Family Beaches on Stradbroke Island
While plenty of Australians flock overseas each year, there's nothing quite like holidaying at home. And for most of us, the quintessential local holiday means a holiday by the sea. From camping and caravanning, to holiday homes and luxury holiday resorts, there's always somewhere new to visit, and a new waterside paradise to explore. If you haven't yet visited Stradbroke Island, get ready to unearth some of Queensland best beaches. With glorious stretches of white sand and crescent bays, Straddie is an island paradise that's ideal for any family. Here are just some of the family beaches on Stradbroke just waiting for your arrival!
Located on the northwestern tip of the island, Amity is a charming village just waiting to be explored. The beach here might not be as glamorous as its neighbours to the east, however the gentle waters ensure it's a top spot for families. It is unpatrolled however, so if you do swim here, remember to take care. The best snorkeling on the island can also be found here (and we even have waterfront properties where you can swim and snorkel from your front or back yard).
Dunwich is the main village gateway to Straddie, and it's here that most of the locals live. There's a sandy beach at Dunwich, which like Amity Beach, faces the calmer western waters of Moreton Bay. Again, it's unpatrolled, so always watch children carefully.
As the name suggests, Main Beach is Straddie's most significant beach, with 32km of soft white sands and quite a few sand dunes. It's popular with swimmers, surfers and bodyboarders. Swells can be strong at certain times, however it is patrolled. When swimming here, always stay within the flags. Don't miss a climb to the headland for spectacular views. If you're lucky, you might even spot dolphins or whales frolicking offshore.
Cylinders beach is a pretty crescent beach located between Cylinders and Home Beach Headlands on the east of the island. It's one of the most popular family beaches on Stradbroke, being easily accessible with a carpark nearby, and it is patrolled in summer. There are picnic tables, BBQ facilities and toilets on hand, so it's a great spot to make a family day of it.
Deadmans Beach and Frenchmans Beach
Both of these pretty beaches are in secluded spots on the eastern rim of the island. There are no lifesaving patrols, but both offer lots of rockpools where you might discover small fish, crabs and anemones.
Flinders Beach is another camping spot, and it's unpatrolled. It is dog friendly however, so if you're bringing the pooch, this is the spot to take a walk. Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times.
Home beach is unpatrolled, but is a great spot for a relaxing stroll with no 4WD vehicles permitted. The beach extends for around a kilometre from Cylinders Beach Headland to Adder Rock.
And where to Avoid
While Adder Rock beach is adjacent to a camping ground, it's unpatrolled and there's a strong side sweep in the waters. It's also popular with four-wheel drivers, so is not ideal for families.
Ready for your Family Holiday?
Not only are there great beaches to explore on Straddie, there's a network of ecologically important lakes in the centre of the island, a wonderful array of wildlife and marine life, and plenty of great spots to eat. With a wide range of island accommodation available, it's also friendly on the family wallet. Choose from our range of Stradbroke holiday homes, cottages, apartments, waterfront and even pet-friendly properties.
Wherever you go, we're pretty sure you'll have a ball discovering all there is to wonderland North Stradbroke Island. So when you're ready for a fantastic family holiday experience on Stradbroke, take a look at our range of quality holiday rentals.