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North Stradbroke Island

North Stradbroke Island - traditionally known as Minjerribah - is the second largest sand island in the world. It offers a wide range of experiences including the best land-based whale-watching in Australia. Right on Brisbane's doorstep, "Straddie" is perfect for day trips, short stays or week-long getaways.

There are kilometres of golden beaches, freshwater lakes and ocean waters teeming with marine life including dolphins, manta rays, turtles and humpback whales. For those who like a bit of adventure and fun there are 4WD tours, sandboarding, surfing lessons, diving, snorkelling, golf and a vast spectrum of aquatic activities. For others who want a more relaxing day out, the "Straddie" offers bowls, bird-watching, picnic spots, scenic walks and perfect beach fishing, as well as secluded hideaways in the calm waters of Moreton Bay.

North Stradbroke Island has an extensive range of holiday accommodation including architecturally designed holiday houses with their own whale-watching towers, beach-front and foreshore camping, family holiday resorts with self-contained accommodation as well as a backpacker hostel.

There are three main villages on North Stradbroke Island; Amity Point, Dunwich and Point Lookout.

North Stradbroke Island, Redland City Area
Queensland
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Naree Budjong Djara National Park

North Stradbroke Island, Redland City Area
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On Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island), the largest of Moreton Bay's islands, Naree Budjong Djara National Park features sand dunes, one of the world's most ecologically important wetlands, endangered heathlands and freshwater lakes. Naree Bunjong Djara means 'My Mother Earth' to the island's Traditional Owners - the Quandamooka People. Blue Lake section protects Karboora (Blue Lake) an area of particular cultural significance. Walk the 5.2 kilometre (return) track to the lake through wallum woodlands, flowering heath and stunted eucalypts. Take your camera and binoculars to capture and zoom in on glimpses of wildlife, but please respect the Quandamooka people by not swimming in the lake. In spring enjoy the wildflowers. Walk to Neembeeba lookout (6 kilometre return) for views over the southern part of the island, the Pacific Ocean and the Gold Coast. North Stradbroke Island is reached by ferry from Brisbane.

Flat Rock Dive Site

North Stradbroke Island, Redland City Area
Free Entry
Flat Rock is one of the most exciting dive sites off Brisbane. Surrounding this rocky island are beautiful coral reefs. Encounter turtles, leopard sharks, eagle rays, reef fish, pelagic fish and even the odd manta ray. It is most famous for its grey nurse shark population, which gather at a site called "Shark Alley" each Winter.

Cylinder Beach, North Stradbroke Island

North Stradbroke Island, Redland City Area
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Cylinder Beach is a picturesque cove between Cylinder and Home Beach Headlands. It is popular with families because it is easily accessible with a carpark situated only metres from the beach.The waves at Cylinder are often smaller and therefore it is perfect for sun bathing and swimming during good weather conditions. However during strong southerly winds there is a side sweep which may carry you parallel to the beach. Cylinder Beach is also a favourite with surfers when the conditions are right. Lifeguards and lifesavers patrol this beach.

Manta Ray Bommie Dive Site

North Stradbroke Island, Redland City Area
Free Entry
This rocky reef off North Stradbroke Island near Brisbane is ranked in the top 10 dive sites in Australia, and attracts marine life like a magnet (especially over the warmer months). Manta Rays are the main attraction, with groups of three or four regularly spotted swimming together. Also common are leopard sharks, shovelnose rays, wobbegong sharks, stingrays, eagle rays, pelagic fish and turtles.

Main Beach, North Stradbroke Island

North Stradbroke Island, Redland City Area
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Main Beach offers 32 kilometres of unspoilt sand, dunes and surf. It is popular with boardriders and bodysurfers who enjoy big swells. The waves are large and powerful and the views are spectacular. The headland is the best vantage point for watching the surfing action and spotting dolphins. Main Beach is best during northerly winds, when snorkelling and scuba diving are ideal along the north wall.

Karragarra Island

Karragarra Island, Redland City Area
Karragarra, once called Rabbit Island, is the smallest of the Southern Bay Islands. 'Karra', as it is affectionately known has no store or retail facilities - one of the island's secrets to remaining a quiet and peaceful place to be enjoyed by visitors looking for seclusion and tranquillity. Just four kilometres long and half a kilometre wide, the island supports around 170 residents, who rely on buying their supplies on the mainland or Russell Island, so be prepared to bring along a picnic basket. There are parks, sandy beaches, a swimming enclosure and barbecue facilities. Wet a line, take a walk or just relax in the sun on Karragarra. The experience starts with a short water taxi ride from Redland Bay.

Lamb Island

Lamb Island, Redland City Area
Get away from it all and rest in the peaceful and tranquil waters of Moreton Bay. Lamb Island was known by the Aboriginal people of Moreton Bay as Nguderoo, or paperbark trees. It is the second smallest of the Southern Moreton Bay Islands, is easily navigable, has a general store, recreation club and a swimming enclosure for cooling off in the bay waters. Measuring 2 kilometres by 1 kilometre, it's an easy walk around Lamb Island. Access to Lamb Island is by ferry from Redland Bay.

Dunwich

North Stradbroke Island,
Vehicular barges and passenger ferries arrive and depart from Dunwich on North Stradbroke Island. Dunwich is a small relaxed and friendly township, rich in history and culture. Take a heritage trail and visit the many significant sites signposted for visitors. Visit the old leper colony station and asylum, or Straddie's former military sites, or take it all in at the museum which charts the island's history from the Aboriginal times through to its shipwrecks and its sand-mining period. Just a short drive out of town you will find Brown Lake, a hidden treasure and a favourite swimming and picnic spot for locals who attest to the nourishing effects of the native tea trees which give the water its tinge.

Russell Island

Russell Island, Redland City Area
Be greeted by an amazing mosaic masterpiece that will set the mood for your visit to Russell Island, the largest of the southern bay islands. For fishing, there's a jetty at the northern end of the island, with a nearby fenced swimming enclosure for cooling off on a hot day. High tide is best for swimming in tidal pools. This is an ideal spot for picnicking in the foreshore park adjacent to the small beach. Sandy Beach is also a fantastic spot for fishing or simply relaxing on the grass, with nearby picnic tables, barbecue area and toilets. Adventurers can take a walk around Rocky Point and spot some of the local wildlife. Go for a day trip or stay longer, venture in the freshwater wet heath area of Turtle Swamp, where the trees are home to dozens of species of birds and spring wildflowers are a pleasure to discover. The Southern Moreton Bay Islands beaches are to be enjoyed for their peaceful tranquillity, with early mornings and evenings delightful in their picture postcard beauty.

Macleay Island

Macleay Island, Redland City Area
With an emerging arts culture, Macleay Island has a range of galleries to explore. There are several beaches for swimming and fishing, with barbecue facilities in the foreshore parks. A sealed road runs through the centre of Macleay from the ferry terminal in the south to Pat's Point picnic and swimming area in the north. A causeway connects Macleay to the quaint island of Perulpa, which in Aboriginal means "the island off the island". There is a nine hole Golf Club and a well known bowls club which has the most spectacular bay views. Macleay itself has around 2,200 permanent residents, and is a relaxed and peaceful destination for a day trip or short break. Ferry connections leave from Weinam Street in Redland Bay.
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