Life Down Under: Straddie Island

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Life Down Under: Straddie Island

Below: Frenchman’s Beach

Life Down Under: Straddie Island, Mix Hart 2017

North Stradbroke “Straddie” Island (Minjerribah) is one of my favourite places on Earth to date. Somehow, it has managed to preserve its wildness and also have accessible beaches and hikes.

Below: Frenchman’s Beach, North Gorge walk.

Life Down Under: Straddie Island, Mix Hart 2017

We found everything on Straddie: wild koalas, wild kangaroos, surf beaches, swimming beaches, snorkelling spots, epics oceans views from craggy cliffs. I could happily live on Straddie Island.

Below: North Gorge.

Life Down Under: Straddie Island, Mix Hart 2017

Below: kangaroo mum and babe on the move, North Gorge.

Life Down Under: Straddie Island, Mix Hart 2017

Life Down Under: Straddie Island, Mix Hart 2017

Below:Pip and Mist, Coral Sea view, North Gorge.

Life Down Under: Straddie Island, Mix Hart 2017

Minjerribah (Straddie Island) is half nature reserve (Naree Budjong Djara National Park). The Quandamooka people have lived on the island for at least 21,000 years.

Below: Main Beach, Lookout Point.

Life Down Under: Straddie Island, Mix Hart 2017

Below: Mum and Little-Roo, North Gorge.

Life Down Under: Straddie Island, Mix Hart 2017

Below: Roo on the move.

Life Down Under: Straddie Island, Mix Hart 2017

Below: Coral Sea, North Gorge, Lookout Point

Life Down Under: Straddie Island, Mix Hart 2017

I hope you enjoy the pictures from our day exploring the Northern tip of Straddie Island. It was an enchanted day. That is how Australia is for me: supernatural and wondrous. Each day, the natural beauty leaves me in awe-shock. I am soaking up every drop of Aussie life.

Below: Pip at Cylinder Beach. High tide made a perfect swimming hole before the surf break.

Life Down Under: Straddie Island, Mix Hart 2017

Below: Sisters shelling along Cylinder Beach.

Life Down Under: Straddie Island, Mix Hart 2017

Below: Koala in gum tree at Cylinder Beach.

Life Down Under: Straddie Island, Mix Hart 2017

Life Down Under, Straddie Island, Photo: Tabitha Arthur 2017

Life Down Under: Straddie Island, Mix Hart 2017

Below: Pip resting on sand bar, Cylinder Beach.

Life Down Under: Straddie Island, Mix Hart 2017

Life Down Under: Straddie Island, Cylinder Beach, 2017 Mix Hart

Below: more mum and baby kangaroos in the forest along Cylinder Beach.

Life Down Under: Straddie Island, Mix Hart 2017

Below: kangaroo in repose, Cylinder Beach.

Life Down Under: Straddie Island, Mix Hart 2017

Life Down Under: Straddie Island, Mix Hart 2017

Packing up: time to catch the ferry back to Brisbane. The sun sets over the Coral Sea during our ferry ride and we arrive on Brisbane shores in the black night. We hop aboard the free ferry bus shuttle that takes us to our train. We ride the train for an hour, it drops it off at Central Station, then it’s a three minute walk to our apartment. We arrive home happily exhausted with sand seeping from our pores.

Life Down Under: Straddie Island, Mix Hart 2017

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