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North Stradbroke Island: Fusing Art and Nature

North Stradbroke Island is the larger, and more developed, of two sand islands off the coast of Queensland, just 30 km from Brisbane. In fact, North Stradbroke is one of the most expansive sand islands in the world.

Get ready to spend most of your holidays outdoors, but don’t forgo the opportunity to discover a vibrant community of local artists. Ride the waves, swim in quiet lagoons, trek through swamps teeming with birdlife and reach lakes only accessible on foot. Then, pay a visit to the island’s art galleries or take in an exhibit, displaying works inspired by the area’s natural beauty.

Many holiday rentals on North Stradbroke Island, from cottages to villas, dot the coastline, so you are likely to find a home away from home with water views.

A Beach for Every Activity

North Stradbroke Island has a number of beaches appealing to different crowds. If you are a water sports enthusiast, head to Main Beach, with its big waves. The beach is patrolled, so you can go surfing or bodyboarding with peace of mind. The protected waters to the north of Main Beach are also popular with divers and snorkelers.

If you’re visiting Stradbroke with the kids, bring them to Cylinder Beach, where they can play in the calmer waves. Meanwhile, Flinders Beach is dog-friendly, provided you keep your pet on its leash. The leafy foreshore provides plenty of space to stretch your legs.

There are quite a few other beaches all around North Stradbroke Island, many of which are seemingly untouched. Go for a drive around the island and find your private spot!

Inland Waterways

Beyond the waterfront, Stradbroke Island is criss-crossed by lagoons and lakes. Spend the day exploring Blue Lake National Park, which features a series of walking trails leading to secluded swimming holes. Bring your binoculars and observe local species in their natural habitat. The park also has many spots for fishing.

Otherwise, you can head to Brown Lake for an afternoon of picnicking and swimming. Set up camp on the shore and take advantage of the park’s facilities, which include barbecues and picnic tables. There are toilets on site.

Parts of Stradbroke Island are covered in swampland, otherwise known as a birdwatchers’ paradise. Several man-made paths traverse the swamp, so the environment is easy to navigate.

Touring Stradbroke Island

There is so much to discover on Stradbroke Island, but many parts can only be reached by 4WD. In order to experience the island’s more secluded areas, hire an off-road vehicle and join a group tour or head off on your own.

If you prefer cycling, you can participate in one of the bicycle tours operated by local guides. There are trails for all fitness levels. In addition, Stradbroke Island is an important breeding ground for numerous animal species. To learn more and see these critters and their natural habitat, sign up for an eco tour.

Art on Stradbroke Island

Perhaps inspired by their surrounds, a number of artists have elected residence on North Stradbroke Island. Stroll through the town centre to discover a wide range of galleries, including some which exclusively showcase Aboriginal art.

Often, you will find works representing Stradbroke Island’s lush vegetation and untamed beaches. Meet sculptors, photographers, painters and other artists in their studios, purchase some pieces for your home or simply take in the latest creations at rotating exhibits.

Several times throughout the year, art-related activities and festivals take place on North Stradbroke Island. The theme often relates to the intersection of art and nature, complemented by workshops, tours and talks for all age groups.

Getting to North Stadbroke Island

North Stradbroke Island is only a short distance from Brisbane. Ferries and water taxis connect the island to the mainland and depart from Cleveland, an hour out of Brisbane. If you don’t have a car, hop on a train leaving from Brisbane’s CBD to Cleveland Station, then take a bus to the ferry terminal.