North Stradbroke Island

IMG_0347As we sat on the front open deck of our friends stunning contemporary Queensland beach-house high – on a ridge with its 180 degree views, a lone hang glider swept past and we knew instantly that his view trumped any we could ever hope to have. We confessed that we did not have the nerve required to put our faith in the wind so sat back and enjoyed being spectators with glasses of dry white in hand.


We were only there as day trippers but we managed to see Dolphins swimming close to Frenchmans Bay which is not that surprising as the waters of North Stradbroke Island are the home base for nearly 1000 dolphins.  Dolphins were riding the waves is compulsive viewing, alas we had to keep moving to finish our walk before driving back to Dunwich for our Water taxi.  Our friends had a rare couple of days free at their own house as it is nearly always rented and we were the lucky ones when they invited us to join them for lunch. The sun was shining and all was well with the world. That is the effect North Stradbroke has on you.


View from living room to Cylinder Beach, glider still in view

Dramatic view of coast from walking track


Every bedroom in this house has its own ensuite but something special awaits in the master bedroom, there are two bathrooms, one is the alfresco version featuring an open shower over a tiled recess that is large enough for a good soak.

The house also has a ‘lookout’ accessed from a spiral staircase off the front deck. Lookouts are very typical features of houses on Stradbroke, ideal for the whale watching or to ‘hive five’ passing hang gliders.

Our friends house is available for holiday rentalsIMG_0336

‘Oceanside’ 53 Tramican St Point Lookout, North Stradbroke Island.

Ray White on Stradbroke Island are the agents.

Stradbroke Ferries publish timetables for the car ferries and the water taxis.

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