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The best things to do on South Stradbroke Island

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South Stradbroke Island is just a short boat ride away from our latest Mater Prize Home lottery No. 304, and since you’ll have your very own Sea Ray 250 SLX to jet over there whenever you want, it’s worth getting better acquainted with the island.

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So close from your new prize home in Coomera, South Stradbroke is only about 350m off-shore from the Gold Coast. But for those without a boat, South Stradbroke Island can be a bit arduous to access as you’ll have to catch a ferry. However, you won’t need to worry about that, as you can just head out to your backyard, jump in your Sea Ray, and be at South Straddie in about 20 minutes.

The rustic sister to its other half—North Stradbroke Island—it’s all about connecting with nature on this island. There are no cars and no crowds on South Straddie, instead you’ll find plenty of wildlife, stunning scenery, and relaxing things to do. Here’s how to spend your days on South Stradbroke Island.

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The beaches

With over 30 kilometres of white sand beaches, there’s a good chance you can find a stretch to have all to yourself with every visit. The side of the island that faces the Gold Coast is nice and calm—perfect for swimming, stand-up paddleboarding and even getting in a little practice on your new e-foil surfboards, included in the prize lottery.


The wildlife

This 1800-hectare conservation park is brimming with wildlife—some of which are easy to spot, others you’ll have to keep a keen eye out for (but that’s half the fun!). The true highlight of a visit here is sighting the golden wallabies, as they can only be found on the Stradbroke Islands. At sunrise and sunset kangaroos congregate on the beaches so make sure you get up early or stay late for a memorable moment. A little harder to find, bandicoots, koalas, and echidnas live here, too. Plus, don’t forget to cast your eyes out into the ocean for a sighting of dolphins, whales and dugongs.

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The nature walks

There are five main walking trails on South Stradbroke, none of which are very difficult or long, but all of which guide you through the stunning natural landscape and beachfronts on the island. Dux’s Hut walk is a great option for immersing yourself in the bushland. The 800-metre return trail links Dux Anchorage to the eastern beach and can be accessed 1.4km north from Tipplers. For a scenic stroll along the beach, check out the Broadwater trail. Allow 1.5 hours to trek the 2.5km return track which has beautiful views over The Broadwater as it leads you along the waterfront. Start at the northern point of Couran Cove Resort then after 1.25kms, turn back and walk back along the same path.


The surfing

Some places are worth travelling for when it comes to the hunt for the best waves, and South Stradbroke is one of them. Especially since it’s hard to access without a boat, making it relatively uncrowded and reserved for the hardcore surfers. Earning itself a reputation as the best beach break on the Gold Coast, the intense and hollow beach break offers consist waves and a rewarding challenge. With 22-kilometres of surf beach to explore, you’ll never get sick of surfing here.

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