North Stradbroke Island was once joined to its near neighbour, South Stradbroke Island, until a storm in the 1890's forced a channel between the two, splitting them apart. North Stradbroke Island is the larger of the two islands, about 38km long and 11km wide. Being close to Brisbane and readily accessible by ferry, the island is a popular holiday location for harried city dwellers. There are three main settlements, Dunwich, Amity Point and Point Lookout. Dunwich and Amity Point, on the western side of the island, are surrounded by calm water and are popular destinations for families and fisher folk. Point Lookout, on the eastern side of the island, is actually Queensland's most easterly point and is an excellent vantage point for whale watching in season. Twenty-Two Mile Beach, south of Point Lookout, is a surf beach where you may find Aboriginal middens. There are two extraordinary lakes on the island, Brown Lake and Blue Lake, where walkers can see native wildlife, especially in the early morning or late afternoon.