North Stradbroke Island or “Straddie” is an Island known for spectacular scenery and a perfect getaway for day trips or extended vacation, and from June to November is the season for whale migration. Straddie is also very popular for spectacular scuba diving to witness Leopard sharks, turtles and a myriad of fish.
Connecting North Stradbroke Island and the Southern Moreton Bay Islands.
With just less than an hour drive from Brisbane’s CBD, the ferry terminal from 3 Emmett Drive, Cleveland has a frequent ferry schedule out to North Stradbroke Island. The 45-minute ferry with Stradbroke Ferries barge (where you can take your car) or 25 minutes with Gold Cats Water Taxi, will take you away from the hustle and bustle of the big city and transport you to the twinkling turquoise blue ocean which awaits with a beautiful natural landscape.
Township of Dunwich
Known as Minjerribah to the traditional owners (the Quandamooka People), Straddie has a natural beauty not often seen and a spiritual connection not often felt.
Not far from the Point Lookout Village Frenchman’s Beaches is a secluded spot nestled between North Gorge and Cylinder Beach, a great places to explore rock pools, where you can see small fish, shells and crabs. There are no lifesaving patrols on these beaches. Access to Frenchman’s Beach is via a walking track along East Coast Road, Point Lookout.
Spectacular ‘Main Beach’ stretches 38 kilometres from Point Lookout to the southern end of the island. It is prevalent for family camping, fishing and surfing. Main Beach is accessible only by four-wheel-drive vehicle (you will need a vehicle access permit from Minjerribah Camping). The swells are generally huge at Main Beach, and it’s a popular spot for its left-hand point breaks.
North Gorge Walk
The impressive pristine and unspoiled headland of Point Lookout, the North Gorge Walk is a 1.2-kilometre boardwalk with spectacular views. Known as the best vantage point, the clear waters make it easy to spot for marine life including turtles, dolphins, manta rays and the migrating humpback whales which pass through between June and November.
South Gorge Walk
Along the Gorge Walk are unique natural rock formations where views of the rugged coastline and pristine waters are spectacular.
Point Lookout on the Headland is a small coastal town with a great vibe amongst the strip of restaurants and cafes. The unique natural environment, including kilometres of surf beach, towering rocky headlands and one of the best land-based vantage points to watch dolphins, turtles, manta rays and migrating humpback whales (June to November).