I visited North Stradbroke Island for the first time in August 2020. I had seen many photos and videos of this island and was very eager to see it for myself. With the passenger ferry to Straddie being so cheap ($17AUD!) I jumped at the opportunity to spend 24 hours exploring.
I chose to stay overnight rather than see North Stradbroke Island as a day trip in order to experience sunset from North Gorge Walk. However, as I visited in winter, I learnt I still had time to enjoy sunset and golden hour (between 430-510pm) before getting the last bus (520pm) to the last ferry.
I spent most of my time walking around Point Lookout, taking photos, eating lunch (and a mermaid tail ice cream – see below!) and reading my book. I completed the North Gorge Walk twice – once in the middle of the day (it took about 1.5 hours because I kept stopping to take photos – I think if I hadn’t it would’ve been max 20-30 minute walk!) and again at sunset to take in the golden glow.
While I was here I was also lucky enough to spot dolphins, turtles, kangaroos and so many whales out frolicking in the ocean. Unfortunately the whales were too far away to snap a decent photo, but if you were to choose a whale watching tour, I’d definitely jump at the chance to do one from North Stradbroke Island.
If you’re wondering how to visit the island without your car please read: Getting to North Stradbroke Island by Passenger Ferry.
Otherwise, scroll on for some of my favourite photos taken on my short but sweet adventure around the island. I hope they inspire you to visit.
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