Stradbroke Island

Queensland's most popular island. Known for its National Park teeming with koalas and kangaroos, and for Australia's best lookout point for spotting myriad marine life.

Stradbroke Island: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Brisbane: North Stradbroke Island Day Trip with Sunset

1. From Brisbane: North Stradbroke Island Day Trip with Sunset

Spend the day on North Stradbroke Island with a guide. Enjoy scenic walks, beautiful lakes, and relaxing beaches as you learn about the island's history, culture, and wildlife. On the way back to the mainland watch as the sun sets into the sea. Start your morning with a departure from Brisbane at 9:30 AM. After a 45-minute drive to the ferry port, have the chance to purchase breakfast at the port or on the ferry during the crossing. Arrive at North Stradbroke Island and deboard the ferry to head to your first stop, Brown Lake. On the way there your tour guide will talk about the island as well as the historic and cultural importance of the Quandamooka people. Refresh and reenergize with the fresh and beautiful water of the lake. From there and after a quick stop at Myora Springs, your guide will take you to the northwest side of the island, a perfect lookout spot to take pictures and go for a walk at Cylinder Beach. Then head for one of the main attractions of the day, the Gorge Walk. On this 40 - 45 minute walk, take in views of the Coral Sea and its incredibly rich marine life, from manta rays, turtles, to dolphins and more. After the Gorge Walk, take a break to have lunch at Point Lookout. Following your lunch break, the tour will head to Amity Point. Your tour guide will take you on a walk to search for koalas in the wild. Optionally, if koala-spotting is not your thing, spend even more time at the beach instead. Conclude your day with a ferry ride back to the mainland in time to watch the sunset from the sea. Your expected arrival time in Brisbane is about 7:30 PM.

Gold Coast: Jet Boat Ride and Short Helicoper Flight

2. Gold Coast: Jet Boat Ride and Short Helicoper Flight

Experience a quick repertoire of jet boat spins and slides through the southern Gold Coast Broadwater around Wavebreak Island. Delight in a jet blast for 20 kilometers (12.5 miles) in just 30 minutes. Depart directly into the Broadwater at Main Beach, and waste no time in the 6-knot zone. Then, enjoy a scenic 5-minute helicopter journey taking in the iconic Sea World, Marina Mirage, Palazzo Versace, South Stradbroke Island, and the picturesque Surfers Paradise skyline.

From Brisbane: Stradbroke Island Day Tour

3. From Brisbane: Stradbroke Island Day Tour

Take a day trip from Brisbane to Stradbroke Island and discover Queensland's most popular island and its National Park. The park is almost completely controlled by the aboriginal Quandamooka people. At almost 40 kilometers long, Stradbroke Island is the second-largest sand island in the world. Located just off the coast from Brisbane, it has beautiful beaches, a rugged coastline and forests that are home to large numbers of kangaroos and koala bears. The crystal clear waters are safe to swim in year round. Following your transfer from Brisbane, enjoy a memorable experience where the waters teem with large schools of dolphins, manta rays and turtles. All of these creatures can be seen from Point Lookout. The lookout is considered Australia’s best land-based vantage point for spotting migrating humpback whales in the winter. During the tour, you will enjoy a 40-minute cruise across Moreton Bay, visit Cylinder Beach, where you are free to swim if you want and walk the North Gorge to admire the rugged views.

Moreton Bay: Best of Moreton Bay 3 Island Day Tour

4. Moreton Bay: Best of Moreton Bay 3 Island Day Tour

Set sail on your very own island adventure with a River to Bay island tour. Visit 3 of Moreton Bay’s islands and see historic ruins, snorkel, and go for a bushwalk all in one day. Discover the underwater paradise of Moreton Bay as you snorkel the Tangalooma Wrecks. Spot native wildlife and marine life while on the 1-hour snorkel. Afterward, enjoy a scenic tour of the Dunwich beaches. After snorkeling at Tangalooma Wrecks, you’ll head to Stradbroke Island. Once at Stradbroke Island, you’ll enjoy lunch at the Little Ship Club before heading to St. Helena Island for a bushwalk. Along the way, you’ll learn about the nature, history, and culture of St. Helena Island. After your bushwalk, you’ll start the journey back to Northshore Harbour, where your tour will come to an end. You’ll arrive at Northshore Harbour at around 4:00 PM.

From Brisbane: Stradbroke Island Adventure Tour with Lunch

5. From Brisbane: Stradbroke Island Adventure Tour with Lunch

Departing central Brisbane by bus, see some of the local city sights as you travel towards Cleveland. Arrive at the ferry which will then transport you to Stradbroke Island. Once on the island, stroll along the famous scenic North Gorge Walk with your expert local guide. Depending on the season you may spot kangaroos, turtles, dolphins, manta rays, or whales. After the walk, head to a local pub for some lunch and a local beer overlooking Cylinder Beach. Following lunch, make your way down to the beach and enjoy some time sunbathing or swimming. You can also hire a surfboard for an hour on the day. Next, continue to Amity Point and search for koalas and dolphins which can often be seen up-close and personal. The final destination for the day is Brown Lake, a beautiful body of water located near Dunwich, after which you will be taken back to Brisbane.

