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Stradbroke Islands - Cities, Towns and Localities
Located just 30 km south-east of Brisbane are the islands of North and South Stradbroke Islands. Once a single island, they were separated by a storm in 1896 with access by ferry. North Stradbroke Island is approximately 38 km long and 11 km wide, with South Stradbroke Island being the smaller at only 22 km long and about 2.5 km wide.

Originally sighted by Captain James Cook and Matthew Flinders, it wasn't until 1827 that the island was named after the then Earl of Stradbroke by his son Captain H J Rous, whilst commander of the HMS Rainbow.

Check out our listing of Stradbroke Islands accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre Stradbroke Island Visitor Centre
Ferry Terminal Dunwick
STRADBROKE ISLAND QLD 4163
Ph: 07 3409 9555
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North Stradbroke Island
Another one of the many island paradises in Australia, North Stradbroke has long, white beaches on its eastern coastline and a rich diversity of flora as can be found in the Blue Lake National Park. It is a sand island formed by the same forces that created South Stradbroke, Bribie, Moreton and Fraser Islands. There is a vehicular ferry and water taxi service that operate daily from Cleveland, just 30 minutes away from Brisbane. A 4WD for is required for the beach and you must obtain a permit from Redlands Tourism or Stradbroke Island Tourism.
Dunwich
• The shallow waters in Moreton Bay made mooring and shipping goods up the Brisbane River difficult. There was a proposal to move the convict settlement in Moreton Bay out onto Stradbroke Island. This saw the construction of the now historic township of Dunwich on the western side of the now North Stradbroke Island in 1827 with a convict store and depot. Ships would off-load their supplies at Dunwich, which would see the goods ferried across to the mainland and up the Brisbane River in vessels with shallow draughts. The difficulty of unloading supplies in rough weather, the hostilities of the local Aborigines and unsatisfactory water supplies saw the convict outstation abandoned in 1831. Other European settlements in Dunwich include Catholic Mission 1843-1847, Quarantine Station 1850-1865, and Benevolent Institution 1867-1947.

Today, it is still possible to see the old stone wall of the original jetty on the northern side of the modern barge ramp. Other areas of interest include the National Trust listed cemetery with graves that date from pre 1850. It is also the burial site of 42 typhus victims who had arrived aboard the Emigrant in 1849 and were quarantined on the island. Many Aboriginal descendants are also buried there. All together with inmates in unmarked graves, there are over 8,400.
Amity Point
• Amity Point is North Stradbroke northern tip. It was here when the first settlement in 1825 built a pilot station to help shipping into Moreton Bay and the Brisbane River. By the 1950s Amity Point was the main access to the island, with visitors arriving and then making their way to Point Lookout.

Due to the location Amity Point is vulnerable to tidal action which has caused considerable beach erosion.
Our Shop - Impeei Goompi
• Rouse St and Stradbroke Place, DUNWICH QLD 4183 • Ph: 07 3409 9926 • Email
• An outlet for the local Aboriginal community to display and sell products and to promote Aboriginal awareness in the Moreton Bay region.
Flora and Fauna
• There is a wide variety of flora and fauna. Bird life abound including Azure Kingfisher, Forest Kingfisher, Sacred Kingfisher, Red-backed Kingfisher, White-bellied Sea Eagle, Tawny Frogmouth, Whistling Kite, Little Penguin, Great Cormorant, Black Swan, etc. Over 253 species of birdlife have been documented. Other fauna include swamp wallabies, skinks, mottled tree frog and the rare golden wallabies.
Point Lookout
• Queensland most easterly point, Point Lookout spreads out around the island's single rock headland, overlooking a number of beaches. Point Lookout with its steep cliffs has become a popular vantage point between June and September when the Humpback whales make their way past the island on their way to the northern breeding grounds.
Twenty-Two Mile Beach
• Located south of Point Lookout, there are extensive Aboriginal middens where long before the arrival of Europeans, the Aborigines feasted on the molluscs collected in the area.
Blue Lake National Park
• The 445 ha Blue Lake National Park protects coastal wallum and a freshwater lake of special significance to the local Quandamooka people.
Brown Lake
• Brown Lake or ‘Bumeira’ with Eighteen Mile Swamp and freshwater swimming is home to a variety of native fauna. Only five minutes from Dunwich, it can be reached by taking a short gravel road which turns off the main Trans-Island Road. There are walking trails around the edge of the lake and picnic and BBQ facilities.
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South Stradbroke Island
Located just 30 km south-east of Brisbane are the islands of North and South Stradbroke Islands. Once a single island, they were separated by a storm in 1896 with access by ferry. North Stradbroke Island is approximately 38 km long and 11 km wide, with South Stradbroke Island being the smaller at only 22 km long and about 2.5 km wide.

Accessible by ferry that departs from Runaway Bay Marina in Surfers Paradise, the ferry takes passengers direct to a campsite. There are of course a number of resorts on the island offering guided tours and other daily trippers. You can also travel to the island via a number charters or water taxis.

Check out our listing of South Stradbroke Island accommodation.
Click here for South Stradbroke Island Campgrounds.
 
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