Includes all barge fares.

The festival bus will whisk you away from 3 locations-Central Byron Bay, Surfers Paradise and Central Brisbane. Like a private pre-party on wheels. Help to reduce the number of cars on the island, while enjoying the views and grouping together to save on fuel and fares!

*exact time subject to change due to ferry schedules. Exact pickup location will be emailed pre-departure. Groups of 20 or more can request house pickups.

Follow this link to book your bus adventure!




For any questions or special requests, please contact


Unless you are local and already live on the island (lucky you), you will have to cross the Moreton bay on a vessel!

There are only 2 companies going to the island: our sponsor Stradbroke Ferries (barge + water taxi) and Stradbroke Flyer (water taxi only). 


All water taxis and ferries from the mainland to the Island leave from Cleveland, and you want to take the ones that go to Dunwich (North Stradbroke Island).


You are crossing onto the island on foot or with your push bike?

3 options : 2 water taxi services - Stradbroke Ferries and Gold Cats Stradbroke Flyer -  and 1 vehicle ferry (see next section for details on this later option).  

JOURNEY TIME  —  The trip takes 25 mins with both companies. 

TIMETABLES  — This way for Stradbroke Ferries and Stradbroke Flyer timetables.

BOOKING  —  No bookings are required for water taxi services. Purchase your tickets at either their Cleveland offices, at Dunwich before boarding or even on board the water taxi with cash or EFTPOS alternatively you can book ahead ONLINE at Stradbroke Water Taxi Bookings


You should use the barge/vehicle ferry if you plan to bring a car, van, motorcycle or truck across to the Island. You can also board the barge on foot or with your push bike. 

JOURNEY TIME  —  The crossing to North Stradbroke Island takes approximately 45 - 50 minutes. Make sure to arrive at the ferry terminal approximately 20 minutes prior to departure to allow time for boarding. 

TIMETABLE  —  This way for Stradbroke Ferries barge timetable.

BOOKING  —  Vehicle ferry voyages to and from North Stradbroke for the festival book quickly.  We recommend booking early to secure your preferred time and price. In 2015, Stradbroke Ferries introduced a flexible fare structure for North Stradbroke Island based on one way fares which vary according to the time of travel. For more details, check the Price List. When booking an accommodation package that includes vehicle ferry travel to and from the Island: check that your accommodation provider is aware of the special festival discounted fare offerred by our sponsor Stradbroke Ferries (see next paragraph for details). Any booking changes from one fare level to a higher level will incur additional payment of the higher fare difference. 

Walk-on with or without bicycle: You are not required to make a booking if you are walking on as a passenger. All pushbikes are free of charge, so it's $16 return per adult on both the vehicle ferry (which doesn't connect with the island bus service) or on the water taxi (which does connect with the bus, however the bus fare is an additional cost). 

DISCOUNT FOR CARS ON VEHICLE FERRY  —  In 2019,  Island Vibe Festival patrons will once again receive a 20% discount off flexible fares using the promo code IVIBE19. This promo code is valid for bookings of trips made around festival time (21st of October until the 3rd of November). Standard cars only (vehicle under 5.5m long and under 2m wide).

Discounted vehicle ferry passage can be booked:
online (online bookings will receive both the 20% promo code discount, plus the online discount of $5.00 per one way journey). Visit, click “Book North Stradbroke Island Vehicle Ferry”, create a booking, and once you arrive at the checkout screen enter the promo code on the right-hand side in the "Discounts" section by clicking on "+Add promotional code".
- by
calling Stradbroke Ferries: 07 3488 5300 and quoting the promo code over the phone.

Terms and conditions: The discount applies to travel to or from North Stradbroke Island between 21st of October until the 3rd of November. Standard cars only (vehicle under 5.5m long and under 2m wide). Outbound journey must be from Cleveland and return from Dunwich. 

HOW TO GET TO BACK TO WORK ON MONDAY ? (and make the most of the festival)  —   Need to be back to work on Monday morning and still want to make the most of the festival?  You can either catch a late ferry on Sunday night or an early one on Monday! 

Below are the latest services departing Dunwich (North Stradbroke Island) on Sunday night and the first ones departing on Monday morning.


