Surfing at Stradbroke Island: Sensational!
North Stradbroke Island is a nature-lovers paradise, with crystal clear beaches, shimmering lakes, and stunning headland vistas. Swimmers, bushwalkers and birdwatchers will find plenty to enjoy on Straddie, and for all you surfers out there, your wave is ready and waiting. Stradbroke Island's surfing beaches have a global reputation, so if you're yet to visit, you're yet to discover that the surfing at Stradbroke is sensational.
An Introduction to Straddie
Stradbroke Island faces the calm waters of Moreton Bay to the west, and the wide blue Pacific Ocean to the east. Secluded bays line the western shore, while rocky headlands and spectacular white sand beaches rim the eastern edge of the island. The locals know that these are some of the best beaches in Queensland. Head away from the water, and you'll discover the central wetlands region, with its sparkling lakes, lagoons and an abundance of wildlife. The three towns on Stradbroke are Dunwich, Amity and Point Lookout. Each township boasts plenty of cafes, restaurants and facilities, for when you finish with the board for the day.
Point Lookout and Main Beach
Located on the northwestern tip of the island, Point Lookout is Queensland's most easterly point. It's also home to a striking headland (great for viewing the whales that come close to shore) and a series of beautiful beaches. Main Beach extends south for a whopping 34km. The swells are generally very large at Main Beach, and it's a popular spot for its left hand point breaks.
Both Main and Frenchman beaches are home to the most easterly breaks in the country. Both can be hard work, although Frenchman is perhaps a little easier. It's best with SW-S, and westerly, winds.
Cylinder and Deadmans Beaches
These stunning beaches can produce tough conditions while surfing at Stradbroke. There's a strong rip at each, so you'll need to paddle hard and consistently. Cylinders is known for its right hand break.
Both Main Beach and Cylinders Beaches are patrolled, so it's essential to keep clear of the flags to avoid collisions with swimmers. As when you travel to any new surfing spot, do pay respect to the locals and don't drop in on their waves. It's not going to gain you any new friends. Stradbroke Islanders are friendly and welcoming, so if you behave with some courtesy they might even give you a few insider tips.
If you're a real surfing fanatic, consider visiting in October to view the Straddie Assault surfing competition. It's been running for around 30 years, making it Australia's longest-running team surfing competitions. This unique event is invitation only, and it showcases surfers from 16 of Australia's premier clubs between Noosa and Lennox Heads.
What Else is in Store?
Surfing at Straddie is a fabulous option for any dedicated surfer. The island boasts stunning views, great waves and a range of other fantastic activities including four-wheel driving, bushwalking, cycling tracks and fishing trips.
Where to Stay
There's also a wide range of accommodation, so if you're travelling as a group of surfing mates, there's somewhere to suit. Rental properties can provide all the facilities you need in a great location, and a great price. You might choose a budget cottage or a huge waterfront property. With a holiday house you have the option to self-cater (seafood on the BBQ is a must) or you can take advantage of the many takeaways, cafes and restaurants around the island.
So when you're ready to plan your next surfing getaway, why not take a look at our wide range of Straddie holiday homes. There's nowhere quite like stunning North Stradbroke Island.