Best walk of the year (so far)

The hike around North Gorge, North Stradbroke Island, Queensland is short, has spectacular cliffs, marine life, a blowhole, and a surf club at the end!  

We were told it was beautiful, but I was not prepared for the ocean views at every turn and the amazing gorge itself. The way the 1.2 km boardwalk winds its way around the cliff face really makes the most of the scenery.

We spotted turtles and rays – we saw dolphins the next day – playing in the waves of Home Beach. No wonder this is a great spot for whale watching! 

North Gorge, North Stradbroke Island, Queensland - Start your walk here
Start your walk here

We tackled the walk in a clockwise direction, from the northern entry. It was all so beautiful – views at every turn! 

The North Gorge itself was so unexpected. It was here we spotted the marine life. 

You can climb out onto the rocks for better views! 

Like this:

North Gorge, North Stradbroke Island, Queensland
North Gorge, North Stradbroke Island, Queensland

But the views on the opposite side are just as good.

Further along, we heard a noise like a whale’s blowhole. Intrigued, we followed the steps down up onto more rocks, and heard it again. Stop a while, and you might be able to see the blowhole in action. Just as we were leaving, in fact! If you snap a pic, please send it to me. 

Bonus points, as you draw near the end – there is Point Lookout Surf Club. A perfect place for a coldie (we came back the next day) and a light lunch. Also for dog lovers, you can take your pet to the lower balcony – also shaded. This was perfect for the family we travelled with, and it was great to get out of the summer sun! 

Main Beach views from Boardwalk
Main Beach views from Boardwalk

The club has views over two beaches – South Gorge (swimming is not encouraged here) and Main Beach (patrolled) – and an easy walk back to town and the start of the walk from here. 

How to find this track: check out CAMPS App and look for the day use area, Headland Park in the town of Point Lookout. You can start the walk either side – we began the walk on Moloomba Road, opposite the shops, north of the park.

NOTE: The northern entry access will close from time to time as a 4.6 million project is built. The Yalingbila Bibula (Whale on a Hill) exhibit will be free of charge once opened. Also please take care, especially with kids – it’s a long way down to treacherous depths!

Read more about our stay on Straddie.

Find these sites and more nearby in the CAMPS guide booksnew CAMPS Pendium boxed set and CAMPS AUSTRALIA WIDE App.

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