Coastal sites in northern NSW date to within the Holocene period. The earliest of these is a shell midden at the base of East Banora Point on the lower Tweed River where an occupation phase was dated between 4,700 BP and 4,200 BP (Appleton 1993:34). Faunal material showed a predominance of oyster, cockle and whelk by volume, in addition to the remains of pademelon, kangaroo, bream, whiting, flathead and schnapper.
Headland Point is a popular whale watching place. Earlier there were cars parked in a steady stream bottom to the very top, and groups sat on the grass, some with picnics, some with a beer, and some talking on their mobiles, but all watching for the whales.
On one side of the Headland is Hastings Point where the river meets the sea, on the other side is a surf beach. Here the waves pound restlessly to the shore and surfers from south come to surf here. There is a track to the beach, and at Christmas, camping is permitted on the grassed areas. During the school holidays, Hastings Point also offers primitive camping facilities on the Hastings Point Headland for a unique camping experience.
We stood here and watched for whales…if you look closely at the water photos, you may see the two whales I saw.
We finished the walk with calamari and chips from the General Store on the beach and while waiting, saw this strange and amazing cloud formation at the sunset.