Introducing North Stradbroke Island
‘Straddie’ is one of Moreton Bay’s gems. A lovely sand island that is frequently turned into a playground by Brisbanites escaping the urban grind for the weekend, it’s large enough to absorb this influx of visitors and has some genuinely pristine wilderness areas. If you want to get some sun on your back the beaches here are excellent and there are some great walking tracks to sublime inland lakes. The wild southeastern coast is the spot where 4WD drivers churn up the sands. Given its popularity with mainlanders there are also some fabulous accommodation and dining options.
North and South Stradbroke Islands used to be joined, but a savage storm severed the sand spit between the two in 1896. Sand mining used to be a major industry, although these days only the southwest of the island is mined.