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