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Camping on Superb North Straddie

  • September 14, 2016
  • By 50 Shades
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Camping on Superb North Straddie

 

Once we boarded the vehicular ferry at Cleveland, located on Moreton Bay east of Brisbane, North Stradbroke Island (North Straddie) emerged in the distance. I immediately slipped into relax mode, although there had been a lapse of almost twenty years since visiting this island paradise, I remembered what a superb place North Straddie is!

North Straddie is located only an hour’s drive from the Gold Coast plus a 45 minute ferry ride across Moreton Bay to this large sand island. Once you hit the disembarkation point at Dunwich you have several options for either camping, caravanning, resort style accommodation or holiday units/homes on the island.

 

Flinders Beach

Flinders Beach on North Straddie

We had been reminiscing with our son and his girlfriend about camping holidays of old and North Straddie came up in the conversation as being one of our most memorable holiday spots. We decided spontaneously to put aside a weekend to re-visit this unique camping playground on the shores of Flinders Beach on the oceanside of the island.

Pelicans having an early morning dip on Flinders Beach

Pelicans having an early morning dip on Flinders Beach

What followed was a rummage through our old camping gear to see what we needed for a weekend roughing it on a beach, with the only facilities being a bush toilet and some protection in the sand dunes vegetated with paper bark gums and casuarinas. After several days and many trips to the camping store we were ready for a weekend escape!

Getting on the vehicular barge to North Straddie

Getting on the vehicular barge to North Straddie

The great thing about North Straddie is that most of the island is accessible by car, so a four-wheel drive is not mandatory. However, if like us, you like to get off the beaten track and experience true bush-style camping and driving on the long white sandy stretches of beaches on the island, then I recommend a four-wheel drive vehicle.

4WD Access onto Flinders Beach at Adder Rock

4WD Access onto Flinders Beach at Adder Rock

We headed for Flinders Beach which is located on the oceanside of the island at the north tip between Point Lookout and Amity Point. There are two 4WD access points: one from Adder Rock near Point Lookout or the other from the road into Amity Point. Depending on the tides the road from Amity Point is probably the safer option as the other access point can get swamped at high tide.

Our Campsite at Flinders Beach

Our Campsite at Flinders Beach

After finding a suitable campsite, erecting our tents and setting up tables, chairs, bedding, etc, we set off in our four wheel drive along the sandy beach to the town of Point Lookout. Along the way we saw several kangaroos grazing by the roadside. We propped ourselves atop the headland at the Point Lookout Surf Club and watched surfers catching the last waves of the day.

Views of Main Beach from Point Lookout Surf Club

Views of Main Beach from Point Lookout Surf Club

On our way back to the campsite we decided to have a quick beer at Point Lookout Hotel which has magnificent views out to the ocean. We sat peacefully watching the sun dip across the land to the west and transform the sky into an orange haze.

Beer O'Clock at Point Lookout Hotel

Beer O’Clock at Point Lookout Hotel

That evening we fell asleep listening to the waves pounding on the shores nearby and awoke eight hours later to the cacophony of birds announcing dawn. A walk over to the beach revealed that it was going to be a sensational day with brilliant winter sunshine sparkling off the ocean. It was time to jump in our 4WDs and explore the island!

Point Lookout

Views of Cylinder Beach from Point Lookout

Views of Cylinder Beach from Point Lookout

The resort township of Point Lookout, situated on the northern tip of the island, is made up of a series of beaches and headlands that have some of the best vantage points. There are two patrolled beaches – Cylinder and Main Beach – both offering superb swimming and surfing.

4WD Driving Along Main Beach

4WD Driving Along Main Beach

For four wheel drive enthusiasts you can access the 32 Km long stretch of Main Beach and drive along the wide sandy beach with the surf rolling in along the shoreline. Set up a sunshade and enjoy your own private beach or throw a line into one of the naturally forming gutters on the shores.

Taking the Dogs for a Dip at Main Beach

Taking the Dogs for a Dip at Main Beach

In Point Lookout there is an impressive selection of restaurants, cafes and eateries to choose from. The famous Point Lookout Hotel is idyllically located near Cylinder Beach and has the most divine views from the outdoor beer garden. A great place to have a counter lunch or a late afternoon beer and watch the sunset to the west.

Sunset from Point Lookout Hotel

Sunset from Point Lookout Hotel

Amity Point

Located between Dunwich and Point Lookout, this pretty fishing village is extremely popular with families and fishermen. The large jetty protruding out into Moreton Bay and adjoining boat ramp means it is fishing heaven. You may even be able to buy fresh seafood direct from the fishing trawler from a number of fishermen who sell direct to the public.

Amity Point Jetty

Amity Point Jetty

Amity, although only a small village does have a restaurant, community club and general store. There is a fabulous caravan park right by the seaside and a public park with picnic tables and BBQs.

Boat Ramp at Amity Point

Boat Ramp at Amity Point

Natural Attractions

North Straddie is blessed with white sandy beaches, magnificent inland lakes, hidden waterways and scenic walks. Take a look at some of Straddie’s best natural attractions:

  • North Gorge Headland Walk – located at Point Lookout has breathtaking views across the Pacific Ocean and is the perfect year-round vantage point for spotting marine life and whales in season.
  • Cast a line or launch your boat for some great fishing.

    Fishing off the Beach at Main Beach

    Fishing off the Beach at Main Beach

  • Explore the freshwater lake system including Blue Lake, Brown Lake, the Keyholes, Eighteen Mile Swamp and Myora Springs.
  • Surf the waves at Main Beach and Cylinder Beach.

