Stradbroke Island YHA

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Things to do in Stradbroke Island YHA

Located east of Brisbane, Stradbroke Island is a natural treasure with kilometres of white sandy beaches, picturesque headlands, inland lakes and an abundance of wildlife. Enjoy 4WD tours, sand boarding, sea kayaking or the spectacular North Gorge Headlands walk where you can see whales (June-October), manta rays (November-April), dolphins and turtles. The onsite PADI 5-star resort dive centre caters for divers and snorkellers with daily charters and dive courses available.
Local bands on Saturday nights at Stradbroke Island hotel. Bonfires and BBQs at and around hostel.

At the hostel

Ping pong and pool

Free ping pong and pool table available for all guests.

Ground floor


Join one of the boat trips or snorkel the South Gorge. Prices from $25 to hire gear or $60 per person to join a boat trip.

Most days. Weather dependent.
Meet at Reception

Sunset on Adder rock

End your day watching the sunset 2 minutes from the hostel on the beach.

Flinders Beach

Tours & activities related to this hostel

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Fraser Island and Whitsundays package

Experience the best of the East Coast with this great value Fraser Island and Whitsundays 6 day adventure package. Includes 1 FREE night at Airlie Beach YHA

Travel from Brisbane up the stunning East Coast to explore the magic of Fraser Island and the breathtaking crystal clear blue waters and white sand of the Whitsundays. Get ready, you are about to make some memories!

Day 1: Make your way to Hervey Bay, the Gateway to stunning Fraser Island. Hervey Bay YHA offers a free shuttle from the Greyhound and Premier bus stop to the hostel. Stay at Hervey Bay YHA

Day 2 and 3: Your 2 day/ 1 night all inclusive tour to the world's largest sand island, Fraser Island, begins! You will be picked up from your accommodation between 7.00 and 8.00am before boarding the ferry for the 50 minute cruise across the Great Sandy Strait. Look out for playful dolphins, turtles or the elusive dugong. Make sure you have everything you need for the day as your 4WD tour starts as soon as you arrive on the island. 

From here, you will spend two action packed days discovering shipwrecks, ancient rainforests, freshwater lakes and pristine white sandy beaches. This unforgettable trip takes in some of Fraser Island's most famous locations, including Lake McKenzie, The Pinnacles Coloured Sands, Maheno Shipwreck, Indian Head, and Seventy-Five Mile Beach. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be dropped back to Hervey Bay YHA around 9.30pm.

Day 4:After spending the day exploring Hervey Bay, it's time to board the night bus and get on the road north as you make your way towards Airlie Beach to embark on a once in a lifetime 2 day/1 night sailing adventure.

Day 5: Use your FREE NIGHT at Airlie Beach YHA to explore the vibrant hub of the Whitsundays. With breathtakingly scenic walking trails, a huge lagoon with free BBQs, and world famous backpacker beer gardens, Airlie Beach allows your holiday to be as relaxed or adventure-seeking active as you feel like!

Day 6: Your 2 chilled out days of sensational sailing around the unparalleled Whitsunday Islands starts at 8.30am from Abel Point Marina. Spend the next two days snorkelling, swimming and relaxing. Of course, no trip to the Whitsundays is complete without a visit to the postcard-perfect Whitehaven Beach! On a budget? No worries! Bring your own alcoholic drinks on board the boat (no glass). After sleeping on the Great Barrier Reef and making memories to last a life time, you return to Airlie Beach by approximately 4.00pm.

What to Bring:

1 small overnight bag with clothes and toiletries. Don't forget swimwear, hat, towel, sunscreen, and of course, your camera.

Important Information:

This itinerary is based on using the Greyhound Bus service but does not include transport between Hervey Bay and Airlie Beach. Ask us about our exclusive discounts on Greyhound's East Coast Hop-on Hop-off pass.

Please let us know if:

  • You have any dietary requirements
  • You need a different itinerary from the one listed above- just tell us what tour dates you need and we will do our best to make it happen;
  • You are travelling on and need any tips, or tours booked. We are here to help;

Are you travelling the opposite direction? No worries, contact us directly and we can personalise an itinerary that works for you.

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Greyhound Bus Pass: Cairns-Brisbane

Travel Australia's famous East Coast in comfort with this Hop on Hop off Greyhound pass. Exclusive discount, save $17 when you book with YHA!

YHA Exclusive Offer: Book now and save $17.00

With unlimited stops and 3 months to complete your travel , this hop-on hop-off Greyhound bus pass is the perfect ticket to explore Australia's East Coast. 

Includes free onward travel to Surfers Paradise and Byron Bay. Travel must commence within 6 months from purchase date. Unlimited stops in one direction (south) only. 

There are also Melbourne to Cairns or Sydney to Cairns Greyhound passes available.

Save time and money by adding on a multi- night accommodation pack

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Greyhound pass Melbourne - Cairns

Travel Australia's famous East Coast in comfort with this Hop on Hop off Greyhound pass. Exclusive discount, save $27 when you book with YHA!

Travelling Australia's East Coast is a popular route for backpackers and using this hop-on hop-off coach pass is a perfect way to do it!

Greyhound makes travelling easy with daily departures so you can travel when it suits you. Once your pass is issued, you have the flexibility to reserve seats up until 24 hours before each departure either online or by phone. Greyhound coaches are safe, comfortable and offer free WIFI and USB chargers at every seat.

Stop at all the must see destinations; Sydney, Byron Bay, Hervey Bay and Airlie Beach! 

Why rush? Take your time to discover some of Australia's best kept secrets along the way… Newcastle, Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour, Lennox Head, Townsville or Mission Beach.

BUY NOW AND SAVE. You have 6 months from date of purchase to start travelling. Once you start you have 3 months.

Pass is valid:

  • For 3 months (90 days) from the date of first departure from Melbourne or Cairns
  • For use on Greyhound Services on the East Coast between Melbourne and Cairns
  • Hop-on hop-off unlimited times in one direction only

There are also Sydney to Cairns or Brisbane to Cairns Greyhound passes available.

FREE things to do in Point Lookout

  1. Visit the Gorge Walk at the top of Point Lookout for spectacular views and wildlife. Relax or walk along the islands beautiful beaches.
  2. Go surfing and take advantage of the free boogie boards or hire our surfboards to enjoy the waves.
  3. Sunset on Adder Rock - end your day watching the sunset just a 2 minutes from the hostel.
  4. Bush walking - every Wednesday the local bushwalkers meet at 8-8:30am to complete a walk on the island. (Only available through the cooler months).
  5. Meander through the variety of market stalls showcasing local produce from the island and surrounding area. Runs alternate Sundays.
  • Amity Point is a lovely location if you have a car - the Island bus does go there. Dolphins at the jetty- I was lucky enough to see a massive school of Sea Mullet being surrounded and eaten by the dolphins....amazing experience.
    Lysia M
  • If you like to party and be in bed by 11pm then you're going to love hanging out with the staff.
    Meryl H
  • Straddie is a great! Nice beaches, good diving.
    Sabrina R
  • Blue room cafe was great
    Nicole K
  • Don't make the same mistake as me and take the bus up to point look out, the hostel is a few stations before.. The island is amazing, don't miss the north gorge walk and visit brown Lake!
    Lisa Z

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