Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Kirra Beach, Coolangatta and the Tweed

We're staying at Kirra Beach on the Gold Coast for a few days, enjoying some time with Rob's Mum celebrating her imminent 90th birthday.

Rob woke me this morning to see the sunrise from our bedroom window. It was so spectacular that I didn't abuse him for waking me (this time).
Looking north to Surfer's Paradise we thought it seemed like the skyscrapers of Manhattan were emerging in the early morning light.

On such a beautiful day we headed off for a day in the country - following the beautiful Tweed River west through the farming villages and towns and world heritage rain forests of the Wollumbin Mt Warning caldera (the largest caldera in the southern hemisphere).

We drove through the picturesque sugar towns of Tumbulgum and Murwillumbah before turning away from the Tweed River and then along its tributary, the Oxley River, around the northern face of Wollumbin Mt Warning. We got to the pretty village of Tyalgum in time for morning coffee!

An unexpected power outage meant our preferred "Rainforest Cafe" at the base of Mt Warning didn't open today. Luckily The Riverview Hotel at Murwillumbah was a great alternative for a sunny lunch overlooking the Tweed River.

We ended up a day of exploring back on the coast at Point Danger (thank you Captain Cook for these ominous names!). The Centaur Memorial at Point Danger has special significance for Rob and his Mum as it commemorates the lives lost when the hospital ship Centaur was torpedoed by the Japanese in May 1943. Rob's Dad was one of the few survivors.

And every time we return to the apartment I always feel excited by our ocean view!

Rob and I try to fit in a good walk each day. Sunset arrives early these winter afternoons so a spectacular sunset is an added bonus on these walks.
That's our apartment block in the background! We're on the 7th floor this year - not quite up to the penthouse standard we enjoyed during last year's short stay!


judy l said...

Yes you do get spoilt with the sunrise and sunset there guys. After all it's GOC!

Bluey Travel said...

Nice post. The Sunrise and Sunset is incredible beautiful. Visitors also prefer to come to some of the Kakadu National park's most spectacular waterfalls including Jim Jim and Twin Falls during the cooler months.