Explore the Hinterland Trails of the Tweed Coast
From the mountain ranges covered in dense subtropical rainforest, to the wild basalt cliffs by the ocean, there is no shortage of walking trails to explore on your next trip to the Tweed Coast. Whether you crave sandy toes and salty breezes or like to completely immerse yourself in nature, the abundance of coastline and national parks in the Tweed hinterland will have something to cater to your needs.
Close to the Coast
Nothing says springtime holiday like meandering along a coastal trail and spotting a few whales and dolphins. Located right on the doorstep of Tweed Holiday Parks Fingal Head, is an idyllic coastal walk along Fingal Head Beach, the beach itself is 6.4km return and easy for all ages. Run the entire length at sunrise or instead choose to spend hours hunting for beautiful stones and shells. From the southern corner of Fingal Head Beach, you can explore the Giant’s Causeway, spy whales passing by Cook Island in the distance and wander along bush trails that lead to the Fingal Head Lighthouse and clifftop rockpools, perfect for a dip on a warm spring day!
Pottsville Environment Park
The Pottsville Environment Park trail is a 4-kilometre loop located just a short stroll from Tweed Holiday Parks Pottsville South. The park is easily accessible and offers a full nature emersion in 54 hectares of coastal vegetation, including mangroves, rainforest and eucalypts between the arms of Cudgera Creek. The park is designed for all skill levels and features a protected wildlife zone so keep your eyes peeled for koalas in the 2.5km stretch of eucalypt forest. Be mindful that the park closes at 5:30 pm each day.
Mount Jerusalem National Park
Don’t let the name fool you, Hell’s Hole Falls in Mount Jerusalem National Park is a breathtaking destination just over an hour’s drive from Tweed Holiday Parks Pottsville North. Once you reach the town of Uki you may lose phone reception so be sure to mark the directions for yourself prior to leaving the township. Head along Rowlands Creek Road which then turns into Manns Road. The road becomes unsealed as you enter the national park but can still be accessed with a 2WD. Continue to follow the road until you reach a T junction and take your right onto Middle Ridge Road. There is a boom gate that you can park alongside, be sure to pack your swimmers, snacks and water in a backpack before setting off on the trail. The trails are notoriously unmarked but if you follow Middle Ridge trail for about a kilometre you will come to a fork in the road, turn left downhill and this is where the trail begins to descend into the rainforest.
The path will eventually follow the creek bed with a bit of rock hopping before reaching the falls. Hell’s Hole gets the name from the sheer 15m drop over the edge into a perfectly circular pool. The giant chasm has created two smaller pools that you can swim in when the weather is warm, or just sit in the sun on the smooth rocks with a picnic and admire the views out over the forest. Please note that after heavy rain the falls will be much more powerful, and the rocks may become unsafe to traverse. If this is the case or you are walking with small children, it may be wise to favour Unicorn Falls and the waterhole in Mt Jerusalem National Park instead. Drive along Manns Road until you reach a left turn for South Chowan Road. This road does become a bit bumpy but once you hit the first bridge you have reached your destination on the left-hand side.
Border Ranges National Park
Renown for one of the most well-known peaks in the region Mt Warning (Wollumbin), many people would embark on the steep, rock-face climb at midnight or the early hours to greet the sunrise.
Wollumbin is a sacred site for the local indigenous people, and severe erosion has caused the summit to become too dangerous to climb, causing the trail to be closed with no plans to reopen the walk in the future. However, the true beauty of Wollumbin is in the unique, jagged peak that stands tall amongst a ring of smaller mountains. This spectacular landscape is best viewed from The Pinnacle Lookout in The Border Rangers National Park located two hours west of Tweed Holiday Parks Hastings Point. The Pinnacle Track is a short 800m return walk through the World Heritage-listed rainforest before reaching the viewing deck. You are bound to be in awe of the 360˚ views of Wollumbin and the entire park.
Within the Border Rangers National Park there are over ten walks to suit all abilities and timeframes. Make sure you wear comfortable, sturdy shoes and pack lots of water and snacks for your trip. To provide the best overall experience of the park for day-trippers the top four short walks are:
- The Pinnacle Lookout, 800m return.
- Border Loop Walking Track, 1.2km return.
- Brushbox Falls Lookout, 2km return.
- Helmholstia Loop, 1km return.
With so many trails and quaint towns to explore, animals and birds to watch, it will leave you making adventure holidays to The Tweed an annual event!
So, what are you waiting for? Dust off those hiking shoes and take a walk on the wild side this spring.
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