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Mooball Creek - Tweed Coast

 

Mooball Creek is a small coastal stream that runs parallel to the coast behind the dunes, and enters the sea at Pottsville, just south of the Queensland NSW border. To find Pottsvile, take the Tweed Way road along the far north coast south to Kingscliffe, down through Hastings Point. The creek is tidal, but has a reasonable volume of water at any stage of the tide. Tweed Way road runs right next to the creek at Pottsville, so launch sites are at your discretion. The lower creek runs through soft clean sand, so launch is easy.

The upper section offers only one launch or exit point. About five kilometres south past the Tweed Way bridge over Mooball Creek at Pottsville, there is a 30 metre path on the right down to the remains of the old Mooball Beach bridge (see photograph three below) About five large boulders on the right of the road (going south) and a parking bay and boom gate to beach access on the left, mark the place. Put in just downstream of the bridge causeway.

Near the mouth of the creek, the paddling is between sandy banks with coastal she-oaks leaning out over the water. Further upstream the creek has mangoves lining the banks. The upper section is lined with giant ferns and vine forest. At last the creek emerges from the overhanging coastal vine scrub and palms. A last larger pool with a giant leaning fig tree (photograph four below), marks the end of the paddle section.

From this pool, a tiny Billynudgel Creek winds its way down to the Wooyung Caravan Park. The little stream is less than two metres across, and is blocked by cotton trees. Back at the pool, there are cleared cane fields on both sides of the creek as it comes in from the west, and the creek may be a straightened drainage canal. At this point, the still tidal water becomes Crabbes Creek. It may be possible for persons with local knowledge to follow the creek at high tide to Tea Tree Road to Hulls Road bridge.

There are Tweed Council interpretive signs in the creek. At various places the creek divides, but choosing the larger creek will always keep you on the right line. It is 6.0 kilometres from the mouth to the old bridge, and 1.5 kilometres more to the final pool. The sound of the ocean surf eastwards across the coastal dunes booms and rolls over as you paddle upstream, until drowned out by the cicadas in the vine scrub.

 
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Mouth and surf bar   leaving the forest behind, upper section   old bridge  

big fig tree last pool before Crabbes Creek

mouth
start of canefields
old bridge
last pool upstream