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A Taste of Straddie 2012

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by Debra Lidster (subscribe)
Debra, a stay-at-home mum of three, loves experiencing and sharing all that Brisbane has to offer; especially southside secrets.
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If you think Stradbroke Island is just a summer holiday destination, think again. Straddie, as it is affectionately known, is also a wonderful, winter getaway.

North Stradbroke Island

The Redland City Council and Straddie Chamber of Commerce have joined forces to present the inaugural A Taste of Straddie; a week-long winter festival to entice visitors to the island.

Held to coincide with school holidays, from June 23 to June 30, 2012, A Taste of Straddie will showcase the best of Stradbroke Island: succulent seafood, whale watching, and four wheel drive tours.

Visitors can enjoy cocktails with whales, barefoot bowls, camel rides on the beach, beach cricket, and beach yoga. Meander the Straddie Markets or take some surfing lessons. Join in a treasure hunt around Amity Point or watch a movie under the stars at the Straddie Stardust Community Cinema. Kids movies are screened at 5:30pm followed by popular or art house films at 8pm, with live music in between.
LINES in the SAND Arts Festival will run concurrently with A Taste of Straddie. Take part in one of their workshops: weaving, kite making, or ochre and sand art.

'Coming Together' sand ochre art by Craig Tapp (2011)

Straddie's Hotel will celebrate its fiftieth birthday on Saturday, June 30 with A Taste of Straddie Finale Party; from 5pm until late. Highlights include live music, free platters, and a barbecue in the beer garden.

Escape the city this winter and enjoy a sea change. Click here for more information on how to get there, accommodation, or festival details.
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Why? Sample the best of Stradbroke Island
When: June 23 until June 30, 2012
Where: North Stradbroke Island
Cost: Lots of free activities
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