Sometimes you need a fresh pair of eyes to spot a new and exciting attraction to visit in and around Brisbane. As the city’s premier holiday hire car specialists, we’ve come up with a real family crowd-pleaser.

Take a trip across the water by ferry to Stradbroke Island for a day out crammed with activities based on the area’s natural beauty. The best way to do it all is with a holiday car rental.

Read on to find out why Betta Auto Hire should be the first port of call for all your Stradbroke Island hire car needs.

Make Betta Auto Hire Your Car Rental Choice

You’re gearing up for your scenic holiday and if you’re arriving by plane, it may be easiest to pick up your hire car from our Brisbane airport location but we also have a depot in Cleveland. Cleveland is where you would take the ferry for the short 45-minute crossing to Dunwich on North Stradbroke Island, or North Straddie as we locals like to call it.

Betta Auto Hire has the closest car hire depot to the ferry terminal making it an ideal choice for time-saving convenience. We can even offer free drop-off and pick-up in the local area as well as airport transfers.

You can also find us here on the Sealink ferry service website along with plenty of other useful logistical information. Check the ferry timetable here and be sure to be your spot!

The Benefits of Exploring by Car

Time after time our customers return from a day trip to North Straddie bursting with tales to share with us about their exciting experiences. The ferry ride is always a great way to get things off to a great start, particularly for families. It’s short and sweet so there’s no time to get bored, especially if it is the whale-watching season!

Having a car with you is a must so that you get the maximum benefit from your day out. There’s no waiting around for public transport and plenty of space to keep all the kids’ essentials. You’ll even have room to pack a picnic for lunch on one of Straddie’s beautiful beaches. A Stradbroke Island hire car is a must to get the most out of this stunning island.

10 Facts Worth Knowing About North Straddie

We’ve compiled a few key points about Stradbroke Island that’ll help you get the most from your visit. Impress the kids with your knowledge. Bear in mind that they’ll probably want to you drive them to Amity Point, the base the film crews used to shoot parts of the movie blockbuster, Aquaman!

● The island’s 38 km long and 11 km wide
● It’s the second-largest sand island in the world!
● The island’s Eighteen Mile Swamp is the largest of its kind on the planet
● Scenes in the 2018 movie Aquaman got filmed off Straddie’s Amity Point
● The Quandamooka people call the island by its traditional name, Minjerribah
● There is a strong aboriginal presence on the island
● There are 5 main beaches: the biggest, Main Beach is 32 km long
● The island has 100 freshwater lakes and wetlands
● Once one island, Stradbroke Island split in 2 back in 1896
● Jumpinpin Channel separates the North and South Islands

Holiday Car Rental and Straddie’s 5 Beaches

The 5 main beaches offer plenty of fishing, surfing and watersports opportunities. The easiest way to check them all out is with a holiday-hire car. Main Beach is great for surfing whilst Cylinder Beach is a protected swimming beach with less swell.

Home Beach and Flinders Beach are both popular with swimmers. Frenchman’s or Deadman’s Beach has plenty of rock pools but offers no lifesaving service. Please note that Betta Auto Hire does not offer 4WD holiday car hire for driving on the beach. Our Stradbroke Island hire car service is for getting around the island on the roads only and for finding those hidden gems.

Blue Lake and Brown Lake

Blue Lake is one of the largest lakes on the island. Protected within the Naree Budjong Djara National Park, it is a spring-fed lake untouched by climate change and seemingly in the same condition as it was 7,500 years ago.

There is a relatively short but beautiful hiking trail you can do here. Hot in summer, it’ll take anywhere between 1.5 and 2.5 hours to complete the 6 km walk. The track winds its way upwards through the coastal woodland to a sandy ridge from where you can get a glimpse of the ocean through the trees. The lookout offers amazing views across the southern part of the island, the Pacific Ocean and the Gold Coast.

Brown Lake is a “perched” lake retaining its water because of a layer of leaves lining the lake floor. This forms an impermeable layer, stopping water from leaking into the water table.

Just 3.5 km outside Dunwich, it’s a popular swimming and picnic spot. In spring, wildflowers carpet the surrounding bushland. You cannot take dogs in the Brown Lake area.

Eighteen Mile Swamp and Myora Springs

The largest of its kind in the world, this swamp is unusually long and narrow. Named Naree Budjong Djara National Park back in 2011, it’s home to many endangered and rare species of plants and trees.

Legend has it that the swamp contains a mystery shipwreck thought to belong to Pamphlett and Finnegan associated with the discovery of the Brisbane River.

Myora Springs is a gorgeous spot and source of fresh water for the wildlife of the Dunwich area. In the forest surrounding Myora Springs, you’ll find plenty of freshwater crayfish and prawns.

The banks feature parts of large middens. These are the ancient piles of seashells. In 1978, residents of the island spotted a variety of the false water rat, a rare nocturnal mammal thought to be extinct, that had set up home in Myora.

A Message From the Quandamooka People

The Quandamooka people have a relationship with the island that dates back tens of thousands of years. Their connection to the land, sea and country is still very much alive today.

They’re ever mindful of nature. So, when the sea eagle or Mirrigimpa flies high in the sky over the ocean, they look and see if they dive for fish.

When the melaleuca blossoms they’re grateful there will be plenty of honey. And, when the hairy caterpillars move in long lines across the ground they know the mullet will be travelling up the coast.

They urge you to respect wildlife such as kangaroos, koalas and dolphins, to enjoy your experience on the island and to leave only footprints.

Get Back to Nature on North Stradbroke Island

Make a day of it and see all the sights on Straddie Island. Make a booking today with a holiday car rental from Betta Auto Hire. A Stradbroke island hire car has never been easier.