Little Ship Club

Little Ship Club


Posted 2023-02-14 by Mayfollow
Robert Wyland, an American artist and environmentalist, is quoted as saying, "the ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul" - which I recently put to the test with a day trip across beautiful Moreton Bay to North Stradbroke Island.

North Stradbroke Island, or Minjerribah as it is known by the Quandamooka people, the traditional owners, is an island 30 kilometres southeast of the centre of Brisbane. The Stradbroke Flyer water taxi, a passenger only service, departs at regular intervals from Toondah Harbour in Cleveland. See here. The twenty minute trip across the bay during which you may at times spot dolphins, turtles and even sea eagles, is an immediate reminder that you are leaving the big smoke for another world. You can almost feel the weight fall from your shoulders.

The Stradbroke Flyer disembarks at One Mile Jetty at Dunwich, where we immediately headed for a cooling beverage at the which sits across from the jetty and hugs the waterfront.

In operation since 1951 the Club was created by members of the Naval Auxiliary Patrol who kept Queensland waters safe during the Second World War. The offers a bistro, a bar, and BBQ facilities and with its coastal views has to be one of the most relaxing venues in South East Queensland. An expansive area includes a children's playground contributing to the venue being popular with family groups, including the four legged members. For the independent travellers or "boaties" there are pontoons and swing moorings.

Club Opening Hours are:
Wed-Thu: 11am to 3:30pm& #8232 ;Fri-Sat: 11am to 7:30pm& #8232 ;Sun: 11am to 3:30pm

Meals are served:
LUNCH: & #8232 ;Wednesday to Sunday: 11:30am to 2.30pm
DINNER: & #8232 ;Friday to Saturday:  5.00pm to 7.30pm
Restaurant CLOSED Mondays and Tuesdays  

For further information go here.

Directly across the road from this venue is the historic Dunwich Cemetery, which is definitely worthwhile for a stretch of the legs. With graves dating back to 1847, it is a Heritage Listed site with over 8,500 unmarked graves of inmates from the Dunwich Benevolent Asylum, as well as being a current place of remembrance for Island residents.

If you timed it right you could even join an hour long tour group of the cemetery. See here.

A day all at sea and I feel like a new girl.

202703 - 2023-06-16 05:18:17


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