How to get to South Stradbroke Island

Situated just offshore of Sanctuary Cove, getting to South Stradbroke Island isn’t quite as straight forward as many other parts of the Gold Coast, however the little bit of extra effort is totally worth it for the spectacular natural reserve and relaxed way of life. Although ‘Straddie’ as the local’s call it, is just 200m from the northern end of the spit, getting to South Stradbroke Island requires a short but enjoyable trip on a water taxi, ferry, charter boat or private boat.

Not far from civilisation although offering a unique atmosphere that feels like you are, South Stradbroke Island is ideal for a day trip or an extended stay and why wouldn’t you love to stay longer and experience everything the island has to offer including swimming, surfing, fishing, bushwalking, hiking, rock climbing and a 1800 hectare conservation park.

Throughout the Gold Coast there are a number of departure points for getting to South Stradbroke Island by boat including the Marina Mirage at Main Beach, Sanctuary Cove Marina and the Runaway Bay Marina. Which departure point you require and how much the trip will cost you depends on which part of South Stradbroke Island you’d like to visit and whether you’re travelling with or without a vehicle.

Getting to South Stradbroke Island by ferry takes approximately 40 minutes from Hope Island, Sanctuary Cove Marina. From Brisbane, it’s just under an hour’s drive south along the Pacific Motorway. The Gold Coast Airport is also just a 40 minute drive south of the Sanctuary Cove Marina along the Pacific Motorway and Gold Coast Highway.

A number of carriers offer direct flights in and out of the Gold Coast Airport and from the terminal there are a number of transport options including transfers, shuttles, local bus services, taxis and car hire options.