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Frequently asked questions

A silhouette of a kangaroo during dusk

Ferry travel

  • On the SeaLink passenger ferry it takes about 25 minutes to reach the island.

    On the SeaLink vehicle ferry it takes about 45 minutes to reach the island.

  • Vehicle ferry

    We recommend planning your journey in advance. Please arrive at least 20 mins prior to your departure time to allow to check in and loading.

    Passenger ferry

    Please allow time to park the car, purchase your ticket from the info centre and maybe buy something from the Departure Lounge café before you board. View our ferry timetable.

  • We have fully licenced cafes on our three main SeaLink North Stradbroke Island vehicle ferry services. Passengers can purchase a cold drink, chips, or chocolates on board from our friendly staff. Alcoholic beverages can only be served after 10am. Additional vessels added during peak times may not include an on board cafe.

  • Terminal toilets are located on the north side of the terminal, beyond the departure lounge cafe. All North Stradbroke Island vehicle and passenger ferries have toilets on board.

  • All vessels have accessible toilets on the lower levels.

    The Sea Breeze vehicle ferry has less stairs up one level that are not as steep.

    The Minjerribah vehicle ferry elevator is currently not operational and this ferry has two levels of steep stairs.

    The Quandamooka vehicle ferry has two levels of steep stairs and no elevator on board.

    The Yalingbila passenger ferry is accessible for wheel chairs, with allocated space available towards the front of the vessel. There is also priorty seating for customers with limited mobility.

  • The departure lounge cafe can be accessed via a ramp and has low cafe tables suitable for a wheelchair. Please ask our friendly cafe staff if you require assistance.

    The information centre and check in office can be accessed via a ramp. The desks are at standing height so please ask our friendly office staff if you require assistance.

  • Passengers must present a valid Australian Student or Concession card at the time of purchase and travel. View the approved concession cards here

    Ferry approved concessions

Booking information

  • Vehicle ferry

    It is recommended to pre-book vehicle ferry travel as space can be limited. You can book online or via phone.

    Passenger ferry

    No, it is not necessary to pre-book ferry tickets. We do not allocate tickets to our ferry departure times, arriving early to the terminal is recommended to board your desired ferry departure. We recommend arriving 30 minutes prior to departure to allow sufficient time to park your vehicle and purchase tickets.

  • Discounts are available for groups of 15 or more people traveling as passengers when booked directly with SeaLink. We also have great prices for schools and university groups. For more information visit our groups and charters page or email [email protected].

  • Please follow this link to our North Stradbroke Island ferry fares.

  • If you are travelling in a rental car and do not know the vehicle details you can book your vehicle online using the vehicle make "rental" and enter the rego as RENTAL. Once you have picked up the hire car you can call us to update your booking with those details. Please have your booking number ready for check in when you arrive at the terminal.

Terminal information

  • Click here to view our opening hours

  • Taxis are available at the front of the airport for transfers direct to the SeaLink Ferry Terminal. It takes 35-55 minutes to reach the SeaLink Terminal. There is also a shuttle service available 7 days per week, bookings are essential and can be made with Bay Air Shuttle – www.bayairtransfers.com

  • There is car parking available at the Cleveland Terminal.

    There are hundreds of public car parking spaces in the vicinity of Toondah Harbour. Some areas have parking time restrictions and some spaces are shared by boat trailers and vehicles at certain times. Therefore it is vital to check the signage carefully to avoid a parking fine. Parking can be limited during public and school holidays.

North Stradbroke Island information

  • There are many great off-road tracks and beaches on Straddie. Be sure to check with Minjerribah Camping which tracks are open during your stay, and if you are driving on the beach make sure to grab a permit together with their beach driving tips & info flyer.

  • Four Wheel Drive Permits are required to drive on the beach at North Stradbroke Island. Permits can be purchased through the Minjerribah Camping website and picked up from their office on the island prior to driving on the beach.

  • Make sure to read the signs and swim between the flags while on Straddie. There are two regularly patrolled beaches on Straddie – Cylinder and Main. Adder Rock Beach is also patrolled during QLD school holidays. And no matter what the weather – slip, slop, slap. Visit Surf Lifesaving Queensland's Beach Safe website for more information.

  • Straddie is a year round fishing destination, during the summer season you'll catch snapper, bream, whiting and dart. If you visit in winter you'll be catching mullet, winter bream, tailor, tuna and snapper.

    All three townships have places for fishing, whether you do so from the beach, jetty, boat or rock wall, and please make sure to do so only if it is safe and do not leave bait or fishing line behind. Check the Moreton Bay Marine Park Zone Map for more information on fishing locations surrounding the island.

  • Fires are only permitted on the foreshore camping areas, when there is no fire ban in place. You are allowed a small cooking fire only, which must always be watched, and extinguished with water (not sand) after use. You cannot have a fire to keep warm or a bonfire of any sort and they are not permitted on the beach.

  • Whilst Straddie has pet friendly places for you to enjoy your time away with your pooch, to travel to the island you need to ensure your pet is inside your vehicle whilst on the ferry or wearing a muzzle outside your vehicle or on the passenger ferry. Once on the island there are on-leash beaches, pet friendly accommodation and some cafés that allow you to bring your dog, but please be mindful of others and clean up after your pet. To protect our island wildlife, please keep your fur baby close at night.

  • At present the best coverage is obtained through Telstra & Optus. Other mobile phone services do operate in certain areas of the island.

  • Straddie is home to pristine beaches and natural beauty. The people that call it home and those that love to visit again and again take pride in the island and we ask you do the same. Dispose of rubbish correctly – don’t destroy what you came to enjoy. Serviced rubbish bins are located in various places around the island, however be prepared to take any rubbish with you when you leave.

  • Point Lookout
    • Foodworks
    • Point Lookout Bowls Club
    • Beach Hotel
    Dunwich
    • Foodworks
    • Little Ship Club
    • Football Club
    • Main Road near Bakery
    Amity Point
    • Community Club
  • North Stradbroke Island is unique as it is the only sand island within Queensland that has bitumen roads and therefore any type of car can be driven on the island.

    All three townships are linked by well maintained bitumen roads.

    Four wheel drives can access Flinders and Main Beach only by obtaining a beach permit prior to driving on the beaches.

    Beach driving permits are valid for one month or 12 months and can be purchased from Minjerribah Camping.

  • The maximum speed limit on North Stradbroke Island is 80km/h, however through the main townships the speed limit is significantly less.

    When driving on the beach, please keep within the speed limits; Flinders Beach is 40km/hr and on Main Beach it is 60km/hr.

    • Please drive slowly, no need to rush anywhere
    • Observe all speed limit signs around the island
    • Keep an eye out for wildlife especially during dawn and dusk
    • Leave early for any of the ferries so you are not in a rush
  • Straddie is a very special place that lots of native animals call home. It's important that everyone is mindful of the island's wildlife.

    If you happen to find an injured or sick animal please call Wildlife Rescue Minjerribah. This is a volunteer service operating on the island.

    Wildlife Rescue Minjerribah

    0448 466 556