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Exploring Stradbroke Island

North Stradbroke Island/Minjerribah, also known as ‘Straddie’, offers the perfect blend of relaxation, exploration and adventure for every traveller. From beaches to quaint seaside villages, swap road trips for island treks and leave your Ace rental car at the ferry terminal in Cleveland.

  • Dunwich
  • Amity Point
  • Point Lookout
  • Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) Loop

Dunwich

  • Dunwich Enclosure
  • Myora Springs
  • North Stradbroke Museum

After a scenic 25-minute ferry ride across Moreton Bay, you’ll arrive at the Harold Walker Jetty in Dunwich/Goompie, the island’s main township. Filled with cosy cafes, art galleries and historical landmarks, Dunwich is the perfect place to become acquainted with ‘Straddie’. There are plenty of food options available here, whether you’re craving a freshly baked pie, a delicious coffee or breakfast favourites. Visit Straddie Island Bakery, CJ’s Cafe or The Barn Cafe and head to a nearby reserve or park for a peaceful picnic surrounded by greenery. Take some time to pause and look forward to your time spent exploring the island, perhaps taking this time to journal and set intentions for your holiday. If you’re looking to spend some time in the water, the Dunwich Enclosure is a calm bay, perfect for a beachside stroll or mid-morning dip. Further north along the coast, Myora Springs is a picture-perfect setting to spot wildlife, take in waterfall views and even swim at high tide. Listen to the sounds of the cascades flowing and immerse yourself in nature for a tranquil experience. Back in town, discover the history of Minjerribah from ancient place names to the myth behind Deadman’s Beach with a visit to the North Stradbroke Island Museum. Permanent exhibitions include the Pioneer Room, the Aboriginal Room and the Shipping Exhibit, all exploring important stories about early settlement, with intriguing artefacts on display. Plus, you’ll see the original light from the Point Lookout Lighthouse and one of the largest sperm whale skulls found in Queensland. Choose to explore the museum at your own pace or opt for a presentation and guided walk for a more in-depth experience.

Amity Point

  • Flinders Beach
  • Amity Point Community Club
  • Ship’s Galley Bistro

Dunwich is one of three townships on North Stradbroke Island, with Amity Point/Pulan, just 15 minutes north. To get around the island, choose between taking the bus, catching a taxi, or hiring a bike and cycling. Amity Point is known for its long jetty - famed for picture-perfect sunsets, wetland habitats that attract wildlife like dolphins and pelicans, and cafes and restaurants specialising in freshly caught seafood. If you’re a fan of fishing, you can catch bream, mackerel, and whiting from the jetty or boat ramp. Bait and gear are conveniently available for purchase at stores in town. On the opposite side of the headland, Flinders Beach is a long stretch of white sand with campgrounds scattered throughout for overnight visitors. It’s a serene, picturesque spot, perfect for relaxing and unwinding between adventures. Immerse yourself in the laid-back community atmosphere with a visit to the Amity Point Community Club. From trivia nights and Island bingo to wine tastings and twilight markets, the Club always offers something exciting no matter what time of the year you’re passing through. For food, the Ship’s Galley Bistro has you covered. Serving seafood mains, burgers and classic pub meals, a lunch or dinner here will give you taste of life in Amity Point. If you’re visiting with family, there’s a kids’ playground and mini golf available on site. If the seaside ambience of Amity Point has captured your heart and you’d like to extend your stay, there are accommodation options available including The Cabarita and Amity Point Waterfront Cabins.

Point Lookout

  • Cylinder Beach
  • Surfing lessons
  • North Gorge Walk

After making your way through Dunwich and adventuring Amity Point, travel east to Point Lookout/Mooloomba, the last of Stradbroke’s main townships. It’s now time to make the most of your island holiday, with this area being famous for its surf beaches, winding nature trails and impressive whale-watching. Craving a beach day? Cylinder Beach is a picturesque coastal cove, popular for family outings, surfing and swimming. Private and group surfing lessons are held here daily by North Stradbroke Island Surf School, giving you an incredible opportunity to ride the best waves on Straddie. If you’re visiting between June and November, you’re in luck! This is the peak season for whale watching, and Point Lookout offers plenty of opportunities for land-based watching. The landmark North Gorge Walk also sets off from the Point Lookout headland, providing scenic views of the Pacific Ocean and chances to spot marine life like dolphins and giant sea turtles. For sports lovers, the Point Lookout Tennis Club is the perfect place for a hit, with social tennis nights held regularly. Additionally, the Bowls Club welcomes all for a game of lawn or barefoot bowls. From whale-watching to trekking through bush tracks, Point Lookout is an idyllic spot for nature lovers to pause for moments of reflection and relaxation.

To get your island adventure started, book your Ace rental car today and discover the beauty of the Moreton Bay region.

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