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Main Beach stretches for 32kms of unspoilt sand, dunes and surf. It is popular with board riders 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, when snorkelling and scuba diving are suitable along the north wall. Avoid Main Beach during southeast wind conditions and always be aware of strong rips and side currents. Lifeguards and lifesavers patrol the beach next to the Surf Lifesaving Club. Beach driving is permitted on Main Beach, a 4WD permit is required. Access to Main Beach with a 4WD is from George Nothling Drive, Point Lookout or the Causeway entry off Tazi Rd, Dunwich.
Beach Patrol hours: From the commencement of Queensland September School Holidays to the first weekend in May. Weekends and public holidays from 8am – 5pm (Saturday), 8am to 4pm (Sunday), extended hours during peak periods are 8am to 6pm (Saturday) and 8am to 5pm (Sunday). A lifeguard service is provided during the weekdays all year round. Times are subject to change.
Cylinder Beach is a picturesque cove between Cylinder and Home Beach Headlands. It is popular with families because it is easily accessible with a carpark situated only metres from the beach. This beach is patrolled year-round by lifeguards.
Adder Rock Beach is accessed through a 4WD track next to Adder Rock campground. This beach provides an attractive spot for swimming, and is popular with campers and four wheel drivers. However, there is a side sweep which may carry you parallel to the beach. Adder Rock is not a patrolled beach.
On the western side of the island, Amity Point and Dunwich offer sandy beaches and calm water for swimming and great fishing. Amity and Dunwich both have swimming enclosures however these beaches are not patrolled.
Deadman’s Beach and Frenchman’s Beach are secluded spots, nestled between North Gorge and Cylinder Beach. These beaches are great places to explore the rock pools where you can see small fish, anemones, shells and crabs. There are no lifesaving patrols on these beaches.
Flinders Beach is 4.6 kms of beach situated between Amity Point and Point Lookout. Flinders Beach has foreshore camping and is accessible by 4WD only from Amity Point and Point Lookout. Dogs are allowed, provided they are kept on a leash at all times. Flinders is not a patrolled beach.
Frenchman’s Beach is a secluded beach, nestled between North Gorge and Deadman’s Beach. This beach is a great places to explore the rock pools where you can see small fish, anemones, shells and crabs. There are no lifesaving patrols on these beaches.
Access to Frenchman’s Beach is via a walking track along East Coast Rd, Point Lookout.
Home Beach is just over a kilometre of beach stretching from the Cylinder Beach Headland to Adder Rock and is a perfect spot for those relaxing strolls along the beach. Home Beach is not a patrolled beach. Beach driving is not permitted on Home Beach.
North Stradbroke Island has an outstanding freshwater lake system that has been listed as one of the world’s most ecologically important wetlands. These waterways include Brown Lake, Blue Lake, the Keyholes, Eighteen Mile Swamp and a series of small lagoons.
Blue Lake National Park’s Aboriginal name “Kaboora” means “silent pool” and offers a quiet haven (501ha) for visitors to appreciate the natural beauty. Early morning or dusk is the best time to see wildlife such as forest birds, goannas and other reptiles. Blue Lake is not accessible by car, and visitors must leave their vehicles in the allocated car park and walk to the lake, which is approximately 2.6km each way.
For a different freshwater experience, Brown Lake is accessible by conventional cars and provides amenities such as picnic tables, wood-fired BBQs and toilets. To access the lake, drive 4km from Dunwich along the sealed Trans Island Road. Brown Lake is a perfect place to enjoy a swim and picnic lunch.
Care for Dunes & Beaches
- Dunes and beaches can be extremely fragile. The sparse and inconspicuous dunal vegetation is often all that is stopping the dunes from becoming mobile and moving inland. To drive on the beach at Stradbroke, you must obtain a permit first.
- Annual 4WD beach permits can be purchased from Straddie Camping, either online or at the Dunwich, Cylinder or Adder Rock offices.
- Be aware, the rules of the road apply to all beaches on Stradbroke.
- Enter and leave the beaches at designated beach access points only.
- Slow down when passing people on the beach.
- Use formed tracks only and never make new tracks – reverse back along the track by which you entered rather than turn on the dune.
- 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.
- Always consider other beach users, stay alert and drive carefully.
- Respect resting sea birds by slowing down. The beach is their habitat.