North Stradbroke Island is an Australian island in the state of Queensland and just some 30 km from the capital, Brisbane.
The island was originally a single island but in 1895 a storm separated it thus forming the now Jumpinpin Channel. The island is about 38 km long and 11 km wide.
The permanent population the island is quite small, but the number of people on the island swells significantly during the holiday season. There is no bridge to the island and access is by vehicular or passenger ferries leaving from Cleveland.
There are three main settlements on the island with Dunwich being the largest with most of the services, including a school. Point Lookout is on the surf side of the island, facing out to sea and is the major tourist destination in the season. The third is Amity Point and is much smaller and a popular fishing spot on the island.
STRADDIE WHALE WATCHING!
Stradbroke Island is located on the outer edge of Brisbane’s Moreton Bay and recognised as one of the best land based whale watching location on the east coast of Australia.
A variety of whales pass close by and shelter just off the many beaches in Moreton Bay itself as they move on to their Hervey Bay and Whitsunday breeding grounds.
They can be viewed from late May to early November and there are a number of great spots to view them from on Straddie, including views from your private balcony at Samarinda.
For more information regarding the "Humpback Highway" please visit www.stradbrokeisland.com
THINGS TO DO
There are many things to do whilst on Stradbroke Island, including beach and inland tracks, diving, golf, sailing, swimming, surfing, sea kayaking, fishing, bird watching, yoga, picnics and more.
There are gorgeous coastal walks from the Main Beach, Gorge Walk, Frenchmans Beach, Deadmans Beach and not forgetting Cylinder Beach.
Many tours are available - Take your pick from Kayaking, 4WD tours, diving excursions and sand boarding to name just a few.
There are great gift shops on the island and several restaurants and eateries, all within walking distance of Samarinda.
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