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Cylinder Beach

Visit one of North Stradbroke Island's most iconic beaches to surf, swim and snorkel in its emerald waters, soak up the sun or camp out under the stars. 

Cylinder Beach is within walking distance of Point Lookout, the main tourist destination on North Stradbroke Island. Walk to this sheltered cove between the Cylinder and Home Beach Headlands to enjoy fun summer activities, such as swimming, surfing and snorkeling.

Oriented directly to the north, Cylinder Beach is often basking in the bright sunlight of subtropical Queensland. Sunbathe for a while to work on your tan and cool off by jumping in the clear water of the Pacific Ocean. The waves are relatively low here due to a protecting sandbar that has formed just offshore.

Bring a snorkel set and fins with you to find the colorful fish and other species that swim and crawl among the rocks. During strong westerly drifts or southerly winds, rips may drag you out to sea or parallel to the beach, so always follow the advice of the lifeguards that usually patrol this beach. If the conditions are right, grab your board and go surfing or watch others ride the low, right-hander waves that this beach is famous for.

A plaque placed at the edge of the Cylinder Beach carpark explains Matthew Flinders’ connection to the beach. In 1803, the explorer was on his way to Sydney to rescue shipwrecked passengers and moored at the island to find supplies. The local Nunukul people helped his crew find fresh drinking water. This is believed to be the first recorded European contact with the Aborigines on the island.

Walk along the beach to find a quiet spot to go fishing for an hour or so. If you can’t seem to say goodbye to this idyllic island beach, book a shady spot at the adjacent Cylinder Beach Camping Ground. Enjoy a few nights of camping under the stars in your tent and fall asleep to the sound of the lapping waves.

Located close to the Stradbroke Island Beach Hotel, private accommodations, camping grounds, restaurants and the shops of Point Lookout, this family-friendly beach can get quite crowded, so come early in the morning or later in the afternoon to have the beach to yourself. During school vacations and weekends the free car park fills up fast. There are public toilets next to the beach.

Like to make your visit to Cylinder Beach even more unforgettable? Remember to try out a few of these activities:

North Stradbroke Island Full-Day Bus Tour is just one of the exciting experiences available here.

Examine our Point Lookout things to do page to learn about many more activities while you're here.

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Allure Stradbroke Resort $161
Allure Stradbroke Resort

Allure Stradbroke Resort

43-57 East Coast Road, Point Lookout, QLD
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Nestled on the beach, this Point Lookout condo resort is within a 10-minute walk of Home Beach and Cylinder Beach. Adder Rock Beach and Point Lookout Community Hall are also within 15 minutes.

    Stradbroke Island Beach Hotel
    Stradbroke Island Beach Hotel

    Stradbroke Island Beach Hotel

    158 East Coast Road Point Lookout, Point Lookout, QLD
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Offering direct access to the beach, this Point Lookout hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Home Beach and Cylinder Beach. Deadmans Beach and Point Lookout Community Hall are also within 15 minutes.

      Pandanus Palms Holiday Resort
      Pandanus Palms Holiday Resort

      Pandanus Palms Holiday Resort

      21 Cumming Parade, North Stradbroke Island, Point Lookout, QLD
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Offering direct access to the beach, this Point Lookout hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Home Beach and Cylinder Beach. Deadmans Beach and Flinders Beach are also within 1 mi (2 km).

        Anchorage on Straddie
        Anchorage on Straddie

        Anchorage on Straddie

        112 Dickson Way, Point Lookout, QLD
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Nestled on the beach, this Point Lookout apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Home Beach and Cylinder Beach. Adder Rock Beach and Point Lookout Community Hall are also within 10 minutes.

          Samarinda Jewel by the Sea
          Samarinda Jewel by the Sea

          Samarinda Jewel by the Sea

          1-5 Samarinda Drive, Point Lookout, QLD
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated by the sea, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of North Gorge Walk and Cylinder Beach. Point Lookout Light and Frenchmans Beach are also within 10 minutes.

            Claytons 5 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Beachfront, Awesome Views From Covered Deck
            Claytons 5 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Beachfront, Awesome Views From Covered Deck

            Claytons 5 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Beachfront, Awesome Views From Covered Deck

            Point Lookout, QLD
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated on the beach, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Deadmans Beach and Cylinder Beach. Frenchmans Beach and Home Beach are also within 15 minutes.

              Claytons 8 3 Bed, 2 Bath, Sensational Views, no Need for a Car! Beachfront :)
              Claytons 8 3 Bed, 2 Bath, Sensational Views, no Need for a Car! Beachfront :)

              Claytons 8 3 Bed, 2 Bath, Sensational Views, no Need for a Car! Beachfront :)

              Point Lookout, QLD
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated on the beach, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Deadmans Beach and Cylinder Beach. Frenchmans Beach and Home Beach are also within 15 minutes.

                Claytons 9 5 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom. Beach Front. Waiting for you and Your Mob!
                Claytons 9 5 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom. Beach Front. Waiting for you and Your Mob!

                Claytons 9 5 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom. Beach Front. Waiting for you and Your Mob!

                Point Lookout, QLD
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Point Lookout, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Deadmans Beach and Cylinder Beach. Frenchmans Beach and Home Beach are also within 15 minutes.