What to do on North Stradbroke Island

School holidays have officially begun, so if you’re thinking a taking a local trip with the family, you don’t always have to make a stay out of it, there’s plenty to see and do on North Stradbroke Island… even if it’s just for the day.

And there are many ways that you can get there! You can take a boat, kayak, swim if you really want… and if you’re crazy enough! But one way we all know and what we think is the best to take in the island before you get there is aboard the SeaLink Stradbroke Ferry.

It’s how every good trip to Straddie, as Brisbane locals like to call it, begins… you drive to Cleveland on the Redlands Coast, hop aboard either the passenger or vehicle ferry, and within the hour you’re on island time!

One iconic way to kick it off is with a stop by Oceanic Gelati… the gelato is seriously that good! You simply cannot go to North Straddie without trying it… and we can personally vouch for the Lychee flavour.

But the same also goes for hitting the nearby sand dunes. No water or snow is required to experience this adrenaline rush. These dunes make for the perfect down ramp… but Kim would be able to tell you that herself.

She’s been running these tours with her dad, Barefoot Dave, for over 20 years now. So, it’s fair to say they know all the hints and tricks when it comes to snowboarding “Queensland-style”! Watch the above video for more. To book and for more details regarding other tours, head to Straddie Kingfisher Tour’s website here.

If you are looking to visit for the day, then this is the perfect activity for you, but if you’re going to make a trip out of it, then we recommend a stay at one of the sites within Minjerribah Camping. 

The new Eco Tents at Adder Rock is where we perched ourselves for the night… they were the first bundle of glamping to open, only steps back from the water.

While in the area, you can’t miss watching the sunset at Amity Point. Located just a few paces from the jetty is Rufus King Seafoods… the freshest Straddie has to offer, and quite the treat to finish the day! They’ve also opened a new coffee shop onsite, Bo Beans Café, and let us tell you, they have the best coffee on the island!

So, if you are thinking of taking a visit to this magic part of the world, you can leave your car at home and come over on foot. But once you’re here, you’re going to need a way to get around… and that’s where Scooters on Straddie come into the picture. They’re the newest kid on the block, and certainly the coolest mode of transport around here.

They can take you places on Straddie you wouldn’t normally be able to access by public transport or on foot… but with a scooter, you can! Including being able to visit the island’s newest hike.

While Mount Vane is certainly one way you can reconnect with Minjerribah, if you’re after another culturally immersive experience, Josh Walker from Quandamooka Tours has you covered. He offers daily cultural walks from the Mulumba Headland. Under his guidance, you’ll be able to spot whales and dolphins in close proximity, and of course, learn about their connection to Minjerribah. So, it just goes to show, you don’t need to travel far to see this wildlife up close – they’re right here in Brissy’s backyard.

But, keeping with the theme of new kids on the block, we couldn’t leave without trying the island’s very own brew…  Straddie Hotel is where you’ll find it on tap and soon to be at Straddie Brewing’s new home in Dunwich.

That’s expected to open in 2021… so we’ll see you there!

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