Australian Geographic

3 POINT DANGER, Tweed Heads, NSW


The exact location of the spot Cook named Point Danger (for its offshore reefs) is still disputed. In 1823 government surveyor John Oxley decided that Cook had meant what’s now called Fingal Head to be named Point Danger, but in 1828 naval officer Henry John Rous designated it as the current Point Danger. The second location is home to a lighthouse built in 1971 and a memorial to Captain Cook that’s constructe­d from iron jettisoned from Endeavour when it struck a reef.

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