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Point Lookout
Queensland
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Eastern wall of the North Gorge, as seen from the Gorge Walk at Point Lookout
Population: 678
Postcode: 4183
LGA: Redland City
State District: Cleveland
Federal Division: Bowman
Localities around Point Lookout:
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Point Lookout is a headland, small coastal town and locality on the eastern coast of North Stradbroke Island, Redland City, Queensland, Australia. At the 2011 census, Point Lookout had a population of 678.

A lighthouse is situated in Point Lookout.

Geography

Open Street Map - Point Lookout, 2015
Map of Point Lookout, 2015

Point Lookout is Queensland's most easterly point. To the north lies Cape Moreton and to the south the next major headland is Point Danger on the New South Wales/Queensland border. The other towns on the island are Dunwich and Amity Point. Point Lookout is an excellent fishing spot, as is Jumpinpin Channel on the south of the island.

In the west near the caravan park is Rocky Point and Adder Rock. Cylinder Beach extends eastwards towards Cylinder Headland. Frenchmans Beach fronts Frenchmans Bay. At the eastern extremity is North Gorge and Whale Rock. Offshore are several rocky outcrops above sea level. The headland is an ideal location for land-based seawatching in Australia. Humpback whales can also be seen from here as they migrate along the east coast of Australia. The area is mostly residential houses and tourist apartments built close to the beach and atop nearby ridges to take advantage of sweeping Pacific Ocean views. There are a few shops and a caravan park at Point Lookout.

There is no railway on the island, the nearest station being in Cleveland 19 miles (31 km) to the west. Dunwich airport is 9 miles (14 km) southwest.

History

The point was first sighted by James Cook in 1770. The single greatest loss of life resulting from a submarine attack in Australian waters occurred off Point Lookout on 14 May 1943 when the hospital ship AHS Centaur was sunk by a Japanese submarine.

Heritage listings

Point Lookout has a number of heritage-listed sites, including Point Lookout Foreshore along East Coast Road.

Demographics

In the 2011 census, Point Lookout recorded a population of 678 people, 49.9% female and 50.1% male. The median age of the Point Lookout population was 48 years, 11 years above the national median of 37. 77.9% of people living in Point Lookout were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were England 6.5%, New Zealand 1.8%, United States of America 1.5%, South Africa 0.7%, Argentina 0.4%. 90.8% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 0.7% Croatian, 0.6% Russian, 0.6% Hungarian, 0.4% Tagalog.


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