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Beaches & Lakes

Straddie is literally surrounded by the most superb beaches in the world, and has some beautiful freshwater lakes. Lap it up.

What are the best Stradbroke Island beaches?

Many people planning on visiting Stradbroke Island ask us which beaches are best. But the truth is; every one of the beaches has its own unique charm. Your favourite Stradbroke Island beach will depend on what you want from a beach. If you’re visiting North Stradbroke Island, for example, then Adam’s Beach might appeal, with a long stretch of golden sand and clear waters. Or you may prefer Bradbury’s Beach for a relaxing day of fishing and crabbing. You can find out more about the beaches and surrounding areas on our Stradbroke Island page, or you can simply visit the island and find your favourite spot.

Why does Stradbroke Island have the best freshwater beaches in the world?

Stradbroke Island is famous for having some of the best freshwater beaches in the world. This is because of the position of the island, which is separated from the mainland by Moreton Bay, and the many clear, beautiful lakes you find across Stradbroke.

The best freshwater beaches in the world are attached to both the bay and the lakes, and North Stradbroke Island is an especially good spot for access to freshwater beaches. To the east of the island, there’s the Coral Sea, part of the South Pacific and full of colourful sea creatures. Wherever you stay, it’s easy to get around Stradbroke Island and see multiple beaches during your holiday here.

Where is best for freshwater swimming on Stradbroke Island?

When you travel to Stradbroke Island by boat, you arrive at Dunwich in North Stradbroke Island, and it’s easy to find a freshwater lake nearby for freshwater swimming. If you ask previous visitors which is the best freshwater lake, many of them will recommend the Keyholes. Although they’re at the end of swampland, they have clear, beautiful waters that are great for freshwater swimming and there are small sandy beach areas. You could also try Brown Lake, which is pure rainwater and extremely tranquil and untouched.

Why should I visit the Stradbroke Island beaches?

If you’re wondering whether to visit Stradbroke Island beaches, the answer is a resounding yes! It doesn’t matter whether you’re the kind of visitor who wants to chill out and enjoy the view, or take to the water and try different activities, there are Stradbroke Island beaches to suit everyone. Check out some of the top things to do on Stradbroke Island. There’s surfing, snorkelling, fishing, whale and other wildlife watching, walking, cycling and much more, and that’s just on the coast. Stradbroke Island is a must-visit for those who love unspoilt beaches and natural beauty.

The calm bay waters make the Amity Swimming Enclosure a safe place for the kids to splash about or swim.
Adams Beach is located on the western side of Straddie facing into the southern half of Moreton Bay.
Blue Lake is an area of special cultural significance for Quandamooka people who call the lake Karboora, meaning ‘deep silent pool’.
A small tidal beach. Explore the mud flats at low tide, catch yabbies and see armies of soldier crabs.
A natural perched lake, pure rainwater tinged brown by the native teatrees, Brown Lake, or Lake Bummiera, is a hidden treasure.
4WD beach access only, permits are required. Do not drive on beach 1 hour either side of high tide.
Cylinder Beach is a picturesque cove between Cylinder and Home Beach Headlands.
Cylinder Beach is a picturesque cove between Cylinder and Home Beach Headlands.
The calm bay waters make the Dunwich Swimming Enclosure a safe place for the kids to splash about or swim.
Forming part of the Naree Budjong Djara National Park, Eighteen Mile Swamp is a shallow, groundwater fed, freshwater coastal wetland stretching almost the entire length of the eastern side of the island.
The western end of Flinders Beach borders the small township of Flinders and gives access to Amity Point.
Flinders Beach is an 8 km long, north-east to north facing beach, stretching from Amity Point to Adder Rock headland, Point Lookout.
Flinders Beach is an 8 km long, north-east to north facing beach, stretching from Amity Point to Adder Rock headland, Point Lookout.
The beach faces north-north-east toward Shag Rock, 1.5 km offshore.
The south-east tip of the island, at the far southern end of Main Beach.
The northern end of the swamp, the Keyholes, are clear freshwater lakes, delightful for stand up paddle boarding or kayaking.
The east-facing beach runs south for 33km to Jumpinpin Inlet.
Myora Springs is a beautiful spot and source of fresh water for the wildlife of the Dunwich area, just a few kilometres out of Dunwich on the road to Amity Point and Point Lookout.
4WD beach access only, permits are required. Do not drive on beach 1 hour either side of high tide.
South Gorge is a popular beach owing to its protection from most winds and calmer inshore waters.
A secluded paradise. A pure wild beach backed by bush and fronted by the Rainbow Channel.