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June 2024 marks 60 years of service to North Stradbroke Island!

Stradbroke Ferries Pty Ltd has been providing vehicle and passenger services to North Stradbroke Island since June 1964, when the Company’s founding Directors identified the need for a regular vehicle transport service to the island, and in particular to service the mining industry.

The company originally operated one vehicle ferry, the Myora from Redland Bay to Dunwich on Stradbroke Island, however in 1972 the operations moved to Cleveland after the company completed extensive work on the present facilities at Toondah Harbour.

In 1987 Stradbroke Ferries commenced their vehicle ferry operations to the Southern Moreton Bay Islands, which serviced the islands of Russell, Macleay, Karragarra and Lamb.

Tourism on Straddie first started to advance in the 1980s and the company identified the need to review its vessel configuration to ensure that it also catered for the growing tourism market. Just to name a few, this included the introduction of the Stradbroke Venture in 1987 along with the company’s first passenger ferry, the Spirit of Stradbroke.

The Quandamooka commenced operations in 1994 and was upgraded in 1998 to provide on board café facilities for customers. In 2004 the Minjerribah joined the Cleveland fleet and this provided the company with the two largest vessels to operate in Moreton Bay.

In December 2011, Stradbroke Ferries was purchased by Transit Systems, a family owned Australian company. The company developed a single brand for the entire fleet operating to North Stradbroke Island, including the Big Red Cat and passenger ferry.

In November 2015, Stradbroke Ferries was purchased by SeaLink Travel Group (now Kelsian), which is the largest marine tourism and transport company in Australia. The Moggill Ferry service, BITS (Bay Islands Transit) and Gladstone Ferries marine operation was also included in the acquisition of the Transit Systems marine business.

Today the company now called SeaLink South East Queensland, has eight vehicle ferries, eight passenger ferries, one ambulance boat, and a cable ferry. Operating 365 days a year within Moreton Bay; this incorporates the five islands of North Stradbroke, Russell, Lamb, Macleay, and Karragarra.

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Acknowledgement to Country

SeaLink Marine & Tourism acknowledges the Quandamooka people, the traditional owners of the land on which we work, live and visit. We recognise their continued custodianship and connection to the land, waters, and community. We pay our respect to Elders past, present, and emerging, and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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SeaLink South East Queensland

SeaLink South East Queensland is part of Kelsian Group Limited, Australia’s largest integrated land and marine, tourism, and public transport service provider.

  • Stradbroke Ferries Pty Ltd, Now SeaLink, has been providing vehicle and passenger services to North Stradbroke Island since June 1964.

  • SeaLink South East Queensland services North Stradbroke Island and the Southern Moreton Bay Islands of Karragarra, Macleay, Lamb and Russell.

  • The South East Queensland Fleet consists of eight vehicle ferries, eight passenger ferries, one ambulance boat and a cable ferry. Operating 365 days a year within Moreton Bay; this incorporates services to the five islands of North Stradbroke, Russell, Lamb, Macleay and Karragarra in addition to the regular cable ferry service connecting Moggill and Riverview.

Location

Our terminal at 12 Emmett Drive, Cleveland is the beginning of your journey to North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah). The terminal facilities include our Departure Lounge Cafe, an information centre, public toilets, and passenger ferry drop off parking area. Our Departure Lounge Cafe offers customers the ability to enjoy a coffee and refreshment before they travel, and is the home of the famous I <3 Straddie Merchandise.

Our Safety

Our top priority is and will always be safety. We prioritise the health, safety and welfare of our employees, contractors, visitors, and customers. We are also committed to a high quality of service that provides our customers with an efficient, reliable, and safe experience.

Supporting the Community

SeaLink’s commitment to North Stradbroke Island extends over and above the Company’s supply of regular ferry services. The Company’s long standing association with the islands has come with a considerable commitment to the local communities and those groups and organisations that exist within them. From the very beginning, SeaLink South East Queensland (formerly Stradbroke Ferries) has worked to foster strong relationships with these island communities and provide support in the form of contributions and in-kind donations to local groups and organisations.

Prizes for Community Fundraising

Fundraising is an important part of many schools, churches, clubs, and community organisations' activities. SeaLink South East Queensland proudly local community groups on North Stradbroke Island, providing discounted fares and complimentary tickets for use as fundraising prizes. The same support is also provided to community and charity events across the Redlands.

To request a donation for fundraising, complete the SeaLink SEQ Sponsorship Application Form. SeaLink North Stradbroke Island may be able to assist with free or discounted ferry travel for organisations that complete the Travel Sponsorship Application Form and address all criteria.

Our Reconciliation Action Plan

SeaLink South East Queensland community engagement includes support of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, cultures, and communities. SeaLink Marine & Tourism nationally are committed to creating an organisation which embraces and incorporates recognition, acknowledgement and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures. To create opportunity and capacity building for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander owned businesses in our direct community.

Our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) provides a structured framework to be intentional about our contribution to reconciliation as we build respect for, and relationships with, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples around Australia.

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SeaLink South East Queensland - Group Specialists

SeaLink also specialise in group travel whether it is for educational purposes, special interest groups, sporting groups or pre/post conference touring. SeaLink group coordinators can help you plan every aspect of your tour with group discounts available!

Charter Services

SeaLink offers marine and land-based transport solutions in South East Queensland and on North Stradbroke Island. SeaLink owns and operates one of the largest marine fleets in South East Queensland.Our fleet of passenger and vehicle ferries are suited to groups up to 400 people.

Transit Systems offers a fleet of coaches and vehicles based both on the mainland and on North Stradbroke Island. All coaches and vehicles are available for group and charter work. Our dedicated Groups Sales Team can assist you with tailoring your itinerary for anywhere in South East Queensland. Whether it be for a half-day, full-day, or longer duration tour on the island, or a group transfer between airport and hotel, or a corporate event. Our team will be happy to help.

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SeaLink Travel

At SeaLink we believe travel is about connecting people, sharing experiences, and creating brilliant memories. SeaLink South East Queensland is part of the Brilliant Travels family, a collection of passionate businesses that have been helping people discover more of Australia since 1970. We love connecting with like-minded passionate travellers who want to explore unique experiences and destinations.

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