[ Sunday ]

Stradbroke Ferries water taxi - 5.55pm & 6.55pm

Stradbroke Ferries barge - 6pm & 7pm

Stradbroke Flyer water taxi - 5.55pm & 6.55pm

[ Monday ]

Stradbroke Ferries water taxi -  5.25am, 6.25am & 7.25am

Stradbroke Ferries barge - 7am, 8am & 9am

Stradbroke Flyer water taxi - 5.25am, 6.25am & 7.25am

Reduce your eco footprint to a skinny tyre track and enjoy the many benefits of riding with your friends from Brisbane, Dunwich Ferry Terminal or even your campsite for another stellar edition of Island Vibe Festival! 

All details about cycling both on the mainland and on the island, group ride, bike hire at the festival and Tune-Up Tent can be found in the Cycle Vibe section of our KEEP IT GREEN page

This is a great option for the environmentally conscious and those who pack light.  


From the Cleveland ​train station: 

Stradbroke Flyer water taxi provides a free shuttle bus that picks up passengers from the Cleveland Train Station 10 minutes before water taxi departures (some early and late services excluded).

- A Transdev bus also travels to the Stradbroke Ferries water taxi from the Cleveland Train Station before water taxi departures (some early and late services excluded). You can use your Go Cards on this service, and if you're just getting off the train, there’s no extra cost as the bus to the ferry terminal is considered a continuation of your trip! 

Route 258. Journey time: 7min. Times available at

From the Cleveland shops bus stop:

- Stradbroke Flyer water taxi provides a free shuttle bus that picks up passengers from the Cleveland Shops Bus Stop, in Middle Street, 15 minutes before water taxi departures (some early and late services excluded).

- A Transdev bus also travels to the Stradbroke Ferries water taxi from the Cleveland Shops Bus Stop, in Middle Street, before water taxi departures (some early and late services excluded). Times available at


The local bus company, Stradbroke Island Buses, provides a service around the island. The timetable can be found here.

Most buses connect with the arrival and departure of the water taxis from both companies. The bus journey from Dunwich to Point Lookout is approximately 20 minutes. The bus stops at the festival site: Home Beach and within walking distance of Adder Rock Campground, as well as most of the resorts located close to the festival. The bus also stops in Dunwich and other stops around the island.

The Festival also organises after-hours shuttles at the end of the night to ensure festival-goers can safely get back to their accommodation around the island, even after the local bus service ends. Pick-up is at the bus stop across the street from the festival, between Chillers Cafe and the Bowls Club. The shuttle will go from the festival site to Dunwich, via Amity Point. Fare is $5 to be paid cash to the driver. 

Below are the confirmed times for 2018:

Friday 27th:
· 11:30pm - via Amity Point
Saturday 28th:
· 9:30pm - direct to Dunwich
· 11:30pm - via Amity Point
Sunday 29th:
· 7:00pm - direct to Dunwich (to connect with last barge at 7:45pm)

· 10:00pm - via Amity Point

Catch a Cleveland train from either Roma Street, Central or Southbank stations and journey to the end of the line at Cleveland. The journey will take approximately 50 minutes.

Use the Translink Journey Planner to plan your trip :

Lift sharing can help pay fuel and ferry costs; minimise traffic congestion and benefit the environment by splitting emissions produced by a care in half ... or by a third ... or into quarters!

Connect with a spare seat or post your ride to the festival on our Island Vibe Festival Community Facebook page!


From Brisbane CBD - 30 km via Old Cleveland Road, an estimated 50 minutes driving dependant on traffic and vehicle.

From Brisbane Airport - 30 km via the M1, an estimated 40 minutes driving dependant on traffic and vehicle. This route includes tolls.

From the Gold Coast - 78 km via the Pacific Motorway, an estimated 1 hour and 20 minutes driving dependant on traffic and vehicle.

You can either park at the ferry terminal parking for free (spaces are limited) or catch the vehicle ferry.


Upon disembarking at Dunwich, follow the signs to Point Lookout. The Festival Site is located across from the Bowls Club, at Point Lookout Oval, E Coast Rd, Point Lookout QLD 4183.

The closest airport to the festival is Brisbane International and Domestic airport. By car it is approx. a 40min drive to the Cleveland ferry terminal, but it can also be done by train. 

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