1. Escape from the hustle and bustle
Finding a destination that is close enough to home for a day trip but far away enough to escape from the hustle and bustle of our busy lives is not an easy task. For those of us lucky enough to live in the Brisbane area and surrounds, Straddie is no more than a hop, skip and a jump away, but it feels like whole different world. While you’re on Straddie you can relax, soak up some sun and forget the mainland for the day.
2. Easily accessible
Straddie is easily accessible by water taxi or vehicle ferry, with regular services operating from Cleveland. When you get to the island, there is a regular connecting bus service and a taxi service. All of the townships are connected by sealed bitumen roads for conventional vehicles, and for those who enjoy 4WDing there are plenty of beach tracks to take you to Straddie’s hidden gems and some great fishing spots. Make sure you pick up a 4WD permit before driving on the beaches.
3. Land-based whale watching
Point Lookout is one of the best land-based whale watching locations in the world. Each year from June to November, the humpback whales pass Point Lookout as their make their way north to calve. They then return later in the year, this time with their calves in tow. The whale watching platforms at Point Lookout are 35m above sea level, making them a prime vantage point.
4. Three different townships to explore
The three townships on Straddie are so diverse you could almost spend a day at each. If you are travelling by vehicle or passenger ferry, Dunwich is the first glimpse of Straddie you will have.
Dunwich has an incredibly rich historical and cultural background. Some great places to stop by are the North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum and Salt Water Murris’ Art Gallery for a taste of history and Aboriginal culture.
Amity Point, only a 15min drive from Dunwich, is a small village located on the northern bay side of the island and is very popular with families and fisherman. Enjoy a delicious meal at Seashells Café or pick up some trawler-fresh seafood from Rufus King Seafoods.
Point Lookout offers rugged landscapes, headland boardwalks, spectacular seascapes, rolling surf and an array of accommodation and eateries.
5. Day trip specials
Straddie Lunch Special – starting from $125, includes a return vehicle ferry transfer and lunch for two people at a choice of 6 different island restaurants/cafes.
Walk on specials - cruise to Straddie on the Minjerribah or Big Red Cat vehicle ferry for only $10 per adult and $5 per child return! Once you arrive on the island there's about a half an hour wait for a bus connection to Point Lookout. Make sure to check out the bus timetable before you go.