Razorback Lookout Urban Walk

Razorback Lookout Urban Walk

Things to do in Tweed Heads

For a while now I have been meaning to take the short urban walk up Razorback Lookout Tweed Heads from Coolangatta’s Marine Parade. It’s not a long walk only 4.66 Kilometres round trip but nonetheless the last half of the walk is taxing on the body.
Start at Marine Parade or that general vicinity and follow Dixon Street all the way up to the roundabout which is the border of Queensland and NSW.  Along Dixon Street are a few fibro homes and units that whisper Coolangatta’s and Tweed Heads past life, you will see St Augustine’s Church, rising from the surrounding homes this church is part of the early history of Coolangatta, opening Sunday 26 December 1926. But today my focus is Razorback Lookout.

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At the roundabout you will be stepping into NSW and your poor mobile phone won’t know what day of the week it is. It will bounce around time frames during daylight saving from NSW to Qld and back again till you are heading back.
Directly in front of you is a sign pointing to Razorback Lookout, head along Charles Street, on your left is Tweed Heads Central Cemetery on your right Razorback Road. I walked up the road but to your right is parkland, I haven’t walked it but I believe you can walk this area to the top. (I will take this route next time) The views start while climbing the steep road, so when you are catching your breath don’t forget to turn around. This walk is best taken early in the morning, my journey started late and it was very warm climbing the hill.

Don’t forget to turn around on the way up the hill

At the top of the hill is a Water Reservoir, walk to the side of this huge concrete structure and you will gets some beautiful hinterland views. (Always take care in lonely concealed places)
Continue to the car park, yes you can drive but what would be the point this is an urban walk with a lookout. But seriously if the hill is too much… taking the car it’s well worth the effort.

The summitThe ramp to the summit

The concrete ramp up to the summit is fascinating…how many tales could this ramp tell if it could speak… with its secure piping rail hugging the mountain side and convenient pipe seat for those who need a break before reaching the summit.

This lookout was very popular with visitors in the 1930’s

check out some of it’s history…
On this occasion, the view was perfect; Coolangatta, Tweed Fingal and Cook Island just offshore and the other side the hinterland, the Cougals are clearly seen, but unfortunately Mt Warning is no longer visible only from the carpark.

The trees have grown and covered the vista, but that’s a good thing right?

The views are the same

2014 has been a little short on rainfall and the lack of summer storms drenching this rocky plateau is taking its toll, I’ve never seen it so dry.

However something else is going on here. The beautiful manicured lawns and tendered garden beds full of flowers have gone.

In fact some of the shrubs look like they have been severely cut back and there is a general lack of care that is beyond just insufficiency of water, check out this post in 2012

View of Mt Warning from Razorback Carpark
I hope the gardens and lawns of this iconic Tweed and Gold Coast Lookout aren’t being neglected because of lack of funding.

A must see lookout…

This is one of the must see Lookout’s on the Gold Coast and Tweed Coasts, up there with Burleigh Headland and North Burleigh and Currumbin’s Elephant Rock Lookout, all authorities whether councils or tourism bodies should remember we tourist’s don’t have borders; we just want the best from these Twin Towns.

Check out the Cemetery on the way back…

On your way back down take some time to walk down the grassy slopes to the Cemetery below, I had a quick look around and saw one grave dated 1869, there are many stories here.
Well I hope you enjoy this urban walk with a view I know I did and remember as always…
Experience the Gold Coast on foot!

4 Responses to Razorback Lookout Urban Walk

  1. I was about 6, 1945, holidaying with family at Kirra Crest. As I had foot troubles I had new built up shoes with leather soles. A strong memory is how my shiny new soles slipped on the stones of the path! I felt so unstable! Holding tight to mother’s hand we kept climbing! “Stop! Turn around! See how far we’ve come!” Then we arrived at the top! Breathtaking view! And the customary green Thermos of sweet black tea and cucumber sandwiches were the reward at the summit!
    In all the intervening years I’d not heard anything about Razorback, sort of relegating it to urban myth or dream! But it exists!
    My memory feels that the track was for vehicles and the bitumen or concrete had these roundish pebbles which added to the slip-sliding treachery!
    But Razorback is was a beautiful memory that has been revived! Will have to revisit! Driving this time!

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