Everyone in Brisbane has been to Straddie at least once — and everyone has been to the Straddie pub, too. There's a reason for that. When it comes to classic southeast Queensland experiences that involve a view of water and a splash of something alcoholic, it really doesn't get any better than this. The new hotel sits on the site of the former favourite — and while it might boast a few modern touches, the beloved combo of pints and a picturesque beach backdrop remains. You shouldn't need any more convincing to take the ferry and make a day of it, but if you do, we'll leave you with this pleasant thought: among the Stradbroke Island Beach Hotel's many features is an outdoor pool table overlooking the ocean.