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Stradbroke Island (or Straddie to the locals)

Is accessible by either Vehicle Ferry (bookings required) or Water Taxi departing from Cleveland - a short drive from either Brisbane or the Goldcoast. Or if you want to live it up via a short plane ride.

Stradbroke Island from the plane. (#ParkMyVan #VanHire #JethroBatts www.parkmyvan.com.au)
Stradbroke Island from the plane.

Straddie Camping (formerly Straddie Holiday Parks), offers easy access island camping on idyllic North Stradbroke Island. The island is driving distance from both Brisbane and the Gold Coast, and has an abundance of activities for all ages and fitness levels. Popular with 4WDriving enthusiasts, surfers and fishermen, the Island also offers scuba diving (one of the top ten sites in Australia), swimming, kayaking, sand boarding and bush walking. Straddie is also renowned for its wildlife, including dolphins, turtles, manta-rays, kangaroos and koalas, as well as superb views of the annual humpback whale migration.

For accommodation, there are 6 beachfront camping grounds situated in the Island's three townships and accessible by paved roads. These camping grounds offer powered and unpowered sites for tents, camper trailers and caravans, as well as 20 fully equipped cabins. There are also hundreds of natural beachside camping sites at Flinders Beach and Main Beach camping areas. If you love camping with your dog, these campsites are perfect for you

South Straddie Beach. (#ParkMyVan #VanHire #JethroBatts www.parkmyvan.com.au)
South Straddie Beach.

WHAT TO DO?

Want to keep yourself entertained on Straddie?

There are no shortage of things to do. Keep yourself entertained.

Like to keep active?

Walking - Explore with a a stroll or a Hike. Our pick is the North George walk or the Goompi Trail The North George walk starts from the information board at Point Lookout opposite Fishes Cafe and walk offers spectacular views from the rocky outcrops overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The view over the gorge is breathtaking. Explore the headland from one side to the other and you’ll find the two gorges that help define this wild and beautiful terrain. Sit awhile and see passing turtles and dolphins, or manta rays gracefully gliding by. From June to October migrating humpback whales are also a common sight. Well worth it!

Kangaroos feed on the grassed area at North Gorge Walk at dawn and the late afternoons. Dolphins come in around the jetty at Amity Point Camping Ground at dawn and dusk. Please do not feed them! There is a resident Koala at Amity Point Camping Ground | Ask the campground manager for the latest sighting.

The Goompi Trail - is rich in Aboriginal history and centres around Dunwich, home of the Quandamooka People. The Trail is a historical walk with a local Aboriginal guide, which takes participants on a leisurely 1 hour walk along the foreshore of Dunwich overlooking beautiful Moreton Bay. Learn about Aboriginal artefacts, traditional hunting methods, bush tucker, medicines, traditional ochre's and see the remnants of an old rock fish trap. Minimum numbers required, bookings essential. T: 0400 792 243

SWIMMINNG - Want to take a dip? Cool off in a natural perched lake, pure yet tinged brown by the native teatrees, Brown Lake, or Lake Bummiera, is a hidden treasure. There are barbecue and picnic facilities and easy road access just 3.5 kilometres outside Dunwich, the lake is a popular swimming place and picnic spot. The lake is visible from the carpark. The calm tranquility of the lake is entrancing, especially if you visit in the early morning or late afternoon. In spring, wildflowers dot the surrounding bushland. Lake Bummiera has special significance to the local Aboriginal people and if you visit at a quiet time of day you’ll feel the magic.

Take a hike to Blue Lake National Park is part of Naree Budjong Djara National Park. Walk the 5.2km (return) track to the lake through wallum woodlands, flowering heath and stunted eucalypts. Wear good walking shoes, take a hat and water. Medium level of fitness is required. But, the walk is well worth it. Take your camera and binoculars to glimpses of the wildlife and if you walk to Neembeeba lookout you'll expereince spectacular views over the southern part of the island, the Pacific Ocean and the Gold Coast.

But that's not it for our water babie! Check out the list of safest places to Swim on Straddie here.

Golf - The North Stradbroke Island Golf Course shares a boundary with Heritage Listed Brown Lake. Offering exquisite views of the Lake and Moreton Bay. To take a swing give them a call on- 07-3409-9999, they are located on Trans-Island Rd, Dunwich.

