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Main Beach, 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 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
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
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.

Main Beach stretches south towards the horizon
Main Beach stretches south towards the horizon


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
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).

Camping and long walks along the beach with friendly locals for company
Camping with friendly locals for company


Getting to Main Beach from Brisbane is easy. For day trips that won't require a four wheel drive, visitors can simply hop on either the Stradbroke Flyer or the Stradbroke Ferries Watertaxi at Cleveland for the 20 minute trip to Dunwich. Both of these fast passenger ferries meet the island bus which takes visitors to Point Lookout where Main Beach is situated. Simply take the bus to its final stop and then walk down the hill via Kennedy Drive to the Point Lookout Surf Life Saving Club. Alternatively, visitors who would like to camp and access all of Main Beach via four wheel drive can book the Stradbroke Ferries Vehicle Barge. Campsites at Main Beach and four wheel drive beach driving permits can each be booked through Minjerribah Camping.

Getting to the natural playground that is Main Beach couldn't be easier
Getting to the natural playground that is Main Beach couldn't be easier


Essential items for a great trip to Main Beach include:

Plenty of drinking water, although shops are available near the bus stop
Sunsafe clothing, hats, and sunscreen
Swimmers and towels
A camera - Main Beach is truly stunning
Insect repellent, especially if camping between September and April

Come prepared for a fantastic visit to Main Beach
Come prepared for a memorable visit to Main Beach
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Why? Come to Main Beach to experience an island paradise close to Brisbane
When: Anytime
Phone: 07 3829 8999
Where: Minjerribah / North Stradbroke Island
Cost: Cost is dependent upon the ferry and whether visitors chose to stay and camp or not (please see the links in the article)
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