Getting to North Stradbroke Island:
Vehicle ferries run regularly from Cleveland, on the mainland, to Dunwich, on North Stradbroke Island taking 45 minutes approximately.
For details regarding the ferry times and prices please contact the relevant companies listed below. Water Taxis (Stradbroke Flyer and Stradbroke Ferries) both operate from Cleveland and take approximately 25 minutes to reach Dunwich.
Water Taxis are met by the local bus company which takes visitors to Dunwich, Amity Point and Point Lookout. The Stradbroke Flyer arrives at One Mile Jetty and Stradbroke Ferries at Dunwich Jetty.
Stradbroke Ferries vehicle barges operate from Cleveland take approximately 45 minutes to arrive at the island. Arriving at the Dunwich boat ramps. The drive from Dunwich to Point Lookout takes approximately 15 minutes on a sealed road, making the total travel time 1 hour. We can make vehicle ferry bookings on your behalf please contact our office for details.
It is important to check departure times for both vehicle ferry and water taxi as they do not run late into the evening. The latest vehicle ferry departs Cleveland at 1700 hours daily, with later ferries only on Fridays. There is no bus service connecting with vehicle ferries and a limited taxi service on North Stradbroke Island in the evenings. If you are planning a trip without bringing a vehicle you should contact our office so that we can pick you up from the bus stopat George Nothling Drive, Point Lookout, as we are high on the hill and not on the bus route.
If you are arriving outside normal daylight hours we would recommend a taxi from the airport to Cleveland (approximate cost is $80.00), there is a train connection from the airport to Brisbane (see http://www.airtrain.com.au) where connections to Cleveland can be made at Central Station. A shuttle bus operates between Cleveland train station and the ferry terminal. If you are arriving by road, Cleveland is well signposted from all major routes.
All townships on the island are linked by bitumen roads. A 4WD is required for driving on beaches and inland tracks. A permit is required for beach driving and is available from the ferry companies and also several outlets on North Stradbroke Island. At present the permit costs A$39.00 for 12 months. It is recommended to come with a car or 4WD so that you can fully explore and enjoy what Point Lookout and North Stradbroke Island has to offer.