The northern shore of North Stradbroke Island faces essentially due north and runs for 13 km from low, sandy Amity Point to 25 m high Point Lookout, the north-east tip of the island. In between are four sandy beaches, the eastern three bordered by rocks and headlands, together with the... Read more
The northern shore of North Stradbroke Island faces essentially due north and runs for 13 km from low, sandy Amity Point to 25 m high Point Lookout, the north-east tip of the island. In between are four sandy beaches, the eastern three bordered by rocks and headlands, together with the growing town of Point Lookout, which now backs about 3 km of the north-eastern corner of the island.Flinders beach (1581) is an 8 km long, north-east to north facing beach, bordered by Amity Point and extensive tidal shoals in the west and the 20 m high Rocky Point in the east. Between the two points, the shoreline has built out 1 to 2 km over the past few thousand years as a series of foredune ridges and spits, backed by an extensive swamp that is drained by two small creeks, one in the centre and one just west of Rocky Point. There is vehicle access to the beach toward the western end along the Flinders Beach Road, which also leads to a camping area and car park, and in the east at Adder Rock, where there is also a beachfront caravan park. The beach has a relatively low gradient and is either barless or fronted by a narrow continuous bar, particularly toward the east. Seaward of the bar, sand moves from east to west in the form of elongate sand waves and bars, which result in a highly variable outer surf zone. During high swell a strong westerly drift runs along and off the beach.
The north shore beaches offer generally low to moderate waves along a dynamic beachfront. The safest swimming is at the patrolled Cylinder Beach. Be careful off all the beaches as there is highly variable bar and trough topography associated with the migrating sand waves, together with often strong westerly drift and rips, when waves exceed 1m.
There are several excellent surfing spots along this section of coast, all of which usually require a larger swell to operate and also a suitable configuration of the sand bars. The main locations are Cylinders, off the headland, Point Lookout off Deadmans and, during bigger swell, at Rocky Point. All can offer low right-handers.
The north side is very accessible for beach fishing, usually with a range of holes and gutters associated with the bars and sand waves, as well as a few small creek mouths.
The northern sun-drenched side of North Stradbroke and site of the largest settlement at Point Lookout offers north facing beaches of low to moderate energy, with good access to all and accommodation and facilities nearby.Read less
SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.