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FAQ's - North Stradbroke Island

How do I get to North Stradbroke Island and do I need a 4WD?
North Stradbroke is easily accessible by water taxi or vehicle ferry which departs from Middle Street Cleveland. The three townships of Dunwich, Amity and Point Lookout are all linked by sealed roads that are accessible by conventional vehicles; however a 4WD is required for driving on the beaches. Bookings for the car ferry are essential.
What is the cost of travelling to Straddie?
The cost for a car on the vehicle ferry ranges from $55.00 to $95.00 each way, which includes the legal number of passengers. The water taxi is $20.00 return per adult, however discounts for students, seniors and pension card holders are available. Pre-payment for vehicle ferry tickets is required at time of booking.
Can I travel just as a passenger?
The water taxi can cater for up to 170 passengers and takes 25 minutes. Bookings are not required. Alternatively foot passengers are welcome on the vehicle ferry for only $10.00 return per adult and $5.00 return per child.
Is there paid parking at the Cleveland terminal?
There are a number of free public car parks at Toondah Harbour, and the majority have no time limit. We also offer paid parking in our secure car park for $15.00 per night. Tickets for the secure car park can be purchased from the offices in Cleveland.
How long does the trip take and can I purchase food on board the vessel?
The vehicle ferry crosses Moreton Bay in approximately 45 minutes. A licensed café is available on the Big Red Cat and Minjerribah vehicle ferries.
Can I take a hire car to the island?
Some hire car companies do not allow their vehicles to be taken across water, so it is important that you check with your car hire company before making a booking.
How much does it cost to take my trailer across?
Caravan and trailers, which are attached to a vehicle, can travel to the Island. The cost ranges from $11.00 - $19.00 per metre each way, measured from the tow ball to the end of the trailer.
Can I take my dog on the vehicle ferry or water taxi?
Dogs must be tethered appropriately at all times with adequate supervision whilst on board.
Do I need a 4WD permit? Where can I purchase it from and how much does it cost?
4WD permits are required when driving on the beach and an annual permit at a cost of $42.30 can be purchased from Straddie Camping on (07) 3409 9668 or www.straddiecamping.com.au . Your driver's licence details are required.
Which beaches can I go 4WDriving on?
Beach driving is permitted on Main Beach and Flinders Beach. Access to Main Beach is from George Nothling Drive, Point Lookout or the Causeway entry off Tazi Road (which is the road that runs west to east through the centre of the island. Access to Flinders Beach is from Point Lookout or Amity Point. Avoid driving on beaches within two hours of high tide and where possible drive on the section of the beach between low and high water marks. Driving on the sand dunes is not allowed
Where can I go camping and do I need a 4WD?
Main and Flinders Beach are two foreshore campsites which are accessible by 4WD vehicles only. If you decide to camp on the beach, remember a 4WD permit is necessary. Camping permits must be booked and purchased prior to arrival and tent tags must be attached to tents.
Do I need to book my campsite and who do I contact?
All campsites, including foreshore camping, must be booked and paid for prior to arrival. You will need to book in advance in peak times such as Christmas, New Year, Easter and school holidays. For bookings contact Straddie Camping on (07) 3409 9668, or visit www.straddiecamping.com.au.
Are dogs allowed on the island and is there accommodation or camping locations that will accept them?
There are a number of dog friendly accommodation options at all 3 townships, Stradbroke Island Holidays can arrange this accommodation - they can be contacted on (07) 3821 0266 or visit the Stradbroke Holidays website. Pets are also permitted at the foreshore camping sites on Main and Flinders Beach. Dogs can travel on both the water taxi and vehicle ferry, provided they are kept on a leash at all times.
Are there patrolled beaches and when are they patrolled?
Stradbroke Ferries is a proud sponsor of the Point Lookout Surf Lifesaving Club. The Point Lookout SLSC and qualified Lifeguards patrol Main and Cylinder Beaches all year round. Beach Patrol Hours: From the commencement of Queensland September School Holidays to the first weekend in May, weekends and public holidays from 8am - 5pm (Sat), 8am to 2pm (Sun). Extended hours during peak periods are 8am to 6pm (Sat) and 8am to 3pm (Sun). A lifeguard service is provided during weekdays year round. Times are subject to change. For your safety only swim between the flags and if you are unsure of the conditions please speak to the lifesavers.
What shops are available on the island?
Point Lookout has a number of boutiques, gift shops and clothing stores, where everything from bathers, sunglasses, hats, beach towels, souvenirs and clothing can be purchased. You will also find all of your camping and fishing equipment at either Dunwich or Point Lookout. In addition to this there are local convenience stores, fruit shop, bakeries and butcher that will cater for your every need.
Are there restaurants and other places to eat on the island?
There are a variety of restaurants and cafes at Point Lookout, with fresh local seafood often on the menu. Some of these are located where you can take in the magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are available at a number of different locations. Both Amity and Dunwich also have cafes and clubs that provide an extensive range of meals.
Can I hire a car or bike on the island?
Car Hire is available from Stradbroke Island Car Rentals (0418 734 456). Push bikes can be hired from Straddie Super Sports on Bingle Road in Dunwich, or the Manta Lodge and Scuba Centre at Point Lookout.
Which are the best beaches to surf at?
Main Beach is popular with surf boarders and bodysurfers who enjoy the big swells. The waves are large and powerful and the views are spectacular. The headland is the best vantage point for watching the surfing action and spotting dolphins. Main Beach is best during northerly winds. Cylinder Beach is a picturesque cove, which is popular with families because the waves are often smaller and therefore it is perfect for sun bathing and swimming also. Please remember to swim between the flags at all times.
Can I go whale watching on Straddie?
Land based whale watching is extremely popular on the Island as the headland at Point Lookout is approximately 35m above sea level, where excellent views are obtained. Humpback whales can be seen between June and November from a number of vantage points. Each year in the Southern Hemisphere humpback whales migrate from their summer Antarctic feeding grounds, along Australia's continental coastline to tropical regions to breed and calve in winter.

