The 14 Best Things To Do On Stradbroke Island
If you are wondering what to do on Stradbroke Island keep reading this article for some amazing ideas.
Straddie has long been a favourite getaway destination for athletes and people who just love an active lifestyle. Each year North Stradbroke hosts the Straddie Assault and Straddie Salute sport festivals – but you don’t need to show up on these weekends to enjoy all the ocean swimming, mountain-biking, running, kite-surfing, sandboarding, diving, surfing and kayaking that you can shake a bushwalking stick at!
North Gorge Walk
- The Gorge walk is 1.2km in length, on a purpose built boardwalk winding its way through sheoaks and pandanus palms.
- The views out to sea and into the North Gorge itself are mesmerising to say the least.
- Sea turtles and the largest pod of bottle nose dolphins in the world call Point Lookout home and are seen almost every day. Whales pass by frequently from June – November.
- Across from the entrance to the Gorge Walk is Fishes Café where you can hire binoculars and set off on the Gorge Walk.
- The walk takes about half an hour or longer if you want to take in the views and marine life.
- The Gorge Walk loops around the headland and brings you back past the kids playground to the shops and car park area at Point Lookout.
This is without a doubt one of the best things to do on Stradbroke Island.
- You can bring your bike on the vehicle ferries – book your ticket prior to departure.
- The roads to Point Lookout and Amity Point are bitumen and in good condition for skilled riders.
- The roads have varying gradients for approx. 20km.
- The turn off to Amity is about half way between Point Lookout and Dunwich and is well signposted.
- Bikes share the main road with vehicles so ride safely.
- Remember to take water, a hat, sunscreen, a jacket in winter and a camera.
Straddie Kingfisher Tours
- Straddie Kingfisher Tours offer Straddie Eco & Adventure Tours on North Stradbroke Island
- Customised packages are available for individuals, school, social, religious or corporate groups. Whatever you want they will create the tour for you!
- Select from a range of tours including;
- 4WD Eco Adventures
- Sand boarding
- Bush walks
- Bird watching
- Fishing trips
- Land based whale watching (June-November)
Manta Lodge Scuba Centre
- Manta Lodge and Scuba Centre is the island’s only PADI dive centre.
- It’s located at Point Lookout and offers daily scuba dives and snorkel trips at superb island locations just minutes off shore.
- An open water certificate is required however beginner, one day resort, advanced and specialty diving courses are available.
- Equipment Hire is available.
- Bus operates from Brisbane on selected days.
- Bookings are essential
- Robinson Cruises is an Australian yachting business specialising in sailing charters on Moreton Bay, Brisbane in sunny Queensland.
- A range of cruises are available – Sunset & Champagne, Half or Full day Charters, Team building or Weekend Escapes.
North Stradbroke Island Golf Club
One of the best things to do on North Stradbroke Island.
- The North Stradbroke Island Golf Club is located on Trans Island Road, a few kilometers out from Dunwich.
- It is a nine hole, eighteen tee, Par 70 course.
- The Club is open to the public and can also cater for social groups – bookings essential.
- Open 7 days a week.
- Bar and catering facilities.
- Golfing equipment including buggies available for hire.
- Scenic views of Moreton Bay and the Glasshouse Mountains.
Point Lookout Bowls Club
- The Bowls Club is located at 75 Dickson Way, Point Lookout.
- It has two magnificent bowling greens for barefoot bowls, night bowls, ladies and mens comps
- Excellent bar and dining facilities
- Live entertainment – check with the Club for details
- Tennis courts are located on East Coast Road, Point Lookout next to the Community Hall.
- Courts can be hired from the Straddie Roadhouse.
North Stradbroke Island Surf School
- The NSI Surf School has accredited coaches with Surfing Australia.
- All equipment is supplied including safe learn to surfboards, rash/sun vests and wetsuits if needed.
- The Surf School is located at Point Lookout where the ocean is crystal clear and home to a great number of Dolphins and Whales that are regularly seen during lessons.
- The water temperature doesn’t drop below 19C in mid winter and rises to a tropical 27C in summer.
Bob Minty Surfboards
- Bob offers a wide range of boards including short boards, Malibus, Mini Mals and 70s style twin and single fin surfboards.
- The store also stocks a great range of surf clothing and accessories.
Mal Starkey Fishing Charters
- Mal offers deep sea fishing charters from Point Lookout for up to 8 people.
- Tours include morning tea, quality fishing equipment, bait and non-alcoholic beverages.
Boating & Fishing
- Boats can be launched at Dunwich and Amity Point.
- The Little Ship Club at Dunwich has temporary moorings and pontoons.
- You can dangle a line from the jetties at Dunwich or Amity or cast a rod from the beaches or rocks at Point Lookout.
- For local knowledge visit Jim at Straddie Super Sports camping, bait and tackle store at Dunwich.
- Take only the fish you can eat and take care of yourself and the environment.
Blue Lake Walking Trail
- Blue Lake is 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’s best to go early morning or late afternoon to avoid the midday temperatures.
- 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.
- Remember to take water, sunscreen, a hat, a jacket in winter and a camera.
- There is an airstrip near Dunwich that can be accessed by small planes.
- It is situated at Airport Road
- The contact phone number for all enquiries and information is +61 7 3409 9727 or visit www.stradair.com