North Stradbroke Island is easily accessible by a range of private and/or public transport options. Passenger and car ferries run daily to and from the Island, and the Research Station is only a short drive or walk from the ferry terminals. All passenger and vehicle ferries to the Island depart from Toondah Harbour in Cleveland. Toondah Harbour is located at the junction of Middle and Emmett Streets in Cleveland.

Although passenger ferries do not require forward booking, large groups should ring ahead to ensure space is available. Bookings should always be made for transporting vehicles on car ferries. Please inform MBRS of your arrival and departure times on your booking form and make prior arrangements if your arrival is outside normal office hours (8:30am-5:30pm).

Private Transport

Major arterial roads to Cleveland are well signed whether you are travelling from the City, or the north or south coasts. Old Cleveland Road is the main road into Cleveland from the City. Free public car parking is available at Toondah Harbour. A secure car parking area is available at a fee through Stradbroke Ferries (phone +61 7 3488 5300).

For information on charter bus options and assistance from MBRS please see our Bus Charter fact sheet.

Public Transport

From Brisbane Airport to Cleveland

Airtrain and bus services from Brisbane Airport will take you to Brisbane City centre terminals where train connections are available to Cleveland.The two passenger ferry companies (Stradbroke Ferries and Stradbroke Flyer) operate courtesy buses to meet trains in Cleveland and take you to Toondah Harbour.

The Airtrain takes approximately 20 minutes to travel to Central Station and tickets may be booked in advance. Trains from elsewhere in Queensland are also available. See TransLink for general bus and train service information.

Taxi services direct from the airport to Cleveland are quicker (~30 minutes) but more expensive (~$50 - $80). 

Crossing Moreton Bay to MBRS

Three companies operate regular fast passenger and/or vehicle ferry service between the mainland from Toondah Harbour in Cleveland, and one of two harbours at Dunwich or One Mile on North Stradbroke Island. Water taxis/passenger ferries take approximately 25 minutes while vehicle ferries take approximately 50 minutes.Vehicle ferries also accept 'walk-on' passengers without vehicles. All vehicle ferries and the Stradbroke Ferries water taxi disembark at the Dunwich ferry terminal while the Stradbroke Flyer water taxi disembarks at the One Mile Jetty. Both harbours are close to MBRS - the Dunwich harbour is about a 15 minute walk while the One Mile harbour is only 5 minutes walk to MBRS.

For more details and contact information on the ferries please see our Ferry Information fact sheet. 

On-Island Transport

North Stradbroke Island is over 27,000 hectares in area and sealed roads link the three main Island townships of Dunwich, Amity Point and Point Lookout. The local Island bus provides regular services between the townships and to/from the two ferry terminals. Private transport and/or charter buses are required if you intend to access locations outside of the townships.

Find out about further on-island transport options.