Exploring Stradbroke Island

Craving a luxury getaway without the hassle of driving? Leave your Hertz rental car in town and head over to Minjerribah / North Stradbroke Island, the world’s second-largest sand island. Offering some of the best land-based whale-watching in Australia, stunning views across Moreton Bay and sun-kissed shores, leave your worries at home and embrace a tropical holiday on Stradbroke Island. 

Cruise, Dock, and Delight 

Begin your journey across Stradbroke Island with a relaxing 45-minute cruise along the Coral Sea from Cleveland, admiring picturesque vistas of Moreton Bay and the Island’s coastline. Upon reaching Stradbroke, you’ll dock in Dunwich (Goompie), one of the Island’s main townships. Celebrate your arrival on the Island with a refreshing beverage and a bite at Straddie Brewing Co. Embark on a ‘behind the tanks’ tour of the Brewery, step into the Taproom for a tasting paddle or indulge in fresh rock oysters and a glass of wine at the rooftop bar to kick off your Island adventure. After checking into your accommodation, spend the rest of the day unwinding on one of the Island’s beautiful sandy shores. Main Beach is Stradbroke’s most popular beach, with excellent swells for water activities and unmatched views of the Pacific Ocean. Cylinder Beach is directly opposite and is renowned for its crystal clear waters, while Frenchman’s Beach is a secluded area—perfect for a private moment by the shore with a loved one. 

Cylinder Beach

Coastal Adventures and Scenic Escapes 

Start your morning early in Point Lookout on the Island’s northeast coast. Visit The Blue Room Cafe for breakfast at one of Stradbroke’s top cafes. Alongside the delicious food and coffee, the highlight of The Blue Room is undoubtedly the view. While dining on the open-air deck, you’ll get panoramic ocean views and may even spot whales during migration season. Embrace the idyllic scenery and sea breeze with a self-guided tour of Point Lookout on the North Gorge Walk. A popular trail among tourists and locals alike, this 1.6km loop offers a blissful venture through tranquil bushland tracks surrounded by wildlife for a unique way to experience the varied landscapes of Stradbroke Island. After your nature walk, delight in lunch by the seaside at Fishes at the Point. Serving up classic seafood dishes and snacks, it’s a beautiful spot to unwind and reflect on your island escape so far.  

North George Walk

Cultural Discovery Through Island Art 

Continue your exploration of Stradbroke Island the next day with an early breakfast by the beach at Straddie Eats. To see an artist’s representation of the picturesque landscapes that grace the Island, head to Snapshots of Straddie Gallery in Dunwich. Here, fine arts photographer Julie Sisco showcases her astonishing works for viewing or purchase. You can also book her for a private photoshoot to capture your very own memories from your time on the Island. Another artist on the Island is Paula Boo,  whose work focuses on weaving and basketry. Visit her open studio in Point Lookout, and perhaps book a one-on-one workshop session to learn about fibre arts and create your own unique piece. For a change of pace during your trip, visit St. Stradbroke, the Island’s sole wine, cheese and coffee shop. Indulge in a tasting of carefully selected wines, including small-batch varieties from wineries around the country, and try out their renowned bagels with flavourful jams and relishes. Finally, unwind for dinner with a delectable meal at Sealevel 21 in Amity Point. Bringing casual dining to the coast, diners can choose from specialty chef’s selections, fresh seafood meals and an extensive beverage menu. 

Straddie gallery

Until Next Time 

On your final night, take advantage of the uninterrupted night sky views with a beachside stargazing session. Bring along a picnic rug and set up by the shore, or admire the constellations from the comfort of your accommodationAs you prepare to bid adieu to Stradbroke, head to The Beach Hotel Bistro for one last brunch. Serving freshly shucked oysters, specialty salads and flame-grilled steaks, it’s the ideal spot to complete your stay in style. If you still have time for one last activity, the North Stradbroke Island Golf Club is open to visitors for social golf games, with views of the Glasshouse Mountains and Brown Lake to complement your game.  


From sunsets over the bay at Amity Point to shopping in Point Lookout, coastal luxury is at its best on Stradbroke Island. Once you return to the mainland, you can explore even more with your Hertz rental car in tow. Let your North Stradbroke Island holiday inspire you to discover the best of Brisbane and the Gold Coast for an endless adventure across the Sunshine State.