The ultimate guide to one of Australia’s most epic holiday islands
It’s the perfect destination for a weekend escape or a longer break.
South East Queensland is known for its stunning beaches and charming coastal communities. Many opt for the glamour of Noosa or the hustle and bustle of the Gold Coast – not only do they boast magical beaches but shops, restaurants and direct access from Brisbane.
Enter North Stradbroke Island – a paradise that has beaches that rival the world’s best and not one ounce of glitz.
What makes ‘Straddie’ so special is that it’s only 30km from Brisbane, but a world away. Once getting on the water taxi or barge it’s like all your troubles are washed away.
Straddie is the perfect destination for a weekend escape or a longer break. So you can make the most of your visit, we have gathered all the local tips right here for you. This is the ultimate travel guide to Stradbroke Island – or just Straddie to some.
WHERE TO EAT ON STRADBROKE ISLAND
Straddie is famous for its seafood. There is nothing better than getting some fresh prawns and Moreton Bay bugs from The Prawn Shack at Point Lookout or Rufus King at Amity Point and sitting at Deadman’s Beach headland, gazing out at the Pacific Ocean. Throw in some fresh bread from the local bakery and an avocado from the Point Lookout Green Room – Bob’s your uncle.
For delicious salads, fresh juices and anything that makes you feel a bit better about getting into your swimmers the Island Fruit Barn in Dunwich offers a great range of healthy eats. Don’t forget to stock up on some local Stradbroke Island Honey while you’re there.
If you’re after something a little more gluttonous, fish and chips should do the trick. The service might be a little slow and you’ll need to make sure you call first… the folk at Fins ‘n’ Fries are known to close at hours that suit them. But, they do know how to do fish and chips well and the marinated calamari is worth the wait.
STRADBROKE ISLAND’S BEST COFFEE
If you like to have an early swim followed by a caffeine fix, look no further than Coffee on Cylinders. This coffee stall is located at the entrance of Cylinder beach and usually has a loyal following sipping their lattes with the sand beneath their toes. Another coffee hot spot is the Oceanic Gelati Bar, which has one of the best views in the world. As you may have guessed, it also serves gelati. We are not talking just lemon, strawberry or chocolate. The Oceanic Gelati Bar serves some of the most delicious, creamiest gelati flavours you will ever taste.
WHERE TO DRINK WHEN AT STRADDIE
A cold beer at the Stradbroke Island Beach Hotel (also known as the infamous Straddie Pub) goes down a treat on a sunny afternoon, looking out over to Moreton Island. The Pub boasts some of the most amazing views on the Island. Another impressive spot is the Point Bar, located at the Point Lookout Surf Club. It’s open from 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays and has panoramic views of Main Beach and the Gorge. If you’re lucky enough to be on the Island on a Thursday evening, Bingo at the Bowls Club is always a fun local event.
ACTIVITIES FOR WHEN YOU’RE ON THE ISLAND
This is where the Island excels. Whether you are an adventurer, surfer, fishing enthusiast, beach lizard or yogi… Straddie has something for everyone. From the popular Cylinder Beach to the more secluded Frenchman’s, it won’t take you long to find a spot to roll out your towel. For a unique Island experience a visit to Bown Lake, or Lake Bummiera as it’s known to the traditional owners, is a must do. It’s a natural lake that is tinged brown by the native tea trees. It’s a cleansing experience and a family friendly spot. The Gorge walk is also a lovely afternoon activity and it’s not uncommon to see dolphins and turtles frolicking below. The best part is that it starts and ends just near Oceanic Gelati Bar… you will have earned that extra scoop!
If you’re in need of some retail therapy don’t be dismayed by the fact you’re stuck on a secluded Island! For a new frock or a bikini, Stradegy or Noreen’s Seaside Shop will surprise with their on trend ranges. If you are feeling inspired by the calm coastal vibe, look no further than Drift Handmade Treasures for a piece of the Island to take home – think quirky cushions, handmade jewelry, luxe candles and beautiful local art.
HOW TO GET TO STRADBROKE ISLAND
North Stradbroke Island is only accessible by boats, which departs from Cleveland. You can either drive or catch the train to Cleveland and hop on a water taxi (30 mins) or drive onto the barge (50 mins).
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