If you’re in need of a quick getaway to relax, or experience something new, or to just have some fun, North Stradbroke Island is where you can find all that and more.
Known as Straddie to the locals and Minjerribah to the Quandamooka People, the island is a breath of fresh, salty air from the hustle and bustle of Brisbane. It’s around a two-hour trip to get there but once you arrive you’ll feel like you’re a million miles away.
Whether you’re coming as a family, group, couple, or a lone daytripper, Straddie has something to offer you. Let’s dive in!
1. A ton of water activities
Straddie has beaches, lakes, and springs for every type of water enthusiast. There are beaches for surfing and scuba diving, but also calmer, safer beaches where it isn’t too windy and you can float in peace or paddle surf, and kids are safe. Two lakes in particular: Brown Lake is where you can take a dip and have a barbecue, but Blue Lake is culturally significant to the Quandamooka People so you can’t jump in, but you can enjoy its beauty.
2. Watch some wildlife
Want to see the cute native wildlife around Straddie? Koalas and kangaroos have their spots right on the island, at the Amity Point Camping Ground and at the top of North Gorge Walk respectively. If it’s between June and November, you can whale-watch from several points on shore with binoculars. The North Gorge Walk also provides a view to dolphins, turtles, manta rays, even sharks. And if you scuba dive, you can meet them all face to face (maybe not the sharks.)
Sidenote: For a different kind of wildlife, head to Flinders or Home Beach, some of Straddie’s on-leash dog-friendly areas, and watch fur babies by yourself or with your own!
3. Learn the culture of the land
The Quandamooka People are the traditional owners of Straddie. You can learn about their history and life in Straddie when you join a walk along the Goompi trail where you’ll be guided by a local Aboriginal.
4.Camp or glamp on the beach
Really take in nature by pitching a tent and roughing it on some campgrounds at Adder Rock or Amity Point. Not a fan of camping? Try glamping at one of Minjerribah Camping’s Ecotents and enjoy both nature AND a good night’s sleep.
5. Just relax
Don’t get too overwhelmed with all the possible fun on the island and know you’ll get to experience it all in comfort and style with Brisbane 360’s private and customised tours. We have close connections with some locals that will make your trip one of a kind. We’ll take you to the best spots and back safely while making sure you have all the fun and none of the worries. Ready for a great time? Contact us now!