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North Stradbroke Island Day Adventure

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See local koalas, kangaroos, whales, turtles, dolphins and more on this wildlife-filled day on North Stradbroke Island!

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  • Super fun small group tour with a maximum of 12 people
  • See koalas, kangaroos, goannas and more on land
  • Spot turtles, dolphins, whales & manta rays (in season) on water

What we'll do

Escape to North Stradbroke Island for the ultimate one-day wildlife!

North Stradbroke Island, or "Straddie" as it is affectionately known, is Brisbane's most accessible island escape, just 30 kilometres southeast of the city. Join an all-inclusive small group tour lead by Tim from Shakas Adventure Tours and discover why locals love escaping here.

On this tour, you'll visit the pristine waters of Brown Lake, check out the epic North Gorge Walk and have a dip at Myora Springs, a freshwater spring. You'll learn about the Aboriginal history of the island which dates back as far as 25,000 years ago. Your tour also includes a relaxing lunch on the beach with locally made burgers followed by a swim at Cylinder Beach.

While on the island, you'll have plenty of time to search for koalas, kangaroos and heaps of marine life. On most tours, you'll see koalas, kangaroos, whales and manta rays (in season), turtles, and heaps of dolphins!

Explore all the best of North Stradbroke Island on this one day adventure - book your spot now!

What to know

  • Tour days: Saturdays and Sundays (see calendar for availability)
  • Price includes:
    • 10 hour guided tour
    • Guided bushwalk
    • Burger lunch
    • Snacks including juice and water
    • Wildlife spotting
    • Air-conditioned ferry and bus transfers
  • Language: Tour is given in easy to understand English. 
  • Perfect for: Solo travellers, couples or small groups. You'll be in a fun and friendly group consisting of locals and travellers. 
  • Group size: Up to 12 people
  • Age range: Most participants are in their 20s and 30s but everyone is welcome - provided you're over 18!

About your guides

Shakas Adventure Tours is a small, Brisbane-based tour company owned and operated by Tim. Tim is a local Brisbane boy with a huge passion for travel, matched only by his passion for sharing his backyard with others.

Tim started Shakas Adventure Tours in 2016 after previously working as a plumber and in marketing. He loves the tour guide lifestyle and meeting new people from all over the world. When not guiding, you'll find him enjoying live music, exploring the outdoors and doing wild activities like scuba diving, surfing, sky diving and heaps more.


  • What should I bring? We recommend a small bag containing your beach towel, bathing suit, hat, sunglasses, practical clothing, some snacks, footwear and sunscreen (at least 30+ SPF). Don't forget your sense of fun and adventure! 
  • Where do we start and finish? Tours start and finish in Brisbane. You'll meet your guide at Roma Street Bus Stop 125 at the Transit Centre.
  • How long does the tour go for? Tour departs at 7:30 am from Brisbane and return at approximately 5:45 pm. 
  • What days does the tour operate? Tours depart most Saturdays and Sundays (see calendar for availability). 
  • What do we eat? Lunch is locally-cooked burgers at Fins N Fries, a fish and chip takeaway on the island. You can choose from chicken, fish, beef and vegetarian options. Snacks include juice and water.
  • Do you cater for specific diets? Yes. Vegetarian options are available - please inform us of any dietary requirements when booking.
  • Who can come? Everyone is welcome on this tour! 
  • What if I get seasick? If you are prone to seasickness, it is advisable to take something before you go. Check with a chemist.
  • What animals will we see? We can't guarantee that you'll see any animals as they are all wild animals, but your guide will do their absolute best to find some for you. On most tours, you'll see koalas, kangaroos, whales and manta rays (in season), turtles, and heaps of dolphins!
  • When can we see whales? Whale season is from June to October. Sightings are not guaranteed (see above).

Cancellation policy

  • Cancellations made 4 days or more before the activity starts will receive a full refund.
  • Cancellations made between 2 and 4 days before the activity starts will receive a 50% refund. 
  • No cancellations can be made within 2 days of the activity. 
  • Tours are dependent on the weather, so once or twice a year there may be a cancellation by the operator due to extreme weather conditions.
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      Unforgettable trip

      Kangoroos, Koala, Sting Ray, Turtles and for sure Dolphins. It was really a funny Day togeher we had and we higly recomment this unforgetable trip. Thanks Timmy

      Great full day at a very reasonable price

      Kangaroos, koala, mantra ray, dolphins and sea turtles. Swimming in turquoise salt water and later in a tree tea lake. A fabulous lunch, personable and responsive guide, fun co-travelers and incomparable views! In short, a great full day at a very reasonable price. Go! Youll enjoy it and the memories youll take away.

      Tim was great!

      Tim was great! A well paced, relaxed, informative and enjoyable day.

      Brilliant trip

      Brilliant trip, Loved it!

      Great experience

      It was great experience, we saw 6 koalas in multiple trees and a couple of kangaroos. The island is super beautiful and Tim brings you to the best spots!