Deadman's Beach paradise on Minjerribah / North Stradbroke Island
Deadman's Beach's ominous name stems from the 1956 discovery of a skeleton and a boot that were believed to be the remains of the Prosperity's mate or cook. However, Deadman's Beach is more protected than some of the other beaches on North Stradbroke Island, and often provides visitors to the island with a tranquil day out. Visitors who would like to learn more about the history of North Stradbroke Island can visit the North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum. Deadman's Beach is location #27 on their Heritage Trail.
Deadman's Beach was named after a skeleton found in 1956
The northern and southern ends of Deadman's Beach are bounded by rocks. Those at the southern end include a variety of rock pools waiting to be explored, while the headland at the northern end is very popular with fishermen.
Fishermen on the rocky headland at the northern end of Deadman's Beach
There are two entrances to Deadman's Beach, one via a short set of stairs, and another more gradual path that runs down the Deadman's Headland Reserve above the beach.
Grassy entrance to Deadman's Beach through the Deadman's Headland Reserve
There are 20 car spaces located on the edge of the reserve, in the cul-de-sac at the end of Cutter St, Point Lookout. At the top of the stairs there a fresh water beach shower for visitors returning from the beach.
There is a freshwater beach shower near the entrance to the stairs
The Deadman's Headland Reserve also has a number of benches overlooking the beautiful beach and the Pacific Ocean, two wood-fire BBQs (visitors must bring their own firewood), and two picnic tables. While there are no public toilets at Deadman's Beach, Cylinder Beach just around the northern headland does have a public toilet block that includes disabled and baby change facilities.
Survey the serenity of Deadman's Beach from one of the benches installed above it
Like the entire island, Deadman's Beach is home to a wide variety of wildlife. Eastern grey kangaroos and their joeys can often be seen feeding in the grass of the Deadman's Headland Reserve, while dolphins and turtles can be seen off the beach all year round, and humpback whales during their annual migration between June and October. Looking up, white-bellied sea eagles and Brahminy kites can often be seen soaring above the beach, and the trees around the fringe are often alive with the sounds of various honeyeater species.
Deadman's beach and surrounds team with terrestrial and marine wildlife
Despite the beauty of the ocean at Deadman's Beach, there are no patrols here and visitors are warned that a deep gutter and frequent rips mean it is not a safe beach to swim at. However, just around the northern headland, which has a boardwalk to assist visitors in transitioning between the two beaches, is Cylinder Beach . This stunning beach was voted Queensland's best swimming beach in 2018 and 2019 and is patrolled by the Point Lookout Surf Life Saving Club.
Visitors who wish to swim should take the boardwalk over the northern headland to Cylinder Beach
Today it is easy to reach Deadman's Beach from Brisbane via public transport, although visitors can choose to bring their own vehicle to the island on the 45 minute Stradbroke Ferries Vehicle Barge. This barge includes a wheel-chair accessible licensed cafe and seating area upstairs. Alternatively, visitors to the island can catch one of the faster 20 minute water taxi services through Stradbroke Ferries or the Stradbroke Flyer. Each of these fast water taxi services are synced with the island bus that transports visitors to Amity Point or Point Lookout where Deadman's Beach is located.
The vehicle barge ready to transport visitors to the island