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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get to North Stradbroke Island and do I need a 4WD?
North Stradbroke Island is easily accessible by water taxi or vehicle ferry which departs from Middle Street Cleveland. The three townships of Dunwich, Amity and Point Lookout are all linked by sealed roads that are accessible by conventional vehicles; however a 4WD is required for driving on the beaches. Bookings for the car ferry are essential.
What is the cost of travelling to Straddie?
The cost for a car on the vehicle ferry ranges from $55.00 - $95.00 each way, which includes the legal number of passengers. The cost of the water taxi is $20.00 return for adults, $14.00 return for students and $10.00 return for seniors. Pre-payment for vehicle ferry tickets is required at time of booking.
Can I travel just as a passenger?
The water taxi can cater for up to 170 passengers and takes 25 minutes. Bookings are not required. Alternatively foot passengers are welcome on the vehicle ferry for a cost of $10.00 return per adult and $5.00 return per child.
How long does the trip take and can I purchase food on board the vessel?
The vehicle ferry crosses Moreton Bay in approximately 50 minutes. A licensed café is available on board the Big Red Cat and Minjerribah vehicle ferries.
Can I take a hire car to the island?
Some hire car companies do not allow their vehicles to be taken across water, so it is important that you check with your car hire company before making a booking.
Can I take a caravan or trailer to the island and how much does it cost?
Caravan and trailers, which are attached to a vehicle, can travel to the island. The cost ranges from $11.00 - $19.00 per metre each way, measured from the tow ball to the end of the trailer.
Do I need a 4WD permit? Where can I purchase it from and how much does it cost?
4WD Permits are required when driving on the beach and an annual permit it $42.30. They can be purchased from the Straddie Camping Office located near the Dunwich terminal. They can be contacted on (07) 3409 9668 or you can purchase a permit online at www.straddiecamping.com.au.
Which beaches can I go 4WDriving on?
Beach driving is permitted on Main Beach and Flinders Beach. Access to Main Beach is from George Nothling Drive, Point Lookout or the Causeway entry off Tazi Road (which is the road that runds west to east through the centre of the island). Access to Flinders Beach is from Point Lookout or Amity Point. Driving on beaches one hour either side of high tide is prohibited and where possible drive on the section of the beach between low and high water marks. Driving on the sand dunes is not allowed.

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Where can I go camping and do I need a 4WD?
Main and Flinders Beach are two foreshore campsites which are accessible by 4WD vehicles only. If you decide to camp on the beach, remember a 4WD permit is necessary. Camping permits must be booked and purchased prior to arrival and tent tags must be attached to tents. Stradbroke Island also has 6 camping grounds which are accessible by conventional vehicles, Adams and Bradbury’s Beach at Dunwich, Amity Point Camping Ground and Cylinder Beach, Adder Rock and Thankful Rest at Point Lookout.
Do I need to book my campsite and who do I contact?
All campsites, including foreshore camping, must be booked and paid for prior to arrival. You will need to book in advance in peak times such as Christmas, New Year, Easter and School/Public Holidays. For bookings contact Straddie Camping on (07) 3409 9668.
Are dogs allowed on the island and is there accommodation or camping locations that will accept them?
There are a number of dog friendly accommodation options Stradbroke Island Holidays can arrange. Pets are also permitted at the foreshore camping sites on Main and Flinders Beach. Dogs can travel on both the water taxi and vehicle ferry, provided they are kept on a leash at all times.
Are there patrolled beaches and when are they patrolled?
The Point Lookout SLSC and qualified Lifeguards patrol Main and Cylinder Beaches all year round. Beach Patrol Hours: From the commencement of Queensland September School Holidays to the first weekend in May, weekends and public holidays:
Saturday 8am – 5pm
Sunday 8am – 2pm
During peak periods, these times are extended one extra hour. A lifeguard service is provided during weekdays year round. Times are subject to change. For your safety only swim between the flags and if you are unsure of the conditions please speak to the lifesavers.
What shops are available on the island?
Point Lookout has a number of boutiques, gift shops and clothing stores, where everything from bathers, sunglasses, hats, beach towels, souvenirs and clothing can be purchased. You will also find all of your camping and fishing equipment at either Dunwich or Point Lookout. In addition to this there are local convenience stores, fruit shop, bakeries and butcher that will cater for your every need.
Are there restaurants and other places to eat on the island?
There are a variety of restaurants and cafes at Point Lookout, with fresh local seafood often on the menu. Some of these are located where you can take in the magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are available at a number of different locations. Both Amity and Dunwich also have cafes and clubs that provide an extensive range of meals.
Can I hire a car or bike on the island?
Car Hire is available from Stradbroke Island Car Rentals (0418 734 456). Push bikes can be hired from Straddie Super Sports on Bingle Road in Dunwich.
Which are the best beaches to surf at?
Main Beach is popular with surf boarders and bodysurfers who enjoy the big swells. The waves are large and powerful and the views are spectacular. The headland is the best vantage point for watching the surfing action and spotting dolphins. Main Beach is best during northerly winds. Cylinder Beach is a picturesque cove, which is popular with families because the waves are often smaller and therefore it is perfect for sun bathing and swimming also.
Can I go whale watching on Straddie?
Land based whale watching is extremely popular on the Island as the headland at Point Lookout is approximately 35m above sea level, where excellent views are obtained. Humpback whales can be seen between June and November from a number of vantage points. Each year in the Southern Hemisphere humpback whales migrate from their summer Antarctic feeding grounds, along Australia’s continental coastline to tropical regions to breed and calve in winter.