Straddie Kingfisher Tours

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Straddie Kingfisher Tours began over 15 years ago because Dave and his wife Margaret have such a passion for the Island. They just wanted to show this Island Paradise to the world in an eco friendly, informative and sustainable way. Being part of the Island community since 1966 they can offer you that local knowledge and give you that personal touch.

You get to see the wonderful scenic vantage points on Straddie to observe all the dolphins, turtles, manta rays and the Humpback Whales from June to November each year.

Morning tea and their famous barbecue on the beach for lunch has been included for you to enjoy. You will get to look for koalas and kangaroos as you travel around this Island Paradise and may see many of the 253 different varieties of birds that inhabit the Island.

This tour is conducted at a leisurely pace so you can unwind and really get the feeling of "Straddie" time!

You will have a camera full of memories and a smile to suit.

Facilities

  • Car park
  • Kiosk
  • Public Telephone

Activities

  • Birdwatching
  • Canoeing
  • Hiking/Trekking
  • Swimming

Other Information

Accessibility:

Accessible facilities available. Please contact operator for specific details.

Family Friendly:

Family friendly – please refer to operator's website for services and facilities.

Our Tours

City to Straddie Four Wheel Drive Eco Tour

Pick up time is at 7:15 to 7:30am outside your Hotel/accommodation in Brisbane or Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast. They then drive to Cleveland for the trip across Moreton Bay to Dunwich.

Arriving in Dunwich, travel to Brown Lake for swimming, photographs and commentary. They have the morning at Ti tree Brown Lake. Then drive through the Blue Lake National Park to Main Beach stopping on beach for photos and "Pippy" digging.

Heading to Point Lookout's North Gorge, they hope to see dolphins, turtles and manta rays. From June to November, spot Humpback whales from this stunning vantage point. Then drive onto Flinders Beach for their famous "Aussie" barbecue on the beach for lunch (sausages, salad, coleslaw, beetroot, pineapple and a fruit drink). At lunchtime you can take more photos, swim, enjoy beach games or just simply relax.

After the barbecue lunch they drive to Amity Point where they meet the friendly koalas. Then drive back into Dunwich for the return to Cleveland at 2:50 pm. Arrival back at your Hotel is at 4.15pm.

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$195 $195
North Stradbroke Island Whale Watching Tour

Your family or group will need to catch the 8.55am Water Taxi from Cleveland to Dunwich and there Barefoot Dave will meet you as you step ashore at 9.20am.

They then travel through Dunwich (looking for koalas) to Main Beach where they stop for a Cuppa and some "Aussie Damper" for morning tea (looking for whales and eating).

Travelling further north along Main Beach now with the whales that they have spotted, they arrive at the North Gorge. Here is free time to do the complete North Gorge walk. This is the most Easterly Point in Queensland and very popular for its beautiful blue scenic outlook. They also can see dolphins,turtles, manta rays and sharks can be seen from this vantage point.

Lunch is provided at the Captain Cook's seat just in front of a grassy hill with a great view. Food you can carry around like egg and lettuce sandwiches or ham and salad rolls, cake, fruit plus a drink. After lunch more Whale Watching until 2.00pm then they drive back to Dunwich for your return at 2.25pm.

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$70 $70
Half Day Four Wheel Drive Eco Tour

This tour give you a glimpse of the best vantage spots on the Island. More for the time conscience people. You will be picked from your Island accommodation (or water taxi terminal in Dunwich if you are coming from Cleveland).

You drive the full circle of the Northern section of the Island to get to know first hand all the best vantage points. This includes the beaches and bush tracks.

During their drive around they'll stop off for a "Cuppa" and some "Aussie Damper" at an ideal location or when they're thirsty or hungry.

Drive through the Blue Lake National Park to Main Beach stop on Main beach for photos and "Wildlife Watching".

From June to November they can spot the majestic Humpback Whales from this beach. Then to Point Lookout for a toilet stop and then onto Flinders Beach. They drive along the beach to Amity Point where they have a couple of resident Koalas to photograph.

They look at and talk about the history at Amity and then head back to your Island accommodation or water taxi terminal in Dunwich about three to three and a half hours later.

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$35 $60
Sand Boarding

They will take you to the Straddie Desert to experience the thrill of sand boarding.

Straddie Desert session times ar either 10am to 11.45am or 12pm to 1.45pm. You can choose the session to suit you - either before lunch or after lunch. Or they can tailor the times to suit your group! Just ask them!

For each session in the desert they start off on the smaller slopes in order to get your technique correct and then build up to the "A" grade slopes and then to the extremely fast monster slope!

