Float away at Fingal Head
  |  First Published: March 2011

As a young fellow, one of the red hot fishing spots I was always plotting and planning to get to was Fingal Head at Fingal. It is a small but rugged headland located on a long tongue of land, Letitia Spit, stretching north to the Tweed River.

Fingal Head is a reliable provider of tailor, bream and jew, and once I even hooked a big tuna on a metal slug off the stones. It has fabulous rock fishing that is only dependant on weather for success. The alternative is beach fishing either side of that headland where there is an ample supply of tailor, bream, whiting and dart.

Worms can be pulled along the beach for whiting and bream anglers to use as bait. Tailor still dart in and out of the white water wash area at the headland at dawn and dusk. A light southeaster or offshore breeze will see it all happen and you can virtually access all of this great fishing potential from the Fingal Holiday Park at Prince Street, Fingal.

The Tweed River, west of the holiday park, with its very fishable south wall at the end of Letitia Road also offers wide expanses of flats, channels and handy rock groynes for the boater. This gives visitors the option of either driving to the wall with the long gaff and serious-business tackle over the shoulder or launching the boat at the nearby boat harbor and heading out onto the river proper to test the skill levels.

In all, there’s no question that this particular holiday destination is situated right in the midst of some serious fishing opportunities.

Getting There

Fingal is situated on Letitia Spit on the southern side of the Tweed River. Signs on the M1 will show directions to Fingal, Chinderah, Kingscliff just after crossing the main Tweed River (on the left if going south) or on the left prior to the river crossing if travelling north on the M1. In the latter case the idea is to turn off into Chinderah Bay Road where the Fingal turn off will come to attention very shortly.

In either case the main Fingal Road leads past the easily noted Boat Harbour then changes to Prince Street, on which the entrance to the Park is situated in a prominent location.

Almost 200 camp sites

The visitor will find plenty of room to suit individual camping situations at Fingal Holiday Park as the Park occupies both eastern and western sides of Letitia Road.

A dedicated tent/camper trailer area to the west of the road offers 39 sites. To the east side of the road, within the main camping area, there are another 156 sites. Some have cabins on them, but there are still plenty available. Some of these sites are adjoining the beach, just one dune away.

Caravans are catered for with the ever handy concrete slabs, sites are offered with or without power. There are plenty of shady trees around, but with autumn upon us and the continuous sea breeze, some sun might be the preferred option.

A further added bonus, is if you book for four nights, you only paying for three. However this offer is only available between Monday to Friday during off peak times.

Visitors staying at this well-situated destination will enjoy the sound of the surf at night, handy barbeque and shelter sheds, the very clean and well set out amenity blocks and access to the beach via an on-site access point. There’s also a childrens’ playground.

For those traveling extra light (no tent or trailer) on-site cabins are available. These spacious self-contained cabins will sleep up to five people and are highly regarded given their high levels of appointments and overall usefulness. Linen can be hired if necessary although most guests choose to take their own. Management advises to booking cabins well in advance, given their popularity.

A handy adjunct to the Fingal Holiday Park is the adjoining kiosk where one can enjoy take away food and also purchase basic groceries as well.

Fingal Holiday Park is right on one of the prettiest beaches found any where, yet it’s really quiet with very light traffic on Prince Street. Family anglers will love the place as the fishing potential is outstanding. But remember, this Holiday Park is deservedly popular, so it will pay to book a stay well in advance.

Contacts are as follows: Phone (07) 5524 3208, fax (07) 5524 7092. Email is --e-mail address hidden--

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