Home Beach Trips & Holidays

Stradbroke Island – A Slice Of Paradise Right On Our Doorstep

Stradbroke Island

Have you considered Stradbroke Island for your next family holiday? Not only is it close and easily accessible, it’s host to a vast array of natural beauty that global tourists would pay top dollar to see. Why not keep your next trip local and see what you can find on Straddie.

Stradbroke Island – A Little Slice Of Heaven

Brisbane is truly blessed to have a wealth of gorgeous islands within a stone’s throw of the mainland. There are even a number of teeny tiny islands that you’ve probably NEVER even heard of!  

We can safely assert, however, that Stradbroke Island is truly the jewel in the crown of the Moreton Bay region islands.

stradbroke island

Divided into North and South Straddie, the locals embrace the philosophy of ‘slowing down’ and it’s easy to see why. Even though this is a short distance from the mainland, you may as well be traveling to a different world.

How do you get to Stradbroke Island?

Water taxis and ferries leave from Cleveland. You can travel over as a pedestrian or you can take your car or caravan for an extended stay. We would definitely recommend taking your car so you can see all that there is to see! You can find information about ferry timetables and costs here.

What is there to do on Stradbroke Island?

What isn’t there to do should be the question, with an abundance of beaches, lakes, activities, shopping and events you will be sure to have plenty to keep you busy during your stay. Aside from this, a great thing to do on Stradbroke Island is merely nothing, it is the perfect place to unwind and relax.

To access more information regarding points of interest listed below, access this website.

Beaches and Lakes

  • Amity Enclosure
  • Adams Beach
  • Blue Lake
  • Bradburys Beach
  • Brown Lake
  • Cylinder Beach
  • Deadmans beach
  • Dunwich Enclosure
  • Flinders Beach (located at Amity Point and Point lookout)
  • Frenchmans Beach
  • Home Beach
  • Main Beach
  • Myora Springs
  • South Gorge
  • Toompany Beach
Frenchmans Beach North Stradbroke

Frenchmans Beach

Stradbroke Island Activities

  • Four wheel driving, to find out more about hire, see here: http://straddiecampertrailerhire.com/
  • North Stradbroke Golf Club
  • Point Lookout Bowls Club
  • Beach Yoga
  • Bird Watching
  • Cycling
  • Diving
  • Fishing
  • Dolphin and Whale Watching
  • Gorge Walk
  • Blue Lake Walk
  • Surf lessons
  • Point Lookout tennis club
  • Kangaroo, Wallaby and Koala sighting
  • North Stradbroke Island Historical museum
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Point lookout
  • Gorge Walk

Wallaby

Where to stay on Stradbroke Island

There are a wealth of camp sites, hotels and Air BnB’s just begging to be relaxed in. Apart from that, you can experience local flavour at a number of pubs, art galleries and cultural hubs. The eclectic, winding streets and homes, secret fishing spots and some seriously awesome surfing opportunities make this an incredible destination.

We have the down-low on some great camping sites if you’d like to follow this link, too! 

Resorts, Hotels and B & B’s

If you are chasing accommodation with all of the facilities and amenities you will ever need, then the list below is for you.

To find out more information on any of the below, find out here.

  • Allure Stradbroke Island
  • Anchorage on Straddie
  • Pandanus palms
  • Samarinda Jewel
  • Whale Watch Ocean Resort
  • Stradbroke Island Beach Hotel
  • The Islander Holiday Resort
  • Stradbroke Island B & B
  • Straddie views B n B

 Air BnB’s

Air BnB’s offer a plethora of options, from houses that will home your whole family and maybe even the extended family, from beach shacks, to apartments, and even retreat style accommodation, there is sure to be something that will fit your budget and needs.

Follow this link to browse the many options available.

Camping

If you love stripping back to the bare minimum then camping is a great option to get the full Straddie experience.

To find more information on any of the options below, follow this link:

  • Amity Point
  • Minjerribah Camping
  • Dunwich
  • Point Lookout

Don’t worry if you aren’t equipped to camp, Straddie Camper Trailer and Camping Equipment hire will be able to assist you with the set up that you need. Find them here.

Holiday Rentals

Another way to chase that ‘home away from home’ feeling is through a holiday rental, and there are plenty to choose from on Straddie. From holiday houses and apartments to cottages and bungalows, these are a great option to ensure the whole family feels comfortable and at home on holiday.

To find more information on any of the options below, follow this link:

  • Cosy Cottages
  • Dolphin Holiday Accommodating
  • Ray White North Stradbroke Island
  • Sunset at Straddie View
  • Straddie Sales Rentals
  • Grass Trees on Straddie
  • Sea Shanties
  • Straddie Bay Views

Our Stradbroke Island top three must-do things

North Gorge Walk and Ice-cream

Gorge Walk

For the perfect family outing, head to Point Lookout at North Stradbroke Island. Here you will find the North Gorge walk; it’s a 1.2 kilometre boardwalk that follows the headland of Point Lookout that has views that will make your jaw drop. On the walk you need to look down among the sea to see if you can spot the turtles, dolphins and manta rays that are often seen. If you are visiting between June and November, you may even spot a humpback whale. Once you have completed the walk, head to the shops on the front and go to Oceanic Gelati & Coffee Bar. Grab yourself one of their delicious ice-creams and head back across the road to perch up on one of the picnic benches that overlooks the sea.

Fish and Chips on the beach

Would it be a beach holiday without having fish and chips on the beach atleast once? The beautiful beaches that Stradbroke Island has to offer are one thing, but the delicious fresh seafood is another. Whether you are at north or south Stradbroke Island, there is bound to be a fish and chip shop close by. A personal favourite fish and chip shop is Fishes at the Point at North Straddie or Seashells at Amity Point.

Dolphin sighting and Sunset viewing

Brown Lake North Stradbroke

Cylinder Beach

At Amity Point in the afternoons as the sun starts to go down, you will find many dolphins swimming across the beach and even coming very close and personal if you find yourself out on the jetty. It’s a truly wonderful experience to see the beautiful marine creatures in their natural habitats coming to say hello. While seeing the dolphins is amazing, the sunset that occurs at the same time is breathtaking. Whether you are out on the jetty up close and personal with the dolphins, or perched on the beautiful, soft sand watching from afar, don’t forget to look out at the horizon – it’s a sight you can’t miss.

Cool facts about Stradbroke Island

  • Evidence points to occupation by the Quandamooka people from about 21,000 years ago
  • It has, at various points in European settlement, been an asylum, a convict outstation, a quarantine station and a Catholic mission
  • In the 1800’s it was thought to be one solid landmass that was split in half by a combination of a boat crashing into the sand that was then detonated and then a series of very strong winds
  • Ferry tourist cruises started to Stradbroke Island in 1935
  • A Japanese submarine sent a torpedo and blew off a hospital ship just off the Coast in 1945

What do you love about Stradbroke Island?

It’s one of our tip-top favourite places to go! What’s YOUR favourite thing to do on Straddie?

One response to “Stradbroke Island – A Slice Of Paradise Right On Our Doorstep”

  1. Valent Lau says:

    That water looks so amazing, the pure green blue! Truly paradise!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *