Cruisy nature walks, sunbathing on fabulous beaches, and even some unique tipples and eats — North Stradbroke Island is the perfect getaway!

North Stradbroke Island, or Straddie as the locals call it, is a paradise of natural beauty and cultural diversity. Located just 30 kilometres from Brisbane, this island is the second largest sand island in the world and home to the Quandamooka people.

Whether you are looking for a relaxing getaway, an adventurous escape, a cultural immersion or a day trip, North Stradbroke Island has something for everyone.

For attractions and much more, we’ve compiled a travel guide to the best things to do on North Stradbroke Island that will make your trip unforgettable!

<strong>Gorge Walk</strong>
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Gorge Walk

As they say: the best things in life are free, which is why Gorge Walk is one of the best things to do on North Stradbroke Island. A nature walk that’ll take you between the north and south, this gentle hike will have you trekking through sprawling trees and a breezy coastline over a 1km stretch until you reach Point Lookout. From here, bask in awe at the stunning views from across the ocean with a vantage point to spot marine life such as turtles, dolphins, manta rays, and even humpback whales during their migrating season. A must-visit for anyone visiting North Stradbroke, get your laces tied for an incredible experience!

<strong>Cylinder Beach</strong>
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Cylinder Beach

Out of the half-dozen beaches on Stradbroke Island, Cylinder Beach is by far one of the best beaches on the island. A picturesque cove with easily accessible parking, Cylinder Beach is perfect for a beach day out of the with the family. 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. Yet those calmer waters hasn’t stopped Cylinder from becoming a favourite for surfers, with smaller waves that make it great for learners. So grab your friends and family and make your way down to Cylinder Beach for a sunny day of surf and sand!

Point Lookout, QLD 4183
<strong>Brown Lake</strong>
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Brown Lake

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, making this tranquil lake a perfect spot for a quick dip or a long lounge in the afternoon. And with plenty of barbecue and picnic facilities, Brown Lake is a must visit for anyone after a great day out!

North Stradbroke Island, QLD 4183
<strong>4WD Tours</strong>
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4WD Tours

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. To experience the stunning nature of Stradbroke Island, get a little dirty with a 4WD Tour.

<strong>Point Lookout</strong>
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Point Lookout

Tucked away on the south-east of the island is the little town of Point Lookout. Featuring stunning views of South Gorge Beach to the left and the sprawling Main Beach to the right, Point Lookout is the best place to see the immaculate beauty of North Stradbroke Island. So share a drink with friends while lapping up those gorgeous views and listening to awesome music at Point Lookout.

Point Lookout, QLD 4183
<strong>Myora Springs</strong>
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Myora Springs

Wanting a solo adventure? Just out of Dunwich, shrouded in dense forestation within a freshwater habitat is Myora Springs — Stradbroke 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. One of the top things to do in North Stradbroke Island!

E Coast Rd, North Stradbroke Island, QLD 4183
<strong>Diving and Snorkelling</strong>
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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 by snorkelling and diving in North Stradbroke. 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.

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We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land mentioned in our article, the people of the Yuggera Nation, and we recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their elders past, present and emerging.

Feature image: North Stradbroke Island. Photographed by Camila Se. Image via Shutterstock.
This article was first published on April 19 2019. It was updated and edited by Hunter and Bligh on September 05 2023.