Meg Forbes is a mum, freelance writer, and photographer living in the Redlands, South of Brisbane.
Published June 7th 2020
Comfortable land-based whale & other marine wildlife viewing
Mulumba Park and Lookout on Minjerribah / North Stradbroke Island has recently received an upgrade with a placemarker and sculpture unveiled by Quandamooka artist Delvene Cockatoo-Collins.
A new placemarker and sculpture have been unveiled at Mulumba Park
This park, a long-time favourite with locals and tourists alike for its fabulous views and marine wildlife viewing, sits conveniently across the road from Point Lookout's shops, restaurants, and take away venues and provides stunning views across Frenchman's Beach.
Views across Frenchman's Beach from Mulumba Park
Mulumba Park has a number of picnic tables installed, as well as a wood-fire BBQ (bring your own wood). There is also drinking water available.
One of the picnic tables with a BBQ overlooking the ocean at Mulumba Park
One of the great attractions of Mulumba Park is the possibility of marine wildlife spotting from this cliff-top location. Pods of dolphins swim along the coastline daily hunting for fish and, when visitors to the park are lucky, surfing the waves in towards the shore.
A dolphin mother and calf swimming beneath the cliffs at Mulumba Park
Marine turtles, sharks, spotted eagle rays, and manta rays can all be viewed from here, as well as humpback whales during their winter migration between June and October. Marine wildlife watching is best from here when the wind is coming from the north or the west as the cliffs shelter the ocean which can leave it so clear it's hard to believe you aren't looking down into a huge aquarium.
A mother and calf humpback whale passing beneath the cliffs on their annual migration
Other wildlife that inhabits and is frequently seen at Mulumba Park includes eastern grey kangaroos and their joeys as they feed on the lawn, a range of honeyeaters, and white-bellied sea eagles soaring above the ocean.
Eastern grey kangaroos and their joeys love the well-kept lawn
There are a number of seats installed around the cliff tops that make ideal thinking spots for those who have escaped the city and feel a need to unwind. The expansive lawns allow a number of groups to enjoy picnics while continuing to social distance.
A heavenly spot to unwind and watch the marine wildlife swimming by
Although Mulumba Park doesn't have public toilets, Headland Park less than 100m down Mooloomba St has a public amenities block with disabled and baby change facilities.
Mulumba Park is ideally situated, close to a range of facilities
To get to Mulumba Park, catch the island bus from Dunwich or Amity Point to Point Lookout. After getting off at the final stop, head about 100m up the hill, and Mulumba Park will open up in front of you, across from the shops. To get to "Straddie" as the island is affectionately known, you an either catch the Stradbroke Flyer or the Stradbroke Ferries Water Taxi, both of which sync with the island bus service in Dunwich. Alternatively, you can take your own vehicle across to the island with Stradbroke Vehicle Ferries and drive to the carpark at Headland Park before walking the short distance to Mulumba Park.
Getting to Straddie and Mulumba Park is easy with both water taxis from the mainland meeting the island bus