North Stradbroke Island
Watch the humpback whales at Point Lookout
A piece of paradise
North Stradbroke Island - traditionally known as Minjerribah - is the second largest sand island in the world. It offers a wide range of experiences including the best land-based whale-watching in Australia. Right on Brisbane’s doorstep, "Straddie" is perfect for day trips, short stays or week-long getaways.
There are kilometres of golden beaches, freshwater lakes and ocean waters teeming with marine life including dolphins, manta rays, turtles and humpback whales. For those who like a bit of adventure and fun there are 4WD tours, sandboarding, surfing lessons, diving, snorkelling, golf and a vast spectrum of aquatic activities. For others who want a more relaxing day out, the "Straddie" offers bowls, bird-watching, picnic spots, scenic walks and perfect beach fishing, as well as secluded hideaways in the calm waters of Moreton Bay.
North Stradbroke Island has an extensive range of holiday accommodation including architecturally designed holiday houses with their own whale-watching towers, beach-front and foreshore camping, family holiday resorts with self-contained accommodation as well as a backpacker hostel.
There are three main villages on North Stradbroke Island:
While you’re here:
- Walk the Gorge: North Gorge Walk is a 1.5km boardwalk offering stunning views of pristine sandy beaches and the Blow Hole - a unique rock formation that mimics the humpback whales which pass by each year. The walk is one of the best places on the island to spot the migrating whales between June and November, not to mention dolphins and turtles all year round.
- Enjoy the beach: On foot or in a 4WD, experience the sensation of having a beach to yourself, with 32 km of unspoilt sand to explore at Main Beach.
- Ride a scooter: A fun way to explore Point Lookout. No experience necessary.
- Go sandboarding: Fly down pristine sand dunes on a guided tour from Point Lookout.
- Eat prawns direct from the trawler: There’s no better way to enjoy delicious prawns than at Amity Point.
- Spot whales: There’s no need to leave land to see migrating humpback whales - just following the whale trail at Point Lookout.
- Carve up the surf: Cylinder Beach offers one of the most picturesque spots to catch a wave in Queensland.
- Enjoy the serenity: Take a picnic to tranquil Brown Lake or enjoy a hike to Blue Lake.
Redlands Visitor Information Centre
Did you know that 50 per cent of North Stradbroke Island was declared a National Park in 2011 as part of an historic agreement with the Quandamooka people? The park is called Naree Budjong Djara - meaning "My Mother Earth". Read more >>
In The Beginning:
The Quandamooka people (People of the Bay) refer to North Stradbroke Island as Minjerribah and have been caring for the land since time immemorial. As such, the island is rich in traditional culture. Read more here >>
Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese and Dutch ships are known to have travelled the east coast of Australia over many centuries but it was in 1770 that Capt. James Cook travelled past Stradbroke Island and named Point Lookout. Read more here >>
Other useful information:
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