Dunwich

On the island side of the bay a trip to North Stradbroke Island by passenger ferry begins and ends at Dunwich – a small, relaxed and friendly town steeped in history and culture.

Follow the heritage trail and visit the sites of a former leper colony, Dunwich Benevolent Asylum and old military sites.

North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum is a particular highlight.

Housed in a combination of both original and replica Benevolent Asylum buildings, the museum documents the island’s social history from Aboriginal traditions to early colonial history, shipwrecks, the island’s sand mining story and more.

Enjoy swimming at the nearby Brown Lake and enjoy the nurturing effect of the native tea trees that give the lake its brown colour and hence its name, then relax at the Little Ship Club over a drink and meal.

Discover the history of the Noonuccal people at the Terra Bulla Leaumeah Reserve on either a guided tour or alone, and delight in the Aboriginal artwork at the Salt Water Murris Quandamooka Art Gallery.

Dunwich is Straddie’s main service centre and offers waterfront camping grounds and other accommodation options.