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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; Dunwich, Amity Point and Point Lookout.

North Stradbroke Island, Redland City Area
Queensland
Australia

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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.

Shag Rock Dive Site

North Stradbroke Island, Redland City Area
Free Entry
Shag Rock is located off Brisbane's North Stradbroke Island and is one of those all-weather sites that is very under-appreciated at times. Surrounding Shag Rock are rocky reefs and coral gardens in depths from 6 to 20 metres. Reef fish and invertebrate species are very common, including nudibranchs, moray eels, crayfish and cuttlefish. But Shag Rock is also home to turtles, wobbegong sharks, brown-banded catsharks, stingrays, stingarees, shovelnose rays and often visited by pelagic fish. Take care where you settle on the sand at Shag Rock as a large population of electric rays live here that are hard to see as they are hidden under the sand. Over summer Shag Rock is also visited by leopard sharks and even the occasional manta ray.

Main Beach, North Stradbroke Island

North Stradbroke Island, Redland City Area
Free Entry
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.

Flat Rock Dive Site

North Stradbroke Island, Redland City Area
Free Entry
Just a couple of kilometres north of Brisbane's North Stradbroke Island, Flat Rock is well-known by locals as the most exciting dive site in the area. The natural rocky island is surrounded by vibrant coral reefs that are home to turtles, leopard sharks, eagle rays, reef fish, pelagic fish and even the odd manta ray. With depths of up to 35 metres, it's an area reserved for those with Advanced Open Water Diving qualifications. Be sure to visit during winter, when you can meet the gentle giants, the grey nurse sharks, as they gather at the spectacular Shark Alley.

Cylinder Beach, North Stradbroke Island

North Stradbroke Island, Redland City Area
Free Entry
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 Bommie Dive Site

North Stradbroke Island, Redland City Area
Free Entry
Manta Bommie is a rocky reef off Brisbane's North Stradbroke Island, and is ranked in Australia's top 10 dive sites. Manta Bommie attracts marine life like a magnet, especially over the warmer months - with manta rays, as the Bommie's namesake, the main attraction. Divers often encounter groups of three or four of these giant rays swimming together. Leopard sharks, shovelnose rays, wobbegong sharks, stingrays, eagle rays, pelagic fish and turtles are also common visitors, giving this fully immersive aquarium something new and exciting to offer with every visit.

Dunwich

North Stradbroke Island, Redland City Area
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.

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 2200 permanent residents, and is a relaxed and peaceful destination for a day trip or short break. Water taxi and vehicular barge connections leave from Weinam Street in Redland Bay.

North Stradbroke Island

North Stradbroke Island, Redland City Area
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; Dunwich, Amity Point and Point Lookout.

Point Lookout

North Stradbroke Island, Redland City Area
Point Lookout is on the north-east point of North Stradbroke Island and is the island's social hub. There is a great vibe and atmosphere along the strip of restaurants and cafes with some of the best views in the world! You will be mesmerised with the impressive natural environment, including kilometres of surf beach and towering rocky headlands. The impressive North Gorge walk at Point Lookout is one of the best land-based vantage point in Australia to watch dolphins, turtles, manta rays and migrating humpback whales (June to November). Relax on one of the patrolled beaches, go four wheel driving, explore some of the best dive sites or surf some of the best breaks in the world. Once you have had enough of surf, sun and sand, browse the boutique stores, book in for some pampering at a day spa or dine out overlooking the Pacific Ocean. There's a wide range of accommodation at the Point - from beachside camping, backpacker's lodge and bed and breakfasts to luxury units and stunning holiday homes, many with private whale-watching towers.
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