Stradbroke Island in Queensland A Great Hidden Travel Destination

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An Amazing Location Known Manly Only To Locals

LOCALS have raved about it for years, and now an island just off the coast of Brisbane has been recognised as one of the world’s best hidden tourist gems.

North Stradbroke Island features on a new list from travel giant Fodor’s of the top 15 under-the-radar destinations on the planet.

The powerfully influential guide has told the world what generations of Queenslanders have known (and might have wanted kept quiet).

Water, Beauty, and Local Wildlife To Enjoy

“You can spot koalas on the island, or head to Point Lookout, considered one of the best land-based whale-watching spots in the world,’’ the guide gushes.

The accolade comes on top of Hamilton Island being voted most desirable island escape by readers of Australian Traveller, the country’s biggest-selling travel magazine.

The Gold Coast (best family holiday destination), the Great Barrier Reef (best aquatic destination) and Birdsville (best town off the beaten track) also received gongs in the Australian Traveller awards.

“Straddie” takes its place alongside some of the world’s best emerging tourism destinations, including Lombok in Indonesia and Anguilla in the Caribbean.

Amazing Beaches, Inland Lakes and The City Of Brisbane

Fodor’s judges made mention of Straddie’s beautiful beaches, inland lakes and its proximity to Brisbane.

Fodor’s is the biggest English-language travel publisher in the world, and receiving that sort of publicity could spell the end for Straddie’s days of flying under the radar.

David Thomson of the Straddie Chamber of Commerce yesterday welcomed the exposure.

“People can’t expect it to be like Hastings Street at Noosa or be like the Gold Coast,” he said. “But if you’re looking for that laid-back 1970s or ’80s-style beach holiday, there’s no place like it.

“The beaches and the marine life for the diving is world-class. And its location is such a bonus. “It’s close enough to Brisbane to capture that spontaneous traveller who just wants to go there for the weekend on a whim.”

This article was previously published by Jeremy Pierce Tourism reporter The Courier-Mail on Dec 1, 2015.