Fingal Head

Fingal Lighthouse


Fingal 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 take her on a scenic drive 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

The Twin Towns on the Tweed.

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 –

Take the time to walk and enjoy the moment…


  1. Josie Kay says:

    Hi Gillian

    Thoroughly enjoyed your post on Fingal Beach which also has a very special for me. I regularly venture down there and thrilled to read that you too appreciate its natural beauty.

    As you would be aware, the groves of pandanus trees are also beautiful along the Tugun to Bilinga beachfront. It is such a shame that you not as passionate about this area as you have expressed so eloquently with Fingal Beach and believe it should be concreted and raped of its natural beauty. If a concrete oceanway proceeds, ‘groves of pandanus trees’ will have to be bulldozed. There will be fences 6 feet high on one side, and dune fences on the other, in many places only 3 metres wide which will be a visually disgusting. We have a ‘grass oceanway’ that sits on a sand dune for the majority to appreciate (as well as the beach!) and according to coastal management experts, those proposing to reduce the dunal corridor and concrete the dunes are considered to be selfish ones. It is also not recommended by the Department of Environment and Heritage.

    Your posts contradict your words and actions. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you wish to discuss this matter further as I am familiar with pretty much every foot of this 1.7km stretch that you want to see destroyed. I am just as passionate as you are about preserving the natural beauty of the Gold Coast and Fingal Beach. Those with political ambitions are hiding behind issues of class and the environment and unfortunately many are finding it difficult to separate the two. Also a shame that these individuals continue to be divide our community. Politics is a very dirty business and real motives usually do not come to light until it is too late. I am also happy to share opinions of well known coastal management experts as I have never professed to be one, I simply listen and respect them.

    Thanks for reading.

    Kind regards

    Josie Kay

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