Holidays in Point Cartwright

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Take in sweeping views over the land and sea, walk along the beach or just relax in the sun on this slice of land between river and sea.

Point Cartwright is a rocky peninsula set between the Mooloolah River and the Coral Sea on Queensland's Sunshine Coast. Jutting out from the suburb of Mooloolaba, it is a scenic spot with a grassy parkland, rocky cliffs and sandy beaches.

Head up the path to the top of the hill on Point Cartwright. It is easy to spot as it has two distinguishing features perched right in the middle. One is the large, round structure of the water tank and the other is the tall, slim structure of the lighthouse. The tank stands 55 feet (17 meters) high and is covered by a beautiful aquatic-themed mural by street artist Joel Fergie. The automated lighthouse was built in 1978 and remains an important point of navigation for boats.

Stand beside the tank and lighthouse to enjoy the views. Kawana Beach stretches away to the south, the Mooloolah River snakes westward, and the open ocean stretches away to the east. The suburbs of the Sunshine Coast dot the landscape and you can make out the rounded shape of Mount Coolum in the distance.

Watch the yachts, boats and ships heading in and out from the river and up the coast from the Port of Brisbane. Look for the wildlife activity that goes on around the point as well. June to November offers great chances to see migrating humpback whales frolicking and breeching in the distance. Pods of dolphins and turtles swim and feed in these waters year-round, so bring your binoculars to spot these animals pop up from the waters below.

Go for a walk through the pleasant parkland of the point or along the beach. Take a rest on the beach, have a picnic and watch the surfers catching the rolling waves. Check out the rocky foreshore when the tide is right to see the small but plentiful sea creatures in the rock pools.

Point Cartwright is always open to the public, has toilet facilities and is free to enter. The site is best reached on foot if you are staying close to the coast in Mooloolaba. You can also drive here. There is a free car park located at the entry point of the headland parkland.

1305 Cheap Hotels Near Point Cartwright

Direct Hotels - Sea Breeze Mooloolaba
Direct Hotels - Sea Breeze Mooloolaba
4 out of 5
24 Brisbane Road, Mooloolaba, QLD, 4557
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$239 per night from 24 Jul. to 25 Jul.
Stay at this 4-star hotel in Sunshine Coast. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a library. Our guests praise the bathrooms and the overall value in their reviews. ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (216 reviews)
"Great location and view. Furniture etc could do with an upgrade"

Reviewed on 8 May 2022

Direct Hotels - Sea Breeze Mooloolaba
Nautilus Mooloolaba
Nautilus Mooloolaba
3.5 out of 5
30-32 River Esplanade, Mooloolaba, QLD, 4557
The price is AU$360 per night from 6 Jul. to 7 Jul.
Stay at this 3.5-star aparthotel in Sunshine Coast. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a fitness centre. Our guests praise the pool and the comfy beds in their ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (779 reviews)
"Always a comfortable stay. Friendly staff and a great location."

Reviewed on 23 May 2022

Nautilus Mooloolaba
Landmark Resort
Landmark Resort
4 out of 5
11 Mooloolaba Esplanade, Mooloolaba, QLD, 4557
Stay at this 4-star spa apartment in Sunshine Coast. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the convenient ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,612 reviews)
"Nice clean hotel, close to everything"

Reviewed on 29 Jun. 2022

Landmark Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Newport Mooloolaba
Newport Mooloolaba
4 out of 5
135 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba, QLD, 4557
The price is AU$200 per night from 11 Jul. to 12 Jul.
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Direct Hotels - Sea Breeze Mooloolaba
Direct Hotels - Sea Breeze Mooloolaba
4 out of 5
24 Brisbane Road, Mooloolaba, QLD, 4557
The price is AU$239 per night from 24 Jul. to 25 Jul.
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Nautilus Mooloolaba
Nautilus Mooloolaba
3.5 out of 5
30-32 River Esplanade, Mooloolaba, QLD, 4557
The price is AU$360 per night from 6 Jul. to 7 Jul.
Nautilus Mooloolaba
Landmark Resort
Landmark Resort
4 out of 5
11 Mooloolaba Esplanade, Mooloolaba, QLD, 4557
Landmark Resort
84 The Spit Holiday Apartments
84 The Spit Holiday Apartments
3 out of 5
84 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba, QLD, 4557
The price is AU$334 per night from 28 Jul. to 29 Jul.
84 The Spit Holiday Apartments
Illawong Apartments
Illawong Apartments
3.5 out of 5
48 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba, QLD, 4557
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Sailport Mooloolaba Apartments
Sailport Mooloolaba Apartments
4 out of 5
42-56 River Esplanade, Mooloolaba, QLD, 4557
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Breeze Mooloolaba
Breeze Mooloolaba
4.5 out of 5
3 Meta Street, corner of Mooloolaba, Esplanade and Meta Street, Mooloolaba, QLD, 4557
The price is AU$284 per night from 17 Jul. to 18 Jul.
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Pacific Beach Resort
Pacific Beach Resort
4 out of 5
95 The Esplanade, Mooloolaba, QLD, 4557
The price is AU$372 per night from 6 Jul. to 7 Jul.
Pacific Beach Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.