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North Stradbroke Island

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The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for North Stradbroke Island is 2,151, with a population density of 0.08 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

North Stradbroke Island is located offshore from the mainland area of Redland City, across Moreton Bay.

Name origin

North Stradbroke Island is named after the Earl of Stradbroke. It was originally known as Stradbroke Island, before it was separated from South Stradbroke Island.

Settlement history

Settlement on North Stradbroke Island dates from 1827. Population was minimal until the late 1800s, with land used mainly for farming and fishing. Some guesthouses were built during the 1930s. Significant residential development did not occur until the post-war years, spurred by the improved access brought about by the establishment of a car ferry from the mainland to the island. Sand mining became an important industry from the 1950s. The most rapid growth took place from the late 1960s into the 1980s, when residential housing and tourist accommodation were constructed. The population has fluctuated slightly since the early 1990s, a result of changes in dwelling stock, the average number of persons living in each dwelling, and the proportion of occupied dwellings.

Land use

North Stradbroke Island encompasses significant conservation areas and three residential and tourist areas. The statistics here include the residential townships of Amity, Dunwich and Point Lookout located on North Stradbroke Island, the non-urban parts of North Stradbroke Island, plus Peel Island.

Major features

Major features of the area include Moreton Bay Marine Park, Blue Lake National Park, Adams Beach, Amity Point Beach, Bradburys Beach, Cylinder Beach, Deadmans Beach, Flinders Beach, Frenchmans Beach, Home Beach, Main Beach, Pub Cove Beach, South Gorge Beach, North Stradbroke Island Golf Club, Brown Lake Conservation Area, Myora Conservation Area, Terra Bulla Leumeah Conservation Area, Point Lookout Conservation Area, Amity Point Picnic Area, Ballow Park, Bob Wilson Park, Brown Lake Reserve, Cabarita Park, Deadmans Headland Reserve, Frenchmans Park, Headland Park, Mitchell Park, Old Schoolhouse Park, Old Tennis Court Park, Point Lookout Oval, Ron Stark Oval Reserve, Scenic Reserve, Amity Point Hall, Dunwich Public Hall, Enterprise Mine, Yarraman Mine, Brown Lake, Stradbroke Ferries and one school.