Great Drives – No 1 To: Byron Bay
Byron Bay is an iconic and relaxing holiday location in its own right and is well worth a day visit as part of your Gold Coast holiday.
Points of interest are:
(a) Cape Byron is the most easterly point of mainland Australia
(b) The majestic mountain east of Byron Bay was named by Captain Cook as "Mount Warning" - it's peak catches the first rays of sunshine on mainland Australia every day. Mount Warning (Wollumbin in the local Bundjalung dialect) is the plug hole for the world's 2nd largest volcanic crater, which takes in the entire Tweed Valley.
(b) The waters surrounding the lighthouse area are a marine National Park with abundant sea life easily spotted (We stood on the catwalk to the lighthouse for about an hour and saw four turtles, three sting rays and about a dozen dolphins. The dolphins delighted in catching a wave and peeling off the back just as it was breaking – a quick dash back out to sea and onto another wave).
(c) The beaches of Byron Bay are world renowned – check out Main Beach; Wattego’s or Little Wattego’s
(d) The locals – you will be rubbing shoulders with millionaires and hippies, (sometimes both descriptions fit the same person).
We recommend that you “wander down” to Byron Bay via our Scenic route and “zoom back” via the Pacific Motorway.
The route that we have selected takes in The Tweed Coast Way (Tourist Drive 38); parts of the Tweed Valley Way (Tourist Drive 40) and the Coolamon Scenic Drive. We hope that you enjoy it.
Follow Gold Coast Highway past the Airport and at the 2nd set of lights (1.6Klm past airport) follow the Ballina Directions past South Tweed Heads to Barney’s Point bridge over the Tweed River at Fingal.
Immediately over the bridge, The Tweed Coast Way (38) starts, take the 1st left (Fingal Rd) and left again into Chinderah Bay Drive for about 2Klm, then left into Wommin Bay Rd through to Marine Parade Cudgen & on to Kingscliff.
At the roundabout with the Fig tree in the centre, turn right into Seaview Drive & left at Sutherland St travelling the Tweed Coast Way through Cabarita, Hastings Point (Check out the lovely picnic spot at Cudgen Creek) and on to Pottsville (everyone who has ever been to Pottsville loves it).
At Pottsville, turn right into Coronation Drive which becomes Pottsville Rd, follow Pottsville Rd (need to turn left at 2Klm from Pottsville) travelling over the motorway and on to Mooball. (Stop to take a look at the “Moo” effect in this little village – telegraph poles etc.). Turn left into Tweed Valley Way (40) which becomes Brunswick Valley Way, follow this to the Ocean Shores roundabout and turn right into Coolamon Scenic Drive, heading generally South West into Mullumbimby.
Cross the bridge at Mullumbimby and turn right into Brunswick Tce which becomes Burringbar St, then turn right following the Coolamon Villas sign, then turn right into Jubilee Ave, past the golf course continuing to Coorabell, left into Coorabell Rd which leads to Coolamon Scenic Drive.
Continue along Coolamon Scenic Drive to Pacific Highway, turn right and in 2.7Klm take the Bangalow exit, turn left into Byron St after you cross the railway bridge. (Remember Bangalow Palm trees? This is where they came from.) Go under the Pacific Hwy and follow Bangalow Rd to Byron Bay, turning left at the T intersection past the golf club. Follow Bangalow Rd, left into Browning and right into Jonson St.
Even with this route, you will miss seeing Tumbulgum; Murwillumbah; Brunswick Heads and Ocean Shores, something to think about next time.
Duration: Directly down the Motorway: about 1hr from the airport – this route is about 1hr 45 mins, plus any time you spend by stopping at points of interest.
Posted By Darryl
Updated : 4th March 2023 | Words : 643 | Views : 6727
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