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Getting to North Stradbroke Island and MBRS

Getting to North Stradbroke Island and MBRS

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).

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.

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. If you intend to access locations outside of the townships the local Island bus company provides regular services between the townships and to/from the two ferry terminals during ferry operational times. Stradbroke Cab Service also provide cab services day and night, or you will need private transport or charter buses.

What to Bring

What to bring

  • Bedding is included in accommodation fees but towels are not. Towels may be hired for an additional fee.
  • The Australian sun is potent. Please bring a good supply of sun screen and sun-protective clothing.
  • Closed shoes must be worn in all labs.
  • Lab coats must be worn for dissections or if handling chemicals.
  • Water shoes or heavy-soled dive booties are strongly recommended for any water work.
  • There is no chemical store so please bring all necessary chemicals. UQ personnel must comply with the University's Chemical Transport Policy.


  • Mobile phone coverage is best around townships on the island but is patchy elsewhere.
  • Fax and photocopy services are available from the main office/reception.
  • Microwave internet access is available in the computer room. Wireless connections are available for UQ staff and students.
Medical Facilities

Medical Facilities

There are three medical centres on North Stradbroke Island. More information can be obtained from MBRS reception.

Stradbroke Island Medical Centre
Shop 2, 4 Kennedy Drive
Point Lookout, QLD 4183
Phone 3409 8660 Fax 3409 8656
After hours emergency 3409 8660

Marie Rose Centre Dunwich Health (OPEN 5 DAYS)
Cnr Oxley Parade & Petrie Street
Dunwich, QLD 4183
Phone 3409 9059 Fax 3409 9598
(A registered nurse is on call 24 hours)

Yulu-Burri-Ba Aboriginal Corporation for Community Health
16 Dickson Way
Dunwich, QLD 4183
Phone 3409 9596 Fax 3409 9009
Open Mon-Fri 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Closed Thurs from 8:30 am to 9:30 am

People with Disability

People with Disability

A twin share room with a non-shared ensuite is available on the top floor, accessible via the lift. Toilet facilities are also available on the ground floor and all common rooms are easily accessible by wheelchair.



Permits are required for all field work and copies must be provided to MBRS Scientific staff before arrival at the station. Please see Permits and Zoning for more information and contact Scientific staff with any questions.