Coolangatta is the gateway (of sorts) to the Gold Coast. The Gold Coast stretches all the way from the coastal border of NSW and Queensland to Brisbane. It is an endless strip of sand, sea, high-rises and partying. The area enjoys tropical weather all year-round and this lengthy stretch of coastline boasts Australia’s finest natural attractions.
For those needing a break from endless beaches, head North. Mount Coo-tha offers excellent views of the coast, and a fine tropical botanical garden. Further north, lies Brisbane forest park. In this area good beaches are at Manly, Nudgee and Sandgate. You could always spend a day sailing between the many islands found at Moreton bay which is always an incredible experience.
Just south of Coolangatta lies the world famous Mount Warning and the Lamington National Park, (established in 1915). These places of interest are just a short distance from the bustling Gold Coast, set within the Gold Coast Hinterland. Lamington National Park is the largest preserved subtropical rainforest in Australia and features spectacular scenery as well as a wide range of bird species, containing over 500 waterfalls, tropical and subtropical rain forest and beech forests in the higher regions, with a very varied fauna (more than 190 species of birds).
At Lamington, there are walking tracks throughout the National Park and range from easy walking tracks to more difficult tracks. The walking tracks pass by some beautiful waterfalls and some famous features including Aboriginal Cooking Caves, Coomera Gorge, Echo Point, Mount Merino and Picnic Rock
Even further south of Coolangatta, Byron Bay is nestled in a stunning geographical location and forms the eastern-most mainland point on the Australian continent. It is perfect for spotting whales as they migrate north in June and July. It is home to an alternative community comprised of artists, craftspeople, glass blowers and poets. Byron Bay is loved by families for its stunning beaches, while surfers flock here for some of the best surfing in the world.
Wategos Beach and an area off the tip of Cape Byron called ‘The Pass’ are good places to surf, and most accommodation in town offers surfboard rentals. Main Beach, along the front of Byron Bay, stretches to the north for 50kms and is good for swimming. To the west of Main Beach is Belongil Beach, the unofficial nudist beach. Scuba divers like to go to Julian Rocks, about three kilometres offshore; this is where cooler currents from the south meet warmer ones from the north, providing a good habitat for a large variety of sea life.
Away from the beaches, a main attraction is the Cape Byron Lighthouse on Cape Byron. The area is stunning at night, as you can see the light reaching some 40kms out to sea. You can walk there from the town, following the beach and then following the stairs up the bluff. From here you get a fantastic view of the unusual peak of Mount Warning in the northern distance.
There is plenty of entertainment here and, Byron Bay turns festive during the East Coast Blues & Roots Festival, held over four days during the Easter weekend. Almost 30,000 people camp out here and listen to about the performers. There is also a charismatic local crafts market on the first Sunday of every month.
Along the coast, enjoy excellent fishing and superb beaches. Byron Bay is 78kms southeast of Murwillumbah, which is a good base for touring the nearby 1,154-metre Mount Warning, picturesque country towns, and countryside dominated by sugar cane and bananas.
You can get to Byron Bay by driving south from Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast. The journey is around 70 Minutes from Surfers Paradise (87.90 Kms).
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