Destination guide

North Stradbroke Island aka Straddie aka Minjerribah

Just about 30 km off the Brisbane coast as the crow flies, North Stradbroke Island is a stylish and serene place for a calm-seeking vacationer. The island's original owners, the Quandamooka people, call this Minjerribah, and their cultural heritage is preserved around the area. It's the second largest sand island in the world; in fact, there's so much sand here it's even mined and exported. With seaside villages, lagoons and wetlands you can easily explore in 1 trip, book North Stradbroke Island vacation rentals and you'll feel like a 'Straddie' local after a couple of days.

Things to do

Take only pictures, leave only footprints, kill only time.'

Straddie's longest and most popular beach is the aptly named Main Beach, a 32-kilometre stretch of coast that's great for surfing. Nearby Cylinder Beach and Home Beach have sheltered swimming areas. If you need a break from saltwater, take a dip in freshwater Blue Lake, which is part of Naree Budjong Djara National Park. This protected park covers half the island, so remember to 'take only pictures, leave only footprints, kill only time'. Or hike up to Point Lookout, where you can gaze at the turquoise sea from Queensland's most easterly piece of land – and maybe you'll see a humpback whale.


This island has a treasure trove of wildlife to explore

Many parts of Straddie are secluded and undeveloped, so a smart way to explore is with an ecotour. Find a guide who can show you around the lagoons and swamps, and point out an endangered orchid or an interesting frog. This sandy land has all kinds of birds, animals and plants, so nature lovers will find a treasure trove of wildlife. Off-roading is also popular here, and you can rent 4-wheelers to navigate tougher terrain. In town, you can learn a bit about Aboriginal culture at the art galleries, and indulge in fresh seafood at the local restaurants.


Swimming here is like a soothing soak in a warm tub

One of the best parts about this region are the blissfully warm water temperatures. During the summer, the sea hovers around 26 and 28 degrees, dropping only slightly to 22 degrees in the coolest month of August. Stradbroke summers are wet and warm, with highs between 25 and 30 degrees. It's autumn showers from March to June. Winters are a little drier, with milder temps averaging around 14 degrees. And summertime is always the busiest for North Stradbroke Island vacation rentals, due to the influx of families and holiday travellers.

Natural highlights

A sand island full of wetlands, lakes and lagoons

This island is really a sweet spot to observe nature. It boasts more than 100 lakes, wetlands and mangrove swamps that are crucial habitat for migrating birds, rare frogs, and the endangered Swamp Orchid and Swamp Daisy. Straddie's eastern side has sandy beaches and dunes on the Coral Sea coast, and saltwater marshes such as the 18 Mile Swamp. You'll find freshwater lakes and lagoons in the island's centre, and more tidal and mangrove swamps on the Moreton Bay side. Bottlenose dolphins frolic in the waters around Point Lookout, a rocky outcrop on the northernmost part of the island.

How to get there

Transport options to and around North Stradbroke Island

The nearest airport is in Brisbane, QLD (BNE), located 23.7 mi (38.2 km) from the city centre. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you can also fly into Gold Coast, QLD (OOL-Coolangatta), which is 42.2 mi (68 km) away.

How many holiday accommodation are available around North Stradbroke Island?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 369 holiday rentals around North Stradbroke Island. From 242 Houses to 16 Villas, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay around North Stradbroke Island is on Stayz.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to North Stradbroke Island?

Stayz offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places in North Stradbroke Island. From Stayz travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Blue Lake National Park: 295 holiday rentals
  • North Stradbroke Island Golf Club: 319 holiday rentals
  • North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum: 315 holiday rentals
  • Brown Lake Conservation Area: 319 holiday rentals
  • Chevron Renaissance: 2,501 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around North Stradbroke Island listed on Stayz where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in North Stradbroke Island?

Yes, of course. Stayz offers 242 Houses in North Stradbroke Island. Our other popular types of North Stradbroke Island holiday rentals include:

  • Villas: 16 holiday houses
  • Cottages: 9 holiday houses
  • Condos/Apartments: 85 holiday houses

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Cabins and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in North Stradbroke Island?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 103 holiday homes with pool available in North Stradbroke Island. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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