Where to stay on North Stradbroke Island

North Stradbroke Island

Depending on the kind of holiday you’re looking for, there are three main locations to choose from at North Stradbroke Island: Point Lookout, Amity and Dunwich. Here is a rundown of what you can expect at each so you can begin planning your island getaway!

Point Lookout: Surfers and Sun Worshippers

Couple hiking

If surf, sun and sand is your thing, then Point Lookout is the holiday paradise you've been looking for.

Famous for its laid-back vibe, Point Lookout has something for everyone with an array of beaches, walks, and activities for everyone. Surf the day away at Main or Cylinder Beach; spot sea life on the famous North Gorge Walk, hit the sand dunes behind Main Beach or spend an afternoon at the famous Straddie Hotel where the beer is cold and the views are second to none.

Accommodation:

Point Lookout is the tourist centre of the island with an array of resorts and apartments available. There’s also a backpackers lodge at Adder Rock with its own scuba centre – the only one on the island!

Holiday houses abound with something to suit every budget from modern beach houses (replete with whale-watching towers) to surf shacks. Contact some of the real estate agents on the island for more information.

Beach camping is available at Flinders and Main beaches and the Adder Rock and Cylinder Beach camping grounds are equipped with amenities like barbecues and toilets.

Amenities:

Buses, supermarket, service station, ATM, health services, spa, surf lifesaving club, specialty and gift stores.

Food and drink:

  • Several takeaway restaurants are situated at the Point, Meegera Place and Adder Rock
  • Whale’s Way and The Look Café and Restaurants provide a more refined dining experience
  • Fresh seafood is available at Fishes at the Point and Mal Starkey’s Seafood House

Activities:

Surfing, whale watching, swimming, wildlife, snorkelling, beaches, Aboriginal culture, walks, 4WDing, fishing, kayaking, sand tobogganing

Amity: The seaside fishing village

Fishing off the Amity Jetty at North Stradbroke Island, Brisbane Region

Loved by those wanting to feel a million miles away from home, Amity is a great spot if you’re happy to part with some of life’s luxuries in exchange for total relaxation.

Famous for its fishing village atmosphere, you can while away your days on the beach or in neighbouring parks, throw in a line off the jetty and settle in for the evening sunset over Moreton Bay. Budding wildlife warriors will relish the opportunity to see koalas in the trees and dolphins by the jetty at dusk and dawn. There really is nowhere else like it!

Accommodation:

Camping is the primary offering at Amity Point, with beachfront spots available if you get in early. It’s also the only place you can get your glamp on at Straddie. Straddie Camping offer an Eco Shack if you would still like a simple, camp style accommodation with a little more luxury.

As with the rest of the island, several holiday houses are also available for renting. Contact some of the real estate agents on the island for more information.

Amenities:

Service Station, Safe swimming enclosure, barbecues, playground

Food and drink:

  • Enjoy a casual lunch or dinner at Seashells Café
  • For fresh seafood, try Rufus King Seafoods or you may even be able to meet the fisherman as they arrive back in the township each day for fresh seafood straight off the boat

Activities:

Glamping, swimming, wildlife, jetty fishing, boating, snorkelling, beaches, Aboriginal culture, walks, 4WDing

Dunwich: History and culture

Family have fun at Brown Lake

If you're catching the passenger or vehicle ferry to North Stradbroke Island, you will be landing in Dunwich. Dunwich is the cultural centre of the island as well as the place where most of the locals live. As a result, the township is well serviced with takeaway restaurants, a good-sized supermarket and plenty of amenities.

Much of the island’s rich indigenous history has its home in Dunwich and there are several significant sites for visitors to check out and heritage trails to follow. Other sites to visit include the local cemetery, the old leper colony station and asylum, military sites, museum and indigenous art gallery.

Dunwich is also the ideal location to stay if you are looking for quick access to Brown Lake or Blue Lake National Park.

Accommodation:

Dunwich is not the primary tourist destination and as such, accommodation tends to be private houses that have holiday rental availability. Contact some of the real estate agents on the island for more information.

There are also camping grounds and a caravan park located at Bradbury’s Beach.

Amenities:

Post office, bus stop, ferry stop, supermarket, service station, ATM, health services

Food and drink:

  • Several small takeaway restaurants
  • Little Ship Club
  • Stradbroke All Sports Club

Activities:

Aboriginal culture, history, art, swimming, fishing, lakes, kayaking, sailing, golf, bushwalking.

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