When Brisbanites need a little holiday, they go east.
Welcome to good old ‘Straddie’, as the locals call it. Yes, it’s North Stradbroke Island, and there’s plenty to do here. From cruisey nature walks to sunbathing on one of their fabulous beaches and even some unique tipples and eats. Allow us to show you the top things to do on North Stradbroke Island.
The best things in life are free, as they say, and top of the list is nature walks. On Stradbroke Island, the best one is Gorge Walk which skirts around North and South Gorge in Point Lookout. Between the sprawling trees, witness the breezy coastline and hopefully catch a glimpse of sea life down below. Here you can see Manta Rays and other glorious fish swimming among the ripples.
Out of the half-dozen beaches on Straddie Island, Cylinder Beach is by far one of the best. As well as boasting an uninterrupted view of the Pacific Ocean, it also features a lagoon that takes up most of the forefront beachline for calmer swimming. During the weekend, food trucks make their way into the parking lot, plus there is also wood-fire pizza and a cafe nearby.
Brown is not the most conventionally attractive colour, but you’ll reconsider that when you visit Brown Lake. Interestingly, this lake has brewed itself to a balmy brown colour, which comes from the fallen tea tree and paperbark leaves that line the floor of the lake. Because of the rich organic material, Brown Lake is said to contain healing properties.
Oceanic Gelati Cafe
Nothing beats a tasty cool treat on a hot summers day. Thankfully, Stradbroke Island has you covered with their very own specialised gelato bar, Oceanic Gelati Cafe. Everything is made in-store, so expect some rather special mixtures, as well as those classic scoops. Oh, and they also serve some nice coffee, too!
Chillers Cafe embodies the true essence of “island time”. They live by this motto: If you’re in a rush, you’re in the wrong place. The staff consist of seasonal backpackers that come from all walks of life, all over the world. Their impact is seen in the surrounding decor. By day, you’ll chill on coffee, cakes and snacks; and by night, you’ll cruise on cocktails and pizza.
Beaches are great for sunbathing and splashing, but they are also perfect for cruising in a four-wheel drive. Bring your own four-wheel drive car along for a tag-along tour of Straddie Island. As well as building confidence in driving over sand and avoiding getting bogged, you will also gain a glimpse of the local flora and fauna on this great island.
Point Lookout SLSC
Tucked away on the south-east of the little town of Point Lookout is their Surf Life Saving Club, featuring stunning views of South Gorge Beach to the left and the sprawling Main Beach to the right. It’s also the place to share a drink with friends while lapping up those gorgeous views and listening to awesome music.
Just out of Dunwich, shrouded in dense forestation within a freshwater habitat is Myora Springs – Stardbroke Island’s very own hidden gem. This is a perfect place for the introspective people needing a bit of “me time”. Stroll along the raised walkway and read over the cultural significance of this tranquil spot.
Diving and Snorkelling
Not as widely popular as the Great Barrier Reef, but that’s what makes it great. A few minutes off the coastline of Stradbroke Island is an underwater world waiting to be explored. With no experience necessary, you can snorkel with a small group in a few special locations. Mingle with schools of fish and clusters of manta rays, with a guide to point out the best opportunities. If you have scuba diving experience, consider checking out their seasonal tours.