Things to do
Bookmark this page and take a look at it once you arrive on the island to ensure you never get bored
Places to eat
There are numerous cafes, restaurants and take away venues on the Island including:
La Foccacia are a locally owned family restaurant renowned for good food, service + value. With a menu that offers pizza, pasta and a la carte, you can go early with the kids, or stay late in the lounge with your friends. Located at Anchorage beachfront resort, East Coast Rd. Pt Lookout. Dine in or Takeaway / BYO bottled wine p. 3409 8778 f. 3409 8007
Fins ‘N Fries
Specializing in cooked seafood, burgers and snacks. Fresh local fish on availability. Meegara Place, next to the Post Office, behind Food Works; 34098080
Fishes at the Point
With seafood sourced from local anglers, this friendly cafe is always busy with locals and tourists enjoying freshly prepared and affordable meals. The cafe seats 70, mostly at undercover outdoor tables, and you may be lucky enough to catch some free entertainment on-site (the comedian who works at the local post office is a scream). A Little Fishes menu is available for kids. Shop 2, 15 East Coast Rd; 3415 3444; open daily breakfast, lunch and dinner
Amis is North Stradbroke’s only fine-dining venue, where the emphasis is on freshly caught local seafood when it’s available and interesting dishes featuring the chef’s own mixes of African and Asian spices. 21 Cumming Pde, Point Lookout; 3409 8600; open Wed–-Sun for dinner; daily during holidays
Point Lookout Pizza
Takeaway, BYO dine in and delivery to Point Lookout. Mintee Street, Point Lookout; 3415 3390 open every night (except Tuesday) 6.00 - – 9.00pm
Look Cafe and Bar
Enjoy the laid-back island style of this cafe, starting with breakfast while you read the papers or stare at the waves and headlands of Frenchman’s Beach, where large pods of dolphins often come in to ride the waves. It’s a great whale-spotting perch as well. There’s no need to show off with the food here, because the location is so stunning. Menus are small, boosted by blackboard specials. The bar has a good list of interesting beers and wines. Located on the corner of Mintee St and Mooloomba Rd, near the newsagent, overlooking Frenchmans beach, Point Lookout; 3415 3390; open daily for breakfast and lunch, and Thurs - Sat for dinner
Lovely for breakfast and lunch; Stradbroke Domain Resort, East Coast Road, Point Lookout; 3415 0000 Breakfast menu available 7.30-11.00am. Lunch menu available 11.30am-2.00pm
Oceanic Gelati and Coffee Bar
Homemade cakes and gelati, good coffee and a big range of teas. 19 Mooloomba Rd, Point Lookout; 3415 3222; open daily for lunch
Masonic Club and Kitchen
Great burgers at lunch time and Bistro style meals. Location: East Coast Rd, Point Lookout; 3409 8048; open: 7 days 12.00 noon to 7.00pm
Stradbroke Island Beach Hotel/Spa Resort
A la carte menu and lovely views over Flinders Beach; Weekend buffet breakfast; Stradbroke Island Beach Hotel, East Coast Rd, Point Lookout; 3409 8188; open 7 Days
Cylinder and Deadmans are popular family beaches for swimming. They are within easy walking distance. Surf Lifesavers patrol Cylinder and Main beaches during school holiday periods and on weekends. Remember always swim between the flags, tell someone where you are and do not swim alone.
Cylinder, Deadmans and Main beaches are also great for surfing. If you want to learn to surf contact the North Stradbroke Island Surf School on 0407 642 616. Beginners to Elite!
For freshwater swimming try Blue, Brown or Keyhole Lakes. Amity has a netted ocean swimming enclosure which is great for toddlers.
Snorkelling and Scuba diving
We love snorkelling around the rocks on the waters edge at Deadmans, right in front of the house. This is best in calm conditions. There are many other places to snorkel.
North Stradbroke Island also has some of the best dive sites in South East Queensland, just a few hundred meters from shore. The reefs surrounding Point Lookout are home to turtles, dolphins, whales, manta rays and reef fish. Manta Lodge & Scuba Centre at Point Lookout offers daily dives. An open water certificate is required however beginner, one day resort, advanced and specialty diving courses are available. Bookings are essential. For Bookings & Enquiries at Manta Lodge and Scuba Centre Ph (07) 3409 8888.
4WD and Kayaking
Discover the pristine beauty of North Stradbroke Island on your 4WD eco tour with award-winning operator, Straddie Kingfisher Tours. P. 3409 9502; m. 0409123586. Spot majestic Humpback whales (June – November), admire kilometers of white sandy beaches, spot marine life including dolphins, turtles and manta rays from many vantage points on the island, learn about the rich cultural history of North Stradbroke Island from your experienced guide. Full day tour includes morning tea, BBQ lunch on the beach and afternoon bush tucker at Indigiscapes.
You can do your own 4WD trips but you must have a Permit before you drive on the Island beaches.
Sea Kayaking Tours
Join Straddie Adventures on one of their Sea Kayaking or Sand boarding tours. Sea Kayaking is a great way to see Straddie’s amazing marine life, this tour also includes snorkelling. Sand boarding is “snowboarding, Straddie Style”, fun for all ages. All equipment is included on the tours, so bring along a change of clothes, hat, sunscreen and a sense of adventure. They also offer a range of activities suitable for school camps and corporate team building. 3409 8414 or 0417 741 963 Straddie Adventures also offers surfboards, body boards, snorkel gear and kayaks for hire at hourly and daily rates.
Walks + Fishing
There are so many walks to be done around the area that it is impossible to list them all. Be sure to do the Gorge Walk (which starts opposite the chemist/bakery) and watch out for turtles, whales and dolphins and listen for the whistle of the blowhole which is always best during/after windy weather. Meander along Deadmans to the rock pools and climb the sand dune! There are many side tracks off the sand dune to be explored. Venture around to Frenchmans and you can climb the many stairs at the far end up to the shops on the main road and have a coffee or ice cream at one of the cafes or shops there.
The foreshore beaches of Flinders and Main are very popular fishing spots. Main beach is also a great spot to pick up some bait such as beach worms or pipis, which can then be used to catch tailor, trevally, whiting, flathead, dart or bream straight off the beach. The rocks at the end of Deadmans, between Deadmans and Frenchmans, is also a great spot for those more experienced at rock fishing.
Departing from Point Lookout, Mal Starkey’s Point Lookout Fishing Charters offers Game and Private charters, which accommodates up to 8 people. Tour includes morning tea, quality fishing equipment, bait and non-alcoholic beverages. Phone: (07) 3409 8353 or Mobile: 015 376 091
Straddie Water Sports now offers guide Kayak Fishing Tours arounds the islands fishing hotspots. Phone 0413 657 671