White-sand beaches, diverse flora and fauna, and a peaceful interior draw visitors to South Stradbroke Island, which is just 22 km (12 miles) long and 2 km (1 mile) wide. The island and its northern neighbor, North Stradbroke Island, were once connected, but in 1896 a fierce storm separated them at a narrow neck called Jumpinpin. Unlike its northern namesake, South "Straddie" is less populated, and does not have a public ferry service. It's a good spot for fishing, boating, and camping.
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