I had planned 4.5 hour cruise along the Tweed River as a surprise for my daughter, from New Zealand. We would be drifting slowly through the lush, farmlands. Surrounded by the gentle green landscape of this area.
Embrace the soothing surrounds of the resource-rich Tweed River, the lifeblood of an ecologically diverse former volcanic region known as the Green Cauldron, with the riverbank lined with sugar cane fields and lush rainforest. Under the watchful gaze of the ruggedly imposing Mt Warning, you’re treated to a sumptuous on-board seafood or BBQ lunch.
That does sound so good, and I was looking forward to the leisurely cruise.
Unfortunately they rang and cancelled the trip at the last-minute.
So we went for a road trip instead.Following the Tweed River, across the Queensland border and into New South Wales. In the heat of the day the distant Border Ranges rise above the landscape in a blue haze.
Nestled on the banks of the Tweed River is the charming village of Tumbulgum. The historic Tumbulgum Tavern is the perfect place to stop for lunch. Established in 1887 it is now the oldest pub still in operation in the Tweed district.The food was delicious and across the road was a glimpse of the imposing Mount Warning.
At 1156m, Mount Warning dominates the Byron Bay hinterland landscape. As Byron Bay is the most easterly point of Australia, Mount Warning is the highest point in the region and this is where the sun first hits mainland Australia. Named by National Geographic as one of the 10 Best Mountain Climbs in Australia, a Mount Warning climb is a must-do for visitors to the Byron Bay region. Whether you choose to climb the 9km, four-hour return hike at sunrise or during the day, the experience is guaranteed to be unforgettable with the summit offering 360 degree panoramic views. Here, the mountain’s volcanic origins are apparent with Mount Warning the central vent of an ancient volcano.
The landscape in this part of Australia is not dramatic or even awe-inspiring. It is soothing scenery, tranquil and a calming vista to drive through.
This week it is Amy’s turn to host the “Len’s-artists photo challenge” and with a theme of “landscape” the world is wide open.