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Stradbroke Island

Queensland's most popular island. Known for its National Park teeming with koalas and kangaroos, and for Australia's best lookout point for spotting myriad marine life.

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Stradbroke Island: Our most recommended tours and activities

Moreton Bay: Best of Moreton Bay 3 Island Day Tour

1. Moreton Bay: Best of Moreton Bay 3 Island Day Tour

Set sail on your very own island adventure with a River to Bay island tour. Visit 3 of Moreton Bay’s islands and see historic ruins, snorkel, and go for a bushwalk all in one day. Discover the underwater paradise of Moreton Bay as you snorkel the Tangalooma Wrecks. Spot native wildlife and marine life while on the 1-hour snorkel. Afterward, enjoy a scenic tour of the Dunwich beaches. After snorkeling at Tangalooma Wrecks, you’ll head to Stradbroke Island. Once at Stradbroke Island, you’ll enjoy lunch at the Little Ship Club before heading to St. Helena Island for a bushwalk. Along the way, you’ll learn about the nature, history, and culture of St. Helena Island. After your bushwalk, you’ll start the journey back to Northshore Harbour, where your tour will come to an end. You’ll arrive at Northshore Harbour at around 4:00 PM.

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Broadwater Adventure + Helicopter Tour Combo

2. Broadwater Adventure + Helicopter Tour Combo

Experience Paradise Jet Boating's Broadwater Adventure ride early in the morning and receive a discounted price! Paradise Jet Boating’s Broadwater Adventure rides are famous for their unique combination of thrills & adventure mixed with stunning scenery & sightseeing. Experience 360° spins, high speed drifting and other exciting manoeuvres.... while exploring the beautiful Gold Coast waterways.  Paradise Jet Boating are ECO Tourism Australia accredited for the Broadwater Adventure ride and are Australia’s first jetboat company to achieve this status. In addition to this, they T-QUAL Tick endorsed – this recognises the high quality of experience and level of customer service. The Broadwater Adventure jetboat rides are 55 minutes of authentic jetboating action through 35km of beautiful waterways. Being the only jetboat operator that departs directly into the Broadwater, the slow zones that the other operators travel through are missed – this then allows Paradise Jet Boating to travel further into the Broadwater, being the only jetboat to travel around Sovereign Island. With approved access to the exclusive National Marine Park, allows the opportunity to spot Dolphins, Wallabies and other wildlife in their natural habitat. Then experience amazing sightseeing past Sovereign Island’s spectacular multi-million dollar mansions. Ride in the most advanced jet boats in Australia and enjoy the highest level in safety, performance and passenger comfort aboard our first class, purpose-built boats. Reaching 80km/hr these jetboats are FAST, manoeuvrable and agile, allowing exciting spins, fish tails and of course their famous adrenalin pumping 360° spins! Safety is number one priority on our tours. Their highly trained, professional skippers have your safety as their priority and all passengers wear lifejackets on our tours. These jetboat tours are suitable for passengers from four years of age and rides depart on the hour every hour between 9am to 4pm. Operating from the marina ‘Adventure Terminal’, you are provides secure storage, undercover/comfortable waiting areas, full-length rainwear, tea & coffee facilities, in-house photography and free parking. The friendly team will ensure you have a memorable experience from start to finish! Afterwards, get onboard and go for a majestic helicopter ride of 5 minutes above the area. See the Gold Coast from above, an experience you will never forget!

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From Brisbane: Stradbroke Island Day Tour

3. From Brisbane: Stradbroke Island Day Tour

Take a day trip from Brisbane to Stradbroke Island and discover Queensland's most popular island and its National Park. The park is almost completely controlled by the aboriginal Quandamooka people. At almost 40 kilometers long, Stradbroke Island is the second-largest sand island in the world. Located just off the coast from Brisbane, it has beautiful beaches, a rugged coastline and forests that are home to large numbers of kangaroos and koala bears. The crystal clear waters are safe to swim in year round. Following your transfer from Brisbane, enjoy a memorable experience where the waters teem with large schools of dolphins, manta rays and turtles. All of these creatures can be seen from Point Lookout. The lookout is considered Australia’s best land-based vantage point for spotting migrating humpback whales in the winter. During the tour, you will enjoy a 40-minute cruise across Moreton Bay, visit Cylinder Beach, where you are free to swim if you want and walk the North Gorge to admire the rugged views.

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From Gold Coast: North Stradbroke Island Sunset Tour

4. From Gold Coast: North Stradbroke Island Sunset Tour

Spend the day on North Stradbroke Island with a guide. Enjoy scenic walks, beautiful lakes, and relaxing beaches as you learn about the island's history, culture, and wildlife. On the way back to the mainland watch as the sun sets into the sea. Start your morning with a departure from Gold Coast at 8:30 AM. After a 45-minute drive to the ferry port, have the chance to purchase breakfast at the port or on the ferry during the crossing. Arrive at North Stradbroke Island and deboard the ferry to head to your first stop, Brown Lake. On the way there your tour guide will talk about the island as well as the historic and cultural importance of the Quandamooka people. Refresh and reenergize with the fresh and beautiful water of the lake. From there and after a quick stop at Myora Springs, your guide will take you to the northwest side of the island, a perfect lookout spot to take pictures and go for a walk at Cylinder Beach. Then head for one of the main attractions of the day, the Gorge Walk. On this 40 - 45 minute walk, take in views of the Coral Sea and its incredibly rich marine life, from manta rays, turtles, to dolphins, and more. After the Gorge Walk, take a break to have lunch at Point Lookout. Following your lunch break, the tour will head to Amity Point. Your tour guide will take you on a walk to search for koalas in the wild. Optionally, if koala-spotting is not your thing, spend even more time at the beach instead. Conclude your day with a ferry ride back to the mainland in time to watch the sunset from the sea. Your expected arrival time in Gold Coast is about 7:30 PM. See less

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Brisbane: Stradbroke Island Adventure

5. Brisbane: Stradbroke Island Adventure

After being collected from your North Stradbroke Island accommodation, your tour of the island will begin. On Stradbroke you will discover that the waters are calm, and the area is a favorite place for spotting dolphins and pelicans. The town of Amity is great for kayaking, or if you love fishing, “putting the tinny in”. You will also be welcome to trying your luck at throwing a line in from the jetty. If that catch of the day eludes, you don’t worry, there’s plenty of seafood to be had in Amity from Seashells Café or Rufus King Seafood. Later on in your island tour, you will venture to the Brown Lake and Point Lookout, which provides some of the best waves on the island. At the conclusion of your Amity experience, you will be safely returned to your point of origin.

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What people are saying about Stradbroke Island

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 101 reviews

We had Rio as our tour guide and he was amazing. The tour was so worth it. Brown Lake is a natural delight, Cylinder beach is beautiful (I recommend BYO lunch as we had to wait a long time for our lunch here) and the walk at point lookout was fabulous. Highly recommend for an accesible and not exhausting day trip.

It was an amazing experience.. Rio was very professional, knowledgeable and accommodating... although all the locations were breathtaking, my favourite parts was the brown lake and the lookout point. The views were simply stunning!!! I'm so glad I took this tour

A great day out. Really well organised with lot of sights to see and experience, great information about the island. I highly recommend Queensland Day Tours, they are a very professional company.

We loved this tour. We had a nice bunch of people and Brian our guide shares a wealth of knowledge. Highly recommend this tour and the lovely people that run it.

Enjoyable day out. Professional and friendly staff, great boat and gear and lunch. Excellent intro to the best of Moreton Bay!