How to get to North Stradbroke Island?

Stradbroke Island, also affectionally called ‘Straddie’ by the locals, is nestled off the coast of Brisbane city. It is a natural oasis, full of unforgettable sites, stunning scenery, and a bucket load of activities.  But how do you get there?

Water Taxi

If you want an easy and private route to the island, the Water taxi is the way to go. There are two companies who operate to and from the island, usually both with the same prices. The taxis pick you up from Toondah Harbour, which is about a 45-minute drive from the city centre. After hopping on the boat will whiz through the water, reaching your destination in less than 25 minutes. It runs throughout the day, except for the gap between 1.55pm to 3.25pm.


A cheaper way to travel is by ferry, with both Big Red Cat and the Minjerribah companies available. The trip takes a bit longer, around 50 minutes, but you are able to walk around the large ferry, and even take your cars if you have one. The ferry is daily and runs every hour, but it’s best to book ahead of time as tickets are cheaper online.

How to travel around North Stradbroke Island?


If you’ve brought your car along with you, travelling around the area is pretty easy. There are only two fuel stations on the island, however, so make sure to fill up before arriving. Most road are easy for all cars, but only 4WD can drive along the beach.


Stradbroke’s buses pick you straight up from the ferry station and take you throughout the island. The times correspond with the ferry and taxi times so you won’t have to wait in the scorching sun for long. The bus tickets require cash however, so make sure you top up before arriving.


Kick back and relax without the fuss of organising your day while you hop on a tour for the day. Simply get picked up and dropped off from the city centre and get whisked away for a day of fun. Your guide will tell you all the facts and history of the Island while answering any questions you might have. Make sure to bring your camera as these sites are perfect for your next Instagram photo.

Join our North Stradbroke Island Tour today!

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