Category Archives: Queensland

Dicky Beach area tourism photos

Remains of the SS Dicky shipwreck at sunset

We recently stayed at Dicky Beach Holiday Park on the Sunshine Coast. Following are a few photos of the area and local attractions. My review of Dicky Beach Holiday Park is here. SS Dicky shipwreck Dicky Beach was named after the iron steamboat, the SS Dicky, which ran aground in 1893 in heavy seas. The ship was re-floated, but heavy seas pushed the ship back onto the sand where it remains. No lives were lostmore »

North Gorge walk on Stradbroke Island — humpback whale watching paradise

Stradbroke Island has many attractions, such as beaches, 4WDing and fishing. But if you are more into nature, then North Gorge walk at Point Lookout is a major tourist attraction on Straddie offering some of the best land-based humpback whale watching anywhere in the world. All iconic locations around the world have a memorable physical landmark. For Stradbroke Island, this physical landmark is North Gorge walk.   Whale watching on Stradbroke Island Northmore »

Four wheel driving on Stradbroke Island — Main Beach, Flinders Beach and Tripod Track

Stradbroke Island is an iconic destination that permits beach driving. When we stayed at Straddie we drove on Flinders Beach and Main Beach, as well as driving the sandy Tripod Track. You will need a beach access permit from Redland City Council to drive on the beaches. The beach access permit is valid for 12 months and can be purchased from the Big Red Cat, Stradbroke Ferries, any of the Straddie Holiday Parks,more »

Riding the Big Red Cat to Stradbroke Island

We took our Toyota Prado, loaded with camping gear, on the Big Red Cat when we recently camped on Stradbroke Island.  There are basically two ways to get your vehicle to Stradbroke Island — or Straddie as the locals call it. You can put your vehicle on Stradbroke Ferries or the Big Red Cat. I chose to use the Big Red Cat mainly because it had an on board cafe. I did not fancy spending an hour with mymore »

Holidaying on Stradbroke Island

We recently had a rather adventurous weekend on Stradbroke Island — or Straddie as the locals call it. In many people’s eyes, Stradbroke Island is a stunning and beautiful holiday destination. Some of the Straddie holiday attractions are: beaches sea life — whales, dolphins, turtles, manta rays sand four wheel driving beach camping beach fishing. And all this only an hour from Brisbane by vehicular ferry. We took my Toyota Prado to Stradbroke Islandmore »

Driving Duck Creek Road to O’Reilly’s

Duck Creek Road is a great track to try if you are new to four wheel driving, or only have a soft roader or SUV. With the drought-breaking rain in recent years, Duck Creek Road has become sufficiently rough to warrant carefully thinking about where you plant your wheels, but not so challenging that you are likely to get stuck or seriously damage your vehicle. I recently took the family on a fourmore »

Visit to Kondalilla National Park — photos

Kondalilla National Park is a great place for a walk through the bush, but don’t expect four wheel drive trails in this national park. We had not been planning to visit Kondalilla National Park. Rather, we were driving home from somewhere else and thought the my girls needed to get out for a run. Spotting the sign, we headed down there. We visited on Easter Saturday and the car park was bedlam – fortunately wemore »