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Published May 29th 2016
Whale watching from the headland
A gloriously sunny winter's day is the perfect time to take a day trip to Fingal Head. Located just across the border about 12 kilometres South of Coolangatta, this sleepy little town offers plenty of family friendly activities.
Dreamtime Beach stretches over 6 kilometres south from Fingal Head to Kingscliff. The beach is dog friendly, with an off leash walking area about 500m south of Fingal Head, so you can bring your pooch along on this day trip.
A path leads up from the beach towards Fingal Head Lighthouse. It is a short, easy climb, suitable for all ages and fitness levels, with well-maintained timber stairs and walkways. My son is fascinated by lighthouses and I must admit to feeling somewhat romantic and wistful about them myself. Built in 1872 and only 7 metres tall, Fingal Lighthouse is not particularly impressive and is not open to the public. It is, however, perched at the top of the headland, affording a spectacular view across to Cook Island and the coastline.
View to Cook Island
This makes for an excellent whale watching spot as you have 180 degree views over the ocean. We are just entering whale watching season which runs from late May to November; so why not take a picnic with you so you can linger, while you look out for passing whales.
View north to Coolangatta
If you don't want to lug your picnic hamper up to the headland, another good picnic spot is Old Boat Harbour playground, on Fingal Road. With ample off street parking, a toilet block, water fountain and boat ramp this is a popular spot with families.