North Stradbroke Island
North Stradbroke Island (NSI), or Straddie, is one of the world's largest sand islands. Even though it's only 40 minutes away by ferry or barge, you will feel like you're in another world.
There are three main communities on North Stradbroke Island:
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One of three major centres on North Stradbroke Island (the others are Dunwich and Point Lookout), Amity is mainly a residential area, with a charming fishing village atmosphere.
Cabarita Park is the most popular foreshore park. From here it’s a short walk to the jetty or the boat ramp, where many locals launch straight from the shore into the deep Rous Channel, which runs very close to the Amity shoreline.
It’s a short trip north across Moreton Bay to Moreton Island's Day's Gutter. Fishing trawlers and recreational fishermen appreciate Amity as a safe launching area and anchorage in almost all wind conditions.
Dunwich, where the barges and ferries arrive at and depart from Straddie, is a small relaxed and friendly township, rich in history and culture.
Shops and facilities including a sports club and picturesque sporting field by the bay make Dunwich the focal point for the local weekend sporting matches.
Dunwich is also home to the island's high and primary schools, and state pre-school, with children from all over the island commuting by bus across the island to school.
The township has many culturally and historically significant sites, along with great fishing from the jetty and swimming in the salt water enclosure or nearby sandy beaches at high tide.
The local parks are shaded by hundred year old fig and camphor laurel trees, while the lush bushland surround the entire township on all sides but the bay.
Point Lookout is on the eastern coastline of North Stradbroke Island and has spectacular natural features, including more than 30 kilometres of natural surf beach and towering rocky headlands.
Point Lookout is home to many island residents, some choosing to commute to the mainland for work on the daily water taxi services. The Point is 20km from Dunwich and 19km from Amity Point.
Residents enjoy fishing and surfing, with many of the younger residents surfing before and after school in summer.
The population of the Point swells dramatically at holiday times and it has been a popular family destination for many decades.
Sand mining leases and National Parks cover much of Straddie and many of the island residents work in the sand mining industry and in the tourism and hospitality fields.
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