This Island is packed with Wildlife and large portions are National Parks. Experiencing North Stradbroke Island is like visiting well known Fraser Island which boasts an almost identical make-up and topography.
|Start||Gold Coast @ 7.00|
|Finish||Gold Coast @ 5.00pm|
North Stradbroke is It is gigantic indeed, 35 km long and 15 km wide at it's widest point. One of the largest subtropical sand Islands in Australia, it has sand dunes over 200 meters high, Eucalypt Forests, patches of the Rain Forest, Typical Australian bush and hidden crystal clear lakes are situated all over the Island.
A fun filled day exploring North Stradbroke Island, with genuine wilderness so close by. We cross the calm water of Moreton Bay by large car ferry, passing subtropical islands.
Watch from the rocky outcrops and picturesque gorges in the north as Dolphins play in the surf, huge Manta Rays glide past. Sea Turtles often come to the surface for air. During winter the magnificent Humpback Whales migrating to the northern breeding grounds can be observed from land.
The Aboriginal presence is still strong today especially around Dunwich, the Island's main settlement.
|0730-0900||Travel to Redland Bay, stopping for Kangaroo & Koala viewing.|
|0900-0950||Vehicular ferry across Moreton Bay. Morning tea & cakes Marine life watching View Sea Eagles nest at Bird Island.|
|0950-1100||4WD on bush tracks stopping at lakes, lookouts & fauna.|
|1100-1200||Short walk to North George Observe Dolphins, Sea Turtles, Manta Rays & Humpback Whales in season.|
|1200-1400||BBQ Lunch on the beach, fishing, swimming, playing in the sand. Aboriginal artefact presentation, play didgeridoo, throw boomerang.|
|1430-1515||Ferry back to Redland Bay for Afternoon tea & biscuits.|
|1515-1630||Return Journey to hotel.|
"On a recent fishing trip off North Stradbroke Island our quarry was the monster flathead that we have caught there before. We did catch an enormous five kilo flathead but that was not the highlight of the day. I hooked a powerful fish and as I reeled it in we saw a long silver streak leap from the water.
Again and again it leapt like a gamefish but we had no idea what it was. We found it had a fearsome set of teeth that demanded respect, as we cautiously removed the hooks. I thought it might be some kind of gigantic garfish on steroids. I had never heard of a Longtom until I got it home and researched it"
A monster predator lurking off Stradbroke Island is so big it was able to bite this 3m white pointer shark in half. The massive chunks were probably taken out by a giant white pointer that could easily be more than 5m long, based on the size of the huge bites on the sides of its smaller rival, experts say.
Holiday-makers on North Stradbroke Island dive off a jetty several hundred metres from where Sarah Whiley was fatally attacked by a shark.