Tweed Heads is a town right on the border between New South Wales and Queensland, Australia. Located on the Tweed River and next to the ocean, Tweed Heads is the twin town of Coolangatta, which falls on the Queensland side of the border and is a Gold Coast suburb. Brisbane lies just over 100 km to the north-north-east while Sydney is about 830 km to the south.
Between Tweed Heads and Coolangatta you can cross the street and cross into a new time zone. This can be confusing but also makes for some interesting possibilities. For instance, if you're in town on New Year's Eve, you can ring in the New Year in one pub, then go to another pub on the opposite side and do the countdown again an hour later. The reason why this is possible is that in the Australian summer months, New South Wales uses daylight saving time but Queensland doesn't.
Bush and beaches - The area around Tweed Heads and along the Tweed River has some great tracks for bushwalking but the main attraction in this part of the world is the beaches. In Tweed Heads, babies are born with a proverbial surfboard under the arm and many surfing champions grew up here. You'll find great surf breaks at various points along the coast, among them at Point Danger and at Fingal Head. The beaches also offer a host of other activities and if you're interested in scuba diving, Cook Island, just 2 km offshore, is a particularly good location.
Point Danger - The border between New South Wales and Queensland ends at Point Danger. This headland is a prime picnic spot with a lighthouse and stunning views. You can sometimes see dolphins from here and during the late winter and early spring months your chances of spotting whales are quite good too.
Fingal Head - Many people think that Point Danger is the place that Captain James Cook named thus when he visited this coastline in 1770. However, the headland that Captain Cook called Point Danger is actually the one now known as Fingal Head. Volcanic in origin, this spot features rock columns reminiscent of those at Fingal in Northern Ireland. There is a causeway called Giant's Causeway too, similar to the Irish one. Remember to bring your camera because here you'll be able to take some memorable landscape photographs. Fingal Head has fantastic beaches and surf breaks as well.
Tropical Fruit World - About 15 km south of Tweed Heads you'll find the town of Duranbah, home to Tropical Fruit World. The climate in this area is subtropical and perfect for growing tropical fruit like avocados and pineapples. At Tropical Fruit World you can learn more about how these fruit are cultivated. The farm also offers walks through the orchards and rainforest, a river cruise through jungle, a mini train and activities like mini golf for the kids. You'll find the Big Avocado here too.
Tweed River - There are many spots along the banks of the Tweed River where you can hike, fish, water-ski or simply relax. For an interesting outing, take a boat or, even better, a houseboat about 30 km upriver to Murwillumbah. In the past this was a timber town and logs were transported from here downriver to the coast. Today it's a lovely little town to explore and to get away from the hustle and bustle of the coast.
Mount Warning - The best view of the Tweed River valley and the Pacpherson Range is from Mount Warning, about 45 km south-west of Tweed Heads. This mountain is one of the Southern Hemisphere's largest shield volcanos and got its name from Captain Cook, who called it Mount Warning to remind sailors that the reefs off Fingal Head are very dangerous. The hike up the mountain isn't too difficult and from the viewing platform at the top you can see for miles in every direction.
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