Coolangatta Walking Loop

 

Most people are familiar with the beautiful coastal scenic walk from Kirra to Point Danger, and beyond to Duranbah Beach. However… I wanted to incorporate a couple of additional spots, including some of the hillsides of Coolangatta. One of these additions was a popular hiking trail in the 1930’s, which was considered one of the, “must to do things” if you were holidaying in Coolangatta.

Lookout on Kirra Hill

 

Start of  Walk

Just above the roundabout opposite Kirra Surf Club, take the ramp to the top of the hill, then a left along Garrick Street where Kirra Hill Community Centre is located, walk to Kirra Lookout and soak up the view. From here follow the Pandanus lined pathway down to the corner of Marine Parade & McLean Street.

McLean StreetJust in sight on the hillside is Saint Augustine’s Catholic Church, which was constructed in 1926, a little bit of Gold Coast history. Follow McLean Street up to the church, after admiring the architecture, don’t forget to turn around, and observe its commanding view of the area, imagine you are in 1926, all you would have seen is the coastline, and a few building sprinkled here and there.

At Tweed Street take a left and follow it to the end, here you will come to a set of steep steps leading down to Goodwin Park, continue across the park on to Dixon Street.

Take a right on Dixon Street, this is the location of the old hiking trail up to Razorback, a photo published in the paper in The Sydney Morning Herald – Wednesday 31 December 1930, clearly shows the winding track with tall trees on both sides, it would have been a hard rocky climb. Fortunately we have a road and the park. When you reach the roundabout you are about to cross into NSW. Charles Street is directly in front of you, head for Razorback Road on your right.

When I first walked the route, I followed Dixon Street from Marine Paradise, this is more direct, however… I wanted to feature more of the local history. The map below is my first route up Dixon Street.

Razorback Road (Tom Beatson Outlook)

Razorback Road isn’t for the faint hearted, you do need to have a reasonable level of fitness to climb this hill. 

After climbing Razorback Road, take a moment to catch your breath and enjoy the views on both sides of the ridge. This location is full of history, once there was a cafe here which served scones and coffee, many, many moons ago, check this link for more information. 

Razorback LookoutThe long concrete ramp to the summit is new, the original was demolished, a while back. Not so long ago when you reached the top of the ramp, you felt you had entered someone’s garden. The lawns were manicured and a rich lush green. The garden beds were bubbling over with flowers and shrubs… it was a perfect spot for a quiet picnic.  I have no idea what happened, but clearly the plateau is now neglected.

The views from the summit are quite unique, Cook Island off shore, along with the Tweed River. Mount Warning was once easily seen with its cloud hugging the summit, but unfortunately the trees have grown and concealed the view. When you have had your fill, walk back down Razorback Road and passed the Cemetery, if you are interested in history, linger awhile, and read some of the head stones, some graves are dated in the 1850’s. 

Continue on your right down Florence Street, to the Tweed River. You will see Tweed Bowls Club and Tweed Hospital on your right just before the river. Head left along the pathway with the river on your right. Follow this path all the way to Tweed Bar and Duranbah Beach. Now we have to take a set of stairs to Point Danger, just above you to the right.

At Point Danger follow the coastal path all the way back to Kirra Surf Club, this is part of the Oceanway, the pathway is clearly marked (unless work is being done) to highlight some of the Gold Coast best surfing beaches and views. Snapper Rocks with Froggie on your right watching the surf smashing onto the black basalt rocks. Next is the long sweep of Rainbow Bay, and Greenmount Hill and finally the start of Marine Parade and finishing with that spectacular view around Kirra Beach.

If you finish this walk you have done over 10km and should pat your self on the back!

 

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