Stradbroke Island has many attractions, such as beaches, 4WDing and fishing. But if you are more into nature, then North Gorge walk at Point Lookout is a major tourist attraction on Straddie offering some of the best land-based humpback whale watching anywhere in the world.
All iconic locations around the world have a memorable physical landmark. For Stradbroke Island, this physical landmark is North Gorge walk.
Whale watching on Stradbroke Island
North Gorge walk at Point Lookout is the best vantage point on Stradbroke Island for whale watching and viewing other marine life.
Thousands of humpback whales migrate north past Point Lookout starting around May through to July to breed in warmer waters during winter and then travel south with their calves from about August to October. Marine life abounds in the waters including dolphins, turtles, manta rays and sea eagles.
On the two days that we went whale watching at North Gorge walk, we saw several whales, a few pods of dolphins, turtles, manta rays and sea eagles soaring along the coastline. Apparently, one of the days that we did not visit the North Gorge, around 50 whales swam south in a matter of an hour.
Exploring the Point Lookout headlands
The rocks of the Point Lookout headland offer great rock scrabbling fun for the kids, but do not let them stray too close to the water. Apparently people have been washed from the rocks and drowned. People also fish from the rocks, sometimes getting too close to the water. There are now life rings on both headlands, but I would not count on one saving my life!
Known best for its humpback whale watching viewing experience, the southern headland also has a unique rock formation called the Blow Hole. Even though it was a relatively calm day, the Blow Hole was still making a whooshing sound every few minutes while we were there.
Shop servicing visitors to North Gorge walk
North Gorge walk is located at the north western end of Point Lookout. Access to North Gorge walk is on Moloomba Road at Point Lookout. There are two access points to the North Gorge walk. The northern walkway is the most direct route to get to the best headland for viewing whales. The walkway is around 1.2 km long and links back to Moloomba Road about 200 metres south of the northern entrance. Visitors to the area are serviced by a strip of shops including a bakery, cafe, chemist and ice creamery.
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