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Fingal Head is on the southern side of the Tweed River, only a short drive from Tweed Heads. This charming Tweed village was named after the mythical Celtic giant Fingal who reportedly built the famous Giant’s Causeway in Ireland.
The Fingal Lighthouse was built in 1872, due to its easterly location on the coastline on a low headland. The lighthouse can be reached by a short scenic walk through remnant coastal rainforest to the headland but the tower itself is closed to the public.
Only a short distance from the carpark at Fingal Headland are walking tracks around the headland south to Dreamtime Beach or north along Leticia Spit. These two beaches are both virtually untouched and pristine.
The unique rock formation of Giant’s Causeway sits just below Fingal Lighthouse on Fingal Headland. Giant’s Causeway – a crescent-shaped mass of hexagonal columns formed when the lava flowed from the ancient Tweed volcano, rapidly cooling in the ocean currents.
The gorgeous sandy stretch of Fingal Beach to the north of Fingal Headland looking towards Tweed Heads.
600m Offshore from Fingal Head is Cook Island that is a small volcanic outcrop. It provides a permanent home for green and loggerhead turtles, as well as a stunning variety of tropical and sub-tropical marine species such as the leopard sharks, spotted eagle rays, bull rays, cuttlefish and wobbygongs. Snorkelling and scuba diving trips to Cook Island operate from the Tweed River and Kingscliff.
Stunning views out to sea from Fingal Headland. The colour of the water is amazing!
More of the pristine Dreamtime Beach and those volcanic rocks.
The Tweed River at Fingal is an angler’s paradise with foreshore parks where you can sit under a tree while you dangle a line in the river.
After you have explored the headland and beaches have a delicious lunch or a snack at the Sheoak Shack, which is located on the banks of the river, under the shade of a Sheoak tree. You can also browse through the excellent art gallery next door.
Another beautiful part of the world for a relaxing and laid-back holiday, but with enough things to do to keep you and the kids entertained. I could easily see myself holidaying here!
Relevant to this post is this beautiful watercolour painting of Fingal Lighthouse by the very talented Artist, Alyson Baker. See more of Alyson’s artwork HERE
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Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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