Located right at the border between Queensland and New South Wales, Point Danger is home to the Captain Cook Memorial, the Point Danger Lighthouse and also a short coastal walking track that commemorates ships and lives lost during WWII.
Spend a half day in Point Danger and learn more about Australia’s history while enjoying some of the best ocean views on the east coast.
How to Get to Point Danger Lookout
Driving up from the south, follow the Pacific Highway (M1) and take the Minjungbal Drive exit to Tweed Heads. Turn right into Boundary Street and park your car at the small car park on Tweed Terrace.
Coming in from Gold Coast, take exit 95 from the M1 towards Currumbin and Tugun. Continue on to the Gold Coast Highway, followed by Tweed Street and Boundary Street.
Point Danger is a headland that marks the border between New South Wales and Queensland. It’s situated at Tweed Heads and Coolangatta on the southern end of the Gold Coast.
Captain Cook named the area Point Danger when he first sighted it in 1770 as his ship Endeavour nearly hit reefs. Nearby Wollumbin was named Mount Warning at the same time.
With amazing views along the coast and several walking tracks and beaches close by, Point Danger has become a popular tourist destination.
On a clear day, the views stretch as far as Surfers Paradise in the north and Byron Bay in the south. In addition, you may even spot some whales and dolphins out in the ocean.
Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse
Centrally located on the border line stands a huge eye-catching concrete tower that is in fact a working lighthouse. The four columns of the structure are orientated on the cardinal points of a compass.
Erected in 1970 in Brutalist architecture style at 148 feet above sea level, Point Danger Light was initially designed as a world-first laser lighthouse.
The experiment failed and the light source was replaced by a traditional electronic beacon, emitting a double white flash every ten seconds.
Next to the lighthouse is the Captain Cook Memorial, a small structure made from cast iron that was recovered from the original Endeavour in the 1960’s.
The lighthouse and memorial were established to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the discovery of Australia’s east coast by Captain Cook.
Centaur Remembrance Walk
The Centaur Remembrance Walk along the coast at Point Danger commemorates ships lost to Japanese and German action during World War II.
It was named after the AHS Centaur, a hospital ship that was attacked by a Japanese submarine on 14 May 1943. Memorial plaques are positioned along the walk to honour those that lost their lives at sea.
The perfect location of the walk together with the information boards along the way make this a pleasant and also educational experience.
Gold Coast Oceanway
The Centaur Remembrance Walk can easily be extended around Froggy Beach towards Snapper Rocks, Rainbow Bay and Coolangatta Beach.
This walking track is part of the famous Gold Coast Oceanway, a 36km shared pedestrian and cyclist pathway. It’s actually a connected series of tracks between Point Danger and the Gold Coast Seaway, otherwise known as the Spit.
Point Danger has a small parking area that quickly fills up during busy days.
Alternatively, you can try parking at nearby Rainbow Bay or Snapper Rocks, or on the surrounding streets.