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Although only a short ferry ride from the mainland, the stress and pressures of modern living seem a million miles away when you holiday on North Stradbroke Island. Whilst there's no doubt that Point Lookout has the stunning beaches, trendy shops, whale watching and cafés, just a 20 minute drive away is a place to really relax, unwind and enjoy getting back to nature. Amity Point is a delightfully quiet little fishing village where the pace is slow and peace and quiet abound. But don't be fooled, there's more to Amity than meets the eye! On a recent visit for a family get-away, we stayed at Straddie Bungalows and had a fabulous time.
Our accommodation was clean, spacious and well equipped. We had everything we needed for a relaxing holiday with a few very special "extras" thrown in. Situated on 2 acres of waterfront land, this property is beautifully landscaped with Balinese statues hidden amongst Australian natives, bromeliads, old fig trees, and palm trees, combining to give a lush tropical feel to the place.
There are different configurations in each of the bungalows, with one being disabled friendly and wheelchair accessible. As well as the bungalows there is a log cabin, capable of sleeping 8 - 10 which is very comfortable and well equipped.
A lovely tropical pool area, complete with thatch-roofed shelters, is just a short stroll away from all bungalows. This is where we spotted one of the resident koalas hanging out in one of the palm trees. Apparently there is a population of about 20 koalas around the Amity Point area and three or four of these reside at Straddie Bungalows.
A little further on from the pool is the beautiful waterfront. Here you'll find the property's private jetty where visitors are able to fish and enjoy the amazing view of Moreton Bay. A large picnic table with beach umbrella is also on the waterfront making this the perfect spot to enjoy a meal or to sip a cool beverage and watch the sun slip below the horizon. And I have to say, the sunsets here are to die for, so make sure you have your camera at the ready!
This is when the magic happens ....... After sunset wild dolphins appear, looking for a free feed! The general store (just down the road) sells pilchards for bait and if you stock up, you'll have those dolphins eating right out of the palm of your hand - quite literally! These beautiful creatures will come in so close that you can pat them and they'll take the pilchards right out of your hands - a truly wonderful experience! We spent each evening doing this and just watching the dolphins play.
More wildlife presented itself in the form of two parent ospreys guarding a nest of babies atop the communication tower nearby and when the fishing rods came out on the jetty, Mum and Dad visited us, no doubt hoping for an easy feed for their young.
If you love your seafood, you'll be happy to hear that just a five minute walk from Straddie Bungalows is Rufus King Seafoods. As the fishing trawlers pull in to the Amity Point jetty, you're guaranteed beautiful fresh seafood.
Also close by you'll find Seashells Cafe where you can enjoy a quiet coffee or a meal on their outdoor deck. There's a very chilled out feel about this cafe and it's easy to sit back, relax and let the world go by.
The Amity Point general store stocks, as it's name implies, general grocery items, papers, magazines, ice, bait, fuel and gas. The original store was burnt to the ground by fire in October last year and the business is currently running from a temporary building next door. Rebuilding on the original site is now underway. An enclosed swimming area, boat ramp, picnic area and jetty can also be found at Amity, making this a perfect spot for water enthusiasts.
The jetty, swimming enclosure and boat ramp are just a short walk away
All of this is in our backyard and easily accessed by Stradbroke Ferries. This crossing takes approximately one hour by car ferry or you may prefer to use the water taxi, The Straddie Flyer, which makes for a shorter trip but is a passenger taxi only.
Everything you need for a laid back holiday can be found either at or very close to Straddie Bungalows. If you're looking for an escape in beautiful surroundings with amazing waterfront views and nature on your doorstep, pick up the phone and book your Straddie break at this amazing property.