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Enjoy an Island Holiday 35 minutes from Logan!

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A Day Trip to Stradbroke Island

One of my favourite places to visit for the day is Stradbroke Island, located only 35 mins away from Logan, Stradbroke has something to offer for everyone. 

Stradbroke Island, traditionally known as Minjerribah, is the second-largest sand island in the world. With five main beautiful, clean, white sandy beaches to visit, over 100 freshwater creeks, lakes and wetlands, is home to 780 native flora species and too rare, vulnerable and endangered fauna species.

After catching the Stradbroke Flyer (the ferry) from Toondah Harbour (Cleveland) and enjoying a 25-minute boat ride, taking in the views of the beautiful Moreton Bay area, I arrive at Dunwich. 

The Ferry from Toondah Harbour, Cleveland to Dunwich, North Stradbroke Island.

Hop on and off buses are available to take you all around the island. They come in regular intervals throughout the day. I would recommend purchasing an all-day pass, as you can use it regularly throughout the day. 

Hot Tip: Bring cash! As the buses and a few of the shops on the island don’t accept card. 

Some of the highlights of Stradbroke Island:

  • North Gorge Walk, Point Look Out
    • A scenic 30-minute walking track. Keep in mind there are a few sets of stairs, however nothing too major. 
    • For the more adventurous hiker, there are side paths where you can access the cliff faces. They provide the perfect backdrop for a fantastic photo; however, be cautious around these areas as there is no safety railing protecting you from slipping or falling. 
Along the North Gorge Walk, Point Look Out
  • Surfing at Main Beach
    • If you like the rough, wild swell, ideal for surfing, Main beach is the place for you. You will see this beach during your walk along the Gorge walk, and I can almost guarantee you will see many surfers in the water, catching the waves along the 32km beach. It is also a patrolled beach and is a fantastic place for a quick and supervised dip. 
Main Beach, North Stradbroke Island
  • Swimming 
    • If you are travelling with young children or are not a confident swimmer, I would suggest swimming at Cylinder Beach. This is probably the most popular beach on the island and is patrolled by Surf Life Savers. This beach also has toilet facilities available close to the beach. For younger children or those who don’t like waves, there is a lagoon located on the beach. It is warmer than the ocean and offers somewhere to swim without the waves.
  • Learn about the Land’s Traditional Owners
    • Join a historical walk along the Goompi trail with a local Aboriginal guide and learn about the Quandamooka people, artefacts, traditional hunting methods, bush tucker, bush medicines and heaps more. Gooriemooka and Quandamook Coast are some of the tours offering cultural, education and adventure experiences.
  • Catch a bite to eat at one of the local eateries or bring a packed lunch
    • There are numerous places to have a picnic around the island; tables and chairs have been provided and can be found scattered around the island.
  • Shopping
    • When coming up with things to do on Stradbroke Island, make sure shopping is on your list. Straddie is home to a whole range of talented artisans and exquisite curators. It’s an amazing way to support the locals and give back to the community. There’s a range of markets and stalls where you can pick up fresh produce and meet the locals to experience the island culture.

Enjoy the picturesque scenery of Stradbroke Island and come see for yourself just what this paradise has to offer.

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Emily Stack
Emily Stack
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