I've been living in Queensland for over a year now and I feel so lucky to be able to travel around this beautiful state and discover magical lands that I will cherish in my memories forever. One of these unforgettable places is Minjerribah - North Stradbroke Island, only one hour from Brisbane.
I thought I would share my experience highlighting what I loved seeing and doing in the island during my one day escape.
Ferry ride from Cleveland to North Stradbroke Island
If you really want to enjoy your ferry ride you'll have to stand at the top as you'll be able to observe the beauty of the bay. The wind will be harsh, most of all in winter, but it will be definitely worth it. You can catch a vehicle or only passenger ferry from Cleveland, just 40km south of Brisbane.
As soon as you'll start to see Stradbroke Island you'll realise how wild it still is. An untouched paradise where you'll be able to slow down and discover more about Australian flora and fauna.
Time for pie
If you are in Australia and find a bakery that means that it's time for a pie break. We stopped at Straddie Island Bakery for a quick bite before hitting the road towards the East side of the island. If you're more of a sweet tooth you won't be disappointed, they also have yummy sweet pastries.
Catch the bus to Point Lookout
From Dunwich, one of the main townships, it's easy to reach Point Lookout on the east side of the island with a quick bus ride via the main East Coast Road. You'll already start noticing the wilderness spreading along the road and the smells of salty water and frizzy air.
We decided to get off one stop before Point Lookout to enjoy a walk on the beach. It was so peaceful and relaxing, too cold for a full dip, but just the perfect weather to walk on the shore and collect colourful shells.
One of the highlights in the island is its beautiful gorge. There is a walking track which follows the coastline, a must if you're in Stradbroke. Take the time to stop and look out in the ocean, if the season is right you might be able to spot dolphins, mantra rays, turtles and even migrating whales. We went at the beginning of July and saw a group of dolphins catching waves!
Kangaroos are also very luckily to be jumping around in that area. They are quite tame as they're probably use to see people around. They can be found in the bush bordering the board walk as well as on the field at the end of the track.
Sunset and koalas to end the day
To finish up the day there couldn't have been a better sight than a koala eating at sunset covered by a beautiful warm light. The perfect ending to an unforgettable day trip in Stradbroke Island.