Southern Gold Coast History - How Point Danger got its name

Posted on Monday, January 25, 2016

Situated on the border of Queensland and New South Wales, Point Danger headland is separated by Rainbow Bay to the north and Duranbah Beach to the south.

Not only a popular tourist destination known for its stretching coastal views and whale and dolphin watching, our most iconic Southern Gold Coast headland is brimming with Australian maritime history.

Captain James Cook discovered the area on his 1770 journey up the east coast of Australia, gaining its name to warn mariners of the dangerous coral reefs below.

Today, you will find the Captain Cook Memorial doubling as an active lighthouse, moulded from cast iron recovered in the 1960s from the Endeavour itself and formed into the monument in 1970.

Point Danger is also home to the Centaur Memorial which remembers the sinking of the Australian Hospital Ship Centaur in 1943 while the Walk of Remembrance commemorates other ships and lives lost at sea during World War II.

An icon in Australian history, Point Danger commemorates the discovery of the east coast while also attracting thousands for its natural beauty. 

Historic image courtesy of City of Gold Coast Local Studies Library 

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