Stradbroke Island’s natural beauty awaits canny holiday makers able to take advantage of some very special offers.

Beautiful Stradbroke Island is one of a clump of islands located just off the coast of Brisbane in Moreton Bay.

After only a 50-minute drive from Brisbane City, you can board a ferry from Toondah Harbour, Cleveland and kick back and relax as you travel to Stradbroke Island.

Marketing Manager at Stradbroke Island Holidays Heather Truman says now is the best time to visit Stradbroke.

“It’s off peak season, it’s not too hot and the water temperatures are great for swimming and fishing. There is such diversity in accommodation from camping grounds, waterfront cabins, resorts to holiday houses that are even pet friendly, which have become very popular,” she says.

The facilities and activities on the island are endless and include fishing, water sports, bike hire, diving, whale watching and shopping.

There are also some well known attractions, like the Salt Water Murri Quandamooka Art Gallery, North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum and the North Stradbroke Island Golf Club.

If you want to see the Island through the eyes of an expert, you can take a guided tour of Straddie’s wonders on 4WD tours, boat cruises or tours or on a dive tour to see the beauty that lies beanath the water’s surface.

Ms Truman says holiday numbers at Stradbroke Island are always weather dependant, but they are currently experiencing a post-fire quiet period that they are trying to keep positive about.

“Contrary to what people might think, absolutely nothing facility or tourism wise was damaged in the recent fires. There was more smoke in Cleveland than there was from Point Lookout,” she says.

Redland City’s Acting Mayor and Local Disaster Recovery Committee chairman Alan Beard says most of the public areas on Straddie, including all campgrounds, have now been re-opened although some tracks remain closed for public safety.

“Most of the most popular areas remain just as beautiful as they were before the fire…as much of the fire burnt in inaccessible areas.”

He says there was and is a multi-agency effort across all tiers of government to help with the island’s recovery. They are working closely with the Traditional Owners and ask visitors to use common sense and do their bit to help in the recovery.

Stradbroke Island Holidays have some special offers for bmag readers, including:

Saturday Sunrise Special- $85*

Catch an early ferry on Saturday to North Stradbroke Island for $85 return.
  • Travel on the 5.15am, 6am or 7am Stradbroke Ferries or Big Red Cat from Cleveland and return the same day.
  • Standard vehicles only
  • Phone bookings only, not for commercial travel.
Effective 1 February to 29 March and from 5 May to 23 August 2014, excluding 31 May, 7 June and 9 August. Terms and conditions apply.

Straddie Lunch Special- from $105*

Return vehicle ferry transfer and lunch for two people ( extras from $10 per person)
  • Return vehicle transfer on Stradbroke Ferries or Big Red Cat and lunch for two people
  • Range of six different cafes

Valid Monday to Thursday only. Available 3 February to 27 March and 5 April to 28 August 2014. Terms and conditions apply.

Contact Stradbroke Island Holidays for more information or visit their website.