Can you handle front row seats overlooking the Coral Sea with spectacular views, perfect beaches and rolling surf all around you? There will also be room for a huge seafood platter as you sip cool cocktails watching dolphins, turtles and manta-rays play in the ocean before you. If it’s during winter or spring, the humpback whales may even join in.
This is daily life at the Stradbroke Island Beach Hotel, better known as the Straddie Pub, perched high on a natural bush headland at Point Lookout, overlooking the sea.
North Stradbroke Island is one of Australia’s great sand islands where life revolves around long stretches of beach, surfing, fishing and swimming. The island’s natural freshwater lakes provide a quiet alternative to the ocean and for history buffs Dunwich and Amity Point have some early stories to tell.
Take to the dunes for a spot of sandboarding on one of Australia’s rare sand islands, South Stradbroke Island. There is 22 kilometres of open beach to enjoy with surf breaks on the eastern side or a quiet water option on the west. Pitch a tent or stay at one of two resorts on the island offering peaceful seclusion just 40 minutes ferry ride away from the glittering Gold Coast.
- From Brisbane city stations Central or Roma Street, take the CityTrain Cleveland line to Cleveland. Trains run regularly (approximately every half hour). A shuttle bus is available between Cleveland train station and the two water taxi terminals.
- Regular water taxi and vehicular barges run between Cleveland (35km from Brisbane CBD) and the island community of Dunwich.
- Redlands on Moreton Bay Visitor Centre
- Straddie Adventures
- Straddie Kingfisher Tours
- Brisbane to North Stradbroke Island Drive