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Known as Straddie by the locals and Brisbane residents, North Stradbroke Island protects the shoreline of Southern Moreton Bay. North and South Stradbroke Islands where connected until a cyclone removed a block of unstable to create the Jumpinpin bar and separate the islands. (South Strabroke Island continues all the way to the Southport Seaway at Southport, on the Gold Coast)
The only way to get into the island is by ferry from Cleveland across Moreton Bay. There are three main ferries, all of them leaving Cleveland at the same point on the east side of Cleveland at the end of the bus line 258. Local buses at North Stradbroke meet most of the passenger-only ferries, but check with the bus company .
- Stradbroke Flyer, also called Gold Cats offers 14 daily passenger-only "water taxis". The trip takes approximately 25 minutes, cost is $13 one way and $19 return. There is a courtesy bus that links Cleveland rail station with the ferry terminal for the ferries from 6:55am to 6:25pm.
- Stradbroke Ferries has two types of ferries, a large vehicle ferry (11 daily services, $135 return) and a smaller water taxi for passengers only (12 daily services, $12 single, $17 return). Travel time is about 50 minutes.
- Big Red Cat offers 8 daily car ferries and accepts passengers as well. Their ferries sell food and drinks. The trip is about 45 minutes and costs $5.5 one way and $11 return for passengers, and $135 returnn for cars. Note that local buses at North Stradbroke are not timed to meet this ferry, though since these ferries stop at the same place as the Stradbroke Ferries you can just wait (up to one hour) and catch the bus.
By far the most convenient way to travel the island is by car. You can rent a car at Brisbane and take the car ferry, or rent it at North Stradbroke. Many accommodation options at the island have their own shuttle service so you don't need a car if you don't plan to move from your location.
Unlike a lot of the other islands of the region, North Stradbroke Island has bitumen roads, which makes it accessible by regular vehicles. You can, however, drive on Flinders Beach and Ocean Beach by four wheel drive vehicle provided you have the appropriate permit (it is not recommended to drive on the sand in all wheel drive vehicles!). You can also camp along Ocean Beach, but you will need to be self-sufficient as there are no facilities. You will also need a permit to camp, if choosing this option.
There is a taxi van waiting on arrival of every ferry so you can use this as well.
Stradbroke Island Buses connect Dunwich with Point Lookout and Amity Point and are timed to meed most of the passenger-only ferries. A one-way ticket is $4.50, and a one-day pass is $9.
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- Dolphins. Schools of dolphins can regularly be seen in the waters around Point Lookout. The best places to see them are in the waves of Frenchman's Beach, from the Point Lookout headland.
- Whales. From May until September, Point Lookout is one of the best land based whale watching locations in Australia. Get an ice-cream & set yourself up on the headland to watch the whales at play as they migrate.
- 2 North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum.
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Point Lookout offers some of the best scuba diving in the area and boasts the Manta Ray Bommie where Manta rays congregate, together with other large fish such as bull rays and (non-dangerous) leopard sharks. The Manta Lodge and Scuba Centre, at the Youth Hostel, is the local diving company and offers diving PADI courses.
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- 1 Manta Lodge and Scuba Centre, 1 Eastcoast Road, Point Lookout (On the road to Point Lookout), ☏ . Check-out: 10am. The lodge belongs to YHA and offers dormitory accommodation and also has a double room and a twin room. This is a 5-star PADI dive center and resort that offers scuba diving trips and courses. It also offers snorkelling, 4WD tours, surfing and kayaking. 30.
- DIscover Stradbroke, 1 Mintee St, Point Lookout, ☏ . Discover Stradbroke Accommodation have holiday rental houses and apartments at Point Lookout and Amity Point. Available for short stays and longer breaks. Luxury or budget accommodation to suit families, groups and couples.
- Whale Watch Resort, 7 Samarinda Drive, Point Lookout, ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Stradbroke Island's Whale Watch Resort Apartments offer a Point Lookout holiday accommodation experience and feature spacious open plan kitchen, dining and living areas as well as covered decks off each bedroom. Whale Watch Resort offers stunning views of Main Beach & the Point Lookout surf club.
- Claytons on Cylinder, 122 Mooloomba Road, Point Lookout. A premier holiday rental at Point Lookout. Clayton's apartments feature 3 and 4 bedroom split level townhouses, with direct access to the stunning family friendly Cylinder Beach.