It can be reached by the car and passenger ferry, the Big Red Cat. If you want a really full day of fun and adventure, catch the 9.00am, or even the 7.00am, Cat. For full information go to the Big Red Cat website.
The friendly owner, Sonia, has been immortalised in sculpture, or rather parts of her have been, as this lovely work of art is a composite of all staff at the Island Fruit Barn. It is a tribute by the sculptor to the friendly service experienced by all patrons.
Now for a good walk to bring you back to earth once more. Barefoot Dave of Straddie Eco and Adventure Tours will waltz you around the Point Lookout Gorge track, pointing out nature's wonders enroute. As a long time Straddie resident, Dave is a mine of information on its natural wonders.
Of course you are feeling a bit peckish after all that exercise, but Dave has this well in hand. How about a beach barbecue with the casuarinas and the rolling ocean as your backdrop? Dave is so keen on having you relax, he refuses all offers of help, except for the passing around of the delicious snags and salads. Dave's customised tours can be booked at Straddie Kingfisher Tours.
Now you are feeling truly relaxed away from the workaday world, but it is time to exercise the brain cells as well as the body, with some local history. The Stradbroke Island Historical society, run by enthusiastic volunteers, has prepared heritage trails for Point Lookout, Amity Point, and Dunwich. Go to the Stradbroke Island website to prepare for an historic walk around Dunwich, taking in the Dunwich cemetery. Stradbroke has a sad history of institutions, and over 8,000 of their inhabitants are buried in the picturesque grounds.
Sounds lovely but I am always horrified at the cost to get there on the barge. If it was cheaper I think more people would go. We gave it a miss with elderley interstate relatives as we have (and did) spent the same on 2 nights accommodation at the Sunshine Coast instead :( older people can't do the walking and when you have 4 people, the bus fares on the island add up as well.