Fishing - Well what can you say about North Stradbroke with respect to its fishing options, in a word "unlimited". If you want the calm boating areas of Jumpinpin up through the inside north past Dunwich and up to Amity then there are plenty of options. Or you can slip out over the south passage bar and run up to Point Lookout and fish the group or one of the many other rocks not covered by the grey nurse exclusion zones. Check out all the options here.

Cycling - North Stradbroke Island is a fantastic location to ride a bicycle and explore the diverse Island landscape. Hit the local information centre and they'll guide you on the best track to take based on your fitness and cycling experience. For tips and tracks click here.

Lawn Bowls - Lacted at Point Lookout it is on the ocean side of 'Straddie' with sun, surf beaches, rock fishing and the Bowls Club. The club boasts: 2 Magnificent bowling greens Excellent bar and dining facilities. And, if your a bit of a bowls enthusiast the Annual bowls tournament known as the Stradbroke 10,000 Bowls Carnival is well worth a visit. And, with $20,000 in prize money not a bad kitty to get you motivated. For more information click here.

Kayaking & Canoeing - Up for a little exercise or advanture, or maybe a blissful paddle on the lakes. Whichever takes your fancey there is plenty to choose from on Straddie. Check out Straddie Kingfisher Tours or Straddie Adventures.

Sandboarding - Up for a board withou the wake? Sandboarding is a great time passer for the adrenaline Junkie on Straddie. Each session in the Desert starts off on small slopes in order to get your technique correct. We then builds up to the "A" grade slopes, then on to the extremely fast MONSTER slope! For more information or to book click here.

Scooter Hire - Want to see the sites and have the breeze in your hair without the sweat? Check out Straddie Scooter Hire. Scoot around the Island in your own time. To book a Scooter call 07-3409 8266 or click here.

Suba Diving & Snorkling - Diving here can only be described as exhilarating! Only a 10 - 15 min boat trip to all the great dive sites, Straddie’s reefs are teeming with various marine life like Manta rays and Leopard sharks during summer (Nov-Apr), endangered Grey Nurse sharks and humpback whales during winter (Jun-Oct), plus bull & eagle rays, guitar & wobbegong sharks, turtles, dolphins, octopus, pelagics, hard & soft corals, nudibranchs plus hundreds of tropical fish species. To book a suba dive or a snorkle call 07-3409-9643 or for more information on prices and options click here. TIP - want to save time before your dive? Fill in the waiver form  here.

Surfing - Want to hit the waves? check out the surf conditions here. Need to rent a board or a mini Mal? Call Bob on 07 3409 8334. Or, are you wanting to learn how to tackle the breaking shores? Straddie has a great surf school (North Stradbroke Surf School) loacted at Point lookout. To book call 07-3409 8342 or visit their site by clicking here.

Whale Watching - Guided Walks | July ~ August 10am and 2pm, leaving from Fishes Cafe, Point Lookout. Or hire a pair of binoculars from Fishes Cafe at Point Lookout and take a walk around North Gorge Walk.

Stradbroke Island from the point. (#ParkMyVan #VanHire #JethroBatts www.parkmyvan.com.au)
Stradbroke Island from the point.

OUT DOORS NOT YOUR THING?

Want to treat yourself or not really into walking or swimming - don't stress, your not going to be stuck on an island with nothing to do. Go and check out:

Salt Water Murris Quandamook Art Gallery - Full of wonderful traditional Aborginial art from decendents of the Quandamook people. The Gallery is a not-for-profit community based centre. 3 Ballow Road, Dunwich - 07-3415-2373

Day Spa - Just because your camping or vanning does not mean that you can't take a well deserved break and head to the Spa for some real relataxion.  Stradbroke Island Beach Resort offers  try the LI'TYA OCEAN DREAMING SPA JOURNEY for 3 hours of absolute heaven or endulge in a 90 minute LI'TYA MALA MAYI MUD WRAP bliss does not even begin to discribe it! To check out all the services that they have on offer here.

Up for a bit of shopping - Head to the Markets held every Sunday from 8am - 12pm every second Sunday on East Coast Road Point Lookout.


Salt Water Murris Quandamooka (SWMQ) is a community based not-for-profit arts and crafts centre - See more at: http://www.artcollector.net.au/SaltWaterMurrisQuandamooka#sthash.OPR8vnht.dpuf
Stradbroke Island from the point. (#ParkMyVan #VanHire #JethroBatts www.parkmyvan.com.au)
Stradbroke Island from the point