Stradbroke Island, or Straddie – that’s how Australians call the island – is a great option for a one-day trip and escape from the hustle and bustle of the Brisbane city. And not only that, of course, it is also an attractive stop for everyone traveling through Australia, looking for beautiful views.
It is the second largest sand island in the world. Right after taking first place – Fraser Island, which is also located in Australia, where I am going to in the near future: -) The island was inhabited by Aboriginal people- Quandamooka. A lot of names in Australia come from Aboriginal language.
Getting to the island takes about 25 minutes by local ferry, which leaves from one of the suburbs of Brisbane- Cleveland (about 40 minutes by car from the center).
A return ticket costs $ 16 per person and can be purchased both online and on site at the port. You can take a car with you but in my opinion it is unnecessary expense to pay about $ 150 (depending on the season), when you can easily hop on a local bus immediately after jumping off the ship, which will take you wherever you want for $ 10 for a full day ticket.
We went to Straddie on Sunday, it wasn’t crowded, so perfect. Beautiful weather, views and peace. A great place to chill and set up a picnic on the grass, on the edge of the escarpment with a view of the endless ocean. Surfing conditions are also great so if you like to catch the wave, it’s worth taking a surf board with you!
North Gorge Walk is probably the most popular hiking trail on the island. Picturesque, it will provide you with beautiful views from your left 😉
We were able to spot diving turtles, manta rays and dolphins who were having fun while chasing the waves and jumping over the water just before it breaks down! For a long time we also observed the perseverance of surfers while waiting for the perfect wave. At the end of the trail we landed right next to the Surf Saving Club, so how you could don’t go there for a refreshing drink with such a view! It’s worth visiting after the hike. Nice place to order lunch, drink and admire the surroundings. We were lucky because a herd of whales was passing by and for the first time I had the opportunity to see them so closely. They emerged over and over again, arousing the slight admiration of everyone around them. Earlier I had the opportunity to see them in the distance, but this time it looked really impressive! And all this sitting on the terrace, sipping a drink.
I recommend stocking up with small binoculars wherever you go. In Australia, with thousands of kilometers of beautiful coast, you can really see interesting things. Dolphins, whales, turtles, manta rays, dugongs. I think it’s nice to have a small zoom with you! And when it comes to Straddie, if you’re lucky, you can see the koalas on the tree, because it’s their natural habitat. Do not expect, however, that they will be waiting for tourists next to the branch hanging over the walking trail 🙂 Kangaroos are regulars too, but they will delight you with their view much more often.
On the island there are a lot of accommodation options, so you can easily stay overnight, although I think that one day is enough to enjoy the island. It’s great that living in Brisbane is literally a stone’s throw to find yourself in a different world for just one day.
Let me know if I convinced you to visit Straddie!
and if you’re maybe also an island fanatic like me? 😀