Meg Forbes is a mum, freelance writer, and photographer living in the Redlands, South of Brisbane.
Published June 6th 2020
A place for families to relax between island adventures
Stunning Minjerribah / North Stradbroke Island on the Quandamooka Coast near Brisbane is a favourite amongst locals and tourists for its gorgeous surf beaches, pristine bushwalking, and marine adventures. However, all of this can get a bit much for younger family members, and this is where Headland Park at Point Lookout really shines. Conveniently situated between the restaurant, bakery, gelato, and other shops precinct, and Main Beach, Headland Park provides a break for families with children in what can otherwise be a very busy day.
The fun of beautiful North Stradbroke Island can be exhausting for little ones
Headland Park is easy to reach from anywhere on the island since it is located directly behind the last bus stop at Point Lookout. The grassy area behind the bus stop has two picnic tables and tap with fresh drinking water.
Picnic tables between the bus stop and the playground at Headland Park
Just beyond this is an ocean-themed playground set on a large sandpit surface. This includes a climbing frame shaped like a ship with a large slide, platform for imaginative play, ladder, and rope climbing web. The playground also has two swings, and two ocean-themed wobblers for younger children.
Headland Park has an ocean themed playground, including this ship climbing frame
Moving down across the park from here towards Main Beach are more picnic tables, a bench, and another water fountain with a dog drinking station at the bottom. There is also a public amenities block that includes disabled facilities and even has a "street library" that always seems to be well-stocked with books, although the usual COVID-safe precautions and handwashing should be followed at this time.
There is a small but well-stocked street library at the public amenities
Beyond this is another large, gently sloping lawn that is a favourite of the local eastern grey kangaroos and their joeys. This area is also well set up for people feeding, with electric BBQs and more picnic tables.
Eastern grey kangaroos and their joeys love the park's lawn
The treeline towards Main Beach is the top of a staircase, which is a safer and less-steep option for families to reach Main Beach, with its patrolled swimming area, than the alternative - walking down Kennedy Drive.
There is direct access to patrolled Main Beach from Headland Park
Although taking children on full-day adventures can be tiring, especially when they involve public transport as days on "Straddie" so often do, Headland Park with its lawns, shade trees, public amenities, picnic areas, BBQs, and playground can be the perfect place to take a break and just allow children to play.
After a big day adventuring, kids and families can kick back and relax at Headland Park
There are a range of option for getting to North Stradbroke Island from the mainland. Two fast water taxis operate from Cleveland - the Stradbroke Flyer and Stradbroke Ferries Watertaxi. Both of these water taxis have synced their timetables to meet the island bus at Dunwich. To get to Headland Park, buy a ticket to Point Lookout and then get off at the very last stop. Alternatively, visitors can bring their own vehicle to the island on the Stradbroke Ferries Vehicle Barge. If you do this, follow the East Coast Road from Dunwich to Point Lookout where it becomes Mooloomba Rd. Just beyond the bus stop at the end, you will see the carpark for Headland Park on the left. Now there is nothing left to do but let the kids out and have a break before heading to the beach for your next adventure.
After a break at Headland Park, it's time to head back to the beach!