North Stradbroke Island
North Stradbroke is the largest of Moreton Bay’s islands, covering 27 530 hectares. Affectionately referred to as “Straddie”, the elongated sand island of North Stradbroke shields much of the southern part of Moreton Bay and the smaller islands from the ocean swells. Points of interest include the old quarantine station at Dunwich; Main Beach on the eastern side, with extensive Aboriginal shell middens; and Blue Lake, Brown Lake and Keyhole Lakes for freshwater swimming. There is whale watching from Point Lookout during winter and there is good surfing throughout the year near Point Lookout.
The ideal way to see the Island is by 4 Wheel Drive. North Stradbroke attracts anglers and holiday makers to its expansive stretches of sandy coast and the Island offers a range of accommodation and holiday infrastructure. Inland lies a national park which includes the “window” Blue Lake, formed from a depression below the water table and the perched Tortoise Lagoon.