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Stradbroke Island
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Philip P
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By Philip P
Published on 28th April, 2011
 
Stradbroke Island may be located close to Brisbane but it's a whole other world, with stunning scenery, beautiful beaches, some great value accommodation and plenty of activities to enjoy.

A guide to visiting Stradbroke Island
Easily reached by ferry services from Brisbane, Stradbroke Island - also known as Straddie - has amazing scenery and some absolutely stunning beaches that are popular with families, surfers and just about anyone who wants to get away from it all.

There are in fact two islands: the north and the south, with North Stradbroke Island having by far the widest range of accommodation - there is even a Y.H.A. Many visitors choose to rent privately owned holiday homes, and the majority are located in and around Point Lookout and Amity Point.

Of course, the beaches are one of the main attractions and they do not disappoint! Main Beach is over 30 kilometres long and particularly popular with surfers. Cylinder Beach is a safer option for swimming making it a good choice for families with children. Flinders Beach and Home Beach are some more secluded options.

There are some excellent spots for scuba diving, in fact one Stradbroke Island diving location - Manta Bommie - ranks as one of the top 10 dive sites in all of Australia. Even if you don't want to dive, it's possible to spot dolphins - and at times whales too - from the land.

Ferries and water taxis run frequently between Cleveland on the mainland and the historic town of Dunwich, which has an interesting museum you may want to visit. Other places of interest are the two lakes, the Aboriginal Art Gallery and for golfers there is a Par 70, 9 hole course.

All in all, Stradbroke Island makes the perfect getaway destination: we look forward to welcoming you soon!