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North Straddie: A dreamy offshore destination

Hi everyone, I’m Ha and this is my first blog post. Thanks for joining me!

The very last week of all these final exams and assignments has past and now it’s time for a break, a refreshment and a run-away plan to a beautiful place where we can enjoy ourselves, see spectacular scenery and finally find our inner peace.

North Stradbroke Island is somewhat called an ideal holiday destination for any Brissie residents. Imagine a long white sand beach with a beautiful skyline made of the deep blue ocean and a blue blue sky, you are the only one there and you are listening carefully to the whispers – the sound of the sea. That is the moment you dream of every time you feel overwhelmed, the perfect way to get away from studying and find your dreamy offshore place 🙂

So, I am excited to share my experience travelling there with you today, especially for those who don’t have a car and has a limited budget like me.

1. Accommodations

Anyone who has been to this island must know the feeling of a cozy homeplace with a relaxed village atmosphere. The charming atmosphere is definitely made by the delightful bungalows and houses, which provides visitors with a wide range of choices for accommodations.

I found a small bungalow on Point Lookout through Airbnb for me and my friend (it’s a house for 3 people), which cost around $150 in total for 2-3 people per night.

Here are some pictures I took.


2. Transportations

Travelling to North Straddie is an interesting experience for me as I went there by three different means of transport (walking not included).

First, we went from Central Station to Cleveland station by train. Then, we took a bus from Cleveland station to the port nearby and got to the island by water taxi (if you want to drive there, there will ferries available to take you with your car but you should book online to save the spot).

There are three little townships (Dunwich, Amity Point and Point Lookout) scattered over the island so you can travel among them by bus or car (if you have one).

Most of the locations on the island can be accessed by bus or on foot. If you are going to Blue Lake and Brown Lake I suggest going there by car due to the long distance (it is approximately from 7km to 20km depending on the township you stay).

3. Seafood

One of the things I’m so into about this island was the food. The seafood here was fresh and wide variety of choices. When me and my friend arrived there, we were so hungry so we decided to try the fish and chips at Fins N Fries for lunch.

The servings were pretty big that we both felt very full after that.

You should also visit Mal Starkey’s Seafood House for some fresh local seafood, very reasonable prices and highly recommended!

Our little BBQ party

4. Scenery

Lastly, the amazing views were definitely my favourite thing about North Straddie Island. After lunch, we went to Cylinder beach and enjoyed a spectacular sunset there.

Sunset on Cylinder Beach

The next morning, we woke up early at 5pm and walked to the North Gorge Walk to see the sunrise on the sea. We were struggling to wake up that early, but it was totally worth it. I strongly recommend watching the sunrise there since it was definitely the most beautiful scene I have ever seen.

Sunrise on North Gorge Walk

Another amazing thing about this island is that you can see adorable kangaroos at a close distance. It was my first time seeing a kangaroo in real life. That was such an unforgettable moment!

It is so great sharing this fantastic experience with you all. I hope this would be helpful if you are considering North Straddie as your next destination or just want to find a place to explore.

We only have a few weeks left before next semester starts. So, why not pack your bag and begin your journey now?

And, don’t forget to bring your best friend along!

Hi guys, I'm Ha from Hanoi, Vietnam. I'm currently in my last year of my Bachelor of Business (Marketing). I decided to come to Australia as I was passionate about collaborating and working with people from diverse cultural backgrounds as well as exploring new places. During my learning journey at QUT, I have been fortunate to travel to many countries such as India, Austria and Germany through exchange programs. If you ever want to go on exchange or a short-term program and have questions, feel free to connect with me! Through this channel, I hope to share my university experiences and encourage you to take on new opportunities and make the most of your student life!

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