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About North Stradbroke Island

An aerial shot of North Stradbroke Island

North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) is only 30 kilometres southeast of Brisbane City, yet it seems like a whole other world. It is the world’s second largest sand island, with kilometers of untouched native bushland, freshwater lakes & pristine beaches. Stunning coastal walks offer some of the best land-based whale-watching in Australia. North Stradbroke Island is a bucketlist destination for locals and travellers.

The best way to explore North Stradbroke Island is at your own pace. For the adventurous ones, there are 4WD tours, sandboarding, surfing lessons, diving, snorkelling, and a vast spectrum of aquatic activities. For others want a more relaxing day out, Straddie offers golf, barefoot bowls, bird-watching, picnic spots, scenic walks and beach fishing.

North Stradbroke Island is perfect for day trips, short stays or longer getaways. With an extensive range of holiday accomodation, with beach-front appartments, foreshore camping, family holiday resorts and a dive themed backpacker hostel.

  • North Stradbroke Island is easily accessible by SeaLink passenger or vehicle ferry, with regular services operating from Cleveland. SeaLink North Stradbroke Island is located at 12 Emmett Drive, Cleveland (Toondah Harbour).

    Vehicle Ferry

    The SeaLink vehicle journey is approximately 45 minutes. For vehicle ferry bookings please follow the blue line and signs through the carpark to the check in window, our friendly staff will check you in and explain where to park for loading. Bookings are required.

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    Passenger Ferry

    The SeaLink passenger ferry journey is approximately 25 minutes. For passengers being dropped off to the passenger ferry we are located at 3-12 Emmett Drive. Please note, there are 2 passenger ferries that operate to North Stradbroke Island, departing from Toondah Harbour, the SeaLink passenger ferry terminal is the second ferry terminal.

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    Toondah Harbour Carpark

    There are public car parking spaces in the vicinity of Toondah Harbour. Some areas have parking time restrictions or are for boat trailers therefore it is vital to check the signage carefully to avoid a parking fine.

    During busy times such as school holidays or long weekends parking can be hard to find so if you are able, get a lift to the terminal, or arrive early to allow time to find a car park.

  • Minjerribah is located within Quandamooka country, which is made up of three clans: Nunagal, Goenbal and Ngugi. Historical midden sites dating back up to 65,000 years have been found on the island. When the Europeans first came to settle in Brisbane, they knew they couldn’t get tall ships up the river so Amity became the port of Brisbane. Customs, immigration, military, trade was all conducted through Amity for 40 years. Find out more about the rich cultural history of the island at the North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum on Minjerribah.

    Read more about Minjerribah, The Sand Island - Story by Matt Burns

  • January is the hottest month on North Stradbroke Island with an average maximum temperature is 29 degrees. July is the coldest month with a minimum temperature of up to 13 degrees. August is the month with the highest number of clear sunny days.

    North Stradbroke Island is a great destination to visit all year round. During summer, North Stradbroke Island’s pristine waters is the perfect spot for a swim and winter is always a popular time for fishing.