Fingal Head Beach is a long narrow stretch of beach along a headland surrounded by the Tweed River which flows around 7 kilometres behind it from the mouth.
The beach begins just north of the Fingal Beach Headland where the lighthouse, Fingal Head Causeway and Cook Island resides. The carpark is at the Fingal Rovers Surf Life Saving Club and the beach continues for over 3 kilometres to the south head of the Tweed River.
There is a park with a playground in front of the carpark which has some picnic tables and a free BBQ for use. There are no toilets at the park but there are toilets at the club when accessible.
Dogs can go to the park and on the beach north of it as long as they remain on a leash. Dogs can’t go south towards the headland, even with a leash, as it is a breeding ground for Little Tern birds. Little Terns have a yellow beak when breeding and black at other times. They breed in Australia between September to January and can still be around through February.
Cook Island and the Fingal Head Causeway can be seen from the beach. You can follow the beach to the headland and the Fingal Head Causeway to view it from the bottom side of it.
In the other direction, the headland at Point Danger and the Captain Cook Memorial on the border of Queensland and New South Wales can be seen.
To get there:
From Tweed Heads Visitor Information Centre, head south on Wharf St and continue for about 1.5km to cross over the river, keeping to the right to head towards Tweed Heads South. The road becomes Minjungbal Dr, from the bridge, continue straight for 3km, keeping to the right to head onto the Pacific Hwy towards Ballina.
Heading south on the Pacific Hwy, cross over the Tweed River and take the Fingal Road exit and the brown sign for the Tweed Coast Way Tourist Drive 38. At the roundabout, turn right towards Fingal Head on Fingal Head Rd. Follow Fingal Head Rd for 3km and turn left onto Main Rd. Follow Main Rd for 550m with a bend to the right and the parking area and Fingal Head Beach is straight ahead and along the right.
Heading north on the Pacific Hwy, take the Chinderah/Kingscliff Exit and turn left at the roundabout onto Chinderah Rd. Follow Chinderah Rd for 1.1km and turn left onto Chinderah Bay Dr. Continue for another 1.3km to a roundabout after passing under the Pacific Hwy. Continue straight ahead onto Fingal Rd and follow for 3km and turn left onto Main Rd. Follow Main Rd for 550m with a bend to the right and the parking area and Fingal Head Beach is straight ahead and along the right.