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Coolangatta and Byron Bay

Goodbye Queensland

As we continued our trip down the eastern coast of AU, a couple more of our favorites stops were at Coolangatta and Byron Bay.

Coolangatta

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.

Duranbah Beach lies between Tweed Heads and Point Danger. The waters here were full of surfers.

Duranbah Beach lies between Tweed Heads and Point Danger. The waters here were full of surfers.

The Point Danger Lighthouse was built in 1971, and it was the first lighthouse to try using lasers to increase it's beams. This attempt at laser usage was unsuccessful, so they returned to the conventional electric lights.

The Point Danger Lighthouse was built in 1971, and it was the first lighthouse to try using lasers to increase it's beams. This attempt at laser usage was unsuccessful, so they returned to the conventional electric lights.


The Captain Cook Memorial at Danger Point.

The Captain Cook Memorial at Danger Point.

This view from Danger Point is looking toward some of Snapper Rocks on the west side.

This view from Danger Point is looking toward some of Snapper Rocks on the west side.

The Tweed River as it nears the Coral Sea.

The Tweed River as it nears the Coral Sea.


One of the Coolangatta beaches near Danger Point.

One of the Coolangatta beaches near Danger Point.

This is a long distance look at the Gold Coast skyline; this view is from Coolangatta.

This is a long distance look at the Gold Coast skyline; this view is from Coolangatta.

This bird was hanging out by our hotel window in Tweed Heads.

This bird was hanging out by our hotel window in Tweed Heads.

Byron Bay

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.

The Cape Byron Lighthouse as viewed on our walk from Byron Bay to the Cape Byron Reserve.

The Cape Byron Lighthouse as viewed on our walk from Byron Bay to the Cape Byron Reserve.


The Cape Byron Lighthouse opened in 1901.

The Cape Byron Lighthouse opened in 1901.

We walked through these mountains on our way back from the Cape Byron Lighthouse.

We walked through these mountains on our way back from the Cape Byron Lighthouse.

We saw this flower on our walk in the Cape Byron Reserve.

We saw this flower on our walk in the Cape Byron Reserve.

The most easterly point of mainland AU is located on these cliffs below the Cape Byron Lighthouse.

The most easterly point of mainland AU is located on these cliffs below the Cape Byron Lighthouse.

The view of Arakwal NP from the Cape Byron Reserve.

The view of Arakwal NP from the Cape Byron Reserve.

A palm that we saw at Byron Bay

A palm that we saw at Byron Bay

If you look closely, you can see the diamond pattern on the surface of this sign. It seems similar to the pattern wasps use for their nest, so I guess that is what attracts them to build here.

If you look closely, you can see the diamond pattern on the surface of this sign. It seems similar to the pattern wasps use for their nest, so I guess that is what attracts them to build here.

Lennox Head
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.

The southern view from the Lenox Head lookout is of Ballina. We would stay here our last night before heading inland.

The southern view from the Lenox Head lookout is of Ballina. We would stay here our last night before heading inland.

Seven Mile Beach as viewed from the lookout above Lennox Head.

Seven Mile Beach as viewed from the lookout above Lennox Head.

Posted by Charedwards 14:34

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OMG these are beautiful. What am I doing in KC? the color of the water is amazing. Thanks for sharing.

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