Hastings headland is holiday heaven
By ED SOUTHORN
THERE aren't many better tent palaces at the coveted Hastings Point headland camp ground than the Garvey family's "Taj Mahal".
The eight-room tent complex has been home for the past five weeks for Brisbane carpenter Chris Garvey, his wife Jan, daughter Hollie, 13, and baby son Will, 14 months.
The Garveys head back to Brisbane tomorrow after completing yet another year at their favourite holiday spot.
They will return to suburbia after enjoying some of the best holiday qualities the Tweed has to offer - stunning ocean views, fresh air, rockhopping, foreshore paddling and beach games.
The Garveys have been pitching tents on the Hastings Point headland every Christmas holiday season for more than 10 years.
Even last Christmas, when baby William was born, they managed to make it down to Hastings Point for a shorter stay than usual.
Jan has been visiting the campground for more than 20 years.
Hollie has enjoyed holidays there all her life. This year, she has been swimming every day. She has also amassed an impressive shell collection from the nearby tidal rocks, neatly laid out according to size and shape in boxes outside her tent.
Hollie also plays cricket and other games with kids from other holidaying families.
"It's so close to the beach and the creek and kids love it," Chris said.
Yesterday, with just a few days before the Queensland school year begins, the Hastings Point headland still had about 20 tents pitched on soft grass, sheltered from the beach by pandanus trees, with holi- daymakers quietly enjoying their time in paradise.
Chris Garvey remembers when the headland campground sites used to be available to those who arrived first, until Tweed Shire Council a few years ago required campers to pre-book the immensely popular tent spots.
The Garveys enjoy Hastings Point so much they can't see themselves holidaying anywhere else over Christmas.
"Some people call our tents the Taj Mahal. We reckon it's very comfortable here," Chris said.
Jan said keeping their tent complex tidy was a big job every day, especially if you sleep in, but by early afternoon yesterday she was ready to kick back and relax - Has- tings headland style.