Stradbroke Islands

Main Beach Point Lookout - Photo and text courtesy of Tourism QLD

Just 90 minutes from downtown Brisbane, North Stradbroke is the largest of Moreton Bay's islands, covering 27,530 hectares. Affectionately referred to as 'Straddie', the elongated sand island of North Stradbroke shields much of the southern part of Moreton Bay and the smaller islands from the ocean swells.

Points of interest include the old quarantine station at Dunwich; Main Beach on the eastern side, with extensive Aboriginal shell middens; and Blue Lake, Brown Lake and Keyhole Lakes for freshwater swimming.

There is whale watching from Point Lookout during winter and there is good surfing throughout the year near Point Lookout. The ideal way to see the Island is by Four Wheel Drive.

North Stradbroke attracts anglers and holiday makers to its expansive stretches of sandy coast and the Island offers a range of accommodation ranging from resorts, units, rental houses, backpacker and budget accommodation.

Inland lies a national park which includes the 'window' Blue Lake, formed from a depression below the water table and the perched Tortoise Lagoon.

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Surfing at Point Lookout -Photo courtesy of Tourism QLD
Blue Lake - Photo courtesy of Tourism QLD
Sunset over Moreton Bay - Photo courtesy of Tourism QLD

Getting There

A water taxi service and a vehicular ferry operate on a daily basis from Cleveland just a 30 minute drive from downtown Brisbane. Buses meet every water taxi once you arrive at the island and taxis are also available. All townships are linked by sealed roads which are accessible by conventional vehicles.
Nearest Airport: Brisbane

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