How do I get to North Stradbroke Island and do I need a 4WD?
North Stradbroke is easily accessible by passenger or vehicle ferry both depart from the SeaLink Stradbroke Ferries terminal at Emmett Drive 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 standard car on the vehicle ferry ranges from $61.50 to $105.00 each way, which includes the legal number of passengers. If you are not travelling with a car, you can purchase a passenger ticket in one of our offices or on board the passenger ferry (water taxi).
Can I travel just as a passenger?
Yes, the cost to travel as a passenger is only $17 return per adult. There are discounts available for student and concession card holders. The fast passenger ferry (water taxi) can cater for up to 170 passengers and takes 25 minutes. Bookings are not required. Alternatively, you can walk on to a vehicle ferry. The majority of vehicle ferries have air conditioned cafes.
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 Sea Breeze 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 $12.25 - $21.50 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 passenger ferry?
Dogs travelling outside the enclosed passenger cabin of a vehicle must be wearing a properly fitted lead and muzzle. When travelling on a passenger ferry (water taxi), dogs should be clean and dry and not sitting on a seat.
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 a monthly or annual permit can be purchased from Minjerribah Camping on (07) 3409 9668 or www.minjerribahcamping.com.au. Your driver's licence details are required.
Which beaches can I go four-wheel-driving 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 well in advance in peak times such as Christmas, New Year, Easter and school holidays. For bookings contact Minjerribah Camping on (07) 3409 9668, or visit www.minjerribahcamping.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 Point Lookout and Amity Point. Pets are also permitted at the foreshore camping sites on Main and Flinders Beach. Dogs can travel on both the passenger and vehicle ferries, provided they muzzled and 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 shops, bakeries and a butchery 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 is 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.