Even though most of us Southern Moreton Bay Islanders can see North Stradbroke Island from where we live, it’s always been kinda difficult for us to get there – well, for those of us who don’t have boats. We’ve had to get a waterbus to the mainland, then travel sixteen-or-so kilometres to Cleveland, then catch another ferry to Straddie, an all-up journey of well over an hour depending on connections.
But that could be changing. Our local waterbus operators are currently trialling a direct service from our islands that gets us to Straddie inside half an hour and allows seven hours there before returning. At the moment it’s only happening on selected days (like today, for example), but the response in terms of passenger numbers and enthusiasm could well auger for it to become an ongoing thing.