Day Trip to North Stradbroke Island

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Main Beach on North Stradbroke Island is simply gorgeous.
Main Beach on North Stradbroke Island is simply gorgeous.

If you’ve ever had the privilege to live in Brisbane then you know that amazing day trip opportunities abound in that city. Whether you want to visit the beach, a local rainforest, a nearby island, or an animal or theme park, Brisbane has many excellent attractions that are within a day’s reach. It’s hard to know where to start when trying to choose how to spend your time in Brisbane. The possibilities really are endless. But one of the highlights of a trip to Brisbane must be a visit to nearby North Stradbroke Island. There are many reasons why North Stradbroke should be on any visitor’s agenda.

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You can’t tell from the picture but I was perched high up on a rock outcropping here. There are lots of places to climb and explore around the island.

Easy access

Getting to North Stradbroke is incredibly easy. From Brisbane you can either drive to the ferry terminal in Cleveland, or you can take a train and bus to get there. When you arrive at the ferry terminal you can either purchase a ticket on the fast passenger ferry, or a less expensive ($10 round trip) walk-on passenger ticket for the vehicle ferry. Because the vehicle ferry only takes about 15 extra minutes, and is half the price, I opted for the vehicle ferry both times I visited.

Affordability

As mentioned above, you can visit this island for only $10 round trip (plus extra expenses such as a bus around the island once you arrive). It is much more expensive to take a car across to the island so I recommend simply using the bus once you arrive at the island. The bus will cost around $5 and I recommend taking it all the way to Point Lookout. Be sure to check the bus schedule before leaving the area so that you know when the last bus departs for the ferry terminal.

Beautiful views

There are many places where you can just sit and watch the waves crash against the rocks below you.
There are many places where you can just sit and watch the waves crash against the rocks below you.

Once you arrive at Point Lookout there are several places to check out. The North Gorge Walk is an absolute must. The views from this walk are incredible and there are several places to stop and just sit and soak in all the beauty around you.

Gorgeous deserted beaches

One of many beautiful beaches around North Stradbroke
One of many beautiful beaches around North Stradbroke

North Stradbroke offers plenty of miles of stunning beach, enough for everyone to have their own slice of paradise for the day. It is the second largest sand island in the world, so that should convince you that there are beautiful sandy beaches in abundance here.

Kangaroos and other wildlife

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Dolphins that we saw from the highly recommended North Gorge Walk

On my first visit to North Stradbroke we saw a family of kangaroos right across from the beach. We also saw whales, dugongs, dolphins and sting rays while on the North Gorge Walk.

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This family of kangaroos included a daddy who was also eating nearby
Main Beach
Main Beach

Tip: Be sure to stop by Oceanic Gelati & Coffee Bar at Point Lookout for a cone of delicious gelato! I still, years later, remember how delicious my cone of cinnamon and rhubarb gelato was.

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