Things to do in North Stradbroke Island
North Stradbroke Island, also known as Minjerribah, is located offshore of Brisbane. North Stradbroke Island offers a wide range of experiences for day trippers to enjoy, with iconic wildlife and picturesque surroundings.
During your visit to North Stradbroke Island, take the time to wander along the pristine beaches and enjoy a dip in Brown Lake’s tea-tree oil infused waters. The picturesque scenery of Brown Lake allows visitors to enjoy a day to relax and enjoy some food, and uncover the historic cultural significance to the Aboriginal people of the island.
During winter season, the island hosts the best place to whale watch at the Point Lookout. Here you can enjoy a glimpse of the humpback whale as they migrate and pass through the waters off North Stradbroke Island.
Visit the scenic Cylinder Beach Park, to stop by a for a picnic or barbeque while enjoying the perfect sun bathing and swimming spot on the beach.
North Stradbroke Island has always been a favourite Oz holiday destination, full of adventure and wonder. So, what are some of the unforgettable activities that await you on “Straddie”?
Seeing local wildlife
Straddie is a nature lover’s paradise, with plenty of adorable Aussie animals bouncing, swimming and waddling around the gorgeous bushland and beaches. Dolphins swim playfully around the jetty at Amity Point each night (but don’t feed them!) and kangaroos love having their meals at the pristine North Gorge walk. There is even a resident koala population that can be spotted more easily in the twilight hours of the day!
Being Queensland’s most easterly point, you’ll be happy to learn that Straddie is one of Australia’s top whale watching locations! The humpback and minke whale migration that occurs past this spectacular island from June to November has to be seen to be believed, and is one of the many reasons why nature lovers get absolutely pumped at the idea of heading to this natural wonderland so close to the big city!
Sand surfing (& regular surfing, for that matter…)
The surf at Straddie is some of the best in Queensland, so it makes sense that it is one of the best places to learn and sharpen your skills. If getting out in the ocean waves isn’t quite your thing, but you still want to savour the experience of surfing, there are plenty of sand dunes where you can hop on boards that allow you to try surfing but on land!
Learn about the island’s traditional owners
The Quandamooka people are the traditional owners of North Stradbroke Island, and they provide plenty of amazing cultural experiences for you to learn about them and their lifestyle. There are guided walks along the Goompi trail, where you can learn about Quandamooka artefacts, hunting methods, bush tucker and much more, all in part to learn about the people and their lasting connection to this incredible island.