Welcome to South Stradbroke Island


South Stradbroke was once attached to North Stradbroke, until a huge storm in 1896 blasted through the isthmus that joined them. South Stradbroke's isolation since has been a boon for its natural habitat. There are wallabies aplenty and pristine bush, sand and sea to explore. And, of course, no cars. If you don't wish to overnight (accommodation choices are limited), you can charter a boat or do a day tour with Water'bout.


Top experiences in South Stradbroke Island

South Stradbroke Island activities

$71.46 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Half-Day Whale Watching and Canal Cruise from the Gold Coast

Board your state of the art vessel in Surfers Paradise. After a brief safety introduction, your tour starts with a scenic canal cruise down the Nerang River while your knowledgeable crew point out the spectacular homes of the rich and famous.Your cruise continues past the beautiful South Stradbroke Island to the nearby waters of the Australian Whale Sanctuary. Each year between the months of May and October, humpbacks whales migrate to these subtropical waters to mate and give birth. With three departures per day you'll have the opportunity to see the whales at play, often performing spectacular aerial leaps. There will be plenty of photo opportunities as bottle-nose dolphins, giant loggerhead turtles, killer whales and various sea birds also call these waters home. Your marine naturalist guide will also provide informative and unique commentary and the experienced crew are dedicated to providing you with the ultimate whale watching experience. Seasonal: June to October

$57.70 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Gold Coast Sunset Cruise with Optional Seafood Dinner

Make your way to Main Beach where your captain greets you as you board your luxury yacht for your 2-hour evening cruise. After a short safety briefing, sit back and relax as your boat sets out on the protected waters of the Gold Coast Broadwater. Marvel at the super-yachts anchored at the Southport Yacht Club and Marina Mirage, then pass the luxurious Palazzo Versace Hotel en route to South Stradbroke Island. Continue past Sea World, Wave Break Island and the Seaway. While it's still light, you might see birdlife such as pelicans, cormorants, terns and sea eagles. You may even spot dolphins swimming near the boat. Sip on sparkling wine and nibble on cheese and crackers, fresh fruit and other appetizers during your cruise. You can also upgrade to include a delicious seafood dinner that features Australia’s freshest seafood. Fresh lobster, crab, shrimp and other delicacies could be on the menu, depending on availability that day. A non-seafood option can also be arranged. Your captain may share stories about the racing history of your vessel, which has appeared in four Sydney to Hobart Yacht Races, one of the world’s most challenging yacht races. On the return voyage, watch the lights flicker on at Surfers Paradise as the twilight sky glows in red, orange, and purple. After about two hours, your boat returns to the starting point where the tour ends.

$100.33 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Whale Watching and Surfers Paradise Day Trip from Brisbane

On arrival to Surfers Paradise, board your state of the art vessel. After a brief safety introduction, your tour starts with a scenic canal cruise down the Nerang River while your knowledgeable crew point out the spectacular homes of the rich and famous.Your cruise continues past the beautiful South Stradbroke Island to the nearby waters of the Australian Whale Sanctuary. Each year between the months of May and October, humpbacks whales migrate to these subtropical waters to mate and give birth. You'll have the opportunity to see the whales at play, often performing spectacular aerial leaps. There will be plenty of photo opportunities as bottle-nose dolphins, giant loggerhead turtles, killer whales and various sea birds also call these waters home. Your marine naturalist guide will also provide informative and unique commentary and the experienced crew are dedicated to providing you with the ultimate whale watching experience.Following your cruise, you'll have up to 2 hours of free time to explore Surfers Paradise at your own leisure Stroll through the designer boutiques and explore the stunning beaches before your return transfer to Brisbane.

$62.08 Outdoor Activities

Stradbroke Island Kayak and Snorkeling Tour

Be picked up from your Surfers Paradise or Broadbeach hotel, or meet at the Broadwater Tourist Park if you have your own wheels. Then launch your kayak into Broadwater channel, warm and calm year-round.While paddling across to South Stradbroke Island, look out for dolphins, turtles, colorful tropical fish and stingrays swimming nearby. Pelicans and sea eagles fly through the air, and if you’re kayaking between May and November you might even see migrating whales!The kayak tour takes you to two secluded islands, and includes a delicious continental breakfast on the beach. Spend an hour in the water off Wavebreak Island, and use the snorkel gear provided to swim underwater with tropical fish.Stroll the fantastic surfing beach on South Stradbroke Island, and see if you can spot the island’s golden wallaby, found nowhere else in Australia.With equipment included, and led by knowledgeable local guides, this kayaking half-day tour is a great way to get the day started on the Gold Coast!

$122.70 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Gold Coast Helicopter Flight and Jet Boat Ride

Brace yourself for an exhilarating 55-minute jet boat thrill ride through the Gold Coast's Broadwater as you take in the sights of waterfront mansions, the beautiful hinterland, sandbanks and pristine beaches. Experience 360-degree spins as you slide and jet your way to Wave Break Island, South Stradbroke Island and into the Gold Coast seaway. The fun doesn't stop after your 55-minutes jet boat adventure! You'll next arrive at the Gold Coast Sheraton Mirage Heliport for an adrenaline-packed 10-minute scenic helicopter flight. Take in panoramic views of the Gold Coast as you fly over Royal Pines, Jupiters Casino, Q1 and Broadbeach before turning north along the foreshores of Surfers Paradise, Main Beach, Seaworld and South Stradbroke Island and returning to the Gold Coast Sheraton Mirage Heliport.

$57.70 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Gold Coast Sailing Cruise with Optional Seafood Lunch

After making your way to Mariners Cove Marina, board your deluxe sailboat for a spectacular 2-hour cruise on the calm waters of the Gold Coast Broadwater. As you cruise, pass the Southport Yacht Club and Marina Mirage where you can spot luxurious super-yachts. Your captain takes a small detour for a closer look at the luxury hotel Palazzo Versace. Continue towards South Stradbroke Island, catching sight of Sea World, Wave Break Island and the Seaway as you go. Keep an eye out for pelicans, terns, cormorants and, occasionally, sea eagles around the sandbars. You may even spot some playful dolphins swimming near your vessel. Sights abound from the deck as you sip a glass of sparkling wine and nibble on fresh fruit, cheese, crackers and other appetizers. As you cruise, the captain shares stories about the Gold Coast and your boat, which has competed in four Sydney to Hobart Yacht Races, considered one of the world’s most difficult sailing races. Upgrade to include a deluxe seafood lunch during the cruise. The lunch offers an abundant platter of Australia’s famous seafood that might include fresh crab, oysters, prawns, or other delicacies depending on availability that day. A non-seafood option is also available. Top off the meal with dessert. On the return voyage, get great views of Surfers Paradise and the busy waterway as you chat with your friendly crew and small-group companions.After two hours, your yacht returns to the dock where your tour ends.