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Cylinder Beach on Minjerribah / North Stradbroke Island

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by Meg Forbes (subscribe)
Meg Forbes is a mum, freelance writer, and photographer living in the Redlands, South of Brisbane. https://www.instagram.com/megforbesphotography/
Published March 4th 2020
Come and swim at one of Queensland's best beaches
Cylinder Beach on Minjerribah / North Stradbroke Island, voted Queensland's best beach in 2018 and 2019, is just a short ferry trip from Brisbane.

Cylinder Beach on Minjerribah / North Stradbroke Island
Cylinder Beach on Minjerribah / North Stradbroke Island


This beautiful beach is spectacular at any time, but especially on days when the wind is from the south. On such days, the swimming area is protected by a rocky headland, leaving stunning swimming conditions.

Kids love swimming at Cylinder Beach
Kids love swimming at Cylinder Beach


Cylinder Beach is patrolled by the Point Lookout Surf Life Saving Club. However, unlike Main Beach, no pet dogs are allowed on Cylinder Beach. One of the great attractions of Cylinder Beach is the large lagoon that often forms right the way along it. This provides sheltered swimming for young children, with the clean, shallow water inside it often warmed up by the sun.

Gorgeous Cylinder Beach
Gorgeous Cylinder Beach


The waters around Cylinder Beach team with marine life. The headland is an excellent place to watch for this, and includes land-based whale watching in season (from June to October) when humpback whales migrate between Antarctica and Hervey Bay to breed.

Whales passing Cylinder Beach
Whales passing Cylinder Beach


It isn't unusual to spot dolphins from the headland, and sometimes these curious creatures will come surprisingly close to swimmers as well.

A dolphin at Cylinder Beach
A dolphin swimming past Cylinder Beach


Other marine life that is frequently seen at Cylinder Beach includes loggerhead and green turtles, eagle rays, and manta rays. If you visit early in the morning, or during the evening, you may also be lucky enough to see eastern grey kangaroos around the headland.

Eastern grey kangaroo joey near Cylinder Beach
Eastern grey kangaroo joey near Cylinder Beach


Although Cylinder Beach is close enough to Brisbane for a day trip, Minjerribah Camping does operate an often busy, but well maintained, campsite here. To be safe, it is best to book before coming over. Bookings for the campsite can be made at this website. There are also public toilets, picnic shelters, BBQs, and a playground on the grass just off the beach and adjacent to the campground.

Pathway from the campsite to Cylinder Beach
Pathway from the campsite to Cylinder Beach


Transport options for getting to Cylinder Beach include bringing your own vehicle over on the barge operated by Stradbroke Ferries, or using public transport. If you choose to use public transport both Stradbroke Ferries and the Stradbroke Flyer operate water taxis that are met by the bus on the island. Buses also run between the ferry terminal on the mainland and Cleveland Train Station should you wish to take public transport from Brisbane City.

A turtle swimming beneath the headland at Cylinder Beach at high tide
A turtle swimming beneath the headland at Cylinder Beach at high tide
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Why? Voted Queensland's best beach in 2018 and 2019
When: Anytime
Phone: (07) 3409 9668
Where: Minjerribah / North Stradbroke Island
Cost: Free
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This looks like a lovely area Meg.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|7970) 147 days ago
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