Last Sunday The Pillion and I took off down to Northern NSW yet again. I’m not sure what draws us to this part of the world, the roads, the scenery or something else.
It doesn’t matter though, because every-time we head down that way we find something new to enjoy.
We followed the M1 for about 60km (35 miles) from the north side of Brisbane down as far as Beenleigh, where we peeled off the highway and headed for the hills for the remaining 100km (60 miles) to Tamborine, Beechmont and on to the Numinbah Valley.
Going through the twisties is longer in both time and distance, but is a lot more fun and far more scenic than the traditional highway (M1) route most people take to the Queensland/ New South Wales border.
I’ve posted about Mt Tamorine, Beechmont and Numinbah Valley previously, and I invite you to have a read of those musings if you have the time.
Links are at the end of this post.
From Numinbah Valley we continued south over the QLD/ NSW border for another 40km (25 miles) until we came to Murwillumbah where we stopped for a stretch and cold drink.
While we were stopped, we discussed our next destination and decided on Cabarita Beach for lunch. We’d been there a few times before, and enjoyed the sea breeze and views from the beach front Cafe at the Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) in town, so off we went.
Well… sorta… I knew Cabarita was east of us, but had no idea how to get there, so I decided to just follow my nose and ended up on Clothiers Creek road.
This turned out to be another 18km of “lots of fun to be had” black top with some nice scenery. The road is a little bumpy in places but at the speed limit its pretty good fun.
We arrived at Cabarita around midday, just in time for lunch at the SLSC café. They put on a pretty good spread and views of the ocean are free. Fish with salad and a cleansing ale were the order of the day.
Just the right blend on a hot day.
Even though Cabarita is only 25km (15 miles) from the southern end of the QLD Gold Coast, it’s one of those places that hasn’t been over developed with high rises inflated prices.
There are a few hotels around, but they are pretty low-key and set back from the beach, so there are no shadows cast over the beach in the late afternoon.
Much of the wetlands and nature reserves surrounding the area are still intact, which adds to the charm of the place.
There are plenty of BBQ areas and parks around the place too. So if you’re there at the right time of year you can enjoy watching the whales migrating up the coast.
Or if that’s not your bag you can watch the surfers tackling gnarly waves dude (…errr and dude-ettes).
This sign caught my eye last time we were at Cabarita Beach.
It’s nice to know that nothing of significance happened on December 12, 1927. I mean, after all, if something had happened, this place would be bustling with tourists.
In all it was a really nice day out.
We got to see some more of the countryside and discovered a new road. We even stumbled across a million dollar, absolute beach front, prize home at Kingscliffe too, we bought shares in that.
At $15 a ticket, ya gotta be in it to win it eh?
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