The start of 2019 brings with it the chance to begin the year with the best of intentions to be a better you! Did you know that a visit to North Stradbroke Island can actually help you to do this? We have a list of 8 of the most popular resolutions and why Straddie is the answer, just in case you needed more reasons to visit.
New year, new you?
1. Exercise more.
On Straddie you can be active without it feeling like a chore. The beaches or North Gorge are perfect for walking or running and there are patrolled beaches for swimming. Take your bike to the Island and ride from Dunwich to Point Lookout or Amity Point and back. Feeling adventurous? Book a sand boarding or kayaking tour, hire a stand up paddle board or start the day with beach yoga.
2. Eat healthier food.
Be healthy without missing out on flavour! Seafood has less fat than almost any other protein, tastes great, and Straddie has an abundance of it! Otherwise the Island Fruit Barn in Dunwich and the Blue Room at Point Lookout serve a range of colourful meals and drinks that are sure to leave you satisfied and give you the fuel you need without the calories.
3. Save money.
It costs less than $25 to spend the day on Straddie. Our water taxi tickets can be purchased online or at one of our offices for only $14 return for an adult, and it takes less than 25 minutes to get to the Island. You can stay in Dunwich, have a picnic and a swim in the calmer waters, or get the bus (under $10 return for an adult) to Point Lookout where you can explore the beaches, walk the Gorge or enjoy a gelati and the view!
4. See more sunrises.
Straddie is home to some spectacular sunrises and sunsets! If you travel outside of school holidays you can get a vehicle ferry to Straddie for $47 one way if you wake up early on Saturday. Spend the day or longer on the Island, choose a return time that is outside the peak rate to get even more savings. We recommend Point Lookout for sunrise and Amity Point for sunset!
5. Relax more.
Straddie is the perfect place to do nothing. You can sleep in and spend lazy days reading books. Unwind with the uncomplicated lifestyle and set your internal clock to Island time. Float in the calm waters of Amity, fish off the beach or wander around the walking tracks on the Island at your own pace.
6. Spend more time with family & friends.
Disconnect from your busy life and reconnect with your loved ones on Straddie. Whether you want to give your children a holiday like you had when you were a child, spend quality time catching up with your friends, or a holiday with your fur baby, Straddie is the answer. Without the distractions that come with city life you can focus on what's important to you.
7. Spend less time on your phone.
Instead of spending your time scrolling past other peoples lives and dramas online, why not spend your time on Straddie living your best life! Straddie has so much to see and do, the only reason you will look at your phone would be to take a photo, or a thousand. Spend less time on your phone and more time creating memories on Straddie!
8. Learn something new.
Have you always wished you could surf? Straddie is the perfect place to tick this one off your bucket list. North Stradbroke Island Surf School has the equipment and ability to teach you. Have a go! Age is no limit (5 to 70 years). Straddie is the place to learn, and to quote the North Stradbroke Island Surf School; 'the best surfer in the water is the one who is enjoying themselves the most'.
9. Tie the knot!
Ok, so this isn't as much of a resolution than a fact for some people. December is the most popular month to 'pop the question' so if you find yourself dreaming of an island destination wedding without needing a passport, Straddie is the answer. The amazing vistas are the perfect backdrop to your big day and there are some great spaces to ensure it is a day you will remember forever.