If you’ve never been to Straddie or you’ve never taken your bicycle to Straddie, you are missing out!
Getting to the island is really nice and easy. You can ride on to a vehicle ferry or a water taxi and just pay the standard return fare – your bike is free! I took the water taxi, which is only 25 minutes and $20 return, however if you have a bit more time you can take the vehicle ferry for $10 return. The vehicle ferry takes about 45-50 minutes but you can have coffee and cake on your way over (to balance out all of the hard work and exercising you’re about to do).
Firstly, if you’re like me and you ride very “casually”, I’d recommend taking in the sights at Dunwich. Brown Lake is a 4km ride from the ferry arrival point and it’s a great place to stop for a swim or a picnic.
Only a 5km ride from the Dunwich terminal is Myora Springs, which has been a source of fresh water on the island for thousands of years. There’s an abundance of wildlife in this area; we saw a very tired koala in a tree across the road from the entrance and got some great photos.
If you’re feeling up to the challenge, the ride to Point Lookout is a moderately hilly 18km, but the view is worth it! The North Gorge Walk along the headland is the perfect place to spot the Humpback whales on their migration north, as well as the odd turtle, dolphin or manta ray.
While you’re at Point Lookout you’re spoilt for choice as far as where to eat – try the classic “fish ‘n’ chips” from Fishes at the Point, a homemade gelato from the Oceanic Gelati & Coffee Bar or a humble sausage roll from Loaves Bakery.
No matter your skill or fitness level, Straddie is a perfect location for cycling. With a bit of training, I’m sure I’ll be peddling the hills to Point Lookout in no time!