Point Lookout is the name of the headland that forms the north-eastern tip of North Stradbroke Island. It is also the name of the settlement that straddles the north-eastern tip of the island and of the surf lifesaving club, established in 1947, that patrols the beach immediately south of the... Read more
Point Lookout is the name of the headland that forms the north-eastern tip of North Stradbroke Island. It is also the name of the settlement that straddles the north-eastern tip of the island and of the surf lifesaving club, established in 1947, that patrols the beach immediately south of the headland. The main Point Lookout beach (1588A) runs south for 33 km to Jumpinpin Inlet. The waves maintain a 200 m wide double bar system, with the inner bar usually attached to the beach and cut by deep rip channels every 200 to 300 m. A deep trough parallels this bar, with the outer bar on its seaward side cut by more widely spaced rips. The beach continues like this all the way to Jumpinpin Inlet, only changing its name to Blue Lake beach (1588B) 6 km south of Point Lookout. On an average day, up to 150 rips will be operating along the beach. In addition, there are permanent rips running out of the South Headland pocket beach and the northern end of Point Lookout beach, below the surf club, together with a rock reef in the rip channel.
These are potentially hazardous beaches and swimmers must be very careful when entering the surf. The small South Headland Beach is relatively safe inshore, however if you move into deeper water you will encounter the strong permanent rip. The main Point Lookout Beach has the strong northern rip, together with rips down the beach. In all cases only swim in the patrolled area. Down the beach, stay well clear of rips and stay on the inner portion of an attached bar, while at the inlet be careful of the strong tidal currents in the channel.
Point Lookout is a popular surfing beach, with good breaks over the outer bar and easy access via the northern rip channel. It works best on a low to moderate swell and west to north-west winds.
A very popular beach for both beach fishing into the rip holes and off the rocks of South Headland and Point Lookout. However be careful as the rocks are steep and are washed by large waves. Many beach fishers can be found with their 4WDs down the beach. There is a vehicle beach access track about 500 m south of the point.
This is North Stradbroke Island's main surfing and fishing beach. It is potentially hazardous for swimming, so take care if entering the surf.Read less
Large unexpected waves
High Tide Range
Accessible Rock Platforms
SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.