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2016-05-14 Border Beaches_186Leaders: Peter & Leonie
Walkers: Helen & Grahame, John, Paul, Colin, Werner, Christine D, Michele & Gary, Julie, Peter & Leonie
Distance: 11.4k

12 walkers arrived today to splendid weather and company. A late start was organised so we would arrive for morning tea at the Razorback Lookout.
The walk was done in three stages and totalled 11.4km. First stage was the Kirra Beach carpark at Douglas Street to Razorback lookout via Kirra Hill Lookout.

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The beach views were spectacular and the water was a great colour and very clean. Surfers, Stand Up Paddlers's and various craft were out in abundance. An unusual section was through the shopping centre and looking at shoe shops. Once at the razorback we had a look at the extensive views (views from Mt Warning to Fingal and the Coolangatta Airport) and sat down for morning tea. After this we headed for the Tweed River. Leonie had her scooter there and flashed down the road quite fast to the next turn at the cemetry. Through the park we heard a brass band practicing then onto the river, around the Hospital and small harbour called "The Jack Evans boat harbour".

Going North around the waters edge and past a classic car club having a BBQ, past Duranbah Beach and up to the War Memorial at Point Danger for lunch just after 12 noon. We then stood on the Border deciding if it was better in NSW or QLD with no decision made while John had an Ice Cream.

Around the waters edge past Snapper Rocks and Greenmount along the parks and footpaths back to the cars. Started at 9am and we were back at 2pm. A nice easy walk with lots to see and lots of chatting was done. Stage 4 was back to Vangies and Werners place for afternoon tea on their excellent verandah. Coffee, 2 cakes, Tim Tams and M&Ms topped off the day. Plus we were entertained by their grand children. Everyone headed home with worn feet and happy faces.

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