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Published November 6th 2012
Comfortable accommodation on the beachfront on Straddie
North Stradbroke Island, or Straddie, is a 'world away from the world', a unique place for a getaway and located conveniently close to Brisbane.
There are a range of accommodation options including resorts, a hotel, beach cottages and camping facilities. On our first visit to the island we chose to stay at Anchorage on Straddie, a beachfront resort located as you enter Point Lookout.
One of the most outstanding features of the resort is the extremely helpful and generous couple who run the operation. Damian and Leanne Stewart go out of their way to share their knowledge of the area, tips about where to go and what to do, and even specific items – in our case, fishing rods.
Damian and Leanne boast that Anchorage on Straddie is the only true beachfront resort on the island. In the front of the property is a boardwalk that stretches out straight onto Home Beach. The beaches on Straddie are great at any time of the year. We visited in winter, and thoroughly enjoyed our walks along the beach, as we watched for glimpses of the whales during their migration.
The boardwalk leading on to the beach. Picture courtesy Anchorage on Straddie
The accommodation at Anchorage on Straddie consists of self-contained studio, one bedroom and two bedroom apartments. We stayed in a two bedroom unit, and, with two kids, did appreciate having the extra space that enabled them to have their own bedroom rather than sleep in the living area, as they would have done in the one bedroom unit. The apartments are equipped with stove top and microwave cooking facilities, as well as all other kitchen essentials.
Our unit was at the top of the three floors, and although we were warned that there is no lift available, the view from our balcony compensated more than adequately. We often ate meals at the table and chairs on the balcony, which overlooked the pool area, and out to the sea.
Other facilities in our room included a spa bath, flat screen TV with Foxtel and digital channels and DVD facilities. Glass sliding doors opened on to the balcony from the living area, as well as from the main bedroom.
There is also a sauna, swimming pool, poolside BBQ, and laundry in the resort. If you need to be linked up to the rest of the world, there is WiFi access, in some cases in the apartments, or on balconies, with the hub being alongside the pool (which is a pretty good place for a mobile office, if you have to do some work).
The resort offers a one stop wedding spot, according to Damian and Leanne, and the beach would certainly make a most beautiful setting. Apart from the accommodation, Anchorage on Straddie has other facilities that would assist when it comes to a wedding celebration – there is a hairdresser, reception venue, and even a gift shop that are all part of the Anchorage on Straddie complex.
Also on the same property is Straddie Adventures, which offers sea kayaking, snorkeling and sand boarding tours, as well as water sport equipment sales and hire. In addition, Damian and Leanne operate Straddie Scooter Hire for those wanting to travel around the island in eco-friendly scooters.
The reception venue is in the form of La Focaccia, a restaurant, which specialises in pizza and pasta dishes for eating in or takeaway. Look out for their 'eat all you want' specials. We spent quite some time browsing in Noreen's Seaside Shop, which has a range of beautiful jewellery, accessories, and home décor items as well as a selection of goodies for kids, some of which were priced just right for them to spend their pocket money or holiday allowance.
Apart from all those options on the same property as the resort, the Bowls Club, a kids playground, skate park and roadhouse are within easy walking distance. And it's just a five minute drive to the point, with all that it has to offer.