South Stradbroke Island
Enjoy the secluded South Stradbroke Island.
Affectionately called 'South Straddie', this little piece of paradise was once linked to North Stradbroke Island, but was separated from it in 1896 by a storm. It all started with an earlier storm that caused a passing vessel carrying rum to run ashore. The locals from Southport trudged across the sand dunes to collect the rum from the shipwreck. To make collection of the rum easier, they used ploughs to lower the height of the dunes to near sea level. The next storm simply caused the original Stradbroke Island to split into two.
The mainland is only a short distance from the eastern and southern parts of the South Stradbroke Island. You can often see surfers paddling through the seaway from the Spit to the island in a quest for better waves.
South Stradbroke Island is mainly made of sand, sand dunes and subtropical forest, which makes it an extremely pleasant place. It also features its own particular flora and fauna. The golden wallaby, for example, only lives on this island.
Feel cast away for a day and enjoy the beauty of South Straddie!
Rent your own boat or catch a water taxi or a ferry at the Runaway Bay Marina or Sanctuary Cove.
- Take a walk along the stunning beach
- Discover the forest
- Spot golden wallabies
- Swim in the wild of the ocean or the calm of the Broadwater
- Catch your own fish
- Simply relax on the sand
- Surf the brilliant waves