What to do on North Stradbroke Island

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North Stradbroke Island is a nature lover’s wonderland, with pristine beaches, rugged landscapes and picture-postcard views – an untouched wilderness overflowing with wildlife and marine creatures right on Brisbane city’s doorstep. As a local (and a huge Straddie fan) let me tell you how to make the most of this island paradise, whether it’s just for a weekend or a …

After shot Claytons Rd beach house renovations

Our Kitchen | Amity Point shack renovation

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People always comment on our kitchen renovation, good comments, comments that make me feel all warm inside, and I accept that praise because I really love our kitchen as well. It represents months (more like years) of planning, imagination and really freakin’ hard work. As we were going through the process I would look at the space where I know …

After photo of our little renovated beach shack in Amity

Our home’s history | Amity Point beach shack renovations

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Let me tell you a little bit about the history of this house. Situated on Claytons Road, in Amity, on about 600sqm It was built in 1959 by the owner – Col Bennet and his builder mate, it is made from the materials of their first house which was located on Kindara Street, right on the water, and when erosion …

Stradbroke Island tipi Marquee wedding

Brooke and Steve | first look | Stradbroke Island wedding

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We really do love a first look meet up before the ceremony. The makeup and hair is still perfect, dresses fresh, and it really is such an intimate and lovely moment between soon to be husband and soon to be wife, plus it allows you much more time at the paaaarty reception. Brooke and Steve did so many things right …

Hannah and Reg | Stradbroke Island | Point Lookout wedding photographer

Hannah and Reg | North Stradbroke Island wedding

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When Hannah and Reg asked us to photograph their wedding we were pretty excited, these guys love Amity as much as we do, with Hannah’s family coming here for years and years and having their own Amity home just around the corner from us. When they said that they wanted to do something different with their Reception styling and put …

Nettii and Joel | Stradbroke Island Photography | Adventure Engagement

Nettii and Joel | Straddie Adventure Engagement

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It was hit and miss on whether we would be shooting Nettii and Joel’s Straddie adventure engagement session because the weather had been tumultuous all week. Even though it was super stormy and raining buckets these guys hopped on the ferry with their dogs and made the trip over for their sunset shoot. And they certainly made the right call, …