One short ferry ride away from Brisbane is yet another amazing island. North Stradbroke Island or as the locals call it Straddie. The island is the second biggest sand island in the world. All of the top three largest sand islands are in Queensland and pretty close to Brisbane.
After the short 45 minute air conditioned ferry ride we were off to explore the island.
Our first stop was Brown Lake. It was not a very big lake, more like a pond by "Southern America" standards, but it was pretty cool. See how the color gets darker as you go farther in the water? It is a tea lake. The trees around the lake are all tea trees. The leaves fall into the water and the lake becomes tea. Talk about natural tea, we didn't really swim, but we put our feet in the tea lake.
Next we went to Amity Point. Have you ever seen Jaws, yes the town is named Amity, and there has been shark attacks at this beach. We were told no local swims at this beach. Dad and I had fun acting like we were fishing. Can you imagine catching something that needs a pole that big? It would pull me into the water!
From Amity Point we went on a little bush hike. We saw a kola who was actually awake and his head followed us as we moved around. We saw a huge lizard thing. We were told to stay away from it, its bite is very dangerous. Last we saw a kangaroo. I don't think I will ever get tired of seeing kolas and kangaroos while out on a hike.
Next we were off to enjoy the beautiful beaches. We played in the water and walked around on the top for a bit.
At the top we really saw some cool things sharks, manta rays, turtles, and dolphins.
I would say Straddie was a great place! It is so close to Brisbane, I can't believe we haven't made it out here yet. The scenery was beautiful, the hiking was amazing, and the memories were perfect.
If you are in the area, there is a pretty good Groupon at the moment that includes your ferry ticket and a bike hire for the day. (click here) or ferry,lunch, and an adventure day (click here).