North Stradbroke Island, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland
Guide to North Stradbroke Island
Aboriginal name: Minjerribah (pronounced Min-jeri-bah)
- Getting to North Stradbroke Island
- When to visit
Head to North Stradbroke Island, the world’s second-largest sand island, to relax and enjoy the laid-back local lifestyle.
North Stradbroke Island ('Straddie' to locals) has a retro, laid-back vibe. Hit the beach, delve into the island’s fascinating history and hike to whale-watching lookouts. And with kangaroos hopping around the island, this is a true Aussie adventure.
The Quandamooka people are the Traditional Owners of North Stradbroke Island/Minjerribah. They identify themselves as people of the sand and the water and together, make up a collection of three clans from Moreton Island/Mulgumpin and Minjerribah. Discover the Quandamooka people’s rich culture with these Aboriginal experiences.
- Traditional name: Minjerribah (pronounced Min-jeri-bah)
- Indigenous Peoples: The Quandamooka people
- Traditional languages: There are three traditional languages on Minjerribah. Quandamooka, Durubalic and Janda language.
- How to say g’day: Maroomba biggee (pronounced: Mah-room-bah big-ee)
North Stradbroke Island is just a short ferry or water taxi from Toondah Harbour, which is a 30km (19mi) drive from Brisbane.
- Brisbane Airport (BNE) is serviced by international and domestic flights
- Car hire is available at the airport
Once you are on the island, getting around is easy with reliable private transport, bike hire, taxi service and car hire options available. We suggest planning and booking ahead of your arrival.
The months between May and November are the most idyllic times to visit North Stradbroke Island. During this time the sun is shining and the activities on offer are in full swing. You will also spot whales migrating north to breed.
- High season: Summer (December to February)
- Low season: Winter (June to August)
- Don’t miss: Island Vibe Festival (October)