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MINJERRIBAH

A CULTURAL TOUR OF NORTH STRADBROKE ISLAND

LOCATION

Moreton Bay or Bribane CBD

COST PER CLICK

PRICE

From $195

Minjerribah is the second largest “sand island” in the world; a trove of lakes, wetlands, dunes and rare wildlife, and home to the Aboriginal Quandamooka people. An island of vast cultural, spiritual and ecological significance Minjerribah is a must-see destination for visitors to Queensland, and locals alike.

TRIP DETAILS

Minjerribah, the Jandai name for North Stradbroke Island, is known for its jaw-dropping natural beauty, endless sandy beaches, glittering inland lakes and wetlands, abundant native wildlife, and the laid-back charm of its local community. Easily accessible from Brisbane’s CBD, visitors can disconnect from the hustle and bustle of city life, reconnect to nature and create authentic and meaningful travel memories of Queensland. Experience the spectacular scenery, and rich Aboriginal culture and history of Minjerribah accompanied by Aboriginal elder Dale Ruska; a unique opportunity to absorb first-hand the local knowledge of this storied island.

The Cultural Tour of North Stradbroke Island will be spent exploring the north of the island; from Pullen Pullen to Mooloomba, otherwise known respectively as Amity and Lookout Points. The day will be jam-packed with culture and history, from our starting point of Goompi Waterfront all the way to the northernmost tip at Pullen Pullen.

Dolphins, dugongs, turtles, manta rays, kangaroos, koalas; to mention just some of the many iconic wildlife species that can be seen throughout the day. The area provides an abundance of bountiful foraging habitats for marine wildlife such as seagrass beds, mudflats, reefs and mangroves, amongst them the largest reported population of bottlenose dolphins by area size in the world.  On our walk of the North Gorge we’re sure to see both bottleneck and Indo-Pacific dolphins feeding, sleeping and riding the waves.

There are believed to be 600 to 700 dugongs who call the Moreton Bay area home. Although shy by nature, these mammals have been spotted in the past around Amity Point, so do keep your eyes peeled. Point Lookout is also a noted site for divers and snorkelers to spot manta rays; the largest of the rays, famous for their graceful acrobatics. The winter season (Jun-Aug) at Point Lookout sees the passing of the majestic humpback whale as they make their way to warmer northern waters from Antarctica to mate and calve, before heading back to their great Southern Ocean playground between October and November.

This is a leisurely-paced tour, geared towards local knowledge-seekers and nature lovers alike, looking for an immersive exchange with the local communities of Minjerribah. Over the course of the Cultural Tour of North Stradbroke, we will travel in comfort in a 24-seater, luxury Rosa coaster bus, limiting the attendance numbers to provide the most intimate experience to our guests. This Cultural Tour of North Stradbroke Island may not be suitable for very young children.

ITINERARY

We will pull over several times during the day to explore, have lunch, or to watch wildlife. Dale will present history and local knowledge at each location, and you will be encouraged to explore each place on your own with these stories in mind. There will be free time for group and personal pursuits each day: visiting local shops at Goompi or exploring the townships.

9.30AM: Pickup from One Mile jetty

10AM: Pulen Pullen (Amity) Walk and talk (Koala & Kangaroo Spotting)

11AM: Depart Amity

11.20AM: Arrive Cylinder beach (talk and chance to get your feet wet)

1PM : Depart Cylinder Beach

1.15PM: Arrive Point Lookout for North wall walk (lunch)

3PM: Depart Point lookout 

3.30PM: Visit to the Dunwich Museum and explore Dunwich before departing the island at your leisure

DETAILS

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WEATHER CONDITIONS

During the month of May, June, July, August and September you are most likely to experience good days with pleasant average temperatures that fall between 20°C (68°F) and 25°C (77°F). On average, the warmest month(s) are January, February and December. The coldest month is July with an average maximum temperature of 20°C (68°F). Pack insect repellent, sunblock, a sunhat and sunglasses for the warmer months. Comfortable walking shoes are essential.

RECOMMENDED READING

A Nature Guide to North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) by Friends of Stradbroke Island (FOSI) : This guidebook provides a comprehensive introduction to the island’s unique wildlife and ecology. Beautifully illustrated with over 700 photographs, the nature guide has been compiled as a community project by members of the Friends of Stradbroke Island, a non-profit community group dedicated to protecting the island’s unique fragile environment. Many people—FOSI members, bushwalkers, bird watchers, photographers, expert ecologists, island lovers and Traditional Owners—have given freely of their time and expertise to the book.

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