Not knowing what was in store for this honeymoon / getaway for the husband and I, we headed to Stradbroke Island for the weekend.
Upon arriving at the bungalows, we found the place was exceptionally well taken care of and clean. The cabins were made with thatched roofs which gave that island feel to the whole surrounding area.
The owners, which I did not learn their names, were very helpful and friendly. They are pleasant people to talk with and interact with.
They have different bungalows with different names such as our cabin was called the Lorikeet Lodge. Upon entry of the cabin there was a round stain glass imagine of the Lorikeets, and when you walk into the cabin you find there are lights you can turn on to highlight the stained glass at night.
Our cabin had a set of bunk beds, a fold out bed lounge, a small round dining table, a big bathroom with a walk in shower that is great for handicap or wheel chairs. Our bedroom had a queen sized bed, and at the foot of the bed was a sliding mirrored door closet. All cabins are self contained cabins. You have everything you need for a weekend getaway.
The only thing you need to bring is your clothes, accessories, food and drinks. Unless you are staying for a while then you do have to top up your needs such as soap, toilet paper, also don't forget to bring your shampoo and conditioner as this is not provided.
Straddie Bungalow grounds are very well maintained throughout your stay there. They also have a beautiful pool area to swim, lounge around in or just simply sun baking in. The pool has three dolphins in the tiles on the floor of the pool. There is a cave that hangs over the pool that you can sit underneath and at night in the cave, there is different coloured lights which make it beautiful.
There is a play area for smaller children, with swings, and a cubby house. The owners thought of just about everything in their little oasis by the sea.
They are in the process of building a small kiosk down by the jetty area for the people. I am certain it will be wonderful when they do get that finished. The jetty is private, meaning people from other areas are not permitted on this jetty. As it is for Straddie Bungalow stayers only. There are stairs that lead down beside of the jetty off the rocks and is a great place to snorkel when the water is clear and calm.
We found that not only was the whole place very peaceful and beautiful with the birds, koalas but also sea life and the ocean. We saw wild dolphins that came up to the jetty stairs to be fed, a young sea turtle in which I named Squirt, off from finding Nemo! But we also saw a reef shark which was about 1 to 1 1/2 foot long. I had never seen a sea turtle nor a reef shark in wild life. I was all of about 1 foot from the water where the shark swam through and the sea turtle was about 8 feet from me standing on the stairs. As I said, the only thing left I was waiting on was the whales to come through!
Ian, I think is the name of the owner of the bungalows was talking to me and the hubby the first night out on the jetty after I had just saw a wild dolphin and tried to reach her, but the tide was out so I couldn't reach her as I didn't have shoes on to tred the rocks. But he told us that we could hand feed the dolphins and they were very gentle but wild. So, of course I had to go buy some pilchers to hand feed the dolphins. Still smiling big over this adventure.
The second night I came prepared. I was determined to hand feed these dolphins as it has been a life long dream I have had. So nothing short of dying was going to keep me away and keep me from feeding these most beautiful creatures.
I went down to the dock and waited. In which a black bird that could dive like I have never seen gave us a show.
The dolphins came about 30 minutes later. I was so very excited and also apprehensive as what feeding wild dolphins held for me. But I couldn't just stay on the jetty and watch them, I wanted to interact and feed them. I got the most enjoyable experience of a lifetime that night. I was so overjoyed, that afterwards, when we returned to the cabin I started crying. It was the most magical, loving and exciting experience I have ever had to date. My husband got to hand feed them as well on the third night. That's when a small reef shark came through to visit as well.
So, if you get a chance to get away, make sure to go to Stradbroke Island and stay at the Straddie Bungalows at Amity Point. You Will NOT regret your stay there.