05.05.2017 - 05.07.2017
As we continued our trip down the eastern coast of AU, a couple more of our favorites stops were at Coolangatta and Byron Bay.
Called the "Twin Towns," Coolangatta and Tweed Heads sit next to each other, but they are actually in different states. Coolangatta is the southern most beach area of the Gold Coast, and it is in QLD. Tweed Heads is the northern most beach area in NSW. Since QLD doesn't celebrate Daylight Savings Time, it can be pretty confusing for visitors to the area.
In the 1950's the Coolangatta Chamber of Commerce had a song written to promote the area. The song It's Hot in Brisbane but it's Coolangatta is kind of catchy, don't you think?
Point Danger sits high above Coolangatta, and below it the Tweed River empties into the Coral Sea. Point Danger has a modern style light house, a Captain Cook Memorial, and incredible views of numerous beaches. In all directions around the point, you can see hundreds of surfers waiting to catch a wave.
Byron Bay is a popular coastal town in NSW. There are several famous people with homes here. Although we did not have a celeb sighting, Chris Hemsworth was mentioned on the news for hosting the Matt Damon family. This was before we were there, but the visit made the news because of a hospital visit to treat a jellyfish sting that a Damon child received.
We walked to the Cape Byron Reserve which sits on the nearby headland. Here we saw the lighthouse, and the most easterly point in mainland AU. This is really a beautiful area.
About half way between Byron Bay and Ballina is the seaside village of Lennox Head. We stopped here to climb up to the Pat Morton Lookout; it overlooks Seven Mile Beach to the north and Ballina to the south.