North Stradbroke Island… It’s home to Cylinder Beach, recently named Queensland’s top beach by Surf Life Saving Queensland; Point Lookout, the best spot to watch sea life like humpback whales, dolphins, turtles and dugongs; awesome camping; fishing… and did we mention the surfing?
Affectionately known as Straddie, and Minjerribah to the Quandamooka people, a day here always promises to be a fun one. And why wouldn’t it be when even your transport for the day can be a bit of an adventure?
Scooters on Straddie is just that… scooter hire for the hour, day or even week so that every corner of the island is accessible. Family-owned and run by the Buckinghams, they’ve gone the extra mile by naming each scooter! Some of them are a little more sentimental than others (you’ll have to ask Carl or Lynda about that). With a top speed of just under 50 kilometres an hour, it’s the perfect pace to get to where you need to go, while taking in the gorgeous sights of the island.
Keen to surf? North Stradbroke Island Surf School has you covered with lessons for beginner groups right through to advanced private bookings. Operating on Cylinder Beach, or sometimes Main Beach depending on conditions, you’ll learn from highly qualified instructors, on one of the most pristine surfing beaches in the world. What’s not to love?
When it comes to a feed or a place to rest your head for the night, Straddie has plenty to choose from, but somewhere you can tick off both is Stradbroke Island Hotel. With a diverse menu offering everything from pub meals like a schnitzel or a steak to fresh seafood, the views from the dining deck are second to none… as are the views from the accommodation.
Access to the island is easy enough thanks to Stradbroke Ferries. You just hop on a vehicle or passenger ferry departing from the Redlands Coast suburb of Cleveland.
For plenty more information on Stradbroke Island, head to the Redlands Coast website.