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North Stradbroke Island (Straddie)

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North Stradbroke Island, Queensland, Australia, 4183

The Basics

North Stradbroke Island is the most popular island in Moreton Bay, and many people visit as part of guided day trips from Brisbane. Spot humpback whales, dolphins, and sea turtles along the coast. More active visitors can surf, snorkel, scuba dive, kayak, or take a 4WD tour. Those looking to relax can enjoy scenic walks, beach fishing, picnics, secluded stretches of strand, and the laid-back atmosphere at the three main villages on the island: Amity Point, Point Lookout, and Dunwich.

Those with an interest in indigenous culture can take a cruise from Brisbane, learn the local Aboriginal language, go on a guided bush walk, taste native bush foods, and enjoy traditional song and dance and other performances.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Brisbane

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Excellent Day out with knowledgeable tour guide
Maria_H, Jun 2021
North Stradbroke Island Day Trip from Brisbane
From the start of pick up we knew we chose the right tour for what we were hoping for. Brian made everyone comfortable and gave us lots of information. There is more in this tour than what is advertised. We did not realize this tour was with a tour guide all day. Very happy & recommend you don’t miss this opportunity. Lunch was delicious and filling.
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Highly recommended
kks75, Jun 2021
Full-Day Small Group Tour to North Stradbroke Island
Lovely small group tour. Orlando and his wife were amazing. So knowledgeable and nothing was too hard. Would highly recommend
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Nice day even with bad weather
Katm, Apr 2021
North Stradbroke Island Day Trip from Brisbane
Even though the weather wasn't great the day was really good. The guide was very friendly and informative. I would definitely recommend this trip.
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Must see trip!
GLYN, Jan 2021
North Stradbroke Island Day Trip from Brisbane
Friendly and informative guide made the trip so enjoyable. Very helpful too. Great scenery and lovely pub lunch by the sea.
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Brilliant full day trip to Stradbroke Island - highly recommend
Claire_G, Dec 2020
North Stradbroke Island Day Trip from Brisbane
The whole day was perfectly planned with enough time at each stop to fully relax. The brown lake is a must see along with a swim at main beach. Massive shout out to our tour guide who was top class throughout.
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Outstanding daytrip!
Louisa_R, Nov 2020
North Stradbroke Island Day Trip from Brisbane
Outstanding day trip from Brisbane. Well worth the money! Our guide was excellent. Straddie is stunning!
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A great day - thoroughly recommended
Lucy_B, Oct 2020
North Stradbroke Island Day Trip from Brisbane
Our group of 4 (2 Brisbane-bred and 2 Sydney-bred, but all now locals) had a wonderful day. Brian was a great guide and found dolphins, koalas, sting rays, a manta ray and a kangaroo for us to see. The highlight however was seeing 3 humpback whales quite close to Point Lookout, while we walked along the North Gorge walk. We felt very lucky. Brian also gave us interesting information about both Straddie and parts of Brisbane that even us old locals didn’t know.
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Made my day...
Marion_A, Mar 2020
North Stradbroke Island Day Trip from Brisbane
Great dayout! Brian was very knowledgeable and looked after us all very well! He knew where all the local wildlife hangout which meant we saw dolphins koalas and kangaroos! Made my day to see the baby dolphins jumping and flipping! Fab day out!
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Great trip
Nathalie_H, Mar 2020
North Stradbroke Island Day Trip from Brisbane
Beautiful walk ,spectacular view on the ocean , saw couple koalas , some turtles and lots of dolphins . The swim at Cylinder Beach was wonderful as it was a very hot day ; we would 've liked more than an hour there . Lunch was good too . I would recommend this tour .
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Hit the road James
Kiwijan, Feb 2020
North Stradbroke Island Day Trip from Brisbane
James the driver was just amazing. Very informative and entertaining. Worked very hard to find us a 🐨 in the wild which he did (eventually lol). The 'straddie' experience was sensational. A definite must do in my books. Such a beautiful place. We saw Sea turtles, Dolphins, Manta rays, kangaroos and a koala. Loved the small group we were with which had a great mix of people.
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Fabulous!
katetay166, Feb 2020
North Stradbroke Island Day Trip from Brisbane
We had a fabulous day spotting turtles, dolphins and a manta ray. The water was turquoise crystal clear - absolutely beautiful! our guide was so knowledgeable and pointed out flora and fauna - we visited Amity first and took photos of the shark warnings!
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Amazing
kapsta1, Feb 2020
North Stradbroke Island Day Trip from Brisbane
Just the amazing natural landscape, wild animals. Was rainning hence no swimming but would have loved to spend time at the prestine beach.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Many tours include a walk or hike around parts of the island, so wear comfortable and sturdy shoes.

  • Temperatures in the summer can reach over 85°F (30°C), so be sure to pack a hat and sunscreen.

  • Don’t forget binoculars during whale-watching season (between June and October).

  • There is limited cell reception on parts of the island.

  • Full-day tours from Brisbane to North Stradbroke Island can last upwards of nine hours.

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How to Get There

North Stradbroke Island is located in Moreton Bay, east of Brisbane. You can catch a water taxi or ferry to the island from Toondah Harbor in Cleveland, 18.6 miles (30 kilometers) east of Brisbane. Water taxis and ferries take about 25 to 50 minutes to make the journey.

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When to Get There

North Stradbroke Island can be visited year-round. June through August tends to be the most popular season with tourists and will see the highest prices. For the most pleasant, warm, temperatures, visit during the Australian spring and summer, from October to February.

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North and South Stradbroke Islands

North and South Stradbroke Islands used to be one single island, but savage storms blew through the sand spit between the two in the late 1890s, creating the Jumpinpin Channel. A few years before, a stricken vessel had run aground nearby, and the dynamite that had formed part of its cargo detonated. It is thought that the blasts destabilized the sand mass enough for the subsequent storms to split the island in two.

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