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Visit Stradbroke Island for a relaxing half-day of swimming, snorkeling and other fun activities in a secluded tropical paradise. Cross from the Gold Coast mainland to the island by high-speed catamaran in just 35 minutes, then have free time to do as you please. Hit the water by kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard, swim, snorkel or lounge around on the white-sand beaches. Enjoy the complimentary buffet lunch, and perhaps feed kookaburras and wallabies before heading back to the mainland in the afternoon.


  • 5-hour Stradbroke Island excursion from the Gold Coast
  • Cruise the waters of the Coral Sea by luxury catamaran
  • Explore McLarens Landing on South Stradbroke Island
  • Enjoy an included barbecue lunch
  • Free use of paddleboards, kayaks and canoes
  • Watch the feeding of sea eagles, kookaburras and wallabies

What You Can Expect

Stradbroke Island Day Trip from the Gold Coast

Wallaby Feeding

Make your own way to Mariners Cove Marina in the morning to board the high-speed catamaran for the 35-minute ride to Stradbroke Island. Keep a lookout for the wild sea eagles that follow the boat!

Before arriving at McLarens Landing, cruise past the sparkling Gold Coast Broadwater and hear live commentary about the sights. You can also purchase drinks from the onboard bar if you wish (own expense).

How you spend your day on the island is your choice. Activities available include using provided equipment to go stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking or canoeing on warm turquoise waters (non-motorized water equipment is included). Or choose additional activities (own expense) such as seaplane or speedboat rides, jet-skiing, tractor beach rides and sand-tobogganing.

Swim and snorkel from the white–sand beaches of Stradbroke Island, and keep an eye out for dolphins, sea turtles manta rays and humpback whales (seasonal). Learn more about local history at the small museum, take a walk in the jungle or check out the resident population of wallabies and kookaburras.

Refuel at lunch with the included barbecue that features chicken, fish, steak, sausages, potatoes and salads, with drinks available from the bar (own expense).

Return to the Gold Coast mainland on the high-speed catamaran at the end of your 5-hour tour.

Customer Reviews

Jieru T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

It was great for some family time, my parents enjoy it when they can have some quite walk along the beach while myself could enjoy the water activities available on the resort. I like the music played by our guide too!! The talk was interesting :

Sue L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

It was a great day, except for the weather! The lunch was awesome. We tried out a few water sports and came home totally worn out. Would definitely recommend this trip.

Debbie P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

An absolutely fantastic day

Marie B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

This tour was amazing!

mark w

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

The best experience I had.amazing tour . amazing views and so much fun

Becky S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

We all loved it. Very family friendly and crew were big help with getting pram off the boat. Food was great also. All people visiting the gold coast this is a must do.. Guide was funny also.

Mira K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

It was awesome day. We did seaplane tour with Pete. It was really awesome with bit of thrill too. Had time to do bit of kayaking too. And BBQ buffet was delicious with live music. The singer , who is also the captain of our boat, sang a birthday song for me :)). Island was really relaxing. It was a great sunny day too. Thanks to god, it rained only on our way back. Thanks to all staff. They were very enthusiastic and friendly. :)

Sharon C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Fantastic day out

Gina B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2013

What an awesome day. Yummy lunch, excellent staff. We all loved it. Thanks

Fiona B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2013

A fantastic time on a gorgeous Island with a lot of different water-sports to choose from! The tour-guide/barman/chef/entertainer was awesome!! Highly recommend this tour for a fun-filled day with no disappointments!!

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