North Stradbroke Island
Stradbroke Island is just off the coast of Brisbane, located in stunning Moreton Bay. A perfect place for a relaxing day trip, Stradbroke Island offers a range of different activities, as well as the opportunity to relax in pristine beach surroundings. Stradbroke Island has a strong cultural heritage and there are plenty of chances to experience traditional Aboriginal visual arts and performances when you visit.
North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum is well worth a visit, and won the John Oxley Community Library Heritage award in 2010 for its online heritage trail. The museum has a number of exhibits depicting the life and experiences of early settlers to the area. There are also several art galleries displaying and selling works from local Aboriginal artists.
Stradbroke Island is a popular destination for Brisbane locals looking to unwind and escape from city life as well as those looking for a something further afield when staying at nearby Gold Coast Resorts. As a result it has a number of local clubs including an RSL, bowling club and pub, as well as restaurants. There are a number of dining options, whether you are looking for a casual alfresco lunch or something more substantial. Seafood forms a major part of the menu for most of the restaurants on the island, and you can guarantee it will be local and fresh. If seafood isn’t your thing, you can choose from Asian, tapas, pies and burgers at a number of different locations around the island.
The island is very family-friendly with a relaxed atmosphere, and provides a great day out for all ages. If you are looking to participate in some of the popular local water sports there is a lot to choose from, including fishing, scuba diving, surfing and kayaking. There are a couple of tour operators that run tours and activity packages on the island. You can also hire equipment and get instruction for yourself or a larger group.
For more land-based pursuits, you can take a four-wheel drive tour of the island or enjoy sandboarding down the dunes.
For a truly relaxing escape, why not take a day trip to Stradbroke Island? Easy to get to from your Gold Coast accommodation, you can choose a structured day tour or go there under your own steam and unwind at your own pace.
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