island in the world after Fraser Island. 38km long and 11km wide making is super easy to access. Lovingly known as ‘Straddie’ to the locals, North Stradbroke is one of Queensland’s best kept secrets.
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