Point Lookout | Redland City Council

This gorgeous township on the north-eastern tip of the island, 19km from Dunwich, has one of the best views in the world. 

You will be mesmerised with the impressive natural environment, including 30km of surf beach and towering rocky headlands. The impressive North Gorge walk is one of the best land-based vantage points in Australia to see dolphins, turtles, manta rays (November to February) and migrating humpback whales (May to October).

Relax on one of the patrolled beaches, explore some of the best dive sites or surf some of the best breaks in the world. When you’ve had your fill of sun, sand and surf, you can browse art galleries and boutique stores selling resort wear, gifts and crafts. There are also regular Sunday markets.



There are eateries, boutiques and a supermarket at ‘the Point’ with other services available at both Amity Point and Dunwich.


There’s a wide range of accommodation at 'the Point' – from beachside camping, backpacker's lodge and B&Bs to luxury units and stunning holiday homes, many with private whale-watching towers.

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Getting there


Passenger and vehicle ferries regularly depart Toondah Harbour (Emmett Drive, Cleveland) for Dunwich, North Stradbroke Island:

It is advisable to check directly with hire car companies about whether they allow vehicles to travel North Stradbroke Island.


There are bus connections to and from Cleveland which link with island transport services.

The three main townships on Straddie – Dunwich, Amity Point and Point Lookout, are connected by sealed roads. The island is also home to great four wheel drive bush tracks and sandy beaches you can drive on, vehicle access permits are required.


For nearly 40 years from 1894, Billy North ran cattle at Point Lookout, at one stage supplying beef to the Dunwich Benevolent Asylum. He also operated a fish cannery at Two Mile outside Dunwich. Point Lookout’s first tourism venture started in the 1930s when Bert Clayton bought land above South Gorge to establish a guest house. The first guests were accommodated in tents which were slowly replaced by one-room cabins, later to be known as Samarinda.

In 1935, the first land sales took place at Point Lookout and, in the 1950s, planning began for the Point Lookout township with residential land sold in stages over the following years. Stradbroke Island’s first car ferry service began in 1947. Before then only passenger ferries travelled to the Island, landing at Amity Point and at Dunwich. The car ferry allowed many more people to visit the island, which had long been recognised as a potential holiday spot attracting surfers, fishermen, beach-lovers and whale-watchers.

Find more about our local history on our library Local History section.

Your councillor

Pt Lookout is in Division 2 (Cr Peter Mitchell).

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Visit the popular parks in Point Lookout.