Walking the sands over a rocky area where the lighthouse sits, I see the same fisherman and wonder if he has caught a fish. I was thrilled last night when another fisherman gave me 4 Brim for my dinner. They were delicious with garlic butter and I have fillets for tonight. I shall see if I can buy a fishing rod at Tweed Heads when I go there today after spark plugs to replace my aging ones. My coughing car problem was a dislocated spark plug so will have to buy a set today.
Fingal Heads is known as the Giant’s Causeway named after a giant called Finn who created the same rock formations in Ireland. It is said that the Giant’s Causeway came about after a volcano erupted many millions of years ago when the lava cooled leaving hexagonal stone pillows that the waves break over constantly. There is a path that winds down from the lighthouse to the rocks.
The rocks were formed by the cooling of the lava of the volcano. As lava cools, cracks within the material grow most efficiently at certain angles. In many places worldwide, such as Devils Tower in Wyoming and the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland, ancient lavas cooled into hexagonal blocks or columns. The headland itself is an amazing basalt rock formation that was formed around 23 million years ago by ancient lava flows from the nearby and extinct shield volcano, Mt Warning.
Fingal Head boasts some of the most spectacular examples of columnar jointing to be found in the whole of NSW. The name “Fingal Head” is actually derived from a fabled Scottish hero who was involved in the folk story surrounding the creation of Fingal Cave in Scotland and the Giant’s Causeway in Ireland. The local indigenous Goodjingburra clan’s name for Fingal Head is Booninybah – Home of the Giant Echidna: “Booniny” means Giant Echidna. The spectacular columns of Fingal Head resemble the spines of an echidna, and so the Goodjingburra believe that the spirit of the echidna inhabits the headland.