While North Stradbroke Island is less than an hour from the mainland by ferry, this island paradise will have you and your family feeling like you are a million miles away. One word: Bliss.
What does your version of paradise look, feel and smell like? If it looks like a white sandy shell-covered beach, feels uber-relaxing and smells like salt air, then North Stradbroke Island is calling your name.
Wherever you are travelling from, the island affectionately known as ‘Straddie’ is quite simply, easy. Getting there is an easy (and fun for kids) 45-minute ferry trip in your car from bayside Cleveland, or an even shorter water taxi ride if you plan to utilise public transport at the other side.
You can spend your time doing everything from guided tours, four-wheel driving, scenic walks, scuba diving, snorkeling, surfing, swimming and fishing, to beach yoga, café-hopping, boutique shopping and whale watching. Or, you can do nothing but relax beachside with a towel, a hat, a magazine and, of course, a coldie.
Accommodation choices on the island are wide and suit all tastes, budgets and levels of adventure seeker. Camping is popular and can be enjoyed in easy-access campgrounds boasting all the required amenities or, for those visiting in four-wheel drives and looking for adventure, you can also camp in a secluded section of wilderness among the trees along Flinders Beach or Main Beach.
For easy, self-contained accommodation options, your first decision is which of Straddie’s main townships you want to set up house in. Point Lookout is a popular choice for tourists, but the hidden gem is Amity Point. It remains uncommercialised and has that true sleepy fishing village vibe that oozes relaxation for busy families. True, there is only one corner store and one café/restaurant but that’s all you need – a place to buy magazines, iceblocks and chinwag with the locals, and a place to grab real coffee. Sorted.
A stay at Amity Point is not complete without a sunset walk along the jetty (dolphins are regular visitors here), a spot of fishing (bream and squid can easily be caught from the jetty or one of the many rockwalls), some koala spotting and lazy afternoons on Amity Beach. In fact, you will spend a lot of your time on the very secluded Amity Beach. With brilliant white sand and shady trees, the beach is vehicle-free, dog friendly, offers small waves perfect for the kids and is a shell hunter’s paradise.
And when wet togs and rubber thongs are standard-issue uniform for getting about Amity Point, paradise is well and truly found.
For accommodation at Amity Point, visit www.straddiesalesrentals.com.au. Waterfront properties are affordable and will give you your best, most memorable Straddie experience.