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Frenchmans Beach Rock Pools


Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island)


Distance (kms):

1.6 kms

Time (hrs):

Allow 1 hr

Elevation gain (m):

65 m

Max. elevation (m):

54 m

Difficulty (Grade):

Easy (Grade 2)

Route type:





2WD Sufficient

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A short stroll along Frenchmans Beach to a beautiful series of oceanside rockpools.

This moderately trafficked walk is best started off of Mooloomba Road near Point Lookout, however can be added to a longer walk to or from Cylinder Beach.

The walk is an easy stroll down a wooden staircase from the top of the headland, with amazing views onto the beach below, and then along the beach.

The tidal rockpools are found on the point between Frenchmans Beach and Deadmans Beach and are best visited at low or mid-tide when they are exposed.

It is worth inspecting the pools for sea life, with fish and crustaceans commonplace in them.

There is also the option to climb the dune near the rockpools and walk along the top of the rocky headland for a birds-eye view of the rockpools.

The walk back to the starting point along the beach offers fantastic views towards the headland where the North Gorge walk begins.

Track: A wooden staircase and wide beach. While unsigned, the walk is easy to follow.

Difficulty: The track is an easy stroll and is suitable for all fitness levels, however does involve a large set of stairs.

Direction: This is an out-and-back track that returns the way it came.

getting there

The trail starts from a signpost located on Mooloomba Road (opposite Midjimberry Road) in Point Lookout on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island). The trail is located 20 minutes drive north-east of the Dunwich ferry terminal.

Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) is located about 50kms east of Brisbane and is accessed via ferry from Cleveland (45 minutes drive east of Brisbane). A standard vehicle is sufficient for visiting the majority of Minjerribah, including this walk.

Parking is ample for how trafficked the walk is.

best time to go

The walk can be completed year-round. However, these tidal pools are best visited during the low or mid-tide when they are exposed.

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Remember, whenever venturing into the outdoors, practice the Leave No Trace principles and be considerate of others. This means: dispose of your waste properly, don't remove things or move things from their natural position and respect all wildlife. Also be sure to plan ahead and adequately prepare for any adventure. 

I respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which all activities listed on this website are found, as well as Elders past, present and emerging. I strive to not promote sites where requests have been made for people not to explore due to the cultural significance of the site to Indigenous peoples, or note how to respectfully visit a site. If I have a promoted a site with cultural significance, please send me a message and let me know.   

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