19th- 23rd October
Spending five nights in historic Tweed Heads.
Setting up at the Pyramid caravan park we soon realise we are close to the Coolangatta airport. The park is nice with friendly people. A mix of over 50s retirement living with caravan sites. Close to large shopping centres and the beaches. As we are just over the border and we are also adjusting to day light saving.
The border between Tweed Heads and Coolangatta caused problems for some and opportunities for others. The border cut straight through the village leaving one Tweed Heads home with two front rooms in NSW and its back rooms in Qld.
In December 1859 Queensland became a separate state. During the 1850's there was a lot of debate about the location of a boundary for the separate colony. The debate was finally settled with Point Danger forming the geographical border on the coast and the McPherson Range forming the natural boundary.
In the 1860's parallel barbed wire fences were built to stop the stock from wandering from one state to another. This proved opportunistic for George an early chinese local, he squatted in the buffer zone between the fences and developed a market garden extending for half a mile from Point Danger, to the Queensland hotel.The border gates were closed in the 1920'S due to an influenza epidemic.
The border proved an unnecessary obstacle for the owner of the Greenmount Guest House. He owned the first motor car but the border gates were to narrow for him to cross into NSW.
Today the population is about 53,317 living in Tweed Heads statistical area with 45% aged over 50. Generally the maximum building heights have been kept to a minimum ranging from I-3 storeys around the river forefront, 6-12 storeys further back.
Coolangatta was known as Australia's honeymoon capital in the 1950's and 1960's.
We have enjoyed our stay it is very busy but an easy city to get around in. The weather has been hot but windy. Travelling over the border to the Carrara markets and catching up with Chris, Alyssa and Levi we adjusted quickly to the time changes.We have even been able to catch up with Steve, who has started a new job this week and is now a New South Welshman living in Queensland . The airport has not been a problem as the last flight is about 10:30 in the evening and the first to arrive is about 7am. Wished I could say the same about the Kookaburras, they start very early 3:50 am they may be laughing, we are not.