Educational Tours to Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island)

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North Stradbroke Island is the second largest sand island in the world (behind Fraser) and boasts natural beauty in its freshwater lakes, forests and oceanside cliffs.

It is a great local option for Brisbane schools and offers a variety of natural environments, from rehabilitated sand mines at Yarraman to coral communities at Amity Point to pristine mangrove forests at Myora Springs. Whether you’d prefer a 4×4 adventure or an inspired day trip, a curriculum-based field trip or one-of-a-kind experience, Second Nature offers a variety of tour options for school and university/TAFE groups.

What We Provide 

  • Award-winning educators/ facilitators
  • Itineraries and Flyers
  • Information Sessions at your school or university
  • Transportation options (we arrange flights where necessary and provide options for ground and water transport)
  • Accommodation options (we provide quotes to utilise the most affordable and most appropriate accommodation to suit your needs)
  • Catering options (all food is covered through our fantastic range of reliable third-party providers)
  • Curriculum-based work-booklets (where requested)
  • Pre/Post Tour Activities (usually a PPP)
  • Risk Assessment (location specific)

Minjerribah Tours for School & University/TAFE Groups

Our Domestic Tours for school and university groups are all-inclusive, affordable and fully customised. Our North Stradbroke Island Tours are optimised to support the following units or modules:


  • Year 8 Landscapes and Landforms
  • Year 10 Environmental Change and Management
  • Year 11 Tourism (VIC)
  • Year 11 Biophysical Interactions (NSW)
  • Year 11 Planning Sustainable Places (QLD)
  • Year 12 Responding to Land Cover Transformations (QLD) or Changing the Land (VIC)
  • Year 12 Ecosystems at Risk (NSW)
  • Year 12 People and Economic Activity (NSW)


  • Year 7 Biological Sciences (QLD/VIC) or Living World (NSW)
  • Year 9 Biological Sciences (QLD/VIC) or Living World (NSW)
  • Year 11 Biodiversity and the Interconnectedness of Life (QLD) or Biological Diversity (NSW)
  • Year 11 How do Living Things Stay Alive? (VIC)
  • Year 11 Ecosystem Dynamics (NSW)
  • Year 11 Living on Earth (QLD)
  • Year 11 Earth’s Resources (NSW) and Human Impacts (NSW)
  • Year 12 How can Biodiversity and Development be Sustained (VIC)

Marine Science (QLD)

  • Year 11 and/or 12 Marine Biology
  • Year 11 and/or 12 Oceanography
  • Year 11 and/or 12 Conservation and Sustainability

Tourism (QLD)

  • Year 11 The Travel Experience
  • Year 12 Sustainable Tourism
  • Tourist Destinations and Attractions (elective)
  • Tourism Marketing (elective)
  • Types of Tourism (elective)
  • Tourism Client Groups (elective)


  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures

Destination Highlights

  • Spot whales, dolphins and turtles from Point Lookout
  • Enjoy spectacular views of the island’s western coast from the Gorge Walk
  • Take a dip in the secluded Blue Lake
  • Visit Cylinder Beach, Deadman’s Beach, Flinder’s Beach and Main Beach
  • Race your friends down an impressive sand blow!
  • Follow the crystal-clear waters of Myora Springs to the mangrove forest
  • Visit the North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum at Dunwich
  • Visit UQ’s Moreton Island Research Station
  • Explore the beaches by 4×4!

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Tour Outcomes
  • Understand how geographical processes have created a highly biodiverse ecosystem on Minjerribah
  • Measure the extent to which Minjerribah has been altered for tourism purposes
  • Find out where and to what extent Minjerribah has been damaged as a result of tourism activities
  • Collect primary data that can be represented using spatial technologies
  • Recognise the significance of the land and its resources to descendants of the Quandamooka people
  • Understand the environmental, political, social and cultural effects of land cover change on Minjerribah
  • Investigate land management practices on Minjerribah
  • Identify major challenges that will need to be considered by land management teams’
Example Itinerary 1: Minjerribah Camp Program

Below is an example itinerary with a focus on environment and tourism on North Stradbroke Island


08:30 Arrive Cleveland wharf
09:00 Ferry to Dunwich.
10:00 Depart Dunwich for Point Lookout SLSC
10:30 Presentation – An Introduction to Minjerribah (Jan Aldenhoven)
11:30 Depart club for Deadman’s Beach
12:00 Lunch at Deadman’s Beach
12:30 Field Work on Deadman’s Beach
15:00 Depart Deadman’s Beach for Cylinder Beach.
15:15 Swim at Cylinder Beach
16:30 Free time at Point Lookout
17:30 Settle in at SLSC
18:00 Dinner and clean-up
19:00 Evening activity
 21:00 Return to rooms for quiet time
22:00 Lights out


07:00 Wake up and Pack up
07:00 Breakfast
08:00 Gorge Walk (consider Proposal 2)
09:00 Depart Gorge Walk for Deadman’s Beach via Allure Resort
09:15 View Allure Resort from road (consider Proposal 1)
09:30 Arrive at Deadman’s Beach. Continue field work
11:00 Depart Deadman’s Beach for Dunwich
11:30 View Delvene Cockatoo-Collins Art Gallery
12:30 Lunch at Dunwich
14:00 Ferry to Cleveland
15:00 Depart Cleveland for School or University. End entire program.


Example Itinerary 2: Land Cover Transformations

Below is an example itinerary designed for the Year 12 Geography unit, “Responding to Land Cover Transformations”


07:45 Arrive at Stradbroke Island Ferries
08:00 Board the vehicle ferry to North Stradbroke Island
09:00 Arrive at Dunwich and depart immediately for Point Lookout Surf Life Saving Club
09:30 Arrive at Point Lookout Surf Life Saving Club for an Introduction to Minjerribah from Jan Aldenhoven
10:30 Check into rooms and have Morning Tea
11:00 Depart Point Lookout Surf Life Saving Club for the Rehabilitated Yarraman Mine Site
11:15 Arrive at Rehabilitated Yarraman Mine Site for Field Work Session 1
12:45 Depart Rehabilitated Yarraman Mine Site for Blue Lake
13:15 Arrive at Blue Lake for Lunch
14:15 Depart Blue Lake for Undisturbed Coastal Heathland
14:45 Arrive at Undisturbed Coastal Heathland for Field Work Session 2
16:15 Depart Undisturbed Coastal Heathland for Point Lookout Surf Life Saving Club
16:30 Arrive at Port Lookout Surf Life Saving Club. Get ready for the beach!


07:00 Breakfast at Point Lookout Surf Life Saving Club
08:00 Check out of rooms and pack gear into buses
08:15 Complete the Gorge Walk at Point Lookout
09:30 Depart Point Lookout Surf Life Saving Club for North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum
10:00 Tour of North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum
11:00 Morning Tea at the Museum
11:15 Depart North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum for Delvene Cockatoo Collins’ Art Gallery
11:25 Talk from Delvene
12:00 Lunch at Skateball Park
13:15 Depart Skateball Park for Dunwich Ferry Terminal
13:30 Arrive at Dunwich Ferry Terminal
14:00 Board vehicle ferry from Dunwich to Cleveland. Afternoon Tea will be enjoyed on board
15:00 Arrive at Cleveland and depart immediately for School or University. End entire program.