Apr 14th 2016 7:06am
Visiting North Stradbroke Island is a must do for nature lovers, plus there’s many activities to get involved in. The good news is you can day trip to the island from Brisbane to experience all it has to offer.
One of the most spectacular sights is seeing Humpback whales breeching and playing in the waters as they head north past Stradbroke Island to the warm breeding grounds of Hervey Bay and the Whitsundays and then back south again to the Antarctic with their calves. You can see whales between May to November.
Point Lookout is the ideal land based place to watch the whales, no need for a boat as they’re often just a few hundred metres off the shore and can be easily seen. Bike ride or walk the Discover Stradbroke Whale Trail, visit fishes Café for lunch, binocular hire and a free copy of the Discover Stradbroke Whale Watching Kit.
What activities can I do on North Stradbroke Island? The options are limitless really!
Take a tour for four-wheel-driving, snorkeling, sea kayaking or sandboarding.
There’s plenty of the island’s natural wonders to discover for free too; go bush walking with magnificent views, not only can you see whales in season from North George Headland, keep your eyes open for manta rays and turtles swimming in the clear waters. You can also visit the islands blue and brown freshwater lakes for swimming and relaxing in the shade.
The beaches are stunning, with white sand and lots of places to swim, surf, body board, snorkel and discover island treasures. To reach Cylinder Beach follow the beaches around from the lookout, this is a patrolled surf beach where the waves are generally calm and gentle making for a beautiful swimming spot. There’s also barbecues and a playground here.
Food and drink options are aplenty on Straddie; pack a picnic lunch and settle into one of the islands gorgeous picnic spots. Or choose from an array of restaurants and cafes offering dine in or takeaway. Fishes at the Point for easy breakfasts and lunches, CJ’s Island Pizza, Look Café Bar for a drink with a view, Oceanic Gelato, Point Lookout Bowls Club Inc, Rufus King Seafoods seafood fresh from the trawlers daily, Stradbroke Island Beach Hotel Bistro, The Whales Way restaurant with ocean views, Tillers Café Pantry for dine in and take away and a great coffee!
All you need to know now is How to get to North Stradbroke Island paradise! Leave your car parked at the ferry parking lot at Cleveland Marina in Middle Street and take a ferry to Straddie for around $20 return, there’s plenty of companies to choose from depending on your departure time. Take the North Stradbroke Island Bus service to Point Lookout, the bus meets most ferries but make sure you check the timetables for arriving and departing to make sure you make the last ferry. The daily bus ticket is around $9. From there you can easily go exploring the natural wonderland.
Or alternatively book a guided tour including hotel transfers, for whale watching and more with Expereince Oz.
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