North Stradbroke Island/Minjerribah:
Things to do            

17 JANUARY 2023

For those you can lure themselves away from the beaches and prime swimming locales on North Stradbroke Island/ Minjerribah, there’s a world of culture, adventure, and experiences to discover beyond the sand. Here’s what to do while you’re visiting the island – whether it’s a holiday or a daytrip you’re planning.


Local artist Delvene Cockatoo-Collins, North Stradbroke Island/Minjerribah 

Art, culture, & food experiences

Lauded Quandamooka artist Delvene Cockatoo-Collins’ Studio and store is a short stroll from the Dunwich ferry terminal, and a must-visit on the island. Here, you can pick up a piece of Delvene’s striking work – from wearable arts (think earrings and beautifully printed garments) to unique pieces for the home (including framed prints, cushion covers, tea towels, and more). Delvene’s artworks demonstrate her connection to the lands and waters of North Stradbroke Island/Minjerribah. The artist also runs fascinating cultural, art-focussed tours you can book before your visit. 

Those who’d like to dive deeper into the cultural significance and rich history of North Stradbroke Island/Minjerribah can also book into a guided tour of the island with Yura Tours. Your guide, Quandamooka woman Elisha, is incredibly knowledgeable and well-connected to the land, offering insights and sharing stories of North Stradbroke Island/Minjerribah along the way. Discover significant cultural sites, learn about bush foods, hear stories of the island’s earliest inhabitants and leave with a deeper understanding of First Nations culture, told by a captivating storyteller. 

If your travels are led by your appetite, the Quandamooka Chef by Yalabin Dining experiences are an exciting food and cultural taster. The Quandamooka Chef’s Cultural Cooking Demonstrations and Bush Foods Experience presents visitors with the talents of chef, educator, and artist Keiron Anderson – a proud Quandamooka, Kullilli & Wakka Wakka man – who provides an enriching food-focussed experience that introduces guests to the flavours of the bush.  

Aerial of Brown Lake at Dunwich, North Stradbroke Island / Minjerribah
Brown Lake, North Stradbroke Island

Sports, water, and outdoor adventures

Consider yourself a restless traveller? Perhaps it’s time to take a plunge and visit Manta Lodge and Scuba Centre at Point Lookout. Gain access to one of Australia’s top dive sites, Manta Bommie, and the Moreton Bay Marine Park – with a scuba diving company touted as the best in Brisbane.  

Prefer to keep your head above water (mostly)? Learn to glide over the waves of North Stradbroke Island/Minjerribah with North Stradbroke Island Surf School. Take a group or private lesson with a company that’s been teaching surfers on the island for more than 30 years. All equipment is supplied, and all teachers are accredited.  

Back on dry land, North Stradbroke Island Golf Club presents a course with some seriously scenic views across the island and beyond. The club is also home to Bistro Seymour, for those looking to refuel after a day of golf.  

If you’re hoping to spend as much time outdoors as possible, Straddie Kingfisher Tours offer a large range of activities – from the low key to the adrenaline fuelled. From whale watching, bush walking and bird watching tours to fishing trips, kayaking adventures, 4WD eco adventures, and sand boarding, there’s something to be enjoyed by all outdoor enthusiasts. 

Day trips

Beginning in Brisbane, hop aboard a Stradbroke Island Day Trip with River to Bay. See a highlights reel of island life, including Cylinder Bay, Point Lookout and North Gorge Walk, Humpback Whale spotting (June to November) and the wildlife of Amity Point. Experienced guides, a satisfying lunch, on-island transport, and a complementary drink are all part of the package. 

For one-day or two-day (with an overnight stay) deep-dives, Shakas Tours give visitors the chance to see the best of North Stradbroke Island/Minjerribah, its beaches and wildlife on an express visit to the island. Designed to be convenient and affordable, Shakas Tours are ideal for weekend visits. 

For a memorable and immersive day trip, Sealink offers flexible experiences, including its cultural tours with Matthew Burns. Matthew, who passionately builds his own artefacts, is equal parts informative, funny and engaging – and he shares his culture with thousands of people a year on North Stradbroke Island/Minjerribah. Learn to paint and throw a boomerang, dance and play the digeridoo, watch a smoking ceremony, or enjoy a walking tour.  

Book your North Stradbroke Island/Minjerribah adventure today.  

A distant shot of a couple sitting on a tree trunk on a beach