Two days on Minjerribah, North Stradbroke Island
Welcome to the heart of Quandamooka country. Formerly known as North Stradbroke Island, Minjerribah is a stunning sand island situated in pristine Moreton Bay offering an array of nature-based activities and easily accessible by vehicular ferry for the self-driving visitor. If you prefer not to drive, you can still enjoy the island using the local bus service or hiring yourself a scooter.
Depart the mainland from Toondah Harbour, Cleveland, with Stradbroke Ferries who offer both vehicular and walk on passenger services. Bookings are required for vehicles.
Vehicles disembark at Dunwich village, the island’s relaxed main hub. Here you will find two of the island’s well equipped campgrounds, including glamping options. Most of the island’s campgrounds are accessible with 2WD and its best to book ahead. You can pick-up supplies at one of the island’s supermarkets or providores with an abundance of fresh local produce available.
For a dramatic start to your island experience head over to the eastern or ocean side of the island to Point Lookout and the North Gorge Walk. You can book a special guided Indigenous ranger tour or just follow the easy-to-access boardwalk to take in the spectacular views of both the gorge, Main Beach and the Coral Sea. From June to November, look out for migrating whales, but turtles and dolphins can be spotted frolicking all year round.
Grab a coffee or something more substantial from the beach bungalow Blue Room Café, a favourite with locals and visitors alike with ocean views, or a delicious Gelato from Oceanic Gelati at Point Lookout.
Then head over for a swim at beautiful Cylinder Beach, which is regularly patrolled by life savers on weekends and during peak periods and perfect for a secluded walk along the wide beach if you prefer to stay dry.
Dine in for lunch at the famous Stradbroke Island Beach Hotel. Equally renowned for its food and its sea views across to Moreton Island, the hotel is also a great accommodation option offering both short or longer term stays.
Work off lunch with a trek to one of the highest dunes on the island, spectacular Mt Vane, and take in a 360-degree view of the island. This sandy walking track was built by the local Quandamooka rangers and the 4.4km each way trip takes about four hours.
Finish the day with some fresh local seafood takeaway direct from Rufus King Seafood at Amity Point and then sit by the water and watch the dolphins come in and play. These magical creatures are completely wild but regularly visit close to the shore at Amity.
If camping is not your style, stay overnight in comfort at one of the many holiday rentals or resorts at either Point Lookout or Amity Point.
Start you second day on the island beach fishing with a guided session from Straddie Kingfisher Tours. The owner, an old time local affectionately known as Barefoot Dave, will provide everything you need to reel in your breakfast or lunch. Kingfisher Tours also offer kayaking, sand boarding, beach picnics and wildlife spotting, so there is something for everyone to enjoy.
If the tide permits, explore the stunning rockpools at Deadmans Beach where you can see small fish, shells and crabs. A perfect place for photos and selfies.
Or experience a freshwater swim at either Brown Lake or Myora Springs. Both are easily accessible by car. Myora is tidal so the swimming is best at high tide while the melaleuca stained water of Brown Lake can be enjoyed anytime.
Grab a final snack at island favourite, Seashells at Amity, before heading back to Dunwich to catch the returning ferry.