365 Places: North Stradbroke Island
Day 16: North Stradbroke Island, Queensland, Australia
Stradbroke Island is, in short, one of my favourite places in South East Queensland. Affectionately known as Straddie, it has beautiful clean beaches, steeped in amazing Indigenous history and culture, and only an hour from the centre of Brisbane. 50 percent of the island is national park and this percentage will increase in the years ahead.
Some of my happiest memories were of taking my son there for a holiday and hanging out with friends, renting a little cabin at the caravan park across the road from the beach.
Here is a potted history from the Tourism site:
The first inhabitants arrived at least 40,000 years ago and North Stradbroke Island is now home to the Noonuccal, Nughie and Goenpul Aboriginal people, who call it Minjerribah. The first recorded European sighting was in 1770 when James Cook named Point Lookout. Colonial settlement began in the 1820′s.
The word Quandamooka means Moreton Bay.
Aboriginal middens have been found on Straddie that date settlement back as far as 25,000 years ago. The Quandamooka people have a unique cultural heritage that they share through their storytelling, art and dance performances.
You can check out some of the Cultural Talks and Cultural Awareness Activities. In 2011 Australia officially acknowledged their traditional ownership, recognising their native title rights to areas of North Stradbroke Island and surrounding waters.
As a young person, the poetry of Oodgeroo Noonuccal (Kath Walker) awoke me to social justice issues for Aboriginal peoples in Australia. Stradbroke Island was her home and she established Moongalba as a cultural and educational centre on the island. She contributed much to the reconciliation movement through her work as a writer, activist and artist.
There are a few ways to get there: via a vehicle ferry, passenger ferries and the water taxi. You can find out more information on the Straddie Tourism site.
Stradbroke Island http://stradbrokeisland.com
National Museum of Australia http://indigenousrights.net.au/person.asp?pID=988
I love Straddie. I’ve lived most of my life on the mainland just near there and have only just this year discovered the island. Going to be staying there a couple of weeks before I set off on my adventure.
It is a gorgeous spot – hope you have a nice break 🙂 Have you checked out the middens?
Wow, learning a lot about Australia that I didn’t know. Hope to visit one day, I’ve seriously got the adventure bug. By the way still looking forward to having you as guest bloggers. Let me know when you would like to post.
Thanks – I am glad you are finding the posts interesting 🙂
I am planning on drafting something over the weekend – it has been on my ‘to do’ list – thanks for there reminder!
I really like your blog. I love how you’ve put it together.
Looking forward to seeing what you put together.
Thanks Steve 🙂
Just wanted to let you know that your blog is great and your pictures are stunning! Keep up the good work!
Thank you so much Julie – we really appreciate your very kind feedback!! I will go and check your blog out too 🙂