The many beaches and lakes of Stradbroke Island

Five main stradbroke beaches at Point Lookout provide great swimming, surfing, fishing and activities on North Stradbroke Island;

  • Main Beach – a 32 km long stretch of white sand and surf. Point Lookout Surf Club is located at the northern end, lifeguards patrol year round, popular surfing when the conditions are right, the southern end is open for 4WD access and camping but permits are required. The small beach next to Main beach is South Gorge.
  • Cylinder Beach – a protected swimming beach, with surf lifeguards and ideal for families.
  • Home Beach – popular for swimming but does not have lifeguards, dogs are allowed off-leash and love it!
  • Frenchmans Beach – visually stunning, open surf without lifeguards.
  • Deadmans Beach – rock pools but no lifeguard service.

Flinders Beach stretches between Amity Point and Point Lookout. It can be accessed with a 4WD and has camping grounds – permits are required. Dogs are allowed in allocated areas.

There are two freshwater lakes on Straddie;

Brown Lake is about a five minute drive out of Dunwich, where the ferry arrives. Follow the signs from Dunwich along the sealed Trans-Island Road for about 4kms and turn left onto a dirt road (suitable for cars – you don’t need a 4WD) for a few hundred metres to the lakeside. It’s a popular swimming spot and has amenities such as BBQs, picnic tables, a playground and composting toilets.

Brown Lake is known for the tannin exuded from the leaves of the Paperbark & Ti-trees which gives the water a rich brown colour similar to tea.

Blue Lake is further on from Brown Lake, about 9 km from Dunwich along the Trans-Island Road. It’s located within the Naree Budjong Djara National Park. Visitors must leave their vehicles in the allocated car park and walk to the lake, which is approximately a 6km return track. The track is a gradual climb and sandy in places – in summer it can be arduous and hot so it’s best to go early morning or late afternoon. Remember to take water and a camera.

Blue Lake or Karboora meaning ‘deep silent pool’ is a place of significant cultural value to the Quandamooka people and they request that visitors respect that significance by not swimming in the lake.

Beaches & Lakes

Main Beach

Main Beach in Stradbroke Island is one of Australia’s most beautiful stretches of golden sand. In fact, it’s about as picturesque as a Stradbroke beach can get.

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Cylinder Beach

Cylinder Beach is breathtaking with its wide sandy beach, beautiful vegetation, and its crystal clear waters.

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North Gorge Walk

North Gorge Walk involves a 1.2 KM boardwalk with an amazing view of point lookout. Famous for marine life spotting due to the clear waters

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Point Lookout

Point Lookout is North Stradbroke Island beach that is located right on the north-eastern point of Stradbroke Island, and in recent years, has become the social hub of the island

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Amity Point

Amity Point is a small village in the seaside on North Stradbroke Island. It has calmer waters which makes it an ideal place to spot marine life. Amity point is also a known spot to watch sunsets over the bay

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Flinders Beach

Flinders Beach has lodging on Stradbroke Island and faces north-east to east. It is accessible by car and is well-known for thrilling water sports. kayaking, windsurfing, and so many other activities!

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Minjerribah is a rocky headlands that is amazing for viewing marine life (especially whales). It is also known for it’s camping grounds

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Deadmans Beach

Deadmans Beach is a popular 600 meter long beach in North Stradbroke Island. It got its name from a disturbing discovery

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Brown Lake

A really stunning lake where it gets its natural tea-like color from t-trees and paperbark. Picnic and barbeque facilities are available here.

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Blue Lake

A fascinating lake where the Quandamooka people have a significant cultural value in Blue Lake. Swimming in the lake (especially in the center) is prohibited as it is where the spirit lies.

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Frenchmans Beach

A beautiful 500 meter long beach in Point Lookout. It is accessible through a pretty steep staircase or through Deadmans Beach.

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Home Beach

The name Home Beach comes from a time when Flinders Beach was the only way to go from Amity to Point Lookout. The beach faces 1.5 km offshore Shag Rock in the north-northeast. It is an Upatrolled beach with typically mild to moderate waves. So not suitable for surfing.

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