Meg Forbes is a mum, freelance writer, and photographer living in the Redlands, South of Brisbane.
Published July 29th 2020
Discover an island beach paradise near Brisbane
Main Beach is a popular swimming and surf beach near Brisbane on Minjerribah / North Stradbroke Island, or "Straddie" as it is affectionately called by locals. Much of Main Beach is situated within the Naree Budjong Djara National Park on Quandamooka Country.
Main Beach on Straddie is paradise found
Unlike most of the beaches on Straddie, Main Beach is patrolled by the Point Lookout Surf Life Saving Club which means that safe swimming is available between the red and yellow flags. The only other patrolled beach on the island is Cylinder Beach. These two beaches are situated either side of the gorge and headlands at Point Lookout, so that Main Beach is most sheltered for swimming when the wind is from the north, and Cylinder Beach most sheltered when the wind is from the south.
Point Lookout Surf Life Saving Club above Main Beach
Main Beach is also a popular surf beach with good breaks that are easy to access via a northern rip channel. Surfers often share this area with dolphins as they swim along behind the breakers.
Humans aren't the only surfers who love to play at Main Beach
Although the northern end of the beach is popular for safe swimming and surfing, the beach itself is 38Km's long, extended right along the eastern shore of the island until it reaches Jumpinpin Inlet which separates North Stradbroke and South Stradbroke Islands.
Approximately halfway along Main Beach are 17 designated camping areas set behind the dunes. These remote camping areas are accessible by four wheel drive only and offer visitors an experience of seclusion in paradise. Fishing and bushwalking are popular activities in this area.
Idyllic, remote, camping is available at Main Beach, about 17Km from Point Lookout
Dogs are permitted on Main Beach, providing they are kept on the leash at all times. This national park area is a haven for wildlife such as kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, echidnas, and goannas. Marine wildlife that can often be spotted from Main Beach includes dolphins, humpback whales during their annual migration between June and October, and loggerhead and green turtles (who may also nest along Main Beach between October and March).