North Stradbroke Island
North Stradbroke Island is located in the state of Queensland, Australia. It is 30 kilometres southeast of Brisbane city and is accessible by vehicular ferry or catamaran.
The island, also known as 'Straddie', may be inhabited but it still retains a secluded atmosphere where you can get away from it all. The island is mainly sand, although there is also a beautiful national park on the east coast of the island called Blue Lake National Park.
The native name for the island is Minjerribah but in 1827 Captain Henry John Rous, who had the title of Viscount Dunwich, commander of HMS Rainbow the first British ship of war to enter Moreton Bay, named the island after his father the Earl of Stradbroke.
The main centres on the island include Amity Point, Dunwich and Point Lookout, which are all easily accessibly. These are all towards the north of the island, the southern part of the island being closed to the public due to sand mining.
There are some fantastic bushwalking trails around North Stradbroke Island with plenty of attractions. The longest walk would be from Dunwich to Point Lookout via Myora Springs. There are also a number of walks around the Blue Lake National Park where you will see plenty of wildlife.
You can also swim in Blue Lake, as well as in Brown Lake and Tortoise Lagoon. From Blue Lake you can walk along the beach to Point Lookout via Keyhole Lake, which is about 11km.
Once you get to Point Lookout there are plenty of water activities available. There are some great surfing spots around the plentiful northern beaches, with sea kayaking and snorkelling also popular. You can join tours offering various activities including sand boarding, snorkelling, kayaking and 4WD adventures.
If walking around North Stradbroke Island or joining a tour doesn't appeal to you, there is a bus service which travels between the Amity Point, Dunwich and Point Lookout. You can either take Sea Stradbroke who offer a passenger and vehicle service, Stradbroke Ferries (which also carries cars) or the Stradbroke Flyer, all departing daily from Cleveland.
Once on North Stradbroke Island there is a wide choice of accommodation based around the three main centres, including a number of campsites, hostels, cabins and self contained accommodation all of which you can rent.