Explore Brisbane & Beyond | North Stradbroke Island for Kids
North Stradbroke Island is a great place for families and kids. There are so many pristine places to explore – beaches, lakes, forest – a holiday here would never be boring. Here we explore some of the main places to go and things to see. Why not put North Stradbroke Island on your list of family holiday destinations?
There is no bridge to North Stradbroke Island, so all visitors must arrive by sea or air. Most visitors travel by ferry and there are several options. All commercial operators to the island leave from Toondah Harbour, Middle Street, Cleveland, and arrive at Dunwich on North Stradbroke Island.
- Stradbroke Ferries run vehicle barges and passenger water taxis.
- Big Red Cat operates vehicle ferries and allow walk on passengers.
- The Stradbroke Flyer commands passenger catamaran ferries.
The journey takes 40-50 minutes for vehicle ferries and 20-25 minutes for passenger water taxi. Prices vary between the operators however, cars cost around $149 return (including the legal number of passengers for your car). If you are planning to walk aboard, adult walk on passengers are about $20 return and children 4-14 are approximately $10 return, dependent on the operator chosen. All vehicles must be booked with the respective operators. The island has sealed roads therefore four-wheel drive vehicles are not required unless you plan to drive on the beach, in which case a permit is required. These permits are available from Straddie Camping on arrival in Dunwich at a cost of $38.25. There is a bus service on the island connecting the main towns.
Townships of North Stradbroke Island
- Dunwich, on the western side of the island, is the largest town and home to around 800 permanent residents. It is the main port for passenger and car ferries and has shops, a pharmacy, and the island’s post office.
- Amity Point is the north-eastern township, home to about 400 permanent residents.
- Point Lookout is on the surf side of the island, surrounded by picturesque beaches. Home to around 700 permanent residents, this is also the most popular holiday town on the island. The Point Lookout Markets are held every Sunday selling arts and crafts, local honey and native plants grown by the local Bushcare group
Things to See and Do
Whales can be visible from the shore as they travel to and from the Great Barrier Reef, between May and November. The best vantage points are at Point Lookout, Norm’s Seat and Whale Rock on the North Gorge Walk, or from FrenchmansBeach and CylinderBeach depending on the direction of the whale’s travel.
NorthStradbrokeIsland is known for its unique natural formations like BlueLake and BrownLake. See more information about the National Parks on the island here.
The island has six popular beaches – Flinders, Home, Cylinder, Deadmans, Frenchmans and the huge 32 kilometre long Main beach. Camping is available near most of the beaches, as well as at Amity Point, Adder Rock and Myora Springs. Holiday homes and caravan parks are also available on the island and bookings are required well in advance.
Fishing is popular from most of the island’s beaches. If you have a 4WD or access to a boat, head to Junpinpin channel for the island’s best fishing. The channel is located at the southern tip of North Stradbroke Island.
The North Stradbroke Island Heritage Trail, prepared and collated by the North Stradbroke Island Museum, notes many places of interest, several with historical significance, in each of the three townships. Pick up a copy from the museum at 15-17 Welsby St Dunwich or download a copy here.
This island map shows the location of the main points of interest and the facilities available at each.
So what are you waiting for? Explore the wonders of an island paradise, right on your doorstep.
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