Double Island Point is one the most stunning and picturesque headlands in Australia.
Located a 2 hour drive north of Noosa Heads, this headland provides some of the longest and most fun waves in Australia, making it the perfect destination for beginner and intermediate surfers.
I’ve been up to Double Island Point a couple of times now and each time I come back home saying it’s my favorite spot in Australia.
The water is warm, the ocean is a florescent blue, the waves are so fun, and just hanging on the beach all day long, surfing, BBQ’ing with friends – life doesn’t get much better.
If you like being out in nature, away from the hustle and bustle of city life and enjoy surfing some of Australia’s longest waves in warm pristine waters, then Double Island Point is for you!
Where is Double Island Point located?
Named “Double Island Point” in 1770 by Captain Cook on “an account of it’s figure”, this point is actually a sand spit located in the Great Sandy National Park, about 55km north of Noosa Heads in Queensland.
How do you get to Double Island Point?
You can access Double Island Point a few ways depending on where you are coming from and what type of vehicle you’re driving. One thing that is common with all access routes, is that you’ll have to drive along the beach.
I would always advise to drive a proven 4x4WD like a Toyota Land Cruiser or Nissan Patrol, as you you’ll be driving on soft sand.
Saying that, I have driven a Nissan X-Trail twice while the tides are low, and the vehicle handled fine.
Depending on the tide and weather the sand can change along the beach daily, so please be super careful. Always ask the locals and National Park Officers of the conditions prior to venturing out for the day.
The last thing you want to do is get bogged or worse still, get your car washed into the ocean.
Double Island Point via Noosa
The best and quickest way to get to Double Island Point from Noosa is along Teewah Beach. This 51km stretch of beach links Double Island Point to Noosa North Shore (across the river from Noosa).
Just make sure the tides are low and there is plenty of sand on the beach before you go.
Accessing Teewah Beach from Noosa or the highway north from Brisbane, you will have to jump on the ferry ($7 cost) at Tewantin, which will take you across the Noosa River onto Noosa North Shore.
Before you jump on the ferry make sure you stop at the National Park’s office (located 200 metres from ferry entrance) and buy a pass (weekly passes are around $33). Also ask them about the condition of the beach and expected weather conditions for the day.
Once on the other side (Noosa North Shore ) follow the road for ten minutes until you come to the end of the paved road (also called beach access 3).
Before you hit the beach make sure you let your tyres down for better performance, measuring the PSI levels with a gauge.
The access point onto Teewah Beach is quite soft so keep your speed up and tyres as straight as possible.
Once on the beach, follow it for 51km (60km is the speed limit) and just before you get to the end, take the “Leisha Track” which will bring you across to the northern side of the headland.
This is where some of the longest waves in Australia await.
Double Island Point via Gympie
About 5km before Rainbow Beach there is a turnoff on your right to a dirt road called “The Freshwater Track”. This track will take you from the main road across to the northern end of Teewah Beach in about 30 mins.
The dirt track is much more manageable than the beach and both times I have used this track our Nissan X-Trail has handled it easy.
Once you’re on the beach, be careful as the sand is super soft and lots of 4x4WD tracks put big ruts into the sand, making it even more challenging.
Once on the harder sand (again make sure its low to mid-tide and you have let down your tyres) head north towards the end of the point taking the ”Leisha Track” across and over to Double Island Point.
Double Island Point via Rainbow Beach
If you’re staying at Rainbow Beach and/or want a quicker way from Gympie, than rather take the 1 hour drive via “The Freshwater track”, you can access Double Island Point via the beach along Rainbow Beach.
This way will only take 15-20 minutes maximum to get from Rainbow Beach, but can only be accessed via a proven 4x4WD and at the very bottom of the tide, and only if there is a lot of sand long the beach.
You will need to check if access along this beach is open with the locals prior to departure. Also, know the weather conditions and when the tides are before you leave.
The sand can move daily here and getting through or around the Mudlo Rocks can be super dangerous – around 25 4x4WDs are lost to the ocean here each year
Closest airport to Double Island Point
The closest major airport to Double Island Point is the Sunshine Coast airport in Marcoola, about 40 minutes drive south of Noosa. All major domestic airlines fly into this airport frequently.
Brisbane airport is another option, especially if you’re traveling from overseas. The airport hosts both domestic and international flights, being a 1 1/2 hour drive south of Noosa and 2 1/2 drive south of Rainbow Beach.
BEFORE HEADING OFF TO DOUBLE ISLAND POINT, PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU ARE DRIVING A PROVEN 4X4WD, KNOW THE WEATHER CONDITIONS AND TIDES AND GET UP TO DATE INFORMATION ON ALL BEACH ACCESS ROUTES.
What to bring to Double Island Point
Being in the National Park there are no stores on Double Island Point, with the closest town being Rainbow Beach.
If conditions and tides are good you can get there within 20 minutes, but most of the time you will have to access Rainbow Beach via “The Freshwater Track” which will take an hour.
