I have a soft spot for North Stradbroke Island. All through Primary School, it was where we went for our family beach holidays and I have wonderful memories of sandy houses and quiet streets, mornings and afternoons in the surf and packets of pringles popped on the beach at sunset.
So when my friend Jane offered me a long weekend at Straddie I leapt at the chance.We caught the ferry over on a Wednesday afternoon, after I had been at work for a whole three days. We were in a house on Prosperity Street at Point Lookout, right next door to about three houses I had stayed in when I was younger. Point Lookout had not changes one iota from my memories of it. The shops, the houses, everything at least seemed identical.
Prosperity Street is easy walking distance to both Deadmans Beach and Cylinder Beach. Cylinder Beach is one of the most popular beaches at Point Lookout, usually crowded out with families and tourists. Only locals and holiday makers in the know go around the rocks to Deadmans. Less family friendly but not crowded and all around a more enjoyable place to spend a few hours.
There isn’t a lot to do on Straddie. Which is no bad thing. Going there for three days we covered a lot even with afternoons spent reading and watching cricket. What this forced nothingness does is make your visit incredibly relaxing. When the only big decisions you have to make in your day are which beach to surf at and if you could be bothered to leave the house for a drink, life is easy.
The only element that had changed this holiday as opposed to all the previous holidays I had spent on the island was that this time I could drink. We took ourselves to the Point Lookout Pub more than once. We tried to get in to the yacht (surf) club but the car park was too busy.
On the Friday, Jane and I tripped out to Brown Lake with a short stop off at the The Most Amazing Shop. That isn’t a superlative, that is actually what the shop is called. We wouldn’t have bothered except I read this blog post earlier this week by Brisbane blogger Girl Clumsy and immediately added it to our itinerary.
The Most Amazing Shop is sort of the best junk shop you have ever seen. There can be no mistaking – this is a shop full of junk. But it’s Amazing Junk!
Even if you don’t buy anything, you are encouraged to make a gold coin donation for Karla’s new wheelchair. Worth so much more for the sheer enjoyment of exploring this weathered treasure trove.
Brown Lake was one of my favourite spots on Straddie when I was younger. It’s so placid and natural. It’s still beautiful but for swimming I definitely prefer the ocean.
It was a great little trip away, and so much easier then you might think. My parents clearly knew what they were doing when they brought us here as kids and I would happily go back any time for a short break of doing nothing.