Stradbroke Island Tourism & Travel
Stradbroke Island Australia
The Jumpinpin Channel bisects Stradbroke Island, creating two islands; North Stradbroke Island is situated some 30kms southeast of Brisbane in Queensland and is home to some 3,000 souls. South Stradbroke Island is largely undeveloped, with a focus on enjoying the outdoors.
Stradbroke Island Attractions
North Stradbroke,oStraddie is the perfect destination for a four wheel drive or bush adventure, discover fascinating flora and fauna; rich in Aboriginal and European historical sites the North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum at Dunwich displays a fascinating history of the island.
The history buff will enjoy the pioneer cemetery at Dunwich which includes the graves of shipwreck and typhoid victims from the early 1800s. Dating back in time, Aboriginal shell middens can be found throughout the island which is Country for the original owners, the Minjerribah Moorgumpin people.
South Stradbroke Island Here is an abundance of wildlife to explore, as well as hiking, rock climbing and ocean fishing; surfing, bushwalking, swimming and canoeing are also favoured pastimes on South Stradbroke Island.
North Stradbroke Island Stretches of white sandy beach line the island's ocean side making it ideal for swimming, surfing, and fishing, while the sheltered western edge offer a calm environment for those after a more relaxing experience.
Stradbroke Island History
A pilot station was established at Amity Point, which was the initial white settlement of Stradbroke Island then more fertile soil, good fresh water sources plus a better harbour was located at the present location of Dunwhich so the settlement became concentrated there. Early attempts to establish agriculture on the island, including a plan to grow cotton north of Dunwich, caused conflicts with the local Indigenous people. There were ugly times in Queensland with the first significant massacre of indigenous people in the region occurring in March 1830 when the 57th regiment attacked a group of Ngugi Indigenous people on nearby Moreton Island in retribution for the death of a guard.