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Point Danger Lookout and Parklands

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by Meg Forbes (subscribe)
Meg Forbes is a mum, freelance writer, and photographer living in the Redlands, South of Brisbane. https://www.instagram.com/megforbesphotography/
Published June 5th 2020
Expansive views, picnic areas & marine wildlife watching
Point Danger Lookout near the Queensland/New South Wales border is home to diverse parklands, a unique lighthouse, and some of the best-landbased whale and dolphin watching on Australia's east coast.

Point Danger overlooking the ocean near the Queensland / New South Wales border
Point Danger overlooking the ocean near the Queensland / New South Wales border


Point Danger, named Minjungbal by the Bundjalung nation, was one of the places charted by Captain Cook as he sailed along the Australian east coast, and the lighthouse includes a memorial to his voyage.

Within the lighthouse there is a memorial to Captain Cook's voyage along the east coast of Australia
Within the lighthouse there is a memorial to Captain Cook's voyage along the east coast of Australia


The lighthouse itself is unique and indicates the points of the compass towards the top. There is also a fabulous lookout point beneath the lighthouse with views that extend from Surfer's Paradise in Queensland to Fingal Head in New South Wales.

Looking back at the lighthouse from the largest viewing platform
Looking back at the lighthouse from the largest viewing platform


There are a number of pathways across the parklands at Point Danger, and the entire park is wheelchair friendly. There is a paved pathway that runs along the cliff tops and includes a long viewing platform with benches and viewing scope (two $1 coins activate it).

Point Danger offers excellent marine wildlife viewing, including humpback whales during their annual migration
Point Danger offers excellent marine wildlife viewing, including humpback whales during their annual migration


This is a fabulous place to watch marine wildlife such as dolphins and turtles all year round, and humpback whales on their annual migration between June and October. Surfers are almost always active right around the headland and are great fun to watch as they catch the waves.

Wave to the whales as they enter Queensland
Wave to welcome the whales as they enter Queensland each winter


The parklands at Point Danger are home to a number of memorials. A War Memorial remembering those who were killed during World War 1 and World War 2 was erected in 1950, with further memorials added to honour those who fought in later wars such as the Korean War. There are benches available near to these places of quiet reflection.

Poignant words: Of the twelve army nurses on board, Sister Ellen Savage was the sole survivor
Poignant words: Of the twelve army nurses on board, Sister Ellen Savage was the sole survivor


Point Danger has a number of picnic tables and benches spread around on the lawns, as well as two sheltered picnic areas with electric BBQs. The larger of the sheltered picnic areas also has a fenced boiling water station so that visitors can make fresh tea and coffee.

Iconic Gold Coast surfboard-styled picnic tables and benches are placed around the parklands
Iconic Gold Coast surfboard-styled picnic tables and benches are situated around the parklands


Fresh drinking water is available in the parklands at Point Danger, and public toilets are available across the road. There is also a dedicated carpark, with additional parking available along the streets in the area.

Parking, fresh drinking water, and toilets are all available at Point Danger
Parking, fresh drinking water, and toilets are all available at Point Danger


Point Danger is hugely popular for its views and facilities. For this reason, it is often a good idea to come fairly early in the day in order to grab a good spot. The weather forecast for Point Danger can be checked here when planning your trip.

Point Danger is incredibly popular due to its stunning views
Point Danger is incredibly popular due to its stunning views and great facilities

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Why? Point Danger offers visitors stunning views, marine wildlife viewing, and great facilities
When: Anytime
Phone: 1800 674 414
Where: Tweed Terrace Tweed Heads NSW 2485 Australia
Cost: Free
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Just need to wait for the border to open, what a pretty spot.
by Kerenza Korostovetz (score: 2|163) 38 days ago
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