North Stradbroke Island is an island off the coast from Brisbane in South East Queensland.
The only way to get into the island is by ferry from Cleveland. There are three main ferries, all of them leaving Cleveland at the same point on the east side of Cleveland at the end of the bus line 258. Local buses at North Stradbroke meet most of the passenger-only ferries, but check with the bus company .
- Stradbroke Flyer , also called Gold Cats offers 14 daily passanger-only "water taxis". The trip takes approximately 25 minutes, cost is $13 one way and $19 return. There is a courtesy bus that links Cleveland rail station with the ferry terminal for the ferries from 6:55am to 6:25pm.
- Stradbroke Ferries has two types of ferries, a large vehicle ferry (11 daily services, $135 return) and a smaller water taxi for passengers only (12 daily services, $12 single, $17 return). Travel time is about 50 minutes.
- Big Red Cat offers 8 daily car ferries and accepts passengers as well. Their ferries sell food and drinks. The trip is about 45 minutes and costs $5.5 one way and $11 return for passangers, and $135 returnn for cars. Note that local buses at North Stradbroke are not timed to meet this ferry, though since these ferries stop at the same place as the Stradbroke Ferries you can just wait (up to one hour) and catch the bus.
By far the most convenient way to travel the island is by car. You can rent a car at Brisbane and take the car ferry, or rent it at North Stradbroke. Many accommodation options at the island have their own shuttle service so you don't need a car if you don't plan to move from your location.
There is a taxi van waiting on arrival of every ferry so you can use this as well.
The North Stradbroke buses serve Dunwich with Point Lookout and Amity Point and are timed to meed most of the passenger-only ferries. A one-way ticket is $4.50, and a one-day pass is $9.
Things to do
Point Lookout offers some of the best scuba diving in the area and boasts the Manta Ray Bommie where Manta rays congregate, together with other large fish such as bull rays and (non-dangerous) leopard sharks. The Manta Lodge and Scuba Centre , at the Youth Hostel, is the local diving company and offers diving PADI courses.
- Manta Lodge and Scuba Centre, 1 Eastcoast Road, Point Lookout (On the road to Point Lookout), ☎ 07 3409 8888 The lodge belongs to YHA and offers dormitory accommodation and it also has a double room and a twin room. This is a 5-star PADI dive center and resort that offers scuba diving trips and courses. It also offers snorkelling, 4WD tours, surfing and kayaking. 30. (-27.42315,153.5158)
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