Gold Coast: North Stradbroke Island Certified Triple Dive

6. Gold Coast: North Stradbroke Island Certified Triple Dive

Depart from Gold Coast and visit one of the many dive sites around North Stradbroke Island. Have a chance to see the diverse local marine life, including manta rays and grey nurse sharks. Meet your boat tour in Gold Coast and depart for some of the most picturesque dive sites in southeast Queensland, just off the coast of North Stradbroke Island. Enjoy high levels of visibility all year round thanks to the area's strong currents. Check out large rock formations and coral reefs. Choose from a number of dive site options. Visit Flat Rock, which attracts many grey nurse sharks during the winter months. See large numbers of manta rays at Manta Bommie, or explore Shag Rock, Boat Rock, Middle Reef, or another site. There are many spots to choose from that match your level of skill and experience.

From Gold Coast: North Stradbroke Island Sunset Tour

7. From Gold Coast: North Stradbroke Island Sunset Tour

Spend the day on North Stradbroke Island with a guide. Enjoy scenic walks, beautiful lakes, and relaxing beaches as you learn about the island's history, culture, and wildlife. On the way back to the mainland watch as the sun sets into the sea. Start your morning with a departure from Gold Coast at 8:30 AM. After a 45-minute drive to the ferry port, have the chance to purchase breakfast at the port or on the ferry during the crossing. Arrive at North Stradbroke Island and deboard the ferry to head to your first stop, Brown Lake. On the way there your tour guide will talk about the island as well as the historic and cultural importance of the Quandamooka people. Refresh and reenergize with the fresh and beautiful water of the lake. From there and after a quick stop at Myora Springs, your guide will take you to the northwest side of the island, a perfect lookout spot to take pictures and go for a walk at Cylinder Beach. Then head for one of the main attractions of the day, the Gorge Walk. On this 40 - 45 minute walk, take in views of the Coral Sea and its incredibly rich marine life, from manta rays, turtles, to dolphins, and more. After the Gorge Walk, take a break to have lunch at Point Lookout. Following your lunch break, the tour will head to Amity Point. Your tour guide will take you on a walk to search for koalas in the wild. Optionally, if koala-spotting is not your thing, spend even more time at the beach instead. Conclude your day with a ferry ride back to the mainland in time to watch the sunset from the sea. Your expected arrival time in Gold Coast is about 7:30 PM. See less

Brisbane: Stradbroke Island Adventure

8. Brisbane: Stradbroke Island Adventure

After being collected from your North Stradbroke Island accommodation, your tour of the island will begin. On Stradbroke you will discover that the waters are calm, and the area is a favorite place for spotting dolphins and pelicans. The town of Amity is great for kayaking, or if you love fishing, “putting the tinny in”. You will also be welcome to trying your luck at throwing a line in from the jetty. If that catch of the day eludes, you don’t worry, there’s plenty of seafood to be had in Amity from Seashells Café or Rufus King Seafood. Later on in your island tour, you will venture to the Brown Lake and Point Lookout, which provides some of the best waves on the island. At the conclusion of your Amity experience, you will be safely returned to your point of origin.

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What people are saying about Stradbroke Island

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 132 reviews

Did #rivertobay Moreton Bay: Best of Moreton Bay 3 Island Day Tour which includes snorkelling Tangalooma Wrecks Moreton Island, lunch Little Ship club Dunwich North Stradbroke & walk on St Helena island. Was fun, even though weather wasn't great & the water was rough at times. The snorkelling was still good with lots of colourful fish, a turtle & stingray.Although the "big men" who were freaking out at first, made it a little disorganised. Lol. Lunch was a nice pub type lunch with a koala & kangaroo in the nearby cemetery. The walk around the edge of St Helena island was interesting. Saw a Shovel nosed ray from the pier, a wallaby & interesting flora, although it was a little disappointing that you can't get closer to the penal colony stockade, as access is restricted. However, would highly recommend this tour!

The whole experience was awesome. Harry, Lauren and Ben were fun, friendly, accommodating and knowledgeable. They kept us safe and comfortable the whole day. If you’re looking for a fun crew that’ll look after you the whole day River To Bay have you covered.

Great way to see Moreton Bay. Well planned, lots of time on the water, smooth ride. Lunch tasty with a great view. Interesting visit to St Helena Island - all in all a great day out.

The crew was absolutely amazing, special thanks to Lorain and Andrew and team. An experience with a remark team. The time was well managed with lots of fun. Thank you Team.

The best and amazing experience. All enjoyed ☺️ thank you so much for everything❤ Family Khullar Nieves