North Stradbroke Island is an Australian island in the state of Queensland, 30 km southeast of the capital Brisbane.
The island was origionally a single island joined with the now South Stradbroke island. In in 1895 a storm separated it from South Stradbroke Island, forming the 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. Dunwich is the largest and has most of the services including the school. Point Lookout is on the surf side of the island 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!
Straddie is located on the outer edge of Brisbane’s Moreton Bay,and is recognised as 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 and in Moreton Bay itself. After a brief rest the Humpbacks, Southern Right and occasionally Blue Whales 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 Straddie, including from your private balcony at Samarinda apartments!
For more information regarding the "Humpback Highway" please visit www.stradbrokeisland.com
THINGS TO DO
Things to do whilst on Stradbroke Island include 4WD on the beach and inland tracks, diving, golf, sailing, swimming, surfing at the famous Cylinder Beach, sea kayaking, fishing, bird watching, yoga, picnics and BBQs.
There are gorgeous coastal walks from Main Beach, the Gorge Walk, and continuing onto Frenchmans, Deadmans and Cylinder Beach.
Tours are available also - take your pick between Kayaking, 4WD tours, diving, and sandboarding to name a few.
There are a couple of great gift shops on the island and several restaurants and eateries within walking distance of Samarinda.