Fingal LighthouseFingal Head is a place where I always feel at home the reason being is that it holds a lot of childhood memories, my dear mother loved this location and my father would often drive her down to Fingal Beach.

 

It is without question a beautiful place for all those who like to walk and take photos.

The sleepy little township hasn’t changed much for decades, which is part of its charm.
Unlike the Gold Coast the beachfront has been left untouched, so recovery can take place when weather systems batter the coastline.
From Fingal Beach carpark you can head south along the sand tracks to the Light House and Dreamtime Beach.
The first thing that will strike you is Cook Island around 500 metres offshore with the distant sounds of bird cries it is a beautiful sight to see.

Your camera will be out and you will be snapping photos.

Best time is early morning around dawn or late morning and late afternoon for the best photos; otherwise the sun will be directly in front of you.

Fingal Beach
It’s been said, that Fingal head was formed by Tweed Volcano. Its unusual shaped columns of basalt rocks standing like soldier at attention, forming a unique crescent shape at the base of the headland is mesmerising it looks orderly and purposeful and neat, unlike Burleigh Headland where the six sided basalt columns have been strewn about with some violence throughout the whole headland… with the exception for ‘Jellurgal fingers’ at Tumgun Lookout, where they are stacked orderly pointing out to sea at some distant location on the horizon.

Rock Formation Fingal Head

There are a number of things you can do at Fingal Beach

 

  • Walk along the beach or bush tracks
  • Visit the Basalt Rock Formation on the headland (but take care)
  • Observe Cook Island 500 metres offshore
  • Climb up to the Lighthouse and soak in the history
  • Admire the beauty of the native flowers in the spring or summer months
  • Walk to Dreamtime Beach
  • Head north along Letitia Spit
  • Or go beach or rock fishing…

Finish your day with lunch or dinner at the Sheoak shack..

The groves of Pandanus trees are beautiful on the beach front, however this time I visited there were a number of trees undermined by high tides and inclement weather, but that is the natural cycle of events along an open beach.

Pandanus Trees on Fingal Beach

At low tide you may see the shape of the basalt rocks at the base of the headland, but the real view is on the headland. It is spectacular!

This impressive rock formation is made up of larva mainly basalt and was named the ”Giants Causeway”, after the famous Giants Causeway between Northern Ireland and Western Scotland. It was also called the ‘Devil’s Causeway’ by locals.

The strip of beach Letitia Spit to the north of the Fingal Head was named after the first ship to enter the river ‘Letitia’ in 1840 according to Wikipedia.
Casting your mind back a couple of hundred years before the Europeans came to this place, you can understand where the indigenous people’s dreamtime stories came from.

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The headland is a little paradise… the rich volcanic red earth against the deep green leaves of the Pandanus trees and that mystic island offshore rich with indigenous culture and stories.

The beauty of this place has been recognised since early last century, below is an excerpt from a newspaper in 1930 and most of what they describe is still here on the Tweed Coast.

December 1930 – The Sydney Morning Herald

OUR NORTHERN BORDER.
The Twin Towns on the Tweed.
(BY KATHLEEN REED.)

There are other delightful places to visit the pillared black rocks of the Devil’s Causeway at Fingal, where the oysters are delicious: that chain of little towns along the Queensland coast, whose lights gird the white beaches at night time like a many-stringed necklace.
But the Twin Towns exact tenacious allegiance. On the green eminence of Point Danger, under the spell of encircling azure ocean, azure river, where a little cargo boat is nosing its way across the bar, mountains outlined in pale; blue, a distant setting for the foreground of red-roofed houses, dazzling sand, and frothing , breakers, one is persuaded to wander no further, to seek nothing more. Reference – trove.nla.gov.au/

Take the time to walk and enjoy the moment…

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What does a Pineapple Tart have to do with Fiji?

Fiji and a pineapple tartIn a word lots! We all have our triggers, they can be a smell, a taste or perhaps a scene that takes you back years to an event.
In my case it’s a ‘pineapple tart’.

A sweet Pineapple Tart takes me back to the Fijian Highlands

During a business visit a few years back, I arrived in Nadi a day early and decided to take a four wheel drive tour into the mountains overlooking Nadi Bay

The weather had been wet for a few days and there had been some local flooding, however the tour operator decided to risk one more trip.

While on route he informed all of us of his morning adventure with his brand new vehicle having tangled with a tree!

Well I was up for an adventure and being the last to be picked up, was put in what felt like the kids seat at the back of the vehicle, because I was the smallest and most agile of the group – that was my fate.

Fijian Highlands

I was unfamiliar with Fiji so I’ll not sure where we turned off, however I believe it was the road leading to Mt Batilamu or ‘Sleeping Giant’ and through the fertile Sabeto Valley.

The dirt track quickly turned to mud and we started climbing, or should I say slipping and sliding.

I was sure I was in the worst seat in the vehicle and my occasional glance out of the back window confirmed it.

The cloudbank was heavy and obscured the view, which was such a shame, nonetheless it was beautiful; the tour operator stopped and we all climbed out of the vehicle for a break.

We stopped to take in the view

We eventually arrived at a local village for a quick tour. The ground was a quagmire and I wondered how the local villagers coped with these wet conditions.

One couple refused to leave the vehicle, the wet muddy ground was just too much for them.

Mud from recent rains

We arrived at the end of the track to a waterfall which was the villager’s clean water source and the location where the driver had slid into a tree.

Back to the point of the story and the Pineapple Tart

While pointing it out and communicating the details of the morning’s event he starts to move off slowly. However the vehicle combined with the muddy ground had a mind of its own and started sliding towards this same tree he was pointing out and hits it again!

Well I’m having a ball, but some of the passengers weren’t happy, it is Fiji after all one of the last frontiers.

On the way down the rain soaked track we reached a small plateau to stop for afternoon tea, the air was damp and cool, the cloud bank had lifted revealing a breathtaking view and the Pineapple Tart was exquisite.

The view eating a Pineapple Tart.

Whenever I eat a Pineapple Tart I’m back in Fiji having a hot cup of tea, a Pineapple Tart on a high plateau overlooking Nadi Bay, it may not sound like much but that scene is etched in my brain.
Leave a comment and tell me about your Fiji moments?

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