Last Saturday we headed down to the southern end of the Gold Coast.
We don’t often stop on the Goldie, preferring to explore the galleries, café’s and natural attractions in the hinterland instead. This time though, we decided to visit a place on the south-eastern most point of Queensland we hadn’t visited in over 10 years.
Nestled between Duranbah to the south and Snapper Rocks to the north, Point Danger is located just east of Coolangatta, about 100 km (60 miles) south of Brisbane City and amongst other things, has marked the eastern most point of the New South Wales – Queensland Border since 1863.
When we arrived at Point Danger, it was partly cloudy, with a slight sea breeze blowing in from the north-east, so we decided to take a stroll along the Walk Of Remembrance which follows the Point Danger cliff top and eventually leads to a park.
The walk has 41 plaques along its length commemorating the allied and merchant ships sunk off the Australian coast during WWII by Japanese submarines and German surface raiders.
It takes a while to complete the walk if you stop to read each plaque, pondering the fate of the crew lost to the sea during those sea battles.
It’s well worth the time if you are interested though.
Looking North To Duranbah Beach
At the end of the Walk Of Remembrance, there’s a lookout which has spectacular views out to the east and the open sea ( If you look real close you can see Norfolk Island 🙂 ), south to Duranbah Beach and north to Surfers Paradise.
We were only there for a short time , maybe 30 minutes, when the weather started to turn. The wind had picked up and one of the first storms of the season was blowing in over Surfers Paradise from the west.
Ah, the joys of living in the sub tropics eh?
One thing that intrigued me along the walk, was the wire rope stringers along the fence line at the lookout.
Visitors had left a series of padlocks on the wires. At first I thought someone was playing funny buggers, picking locks, breaking into places then leaving the padlocks on the fence line as a taunt. On closer inspection though, I found each padlock had two names engraved on them.
Obviously a declaration to the world.
Some padlocks even had other padlocks attached to them.
A family perhaps?
Note to self… I need to put a padlock on that fence.