Well South Stradbroke Island on the Gold Coast, what can I say other than a little bit of paradise on our door step. The only access to the island is via boat and we have found the best and quickest access is to launch the boat at Jacob’s Well. The boat trip takes about 15 minutes before you arrive at the sandy beach of the island where we would call home for the night.
There are no facilities/amenities on the island so packing all you need is essential. We usually only head over for one night so we don’t have to do too much thinking and also there is an Irish bar called Harrigans just 10 minutes in the boat with a handy little pontoon to tie the boat up outside while you head in for a cool beer and a nice meal, although veggie options are limited, but as a vegetarian that becomes a bit of such as life!
Anyhow, we loaded the boat with our tents, and essentials followed by our good selves and set off. Because we travel so lightly and pack frugally it’s not long before the tents are pitched and the fire is set up giving us the perfect opportunity to pop out for a bit of a fish in hope of catching something for dinner (not for me of course, but there are always plenty of noodles packed!) but as usual it is more a case of feeding the fish.
In all honesty we weren’t able to get much fishing done, the ocean was very choppy with 3 mtr swells and amazingly even the inlet was choppy making it difficult to anchor up. I have to say in all of my visits to South Stradbroke I have never seen this side of the water quite so choppy. So after a while of trying we decided it was wiser to head back, don some sandfly and mozzie repellant and head to the Irish Bar for a feed.
When we returned it was time to sit around the fire, share in a few glasses of red wine with music playing in the background. There is nothing quite like sitting around the fire as the moonlight glistens on the water. Because it was a Sunday we were the only people camping on the beach, so other than a few boats anchored off the shore it was just the five of us and the visiting bandicoots foraging for food – it really is an astonishing place, especially when there is no-one else around. A few water fights were had and a bit of fun and frivolity before we all began to flag and became in need of our beds – well the floor of the tent to be more exact!
Sleep is always good on the island because it is so peaceful, as you wake in the morning you can hear the ocean lapping at the shore and you can smell the fire as it burns slowly and waits to be fed to enable it to cook our breakfast! There is nothing quite like sitting on the beach first thing on the morning of a fresh autumn day with the camp fire sizzling and cup of tea in hand. Anyway it was a lazy day of walking and wandering, feeding the fish a little more and relaxing before packing up camp and returning to the boat ramp for the drive home!