Backpacking North Stradbroke Island

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    THE ISLAND HAS KILOMETRES OF WHITE SANDY, UNCROWDED BEACHES: Photo courtesy of Tourism Queensland
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    SURFERS CAN FIND SOME DECENT WAVES HERE: Photo courtesy of Tourism Queensland
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    THIS PLACE HAS A NICE LAID BACK ATMOSPHERE, PERFECT FOR LAZING AWAY YOUR DAYS: Photo courtesy of Tourism Queensland
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    IT IS WORTH SPENDING SOME TIME EXPLORING THE INLAND REGIONS OF THE ISLAND, LIKE BROWN LAKE: Photo courtesy of Tourism Queensland
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North Stradbroke Island Highlights

  • There are kilometres of uncrowded, white sandy surf beaches lining the island's eastern side.

  • Good surfing at Cylinder Beach, with its long, barrelling right.

  • Great place for scuba diving at the Manta Bommie, which is rated in the top 10 dive sites in Australia and is one of the best places to dive with Manta Rays in South East Queensland.

  • Go sandboarding on the massive sand dunes.

  • Explore the lakes and rugged hinterland.

  • Learn about the islands rich Aboriginal culture by taking a guided tour with the Minjerribah Moorgumpin Elders.

About North Stradbroke Island

Population 3,000

Located offshore from Brisbane, North Stradbroke, or "Straddie", as the locals call it, is one of the largest sand islands in the world.

It has kilometres of uncrowded, white sandy, beaches lining the island's eastern side and the calm waters of Moreton Bay on the island's western side.

Straddie is a popular escape if you like water sports, as it is great for surfing, diving, swimming, fishing and has some nice lakes to explore. It is also a good place for four wheel driving and to explore the islands natural beauty.

There are plenty of paved roadways around the island, but if you want to explore the hinterland and some of the lakes, these are mainly only accessible by four wheel drive. You can bring your own, or take a tour with an experienced local operator.


North Stradbroke Island is rich in Aboriginal historical sites and Aboriginal shell middens can be found throughout the island. You can also attend indigenous cultural and bush tucker talks organised by the Minjerribah Moorgumpin Elders.

The most popular town to visit is Point Lookout, which is located on the northeast corner of the island and has some great surfing beaches adjacent to the township.

Orientation Map for North Stradbroke Island


View map of North Stradbroke Island in a larger map

Stradbroke Island Tourism Information Centre

Shop1, 4 Kennedy Drive
Point Lookout, North Stradbroke Island, Queensland
Phone (07) 34153044
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