If you were around in December last year, you probably saw (due to my Instagram spam & this post), that I went to North Stradbroke Island for the Christmas break. It’s a place that I have been visiting for pretty much my whole life and somewhere that is very special to me. It is pretty much paradise. Anyway, thanks to Stradbroke Ferries I was able to go back again for an amazing weekend getaway a few weeks ago.
Picking a weekend smack bang in the middle of whale season, couldn’t have been any better. We spent our mornings (& afternoons) walking the gorge walk, looking for as many dolphins and whales as possible. And thankfully, there were a lot of them. It was truly spectacular, as we watched the sun rise over the horizon and watched dolphins jumping in the waves and the many whales making their way south again for the summer months. There’s something about seeing such huge animals in real life that just makes you feel oh so very small.
The days were spent outside swimming in the beautiful, clear turquoise waters and walking the length from Home Beach all the way to Main Beach. If you’re a Straddie visitor like me, you’ll know what I’m talking about. The energy and atmosphere is something else on the beautiful island. As I sat on the rocks looking over Cylinder Beach and Deadmans Beach, watching the sunset, I couldn’t help but think how all I want to do is live at the beach.
As a part of my weekend getaway, we were given the experience of participating in the Goompi Trail Tour. Guide Matt Burns, gave us an incredibly interesting tour of the Goompi (Dunwich) shoreline, which is the Aboriginal centre of North Stradbroke Island. We learnt all about Aboriginal life, from bush medicine to how artefacts are made.
It was an incredibly relaxing and refreshing weekend at my favourite place in the world, so thank you so much Stradbroke Ferries for the holiday! Here are some photos I took over the weekend, but seriously, photos can’t do this place justice…there’s no where in the world like Straddie.