Straddy on the Weekend in our 4×4.


David and I were joined by friends of ours, Jim and Bernadette last weekend on a trip to North Stradbroke Island.  We caught the Red Cat vehicle ferry over on the Friday night, which is a 40 minute trip from Cleveland and stayed at the Islander Resort.

Our mission was to go out Saturday and Sunday on reconnaissance to find great camping spots for future visits to the island.  Jim and Bernadette own a Jeep Cherokee and we went in our Nissan Navara D40

The first day we followed Jim onto the beach and there was a tractor facing us quite close infront which distracted David’s grand entrance and we got bogged. The sand at the entrance is usually quite deep and soft.  We could have let our tyres down as most people do but David didn’t want to have to reinflate them, only being on the beach 2 days for a few hours at a time… Oops..  As we have only had our Nissan Navara D40 since Easter David is still learning what she likes and doesn’t like!!

She likes 3rd gear in L4 for the soft stuff. Thank you Jim for towing us out. What’s a 4WD trip without getting bogged. That’s the fun of it!


Take a look at the video footage below

 Straddy Beach Video – Nissan Navara D40

There is plenty to do on the island for a day trip, or longer as we found out.  We drove up the beach from Flinders Beach to Main Beach and around to Point Lookout on inland tracks. Visited Brown Lake, the Point Lookout Surf Life Saving Club, went bush walking to view whales out in the ocean and saw some from the beach on a few occasions. They were about 800m to 1000m away from shore. Had to use the binoculars to see better, or just zoom in my Canon camera…


Saturday lunch, we called into the Little Ship Club and had a great feed and enjoyed the spot. Sunday lunch, we pulled into a camping area behind sand dunes to eat fresh prawns and Moreton Bay Bugs caught locally. The prawns were HUGE and so delicious! We found some great camping areas too.


We will be able to go harder when we lift our Nissan Navara D40 2 inches… Can’t wait.

North Straddy can get quite packed out in the holiday seasons as it is a popular family holiday destination for campers so best to plan to go outside of these. Oh, and July can be cold… We Queenslanders feel the cold… 🙂

Here are a few other pics I took which I found interesting, perhaps you will too.


Hope you have enjoyed this post.  Thanks for reading.

Linda Lang

Queensland Bearings & Industrial Supplies

One Response to Straddy on the Weekend in our 4×4.

  • Michael Reid says:

    Hi guys

    Hope you enjoyed your ride on the Big Red Cat – next time you pop over tell me and i will organise for you to go up to the bridge and have a look around. i can also put this link on our facebook page if you would like.

    Big Red Cat

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