FAQ's - Bay Islands

Are there places to eat on these islands?
There are a number of nice cafes, a tavern and clubs on Russell and Macleay.  Karragarra and Lamb islands do not have these types of facilities.
Are there shops available on the islands?
Russell and Macleay islands are the largest islands in the group and they have a variety of shops including convenience stores, bakery, bottle shop and other smaller shops.  Lamb Island has a small convenience store where food, alcohol and ice can be purchased.  Karragarra is the only island that does not have any shops.
Are there swimming beaches on the islands?
All of the islands have a small area for swimming, with some of them having swimming enclosures.  The most easily accessed beach from the vehicle ferry is Karragarra Island which has a charming beach and great BBQ facilities.
Can I carry freight on to the vehicle ferry service?
Freight can be carried on to the vehicle ferry service, however conditions and fees apply.

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Can I hire a car or bike on the islands?
Rental cars will have to be hired from the mainland and it is important that you inform the rental company that you are taking the vehicle to an Island. You are able to take your own bike to the island as the roads are suitable for recreational bike riders.
Can I take a caravan or trailer to the island and how much does it cost?
Caravan and trailers, which are attached to a vehicle, can travel to the Island.  The cost is $13.50 each way per metre. This is measured from the tow ball to the end of the trailer.
Can I take my dog on the car ferry and are they permitted on the islands?
A dog may be taken on the vessel as long as it is either located within the vehicle or on a leash.  Dogs and other pets are permitted on the islands, however you should check with your accommodation provider to ensure that pets are allowed on their property.
Can I travel just as a passenger?
Although they are vehicle ferries, passengers can travel as walk on passengers.  The cost is $6.00 one way for an adult and $3.00 one way for children.
Do I need a permit to take my car to these islands?
No permit is required to take a vehicle or travel to these islands
How do I get to the Southern Moreton Bay islands of Macleay, Russell, Lamb and Karragarra?
These islands are easily accessible by vehicle ferry which departs from 1 Weinam Street Redland Bay.  These four islands all have sealed roads that are suitable for conventional vehicles and bike riders.  No 4WD vehicle is necessary and there are no suitable tracks or beaches for 4 Wheel Driving.  Bookings for the car ferry are essential.
How long does the trip take?
The vehicle ferry trips differ depending on the island that you are travelling to.  The average trip to Russell Island is approximately 1 hour and to the other islands between 35 to 45 minutes.
Is there accommodation on the Bay Islands?
There is a variety of accommodation on all of the islands, with some offering budget style, rental houses, bed & breakfasts and a motel.
What activities can I do on these islands?
Although there are limited organised activities on the islands they are ideal for arranging your own adventure.  This can include taking a bike and cycling the islands, going bird watching or just travelling throughout the southern Moreton Bay islands enjoying the magnificent scenery.
What is the cost of travelling to these islands?
The cost for a car on the vehicle ferry to any of the islands is $118.00 return which includes the legal number of passengers.  Inter island transport is $29.50 one way for a standard vehicle.
What sporting clubs are there on the islands?
Russell Island has a Bowls Club and Macleay Island has a Bowls Club and Golf Course.