From June to October each year, a must for all visitors is looking out for the Humpback Whales as they migrate past Point Lookout on their way to and from the breeding grounds in the warmer waters of northern Queensland and Fiji.
Whales can often be spotted from the North Gorge Walk, and are renowned for breaching and slapping the water with their tails and pectorals, giving whale watchers a real treat.
Whale Watching Walking Tours are available during school holidays.
North Gorge Walk
A highlight for all visitors to Stradbroke Island is the North Gorge Headland walk
Commencing from the information board at Point Lookout opposite Fishes Cafe, the walk offers spectacular views from the rocky outcrops overlooking the Pacific Ocean and along the Island's white sandy beaches. The view over the gorge is breathtaking.
Explore the headland from one side to the other and you’ll find the two gorges that help define this wild and beautiful terrain. Sit awhile and see passing turtles and dolphins, or manta rays gracefully gliding by. From June to October migrating humpback whales are a common sight.
The rich Aboriginal history of North Stradbroke Island.
The rich Aboriginal history of North Stradbroke Island centres around Dunwich, home of the Quandamooka People.
The Goompi Trail is a historical walk with a local Aboriginal guide, which takes participants on a leisurely 1 hour walk along the foreshore of Dunwich overlooking beautiful Moreton Bay. Learn about Aboriginal artefacts, traditional hunting methods, bush tucker, medicines, traditional ochre's and see the remnants of an old rock fish trap.
Minimum numbers required, bookings essential. T: 0456 120 356
Swim in Brown Lake
A natural perched lake, pure yet tinged brown by the native teatrees
Brown Lake, or Lake Bummiera, is a hidden treasure. There are barbecue and picnic facilities and easy road access Just 3.5 kilometres outside Dunwich, the lake is a popular swimming place and picnic spot. The lake is visible from the carpark.
The calm tranquility of the lake is entrancing, especially if you visit in the early morning or late afternoon. In spring, wildflowers dot the surrounding bushland. Lake Bummiera has special significance to the local Aboriginal people. If you visit at a quiet time of day you’ll feel the magic.
Walk to Blue Lake
Blue Lake National Park is part of Naree Budjong Djara National Park
This attractive park protects Blue Lake, an area of cultural significance to the Quandamooka people. Walk the 5.2km (return) track to the lake through wallum woodlands, flowering heath and stunted eucalypts. Wear good walking shoes, take a hat and water. Medium level of fitness required.
Take your camera and binoculars to capture and zoom in on glimpses of wildlife. In spring enjoy the wildflowers. Walk to Neembeeba lookout for views over the southern part of the island, the Pacific Ocean and the Gold Coast.