Point Lookout - North Stradbroke Island
Located on North Stradbroke Island, Point Lookout is one of the greatest land based whale watching spots in Australia. From May all through the winter season whales can be spotted here on their annual migration. During this time the temperatures during the day are still around the 15 to 24 degree mark and even though the nights are cooler it is by no means too uncomfortable. Being sub tropical summer can be very warm and humid with temperatures ranging from 22 degrees overnight with 35 degrees an average daytime temperature.
Point Lookout is a favorite for holiday makers with great fishing and swimming for the whole family. The beaches here are beautiful with clean sands and crystal waters. Like any other beach though it is wise to be aware of your surroundings, obey all signs and swim between the flags.
There are some good parks which are ideal for picnic and barbeques and Cylinder Beach Park has built in barbecues for public use.
There are several stores where you can buy groceries, pharmaceuticals etc, a newsagency, Post Office and library as well as a bowls club and plenty of smaller boutique style shops. Arts and Crafts are available from the galleries where some beautiful art works on exhibited.
All kinds of accommodation are available to suit all tastes and budget with resorts, holiday flats and houses, motels, B &B’s and camp sites. As Point Lookout is a very popular destination it pays to book ahead especially in peak holiday season. Some people even book there next holiday before they leave!
You can bring your dogs to Point Lookout but must obey all signs. Dogs are not permitted in camping and caravan parks and are to be kept at least 10 metres away from barbeque areas and children’s playgrounds. Dogs can be walked on a leash at Main and Flinders Beaches. Dogs are not allowed on buses but some of the water taxis may take your dog if properly restrained.
There are no banks on the island although major credit cards are accepted and there are numerous ATM’s scattered at various points. Mobile phone coverage depends on your carrier with Optus and Vodafone often difficult to connect though the Telstra network seems fine.
Point Lookout is a wonderful place to visit and watch the whales or simply relax and enjoy all there is on offer.