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$35 $35
Kayaking

Suggested itineraries include:

"Adventure Amity" will take you kayaking around the Amity Point area called the Spit to a "Hidden" Creek amongst the Mangroves which is full of fish, turtles and stingrays, so always be on the lookout not only below but above as many species of birds habitate these mangroves as well. This is a lovely area where there is a chance to see the beautiful starfish in abundance and paddle around some of the bigger boats that are mored out in the channel. After experiencing plenty of Natures Little Wonders you can go for cool off swim around the rock wall at Amity Point South of the jetty.

"Adventure Myora" will take you from the foreshores of the One Mile area in Dunwich around to the beautiful Myora Channel and paddle past the many mored boats there and continue to paddle to a ship wreck which you can explore and watch the Bream and other coloured fish dart in and around this wreck as they swim for shelter.

Always be on the lookout for big Turtles, Stingrays, Dolphins and Dugongs as they also frequent these waters all the way up to Amity Point and beyond.

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$45 $160
North Stradbroke Island Locals Four Wheel Drive Eco Tour

They will give you the opportunity to explore the beauty of North Stradbroke Island in an Eco friendly and environmentally sustainable way! Visit all the hidden spots not readily accessible from a normal car. The Full Day Eco Tour comes with everything supplied! Swim freshwater lakes. Enjoy Aussie damper for morning tea, including their famous barbecue on the beach for lunch! Let Dave show you this Island Paradise in style. Unforgettable!

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$80 $80

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Naree Budjong Djara National Park

North Stradbroke Island, Redland City Area
Free Entry
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.

Brisbane Lookout Mount Coot-tha

Mount Coot-tha, Brisbane Area
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Free Entry
Brisbane will come at you with riverside vistas around almost every corner, but it takes a short drive from the city centre and a few twists and turns up Sir Samuel Griffith Scenic Drive to find the city's best angle. Brisbane Lookout Mount Coot-tha provides a remarkable vantage point to view Brisbane and beyond. Set amongst beautifully manicured gardens and nestled in the natural bushland of Brisbane Forest Park, is the Summit Restaurant and Bar, Function Centre, Kuta Cafe, Gift Shop and Observation Deck. Interpretive facilities pointing out well-known Brisbane landmarks are located on the observation deck. On a clear day, you can take in striking views of Brisbane City and right out to Moreton Bay. By night, the spectacle switches on with the city lights and star-lit skies. There are also a handful of bushwalks around the vicinity of the Lookout. Take the Aboriginal Track down to Slaughter's Falls and keep your eye out for some original Aboriginal art. Mt Coot-tha is also scattered with picnic areas fully equipped with gas barbecues.

D'Aguilar National Park

The Gap, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
D'Aguilar National Park is a huge, diverse park of scribbly gums and lush rainforest, sprawling over the hills and Mountains at Brisbane's back door. From the parks information centre join in a fun and informative Connect with Nature activity, or explore the wildlife displays at the South East Queensland Wildlife Centre. Enjoy great lookouts, walking tracks and picnic areas, also remote secluded camp sites for experienced walkers and navigators. At Jolly's lookout (wheelchair accessible), cook a barbecue while taking in the views over Samford Valley and listening to early morning birdsong. At Boombana, take a short rainforest walk among strangler figs and climbing vines. In the northern section of the park inspect the remains of the antique sawmill in the Gantry day-use area. Fit walkers can hike the Somerset trail to enjoy views of Somerset and Wivenhoe lakes. The rockpool at Rocky Hole is surrounded by eucalypt forest and is a great place for a cooling swim in summer. Campers can stay at Neurum Creek or the more remote Archer campground (four-wheel-drive access only). This huge park is a treasure trove close to Brisbane, offering a circuit drive of 90 minutes through a range of natural habitats.
Free Entry
Samford Conservation Park and Bunyaville Conservation Park protect a community of spotted gums found only in the Brisbane region. Dry rainforest and freshwater ponds along seasonally flowing creeks also feature. Enjoy the Bunyaville track. Have a barbecue at the wheelchair-accessible picnic area. Ride your horse or bicycle. Dogs on leash are allowed, except where signs prohibit them. Education Queensland operates an environmental education centre in Bunyaville Conservation Park, with informative programs for schools and the public (bookings are required).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Fort Lytton National Park

Lytton, Brisbane Area
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Fort Lytton National Park protects the birthplace of Queensland's military history. From 1881 to 1945 this classic coastal fortress was the focus of Queensland's defence activity. One of several built around Australia's coast in the nineteenth century for protection from invasion, the well-preserved pentagonal fort is concealed behind grassy embankments and surrounded by a water-filled moat. Join a guided tour and immerse yourself in the fascinating history of the fort and its restored guns, which were designed to fire and disappear! Learn more detail in the museum. Enjoy a picnic with a background of scenic river views. Fort Lytton is half an hour’s drive from the centre of Brisbane.
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