Stradbroke Island (Straddie) is the second largest sand island in the world. With the location facing the Moreton Island and the coral sea, it is a popular destination for tourists to relax and enjoy the tropical holiday.
Summer (December to February) from 22 - 30 degrees
Winter (June to August) from 12 - 20 degrees
Getting to Straddie
From Brisbane CBD,
Drive: 40 mins drive for approx 30km to Toondah Harbour (Ferry Terminal)
Train: 60 mins to Cleveland Train Station & 5 mins bus ride to Toondah Harbour (Ferry Terminal)
From Ferry Terminal to Straddie
Stradbroke Ferries: 50 mins (Big Red Cat/ Minjerribah) to Dunwich Main Terminal
Stradbroke Flyer : 50 mins to One Mile Jetty, Dunwich
The Stradbroke Ferries & Flyers are vehicles ferry to take vehicles and passengers to Dunwich Main Terminal.
* There is cafe in the ferry if you need some refreshment.
* I would strongly recommend to book the tickets in advance to avoid tickets sold out and also you may get a discounted prices by booking it in advance.
* If you need to leave earlier with the advanced booking tickets from Dunwich Terminal, just present the ticket to request for a change. I did it and the ticket conductor was friendly to change it for us by just paying the fare difference.
Stradbroke Water Taxi: 25 mins (There are connecting local island buses travel to Cleveland and Point Lookout)
* Arrive at least 15mins prior to departure to avoid any delay
* Check the timetable online for the latest timetable changes
* There is no advance booking required
* Timetables may be different during public holidays
* Make sure you remember the last two rides from the timetable (Don't to be late to avoid being stranded in the Island)
Once you drive your car on to the ferry, you can pretty much just rest and relax to get ready for Straddie. Some passengers even brought along their dogs (kept on lead) to enjoy the ride and the sunshine.
Personally, I would advise to drive to the island for the ease of comfort and easier to navigate around the island. I saw some people waiting in the public bus station with the limited time schedules, it definitely takes a longer time to travel around.
Note: You may need to check if you need a licence to drive in the island if you are driving a 4WD.
Point Lookout - Most Easterly Point in Queensland
It takes approximately 20mins to drive from Dunwich to Point Lookout. Point Lookout is the most easterly point in Queensland. The North Gorge Walk is a must-do activity when you visit Straddie. It takes approximately 45mins to walk from one end to another (approx 1.5km). Bring along your camera gear or even binocular if you are lucky to spot marine life or birds.
If you are traveling to Stradbroke Island during May/Jun - Nov, you may be lucky to witness the Whale migration to the north to breed before returning to Antartica.
I went there in December 2018, I was luckly to encounter some dolphins around the Deadmans Beach. I was glad to have brought along my binocular, the sights were clear and hence an absolutely amazing experience.
You may expect these wildlife and marine life depends on your luck:
* Mantra Rays
* Humpback Whales
Main Beach, Cylinder Beach & Deadman Beach
Main beach is located on the northwestern tip of the island. With the strong waves condition, it is the playground for some experienced surfers. There is a pub just right between the North Gorge Walk and the Main Beach, definitely recommended to go for a drink if you need a break.
Cylinder Beach is just minutes drive away from the point lookout/ main beach. There were many families with kids (and some camping tents to get some shades for the young ones) and swimmers who enjoyed the ocean waves on the beach. With the lifeguards around and the safety flags and signs, many swimmers stay within the safety range to enjoy the cool water.
Deadmans Beach was where I spotted dolphins around. It is just minutes walking distance from many cafes and restaurants at the Point Lookout. You may find many surfers around waiting for the right waves for the surf.
Food and Beverage
Basically you can expect many cafes, restaurants and take away shops in Straddie. With the limited selections, you may expect pizza, pasta, fish & chips, burgers, gelato ice cream etc.
Besides queuing up in the cafe for seats, there are many people take away and eat in the nature such as the picnic spots nearby these beaches. When you get to the Cylinder beach at the right time, you may also find pop up coffee car or wood fire pizza tent (literally they set up a temporary stall and the wood fire equipment with pizza boxes on the tables.
I went for a day trip (tiring but good enough for me), you can certainly stay overnights in Straddie's accommodation for a longer holiday.
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