things to do

Here’s our pick of favourite things to do on Straddie:

  • Hang out at Cylinders – great swimming, chilling and the surf can be legendary. On a great day, the right-hand break will take you all the way to the Hotel. Make sure you have cash for a cleansing ale!
  • Spot dolphins, manta rays, turtles and during season, the majestic humpback whale along any of Straddie’s picturesque headlands and beaches.
  • Early morning walk from Deadmans to Frenchmans Beach. Follow the stairs up to East Coast Rd for a rewarding breakfast & coffee.
  • Surf the world class breaks at Main Beach – home of champion surfer Bede Durbidge.
  • Walk the scenic North Gorge Trail – look out for birds, marine life and maybe even a koala or kangaroo.
  • Take a trip to Brown Lake – pack a picnic, have a refreshing freshwater swim and make a day of it visiting the historic town of Dunwich along the way.
  • Fishing at sunset at Amity Point.
  • Sampling the great range of fresh, local produce. We recommend:
    • Mal Starkey for seafood – spanner crabs are his specialty
    • Stradbroke Island Butchery – great meats, excellent locally smoked small goods & deli
    • Point Lookout Markets - local honey, hams, chutneys and baked goods
  • Straddie offers many adventure tours – sandboarding, fishing, diving to name a few. Check out the brochures when you arrive at Straddie or visit a local website.
  • Play a game of outdoor pool as the sun goes down at The Straddie Hotel.
  • Afternoon barefoot lawn bowls at the Point Lookout Bowls Club. Not complete without jugs of XXXX Gold Beer - loser shouts!
  • Unwind with a relaxing massage or spa treatment at the new Stradbroke Island Hotel.
  • Hire a mountain bike from Fishes Cafe for a self-guided tour of the island. They also have wi-fi if you really can’t keep away from email/internet.
  • Indulge in the best gelato from Oceanic Gelati while gazing out to Moreton Island.  You may even spot a dolphin or kangaroo.