September 18, 2013
During this vacation, I did something I’ve never done before: I went camping!
Big thanks to Mike for the awesome first experience! Being an avid camper, he had everything we needed to make the trip as smooth as possible 😀
Our destination had long been recommended by numerous friends and boy were we glad we finally went! STRADBROKE ISLAND – definitely would visit again!
Getting to the island was incredibly easy and convenient, making us both really wished we’d gone earlier. Take the train out to Cleveland, hop on the complimentary bus out to the dock and on to the ferry! Ferry price is $15 return for students, pretty good! Once we arrived on the island (Dunwich), the island bus was waiting and it cost an additional $2.50 to get to our camping ground, too easy!
On the way there!
Here is a map of Stradbroke Island so you can see the places I have mentioned and will be talking about in this post.
We decided to camp at an unpowered site at Adder Rock for $28/night. Being low season, we got our pick of camping sites and decided to camp along Flinders Beach. Camping on the beach, what could be better right? They even had all the amenities we could need, including cooking and toilet facilities. From Adder Rock, we hiked East along the coast, scampering over rocks and walking through kilometers of pristine beaches all the way to Main Beach.
Setting up camp
Done! Our home for the next 2 days
… with the awesome beach view
Settled in and having lunch! Yes, Mike has a portable stove, pots and pans, and everything! Sausages, hard boiled eggs, bread, strawberries… yum!
First selfie of the trip!
After lunch we headed out to explore North Stradbroke Island.
We started with walking along the roads where we passed by a skatepark.
We sooned turned off the road to walk along the beach instead. First up, Home Beach (refer to map above!)
Beaches were pretty much empty except for a few families scattered here and there
We’ve reached Cylinder Beach! One of the few places to swim with lifeguards.
Beautiful Cylinder Beach
Leaving Cylinder Beach…
Mike taking a break
Looking back at Cylinder Beach
Looking ahead to Deadman’s Beach
We saw a manta ray cruising underwater while taking a break!
Really interesting to the see the variations in volcanic rock formations and colours as you go from beach to beach.
Heading up to the road because you couldn’t really continue onward by the beach
Looking back down at Frenchman’s Bay
As we walked along the road to the Gorge Walk, we saw humpback whales! Unfortunately, they were really far out!
The beautiful Gorge Walk!
Breathtaking North Gorge
We really kept our eye out for dolphins and sharks, but only saw sea turtles and manta rays unfortunately. Still amazing though!
View of South Gorge and further ahead, Main Beach!
Endless Main Beach as far as the eye can see!
We didn’t swim at all today. Decided that we would hike the coast again tomorrow and go swimming and visit Main Beach then. With that we headed back, returning to Adder Rock just missing the sunset! Boo, but that’s okay, we’ll make sure to catch it tomorrow!
Getting a fire going… just because 🙂
Smoked out a huntsman spider!
Easy dinner! With wine, fruit and other snacks on the side.
We retired to our tent early with our headlamps and spent the night playing Monopoly Deal Card Game (thanks for that Vy!) and reading Dan Brown’s Inferno. Good end to our first day.