Point Arkwright, Queensland

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Point Arkwright
Sunshine CoastQueensland
Point Arkwright looking south, Sunshine Coast, Australia - panoramio.jpg
Looking south from Point Arkwright, 2003
Point Arkwright is located in Queensland
Point Arkwright
Point Arkwright
Coordinates26°32′55″S 153°06′04″E / 26.5486°S 153.1011°E / -26.5486; 153.1011 (Point Arkwright (centre of suburb))Coordinates: 26°32′55″S 153°06′04″E / 26.5486°S 153.1011°E / -26.5486; 153.1011 (Point Arkwright (centre of suburb))
Population273 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density680/km2 (1,770/sq mi)
Area0.4 km2 (0.2 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s)Sunshine Coast Region
State electorate(s)Maroochydore
Federal division(s)Fairfax
Suburbs around Point Arkwright:
Coolum Beach Coolum Beach Coral Sea
Yaroomba Point Arkwright Coral Sea
Yaroomba Yaroomba Coral Sea

Point Arkwright is a coastal suburb in the Sunshine Coast Region, Queensland, Australia.[2] In the 2016 census, Point Arkwright had a population of 273 people.[1]


Point Arkwright is the location of Luther Heights Youth Camp (26°32′41″S 153°05′51″E / 26.5446°S 153.0975°E / -26.5446; 153.0975 (Luther Heights Youth Camp)), used by the Lutheran Youth of Queensland for their Christian Life Week Camps. It is a 37-acre (15 ha) site with 338 beds.[3]


The headland (26°32′48″S 153°06′10″E / 26.5467°S 153.1028°E / -26.5467; 153.1028 (Point Arkwright (point))) which the suburb was named after was originally called Petrie Heads after the first settler of Brisbane Andrew Petrie who had explored this region of Southern Queensland in the early 1840s.

The headland being named as Point Arkwright would appear to post-date 1861 as that is the year that Lt. Heath RN named the associated headland of Point Cartwright as Point Raper. As both Point Cartwright and Point Arkwright are thought to have been named together in recognition of the English inventors, it would have to have been some time after 1861 when Point Raper was being used for Point Cartwright. The Point Arkwright name is believed to be named after Sir Richard Arkwright, who invented the machinery for cotton spinning factories.[2][4] It is not known who bestowed the Point Arkwright name as it was obviously intended to be grouped with Point Cartwright, which was named after Edmund Cartwright who developed weaving and combing equipment which compliment Arkwright's inventions.

In the 2016 census, Point Arkwright had a population of 273 people.[1]


There are no schools in Point Arkwright. The nearest primary school is Coolum State School in Coolum Beach. The nearest secondary school is Coolum State High School also in Coolum Beach.[5]


  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Point Arkwright (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Point Arkwright – suburb in Sunshine Coast Region (entry 48843)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 27 January 2020.
  3. ^ "The Experience". Luther Heights. Archived from the original on 27 February 2020. Retrieved 20 April 2020.
  4. ^ "Point Arkwright – point in Sunshine Coast, Region (entry 817)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  5. ^ "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 20 April 2020.