North Stradbroke is the largest of Moreton Bay's islands, covering
27 530 hectares. Affectionately referred to as "Straddie", the
elongated sand island of North Stradbroke shields much of the southern
part of Moreton Bay and the smaller islands from the ocean swells.
The permanent population the island is quite small, but the number of
people on the island swells significantly during the holiday season.
There is no bridge to the island and the only access is by vehicular or
passenger ferries leaving from Cleveland.
There are three townships on the island. Dunwich is the largest and has
most of the island's services including a school, medical centre, local
museum and university marine research station. Point Lookout (referred
to locally as 'the point') is on the surf side of the island and is the
major tourist destination in the holiday season. The third is Amity
Point which is much smaller and a popular fishing spot on the island.
Flinders Beach is a small settlement of mostly holiday houses located
on the main beach between Amity and Point Lookout.
North Stradbroke Island is known for its long clean white beaches in
the east, its peacefulness due to a long isolation and its rich
diversity of nature varying from whales passing Point Lookout to the
many wild orchids in the interior of the island.
The island has numerous freshwater lakes including; Ibis Lagoon, Black
snake Lagoon, Welsby Lagoon, Lake Kounpee, Brown Lake and the beautiful
Blue Lake situated in Blue Lake National Park. There are a number of
man made (mining) water bodies including the Key Hole Lakes, Yarraman
Lake, Herring Lagoon and Palm Lagoon. In some areas there are extensive
swamplands such as the long Eighteen Mile Swamp and another behind
Flinders Beach. Other notable features of the island include Adder Rock
between Amity and Point Lookout and on the southern tip of the island
is Swan Bay and an area of very large sand dunes.
The island is managed and administered by the North Stradbroke Island
Water Resource Coordination Group and the Department of Natural
Resources and Water.
Straddie is located on the outer edge of Brisbane's Moreton Bay, and a
variety of whales pass close by this Queensland island and shelter just
off the many beaches and in Moreton Bay itself. After a brief rest the
Humpbacks, Southern Wright and occasionally Blue Whales move on to
their Hervey Bay and Whitsunday breeding grounds.
Main Beach stretches for 32kms of unspoilt sand, dunes and surf. It
is popular with board riders and body surfers who enjoy the big swells.
The waves are large and powerful and the views are spectacular.
Although Main Beach is patrolled it often has strong currents and rips
to go with its big swells. The headland at Point Lookout overlooking
Main Beach is the best vantage point for watching the surfing action
and spotting dolphins and whales in season.
Cylinder Beach is a picturesque cove between Cylinder and Home Beach
Headlands. It is popular with families because it is easily accessible
with a carpark situated only metres from the beach. The waves at
Cylinder are often smaller and therefore it is perfect for sun bathing
and swimming during good weather conditions.
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Deadman's Beach and Frenchman's Beach are secluded spots, nestled
between North Gorge and Cylinder Beach. These beaches are great places
to explore the rock pools where you can see small fish, anemones,
shells and crabs. Adder Rock Beach is accessed through a 4WD track next
to Adder Rock campground. This beach provides an attractive spot for
swimming, and is popular with campers and four wheel drivers.
Flinders Beach is 4.6 kms of beach situated between Amity Point and
Point Lookout. Flinders Beach has foreshore camping and is accessible
by 4WD only from Amity Point and Point Lookout.
Amity Point and Dunwich are on the sheltered west side of the island
and have sandy beaches and calm water for swimming and great fishing.
Amity and Dunwich both have swimming enclosures however these beaches
are not patrolled.
About Moreton Bay
Moreton Bay, to the east of the city of Brisbane and its suburbs, is
very much the city's playground, a wide expanse of relatively calm
water dotted with many surprisingly unspoilt islands of different sizes
and varying character. The bay extends some 160 km from Caloundra in
the north almost to Surfers Paradise in the south.
The bay's southern navigation entrance is the Gold Coast Seaway. It is
a haven for wildlife - spotting dolphins, whales, turtles and manta
rays, and its vast array of birdlife is a popular pass time. The bay's
heritage protected wetlands, mudflats, and waterways are some of the
healthiest in the region, supporting seasonally up to 25 % of
Australia's bird species. Moreton Bay is also a popular destination for
recreational anglers and is used by commercial operators who provide
seafood to market. A number of ferry and water-taxi services travel
over the bay either to and from islands or on day and half-day
sightseeing and fishing tours.