Things to do
The first glimpse most visitors get of Straddie is Dunwich – a small town with a big history. Everyday items are available from the convenience store and there is a pharmacy, newsagent, bakery, fruit shop, bottle shop and ATM.
As well as being the resort centre of Straddie, Point Lookout also boasts outstanding surfing beaches and spectacular seascape views. Situated at the northern tip of the island, Point Lookout is 20km from Dunwich and 19km from Amity. The Point, as it is referred to by locals has all the amenities you will need for your stay on the Island including restaurants, shops including bakery and newsagent as well as fresh seafood available daily. It is also Queensland’s most easterly point.
For those who like to throw in a line or just relax, Amity Point is worth a visit. Amity has the tranquil atmosphere of a small seaside fishing village. Trawlers still tie up at the jetty to offload the night’s catch of fresh prawns, crabs and fish ready for the tables of local restaurants and shops and dolphins frolick at sunset.
THINGS TO DO
Whether you’re planning a weekend away or a long holiday, you’ll never want for things to see and do on Straddie. From the excitement of whale watching, surfing or mountain-biking, to the quiet tranquillity of dozens of kilometres of unspoiled white sandy beaches, Straddie has it all.
If you like the beach, you will love the white sand and crystal clear water on North Stradbroke Island. Deadman’s beach, patrolled Cylinder beach, and the secluded Frenchman’s beach are a short walk from Mintee on Deadman’s. Don’t forget to take a run down the enormous sand hill just next to Deadman’s beach. The island has a range of beaches which are suitable for safe swimming, spectacular surfing and great fishing all year round.
Point Lookout is world-renowned for some of the best beaches in Queensland. With north, north-east, and easterly facing beaches on the Pacific Ocean, you are sure to find an uncrowded wave in all wind conditions. The water temperature doesn’t drop below 19C in mid-winter and rises to a tropical 27C in summer.
NSI Surf School: 07 3409 8342 http://northstradbrokeislandsurfschool.com.au/.
Straddie has some of the best dive sites in south east Queensland, just a few hundred metres from the shore. The waters off North Stradbroke Island are unique because of the mix of colder southern waters and warmer northern waters. They are filled with an array of fish that divers and snorkelers love to discover. The reefs surrounding Point Lookout are home to manta rays in the summer and plenty of other marine life throughout the year, including turtles, dolphins, eagle rays, barracudas, Spanish mackerel and much more.
Manta Lodge & Scuba Centre: 07 3409 8888 or firstname.lastname@example.org
From June to November each year, the humpback whales pass the North Gorge headland and passed Deadman’s Beach on their annual migration from Antarctica to their calving grounds near the Great Barrier Reef. While the calves are still quite young, they begin their southern return journey passing close to the coast.
Sitting on the deck at Mintee on Deadman’s, you have breathtaking views of these majestic creatures.
Enjoy discovering the more remote areas of Straddie by taking a 4WD tour. For the more adventurous, drive yourself and discover the Island.
Coastal Island Safaris: 07 5574 4120
Straddie Kingfisher Tours: 07 3409 9502 or 0409 123 586
Kayak through the open waters surrounding the Island, and you might even be lucky to spot a whale, dolphin or turtle. Full day and half day adventure tours includes sea Kayaking, sandboarding, 4WD, fresh seafood buffet lunch.
Straddie Adventures: 07 3409 8414 or www.straddieadventures.com.au
Straddie offers plenty of chances to try your luck. Whether it is casting a line from the beach or from a boat, you will enjoy the wonderful fishing opportunities whether you are a beginner or a professional!
Mal Starkey’s Fishing Tours: 07 3409 8353
Stradbroke Island Tours: 07 3409 8051
Captain Silver Cruises: 07 3409 8636
Island Boat Hire (Amity Point): 0408 761149
Cruise the crystal waters of Moreton Bay on a luxury catamaran. Tours on offer include swimming, paddle boarding, fishing, or simply relaxing on deck.
Bay Dolphin: 07 3207 9620
Sunset Blues Cruises: 0407 637 862
Located on Trans Island Road, Dunwich, this 9-hole course is a par 70 and offers scenic views of Moreton Bay and the Glasshouse Mountains.
North Stradbroke Island Golf Club: 07 3409 9999
Golf clubs can also be hired at Dunwich Sports Hire: 07 3409 9252
Enjoy a game of bare-foot bowls on the greens at Point Lookout. Open 7 days for lunch and dinner, freshly cooked local seafood, full bar facilities and entertainment.
07 3409 8182
Tennis courts are available for hire on East Coast Road, Point Lookout next to the Community Hall. Courts can be hired from the Straddie Roadhouse.
Straddie’s lakes include Blue Lake, Brown Lake, the Keyholes and a series of small lagoons and are a perfect day trips for the whole family.
Blue Lake National Park (501 ha) offers a quiet haven for visitors to appreciate the natural beauty of North Stradbroke Island and is the perfect place to take a refreshing dip in the middle of the summer.
To access Blue Lake, drive 8 km along the sealed Trans Island Road from Dunwich. Conventional vehicles must be left in the car park at the entrance to the park and passengers will need to walk 2.7 km to the lake. Four wheel drive vehicles can follow a sand track 2.5 km closer to the lake and walk the remaining 200 metres. To protect the delicate ecosystem, no camping or pets are allowed in the National Park. There are no facilities or drinking water, so be prepared.
For a different freshwater experience, Brown Lake is easily accessible by conventional vehicle and has amenities such as picnic tables, BBQs and a composting toilet. The natural bushland surrounding the lake is home to many delicate wildflowers, including small ground orchids. To access the Lake, drive 3.5 km from Dunwich along the sealed Trans Island Road. Brown Lake is a perfect place to stop for lunch.
The Keyholes are a freshwater system of mysterious lakes and lagoons which stretch over 4.5 km. These lakes are home to the island’s massive open air aviary of more than 250 species of native birds.
Straddie has some beautiful walks to enjoy. In addition to the walks around the Lakes and the miles of beach walks to explore, walks around the headland at Point Lookout are a popular past time.
The North Gorge walk is the most popular taking in the spectacular ocean views. The looped 1.2 km walk winds its way on a purpose built boardwalk through she-oaks and pandanus palms. The views out to sea and into the North Gorge itself are mesmerising.
Sea turtles and the largest pod of bottle nose dolphins in the world call Point Lookout home and are seen almost every day. Whales pass by frequently from June to November.
Cycling around Straddie – from Dunwich to Point Lookout and Amity – is becoming increasing popular. The roads between the three towns are bitumen and are in good condition for cycling. Bikes share the main road with vehicles so ride safely. The roads have varying gradients for approx. 20km.
To complement your relaxed holiday, Straddie hosts many casual restaurants, bars, and take-away shops for you to enjoy. Please check out these when you arrive.