Cedar and Suede Caravanning Holiday at Straddie
WRITTEN BY: CARLENE DUFFY
You would’ve had to have been on a committed Instagram hiatus to have missed our Summer holiday adventure across January 2019 — sorry — not sorry.
Nestled off the coastline of Brisbane is the iconic North Stradbroke Island, a leisurely 60-minute barge ride from Cleveland, in Brisbane’s bayside. We’ve traditionally marked this destination in our calendars a year in advance, and every year after a typically crazy Christmas lead up, we’re always hankering for this trip. Michael and I have been holidaying at Straddie since we were babies and this year, again, it did not disappoint. It’s our spirit place and breathes life into us after increasingly fast-paced years.
The water is crystal-clear and you can usually always find a protected beach with slow, rolling waves. As soon as we land on the island you can feel a shift in the air and our attitudes. We love that it has barely changed in 36 years, apart from a few more cafes and a health food shop. Here on Straddie, there are few decisions to make, other than what ice cream flavour do I want, or which beach shall we visit today? And nowhere else do I go into full and complete holiday mode. Here, my mind instantly clears itself and I hit the off-switch on our beloved Cedar and Suede, that is until I hit the mainland again.
"FOR ME, I'M JUST HAPPY TO BE ENJOYING THE COMFORT OF LEATHER SEATS, A DVD PLAYER, REVERSING CAMERA AND AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION."
If you’re an avid four-wheel-driver like Michael and the kids (I prefer my car trips sans the rock n rolling) then Moreton Island is where you want to be. Some of the beach tracks on Moreton provide some serious sand driving, which I think visitors to this island drive along for the sheer fun of the challenge. Any male reading this right now is thinking, ‘yeah dah!’ But I’m more of a ‘let’s just get from A to B’ kinda gal, which is how I enjoy the MU-X day to day, but that’s a post for another day.