If you are heading to Double Island Point for the day (or doing day trips in and out from Rainbow Beach), then you need to make sure you bring lots of water, shade protection, sunscreen, and enough food to get you home.
Always make sure you bring some rubbish bags so you can take your trash home with you.
If you’re campaign on the Point, make sure you have all camping equipment, cooking equipment with utensils, a freezer (you can get ice up there from the “Ice truck” which comes around daily) and enough food and water for your length of stay.
Don’t forget plenty of toilet paper (they do have toilets at some camping grounds), water and shade protection.
Phone reception is also very limited, especially along the north end of Teewah Beach, so if you’re camping for a long period of time then a satellite phone may come in handy for any emergencies.
Surfing Double Island Point
There are really two surf spots at Double Island Point. The actual point itself and the backside of the point (Teewah Beach side).
Surfing The Point
The main spot to surf is the point itself. With rides well over 400 metres long, this right point breaks for so far you will need a car to drive you back up to the take off zone (and you can do this!)
The best conditions for the point are a 4-5 east swell with south to south- east winds. It needs this east direction or a very large south swell to get in around the point and into the bay to break.
The best take off spot is usually at the top of the point, but this can change depending on the sand at the time.
When the swell does get big (not very often), the top of the point tends to get super messy, pushing the take off spot further down the point where it is much cleaner and more manageable.
Perfect for the long boarder, beginner or intermediate surfer, the waves break close along the shore line and are quite soft and easy to surf.
Usually when I go up there I take a long board out. It’s so much fun, just cruising down the point for so far.
Surfing the backside of the Point
The backside of the point on the Teewah Beach side is a lot more exposed to the swell and wind. More suited to a short boarder, the waves here are shorter and more powerful, providing some great peaky barrel sections.
The best conditions for this side of the point are 4-5 feet from any swell direction (I have always had it best in an east swell) and a North East wind.
I remember one trip we surfed this side for two days straight sharing barrels all day long with just me and my mates out. What a blast!
The beauty of surfing Double Island Point is that you can always get out of the wind. If the Point is onshore, the backside will be offshore and vice versa.
And if you’re going up with a group of friends with varying surfing abilities, you are bound to find a great wave for everyone.
Where to stay at Double Island Point
Depending on your budget and the experience you are looking for, there are a few options for accommodation.
Staying at Rainbow Beach
Both times I have been to Double Island Point, we’ve stayed at Rainbow Beach.
There are plenty of accommodation options here, some local stores and some great places to eat. You can also hire 4x4WDs here.
Last time I was up there, we had a big group of families staying together so we all stayed at Plantation Resort. It’s across from the beach and right off the main street, restaurants, pubs and cafes. While the rooms are expensive, they’re huge and beautiful- and so convenient for families.
Camping at Double Island Point
The option which gives you the best experience of Double Island Point is camping.
I have camped out at the point only once, in a swag under the stars and it was such an amazing experience.
There is no camping (or fires) allowed at Double Island Point itself, unless you sneakily camp out in a swag and are packed up before the rangers head out in the morning.
With this in mind, there are designated camping areas along Teewah beach and also where “The Fresh Water Track” meets the beach. At some of these locations you will find toilet and rubbish facilities.
I think the best camping option is to set up camp along Teewah beach, just behind the dunes. You can just drive along the beach until you find a secluded spot with some protection from the wind and sun.
Tents are not the only option for camping here. I’ve seen plenty of campervans and caravans set up a long the beach but if you’re going to tow one, please make sure you drive along the beach at the bottom of the tide.
Once you have your campsite set up and depending on where you are set up, it should only be a 10-20 minute drive along the beach and over “The Leisha Track” to the Point.
Staying at Noosa
If you are staying at Noosa it will take you about 1 hour to get to Double Island Point via the Tewantin Ferry and along Teewah Beach (directions are above).
My experience at Double Island Point
I love Double Island point.
I have been up there twice now and each time I fall more and more in love with the place. It’s just so pristine, untouched and breathtakingly beautiful. Not to mention the waves are so long and fun.
Just pulling up for the day on the beach parking metres from the ocean, surfing, BBQ’ing and just having a blast with friends all day long, is what life is really about.
We usually get out to the point early in the morning and claim a good spot for the day. Set up our BBQ, tables, shade and then unpack all of our boards which usually includes SUP’s, foil’s, longboards and shortboards.
The day is consumed by coming in and out of the water, using all the different boards, having a good old fashion sausage sandwich for lunch and then setting up a fire on sunset.
It’s such a great spot for the kids as well. They can play on the sand and shore line, while you always have full view of them. The water is super warm and safe and it’s such a great spot to teach a kid to surf.
After a full day in the ocean, sitting next to the fire eating marshmallows, drinking beer/wine and watching the sun go down while the sky lights up with crazy colours, life doesn’t seem to get any better.
I couldn’t think of a better way to spend a day in Australia.