    Surfing at Main Beach

    Surfing at Main Beach

  • Scuba dive at some of the most popular dive spots at Flat Rock, Boat Rock, Manta Ray Bommie and Shag Rock.
  • Take the 4km walk between Frenchman’s Beach and Adder Rock.
  • 4WD all the way along Main Beach to Jumpinpin at the island’s southern tip.
A Rainbow at Sunset at Flinders Beach

A Rainbow at Sunset at Flinders Beach

You are spoilt for choice on North Straddie. If you want nature-based camping right on the beach – it’s got it; if you want luxury resort accommodation – it’s got it; if you want a place to holiday with plenty of activities – it’s got it; if you want somewhere that isn’t too far from the mainland of South East Queensland and Brisbane – it also ticks that box! Once you have been here you will want to return again and again – just like I have!

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By 50 Shades, September 14, 2016 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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50 Shades

Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.

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24 Comments
  • Jacky B
    September 14, 2016

    Love Straddie, we’re very fortunate as we live close by but of course dont get across as often as we should. However we took some NZ visitors over for the day last week and it was great. We lunched at the hotel you mention (I think we sat in the same place) and watched the whales go by, we walked the gorge, took the 4WD track across the top of the island, visited Amity Point and some dolphins turned up on cue, a fabulous day on a beautiful island and so close to Brisbane.

    • Kathy
      September 14, 2016

      North Straddie is an absolute treasure trove! It has everything from remarkable natural attractions to the right amount of facilities and accommodation choices. Driving on the long stretches of beaches is a unique experience and I always have to pinch myself and ask “where else in the world can we do this”? Thanks for dropping by Jacky. :)

  • All Around Oz
    September 14, 2016

    Awesome Kathy! We haven’t ventured across to North Straddie yet but you have inspired me to get organised and just do it!

    • Kathy
      September 14, 2016

      I know you would love North Straddie Mel. It is an island paradise and not too spoilt yet. :)

  • Anne
    September 16, 2016

    Looks like a beautiful spot, I love camping on the beach.

    • Kathy
      September 16, 2016

      There is nothing more enjoyable that a couple of nights of beach camping and North Straddie is the perfect place for this, being only a few hours away from home. :)

  • Corinne
    September 16, 2016

    Wow! What a stunning place to camp. I would love to be there right now.

    • Kathy
      September 17, 2016

      I go easily return here again and again as it is within easy driving distance from where I live. It’s like an escape to paradise! :)

  • California Globetrotter
    September 16, 2016

    Oh wow! How lovely!! Those blue waters are stunning! Makes me miss California! #Wkendtravelinspiration

    • Kathy
      September 17, 2016

      Yes I would imagine these photos would make you miss the blue ocean along the Californian coastline. You must come and visit Australia. You would love it! :)

  • Paula McInerney
    September 17, 2016

    I haven’t been to North Straddle, though Gordon has. Looks very relaxing

    • Kathy
      September 17, 2016

      It was a very relaxing weekend and the weather Gods shone down on us. There is nothing better than a weekend escape! :)

  • Rhonda Albom (@RhondaAlbom)
    September 17, 2016

    Great views and beaches that go on forever. And all during the winter/spring? Time for me to head across to the warmer side.

    • Kathy
      September 17, 2016

      Yes we had a fairly mild winter so it was perfect for camping – not too hot and not too cold. We had a campfire going of a nighttime. :)

  • Kreete
    September 17, 2016

    These are some great photos! I have recently been to Fraser Island and Straddie reminds me a lot of it. It’s no surprise as they are both sand islands in a relatively short distance between them. I would love to go and check it out one day, so thanks for sharing your experience! You can find my Fraser Island experience here: http://www.adventuroustrails.com/2016/08/top-7-things-to-do-in-fraser-island.html

    • Kathy
      September 17, 2016

      Thank you. Yes North Stradbroke, Moreton and Fraser Island are all large sand islands are a lot alike physically and geographically. Fraser has a more tropical forested centre however compared to the other two. I haven’t been to Fraser in a long time but would love to get up there again soon. I will definitely check out your post. Thanks for dropping by. :)

  • seizetheday20
    September 17, 2016

    What a fabulous escape to North Straddie for you Kathy. Love your pics of this gorgeous part of the world :)

    • Kathy
      September 17, 2016

      It was a fabulous weekend escape Lyndall. Just us our son, girlfriend and our two dogs! I have always enjoyed camping on the islands in Moreton Bay. :)

  • Ruth
    September 19, 2016

    Cathy, I adore the places you present in this blog and this island is no exception. A sand island? How cool! I like that you can take your vehicle and drive around the beach (that would never happen in California).

    • Kathy
      September 19, 2016

      Yes it is a large sand island off the coastline of South East Queensland. We are very spoilt for choice with 4WD driving on some of our beaches. There is nothing to compare to the feeling of freedom you get from driving your vehicle along a long stretch of sandy beach. :)

  • Michelle Weaver (@pinkypoinker)
    September 19, 2016

    Sounds like a great place to visit Kathy. It looks extremely relaxing and full of things to do. It must have been a good time for the dogs too by the look of it :)

    • Kathy
      September 19, 2016

      The dogs had a fantastic time. It was the baby’s first camping trip! You would love it over there. :)

  • Johanna
    September 20, 2016

    You are lucky in SE Queensland with the amount of 4WD possibilities along the beach. It looks great fun. It’s wonderful to escape with family to a remote spot to just chill and chat and not have any todo lists!

    • Kathy
      September 21, 2016

      It was a very relaxing weekend with our son and his girlfriend. We all loved 4WD driving along the beach – it was such a feeling of freedom! We are blessed with some great camping spots in SE Queensland. :)

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