South Stradbroke Island

Step aside Gilligan. Should you ever find yourself stranded on South Stradbroke Island or 'South Straddie' as the locals like to call her, then you can count your lucky stars. For you are visiting a Gold Coast destination as pretty as Ginger and as down-to-earth as Mary Ann.

Not that you are too far away from civilisation on this sand island near Southport which is only 200 metres from the northern end of the Spit. This makes it a great day trip for those who travel by private boat, charter boat, ferry or water taxi from several departure points along the Gold Coast.

There is a cafe as well as three council campsites on the island for those who wish to extend their stay. And who wouldn't? South Straddie offers superb surfing, swimming and bushwalking. There's loads of native wildlife among this 1,800-hectare conservation park which is ideal for hiking, rock climbing and ocean fishing. Becoming stranded never looked so good.

South Stradbroke Island
South Stradbroke Island, Gold Coast Area
Queensland
Australia

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Sand Safari Arts Festival

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
9 – 25 February 2018
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Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 18 February 2018
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Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
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Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 19 February 2018
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Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 21 February 2018
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Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$21 - 48
23 February 2018
HOTA presents Our Land People Stories by Bangarra Dance Theatre. Bangarra brings you three personal and profound dance works, showcasing the infinite stories of Australia’s cultural heritage. The stunning paintings of Yirrkala artist Nyapanyapa Yunupingu are brought to life in Nyapanyapa, Wiradjuri family and kinship is explored in Miyagan, and the two sides of Sydney’s Governor Macquarie are uncovered in Macq.

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Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
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The Australian Surfing Awards incorporating the Hall of Fame were first convened in 1985 by the Australian Surfriders Association (now Surfing Australia) to preserve the history of Australian surfing and honour its great achievers.

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Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
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Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
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Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
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