Beautiful Straddie

North Stradbroke Island is located around 30 km east of Brisbane. Before 1896 the island was part of the Stradbroke Island. In that year a storm separated it from South Stradbroke Island, forming the Jumpinpin Channel. The island is about 38 km long and 11 km wide. The island is also known as Stradbroke or Straddie.

The permanent population the island is quite small, but during the holiday seasons the number of people increases. There is no bridge to the island and the only access is by ferries leaving from Cleveland. There are three little towns on the island. Dunwich is the largest and has most of the island's facilities including a school, medical centre, local museum and the University Marine Research Station. Point Lookout (locals call it 'The Point') is on the surf side of the island and is the major tourist destination in the holiday season. The third is Amity Point which is much smaller and a popular fishing spot on the island. There are some very nice beaches like Main Beach, Flinders Beach and Cylinder Beach.

North Stradbroke Island

Scuba diving on Straddie

There are a couple of very good dive spots off the north coast of North Stradbroke Island that suit every level of diver.

Flat Rock

At Flat Rock you can see grey nurse sharks and Wobbegongs as you swim through the trenches. Look around and see all the corals and colours and you have a fair chance of seeing turtles too.

Shag Rock

Shag Rock is a very good dive spot and it's a bit shallower with a maximum depth of 15 meter. It's a nice spot for Open Water Divers. With plenty of fish, invertebrates and wobbegongs this a nice spot for a relaxing dive. There are a few gutters in between two rocks. One of these gutters ends in a swim through.

Manta Ray Bommie

Manta Ray: Patrik Kiefer
Manta Ray Photographer: Patrik Kiefer

Manta Ray Bommie is a very good dive spot with crystal clear water. This site is visited by heaps of manta's during the summer months hence the name. You'll also find shuffle nosed rays, bull rays and leopard sharks and lots of other fish life here. During our last dive here we had a couple of territorial black damsel fish constantly swimming in front of our face as if they wanted to say "Get out!".

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