We at La Maison Pacifique love exploring our local area – and we’ve come up with the Top things to do at Fingal Head for you!
When it comes to odd facts, they don’t come much odder than the fact that this charming Tweed village was named after the mythical Celtic giant Fingal who reportedly built the famous Giant’s Causeway in Ireland.
Fingal Head is situated just across the Queensland border in the Northern Rivers/Tweed Coast area of Northern NSW and is a mecca for those who like to be close to the Gold Coast, but enjoy the quiet serenity of this beautiful border town.
1. The Beach
Firstly, Fingal Head Beach has recently been named the NSW Environment Protection Authority Overall 2013 Clean Beach at the Keep Australia Beautiful NSW North Coast and Northern Rivers Regional Clean Beaches – Connecting our Coast Awards for 2013. What does this mean? It means that Fingal Head Beach is one of the cleanest in the region and well supported by it local community. So, your first stop at Fingal Head has to be the beach!
2. The Sheoak Shack
On the bank of the river, under the shade of a Sheoak Tree, the Sheoak Shack is the perfect place to relax. If you are looking for delicious food, coffee or romantic sunset cocktail on the riverbank, the Sheoak Shack is the beach shack for you with a funky laid back daytime vibe or a party atmosphere with live music on Saturday 7pm. (closes 5pm Sat over Winter)
This gallery/cafe showcases the work of high quality local artists and is available for private functions….more Byron than Byron, in sleepy Fingal Head.
3. Fingal Head Lighthouse
Fingal Head Lighthouse was erected in 1872 of stone and painted white, with a fixed white light of 1,000 candelas (later upgraded to 1,500 candelas).
The light tower is not high as it is built on a low headland. The light is effective as it is built on one of the most easterly points of Australia with plenty of deep water offshore.
The lighthouse can be reached with a short walk through remnant coastal rainforest to the headland but the tower itself is closed to the public.
4. Cook Island
Cook Island is one of just a few NSW islands and is located just 600m offshore from Fingal Head and four kilometres south-east of Tweed Heads in northern NSW. Cook Island was originally named Turtle Island due to the large number of turtles found along the shores.
The Cook Island Aquatic Reserve covers 78 hectares. It includes the waters within and around Cook Island to a 500-metre radius from a survey marker on the 4.6-hectare island. The reserve protects the marine biodiversity of the island’s reef system.
Cook Island Aquatic Reserve provides for a host of activities, including swimming, whale watching, boating and diving. Thirteen moorings at popular diving locations around the island have replaced the need to anchor. This protects fragile corals and other marine invertebrates while providing safe mooring for vessels (who are able to launch from the nearby Fingal Head boat ramp).
Local Tour company, Aqua Shack do a great ocean kayak tour to Cook Island. So, if you don’t have your own boat, consider this great tour across to the island!
5. Have a picnic
There are loads of picnic spots, just find your own sanctuary and lay out your spread. Fingal Beach Park has BBQ facilities and a kiddie play area.
6. Razorback Lookout
This is an excellent lookout giving 360deg. views which stretch over the Tweed Valley and Gold Coast. You can see Mt. Warning, the Beaches, the Airport and the homes on the Canals. There is a lovely garden, with seating – perfect for yet another picnic!
If you are wheelchair bound, all you need is somebody with the strength to push you up to the top.
This is a lookout that shouldn’t be missed.
7. Visit the Fingal Rovers SLSC – and swim between the flags!
Fingal Rovers Surf Life Saving Club was started in 1933 to ensure the safety of the beach going public in the Letitia Spit area near Fingal Head. They were formed combining the Murwillumbah Rover Scouts and Fingal Head locals and have been supported over the years by members from Brisbane and Beaudesert as well as Murwillumbah. They often introduce ourselves as being from the “Top Club in NSW” – due to their location right on the NSW Queensland border.
During Summer holidays there are Surf lifesavers/life guards on the beach every day, so it is the perfect place for a swim between the flags! During the week the Life Guards will be between the flags and the weekend and public holidays the Surf Club members will be on the beach.
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