Getting to Stradbroke
To get to the ferry terminals:
Driving from the Gold Coast
Travel north along the Pacific Highway and take the Cleveland Exit No. 30
onto Cleveland/Beenleigh-Redland Bay Road and follow the signs to Cleveland.
Driving from Sunshine Coast or Brisbane Airport
Head south along the Gateway Motorway, over the Gateway Toll Bridge. Turn
left into Old Cleveland Road (approximately 5 kms) from the Toll Bridge and
follow the signs to Cleveland.
Getting to North Stradbroke Island:
Ferries run regularly from Cleveland, on the mainland, to Dunwich, on North Stradbroke Island. For details regarding the ferry times and prices please contact the relevant companies below. Passenger ferries (Stradbroke Flyer and Stradbroke Ferries) both operate from Cleveland and take approximately 25 minutes to reach Dunwich. The Stradbroke Flyer arrives at One Mile Jetty, and Stradbroke Ferries arrives at Dunwich Jetty. The vehicle ferries that operate from Cleveland take approximately 50 minutes to arrive at the island. Both vehicle ferry companies arrive at the Dunwich boat ramps, and the Water Taxi’s are met by local bus companies which take visitors to Dunwich, Amity Point and Point Lookout.
North Stradbroke Island passengers
Should you wish to take your 4WD onto the beach on North Stradbroke Island it will be necessary to purchase a 4WD permit prior to accessing the beach. These are available from our office or on board the vessels.
Water taxi takes approximately 25 minutes and crosses the bay skirting Peel, and Goat Islands. Water Taxis depart each hour, please check timetable.
If you are arriving outside normal hours we would recommend a taxi from the airport to Cleveland (approximate cost is $50) or alternatively there is a train connection from the airport to Brisbane (see http://www.airtrain.com.au/) where connections to Cleveland can be made. A shuttle bus operates between Cleveland train station and the ferry terminal. If you are arriving by road, Cleveland is well signposted from all major routes.
All townships on the island are linked by bitumen roads. A 4WD is required for driving on beaches and inland tracks. A permit is required and is available from Stradbroke Tourism.
First stop off the ferry is Dunwich where you’ll find the information centre (in Junner Street). For anyone with a ghostly interest in the past, take a look at Dunwich cemetery. It is Queensland’s second oldest cemetery with graves dating from 1847 and it overlooks Moreton Bay.
Visit Australia’s most easterly point, Point Lookout. The nearby North Gorge Headlands walk is a spectacular experience. Ironically, the walk starts from behind the public toilet block in Mooloomba Road (formerly East Coast Road). The gravel path around the main Point Lookout cliffs has steps and the walk is not suitable for wheelchairs, strollers etc. It takes about 30 minutes.
Dolphins, dugongs, turtles and more
During June to November you should be able to see humpback whales out at sea. At any time of the year, dolphins are common and the sea is home to dugongs, sharks and turtles.
Stunning lakes of North Stradbroke
There are two stunning lakes on North Stradbroke – Brown Lake and Blue Lake.
Brown Lake is 4 km east of Dunwich. It can be reached via a short (1.2km) loose, corrugated, gravel road that conventional cars can use. Brown Lake is perfect for swimming and the water is colored by the lake’s peaty bottom.
Blue Lake is in Blue Lake National Park. It is 4km further down the bitumen road from Brown Lake. Vehicles must be left in the car park at the entrance and there is a 4.2km round trip walking track. The sandy track means that it is not suitable for wheelchairs and strollers and it should take at least 30 minutes to reach the lake.
Sun, sand and surf
There are many adventure options on the island – sand boarding, SCUBA diving, surfing and sea kayaking. For those less adventurous, Straddie offers beautiful pristine beaches such as the gorgeous Cylinder beach on Stradbroke Island.
For additional information please contact the relevant companies:
Sea Stradbroke Phone: (07) 3488 9777 Web: www.seastradbroke.com
Road maps / Street directory www.whereis.com.au
Queensland Rail train service www.qr.com.au
Redlands Tourism www.redland.net.au/redlandstourism
Phone directories www.whitepages.com.au and www.yellowpages.com.au (e.g. for taxis, car rental, mainland accommodation)
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