Hiking Trails

Point Cartwright Lighthouse Reserve

The Point Cartwright Lighthouse Reserve is a mixture of the beach and bushwalking. For the most part the walkways are sealed. There are plenty of areas to explore where there are no established pathways.

The Point Cartwright Lighthouse Reserve pathway starts at the top at the carpark. Here you are immediately exposed to a fantastic view of the beach overlooking the pristine ocean. From here, the further you go the thicker the bushland gets, finally opening at the base of the automated lighthouse. From here, you are bombarded with views that stretch from the beach looking east. To the north, you can see Noosa Heads and Mount Coolum on a clear day. Looking west you can see Mooloolaba Spit and Maroochydore.

Subsequently, from here you can choose to head back or continue down the steep hill towards a rocky beach and the right-hand side of the Mooloolaba rock wall, where you are able to drop a line and catch a spot of fishing. By contrast, the pathway from here is relatively flat as you circle around the entry to the Mooloolaba Harbour. Finally, the Lighthouse reserve pathway ends at a small picnic area complete with BBQ facilities and a small playground for the kids overlooking the harbour.

Additionally, apart from the walk, there are several other activities to consider at the Lighthouse Reserve. There’s fishing spots along the rock wall at the entrance to the Mooloolah River. There is also rock fishing and beach fishing near the carpark. Furthermore, if you wish to get wet, there is a patrolled beach nearby, as well as catching a wave and go surfing.

Finally, more information can be found on the Sunshine Coast council website.