Magnetic Island National Park Townsville

Hawkings Point looks out is a top of a giant granite boulder. Photo credit: © Queensland Government

Photo credit: © Queensland Government

Hawkings Point lookout

Discover the perfect vantage point to watch the sunset and see soaring birds of prey.

Journey type
1.2km return Start and finish points are the same and the traveller must return via the same path
Time suggested
Allow 30min return walking time.
Grade 4 walking track

Accessible by

  • Conventional vehicle
  • Bicycle
  • Walk-in

Journey facilities

  • Lookout (constructed)
  • Walking

Yangugan – Route 6

Hawking Point lookout is a popular and accessible destination in Picnic Bay. The 1.2km return walking track is moderately challenging, with stone steps and steep sections.

The track passes through low, coastal forest dominated by an understory of spiky tussock grass Triodia stenostchya locally known as spinifex. The track continues uphill to Hawkings Point, a headland between Nelly and Picnic bays. See stunning views across the island and Cleveland Bay from the lookout, perched on top of a giant granite boulder.

A diversity of magnificent birds of prey, including White-bellied sea eagles, Wedge-tailed eagles, Brahminy kites, Osprey and Peregrine falcons can be seen soaring in the thermal air currents, squabbling and hunting.

Getting there and getting around

The Hawkings Point lookout track (Route 6) is accessed from the eastern end of Picnic Street in Picnic Bay.

Access is via a sealed road suitable for conventional 2WDs. Bus stops are close by—see Sunbus - Magnetic Island for more information.

Walking distance to Hawkings Point from:

  • Nelly Bay ferry terminal 4.2km one way
  • Picnic Bay Mall bus stop 1.2km one way.

Wheelchair access

There is no wheelchair-accessible facilities on this walk.

Before you visit

Opening hours

Hawkings Point walking track and lookout is open 24 hours a day.

Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Visiting safely

For more safety information see Visiting Magnetic Island safely and Walk with care.