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North Stradbroke Island
Travel Guide – Queensland

North Stradbroke Island Weekend Getaway

North Stradbroke Island is a magical holiday destination and large landmass of the coast of Queensland, about 30 kilometres south-east of Brisbane. This island is known for its rich history and gorgeous sights. North Stradbroke Island is known as Minjerribah in the local Aboriginal language. The island’s modern inhabitants refer to the area as North Straddle. It is situated between the picturesque waters of Moreton Bay and the Coral Sea. When you explore the coastal areas of North Stradbroke Island, you will certainly be amazed by magnificent ocean views.

North Stradbroke Island is a popular tourist destination, but it is a fairly isolated area. This island covers 275 square-kilometres, and it is the second largest sand island on Earth. With three small towns, North Stradbroke Island has a tiny population density. Approximately 2,000 people live on the island. With limited interruptions from modern civilisation, this island is one of the best places to reconnect with the great outdoors.

Things to see and do on North Stradbroke Island

Situated in the very heart of North Stradbroke Island, Naree Budjong Djara National Park is the perfect place for visitors to get back to nature. Bushwalking is one of the most popular activities here and visitors will be able to spot a large number of bird and animal species as the follow the trails leading through the forests.

Point Lookout – North Stradbroke Island, Queensland

Overlooking pristine water views at Point Lookout in North Stradbroke Island.

One of the best ways to take in the intense natural beauty of North Stradbroke Island while getting fit and having fun is by following the North Gorge Walk. This special boardwalk runs for a little over a kilometre and leads to Point Lookout where visitors will be treated to stunning panoramic views of the island and surrounding waters.

A number of pretty walking trails lead the way around Brown Lake, which takes its distinctive colour from the distinctive tea colour that is produced by the lake bed. There are plenty of great picnic and barbecue spots here and visitors will have plenty of opportunities to unwind in style and soak up the scenery.

Established to protect the local bird and animal population that grace North Stradbroke Island, Blue Lake National Park is a great place to get back to nature. The clear blue waters of Blue Lake are home to large numbers of soft-spined sunfish, while visitors to explore the area in the early morning and evening will be able to spot swamp wallabies.

Boasting more than thirty kilometres of pristine sand fringed by dramatic sand dunes, Main Beach is the perfect place for sun worshippers to unwind for a while. This is cool, clear waters are also ideal for practicing a wide range of different types of water sports such as surfing, diving and snorkelling.

History

North Stradbroke Island has been occupied by the Quandamooka Aboriginal people for thousands of years. The island is often impacted by cyclones, but the Quandamooka people used the area’s natural resources to survive. The marine conditions of North Stradbroke allowed the Aboriginal people to flourish without interacting with the Australian mainland. The Quandamooka people are the traditional landowners of the area, so you should respect their customs.