I am an outdoor loving, novice writer residing in the Northern Rivers, Australia.
Published August 8th 2019
Down at the southern-most tip of the Gold Coast, past the rush of Surfers Paradise and Burleigh Heads, lies a cluster of beaches that speckle the Coolangatta and Tweed coastline. Quite literally a sight for sore eyes (I mean – the ocean sparkles so hard you'll need your shades), these beaches stretch between QLD and NSW and are the spot I chose for my morning walk at least three times a week.
Starting at the beautiful Greenmount Beach, you can park your car in the carpark near the SLSC (surf lifesaving club) and this is where you will begin the 'Ocean Way' coastal walk. You can honestly commence from further back if you would like, this is just where I choose to start.
Head towards the greenery and follow the path, you will pass multiple picturesque spots to stop and gaze at the surfers paddling through the crystal clear water. There are benches all around to have a quick rest, as well as cheeky little Water Dragons - a type of lizard that shares the path and are not afraid of humans in the slightest. Tread carefully and keep an eye out!
Once you round the corner, Rainbow Bay lies ahead. An amazing setting for a beach morning, it's a nice family beach that rarely gets filled. There's usually swim-friendly waves, although on occasion the waves can get quite big. While you continue along the path, you will pass two decent playgrounds and lots of seats/grassy places you can stop. Keep heading toward the big "From where you'd rather be' sign atop the Rainbow Bay SLSC. Once passed, you'll be walking through Snapper Rocks and Froggies Beach, which is named after a giant rock that was painted into a frog on the cliffside. I like to stop at Froggies and watch the bodyboarders tumble through the waves, as this is their spot usually.
Once you're ready to continue, you'll come up to an inclining boardwalk, follow that to the top and don't forget to look back as it shows off a wonderful view.
Turn left and then make your way up the path to the Point Danger lookout. Now, this is the place you want to get comfy as there are so many whales to spot! Cross the road and get yourself a coffee from Café DBAR, or a juice, or a frappe, I mean the sky is the limit when they have so many options… just remember your own takeaway mug if you aren't eating in because our environment is worth it.
Then find a spot on either a bench, table or squishy patch of grass and allow the magic to happen. If you are really dedicated, bring your own pair of binoculars and I guarantee you'll see 50% more. But if you don't own any, don't worry! The whales aren't too far away, and the last time I was there I was lucky enough to witness a whale breaching (when they jump from the water)! Take your time and wander the viewpoints, as this is actually the border of QLD and NSW so you may want to get some pictures with the monuments surrounding the area. Eventually, make your way back down to Greenmount carpark when you're ready, or set yourself up on the beach and jump in for a swim!