Accessible by vehicular ferry from Redland Bay and Cleveland, North Stradbroke Island is a large Moreton Bay sand island with soaring dunes and rainforest pockets.
Straddie, as it is known locally, is a popular weekend retreat where visitors revel in its ocean and bay beaches, its tranquil walks, its fishing spots and sublime views from Point Lookout. The views frequently include playful dolphins and, in spring, cavorting whales - humpbacks and their suckling calves gathering strength for their long, annual swim to their Antarctic feeding grounds.
The port of Dunwich, was purpose-built as a quarantine station and penal settlement in 1828 and protected Brisbane from a typhoid outbreak in 1850.
A must-see is the 500ha Blue Lake National Park where bush walks through coastal woodland bring visitors face to face with the wildlife.
Long connected to South Stradbroke Island until the ocean forged a channel through the sand in 1896, North Straddie was the spiritual home of outstanding Aboriginal poet, Oodgeroo Noonuccal (first published as Kath Walker) who led the fight to protect the island environment.