It's popular with surfers for its surfing point break and families enjoying the rock scrambling during low tide. There are stunning picnic locations, bush walks and the high cliffs in the coastal headland reserve provide sensational views of Mooloolaba, the Mooloolah River mouth, Mount Coolum to the north and Kawana Beach to the south. There's a perfect viewing platform for watching migratory Humpback Whales and turtles, and perhaps a ship or two entering or leaving the Port of Brisbane with views to the east. And, if you're really lucky you might even spot a peregrine falcon nesting along the cliff faces.
Park your car at La Balsa carpark and take your choice of walks, either the bush walk (we left this one for another day) or continue up to the Unitywater Reservoir with its striking mural, showing a whale, a turtle and fish swimming underwater, all beautifully captured by Joel Fergie, a professional street artist.
Point Cartwright Lighthouse - Image: Elaine de Wet
The Point Cartwright Lighthouse is located right next to the Reservoir and this is where the most exceptional views of the surrounding areas can be embraced. The balustrade around the edge of the cliff has memorial plaques remembering lost loved ones - I cannot think of a more beautiful place to be remembered.
What a Beautiful Place to be Remembered - Image: Elaine de Wet
Continue down through the vast grassed park area, ideal for those large family picnics, and down to the beach. We were fortunate it was low tide, so we could really enjoy the views upside down, so to speak.
Scrambling over the rocks, feeling the spray from the waves breaking just feet away, one can admire the cliff face from a different angle. It makes you realise how small and significant we really are in comparison to the millions of years of hard work that Mother Nature has put in for us to enjoy her present treasure trove.
Feel the Spray from Breaking Waves - Image: Elaine de Wet