Is North Stradbroke Island worth visiting?

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: March 1, 2024

Reading time: 2 mins

Where the lakes meet the mangrove forests, North Stradbroke Island has native flora and fauna and amazing beaches.

North Stradbroke Island

Looking for laid-back vibes? North Stradbroke Island, also known as Straddie, is what you are looking for! The island is the world’s second-largest sand island and is about 30 kilometres southeast off the coast of Brisbane.

You can catch a ferry to North Stradbroke Island from nearby jetties that are all under an hour’s ride. From Brisbane, your closest ferry to catch is from Cleveland.

Things to do

You can explore the island by walking, cycling, or even catching the local bus. There are plenty of things you can do and see on the island on a short day trip or over a weekend getaway.

Cylinder Beach

Cylinder Beach
Cylinder Beach is a favourite and popular beach for swimming, surfing, and even fishing. The waves here are quite small but perfect for beginners or those who just want to get out on the water.

Scuba diving
Explore what is beneath the water by North Stradbroke Island and go scuba diving! You could have a chance to see the manta rays, different species of sharks or humpback whales. There are also turtles and all kinds of fish you can see throughout the year.

North Gorge Walk
The North Gorge Walk is a popular and iconic walk that is a must-do if you are by Redlands Coast on the island. The coastal walk itself is 1.5 kilometres and is family-friendly, so bring along the kids.

On the walk, you could come across some wildlife like wallabies and kangaroos. As you have reached the coastal lookout point, keep your eyes peeled for dolphins, manta rays, and turtles. Between June and November, there are humpback whales you could spot!

If you are interested in staying on the island, camping is a great way to do so! There are plenty of different campgrounds throughout the island and along the beach.

Need a way to get to North Stradbroke Island? Consider booking a one-day tour where you can walk around the Gorge, spot wildlife, see local towns, and stop by the beach.

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.

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