I had just gotten back to my hostel from Brisbane’s Koala Sanctuary as I started figuring out another cool day trip that I could take during my stay in Queensland’s capital. So it just happened that I was talking to some local Australian guy and he recommended me North Stradbroke Island, located just 30km east of Brisbane City. I never saw big advertisements in the travel agencies for this island so I can really tell you:
North Stradbroke Island is one of the best kept secrets in Queensland.
So the following day I got up at 6am, took the MRT to the ferry station, the ferry to North Stradbroke Island and a bus to its northeaster corner. See below for more detailed information where I explain how to get there from downtown Brisbane.
The northeastern corner is called Point Lookout and I found it to be the perfect spot to start exploring North Stradbroke Island. Obviously the island is too big to just walk from the northern to the southern end with around 38 km total length. But starting from Point Lookout I had this amazing view all the way down the eastern coast and this incredible beautiful white sand beach that looks just like the ones at the Sunshine Coast north and the Gold Coast south of Brisbane – but with no people walking around there on the day I visited.
After I had taken enough pictures from this beautiful lookout I started my trek along the north coast, past rocky bays and many other great viewpoints. Even though I wasn’t lucky that day, but it is very likely to spot dolphins, turtles, manta rays and even humpback whales around there. I was surprised how few tourists there were walking on this trail, believe it or not I met like five people or so during this two hour trek. Really great kind of “off-the-beaten-path” day trip.