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Published June 9th 2015
Island life just can't get much better than this
Cylinder Beach - nature at it's best
Kilometres of white sandy beaches surround this large idyllic island that lies just of mainland Brisbane. This wonderful island I refer to is North Stradbroke, commonly called "Straddie" and my question to you is "Have you been there yet?"
It's easy to think that "life just can't get much better than this", once you arrive. Stradbroke Island has so many options including calm beaches, surf beaches, rugged cliffs, beautiful lakes, great walks, cute cafes, a huge range of accommodation options and even a couple of 'great pubs'.
We visited this island recently, exploring it's beauty for five days during which we met a few of the locals. It was not surprising to hear the locals of Stradbroke mention that "although most people in Brisbane (city side) know about the island, very few visit". We acted surprised when we heard this, at the same time not revealing the fact that that we might 'kind of' fall into this category since this was only our second visit ten years.
View from one of the walking tracks on Stradbroke Island
Words of advise "get yourselves over here and start exploring the beauty in Brisbane's backyard." We stayed in the vicinity of Point Lookout where the weather was wild, windy but somewhat invigorating. Nature is seen at it's best when you visit Cylinder Beach. If you prefer more the 'calm, collected and sheltered lifestyle you can choose to stay around Amity Point area, which is not far from the jetty where the ferry arrives on the island.
Best bits about North Stradbroke Island; The North Gorge Walk - fabulous and the views are just stunning. Find out about the Gorge Walk and other attractions. Visit the Little Ship Club sit on the green and enjoy the sunset while slowly sipping on your favourite drink. Good basic meals are also available here. A must is the Stradbroke Island Hotel, keep and eye out for the hotel's sign as it's hidden behind trees and easy to miss and drive by. Stunning views from this modern hotel, pub food available, slightly higher prices. Point Lookout and all of the beaches as they are so different.
It is a Dog's Life on the Beach at Stradbroke Island
Getting there: To get to North Stradbroke Island, you travel by ferry from Cleveland and have the option of taking your car, which is a good idea allowing you the freedom to explore. There are however buses that run from one side of the island to the other. Travelling by bus you will need to be 'on the timetable' to make sure you catch the connecting bus to ferry on the way back, so you don't get left behind.