Holden Captiva Cruise With Mount Warning Tours
We’ve discovered the perfect activity for weekend relaxation. Get out of the house, away from your life admin, and get on board with Mount Warning Tours for a cruise along the Tweed & Rous rivers. Opting for the sleek Holden Captive LTZ for the drive to Tumbulgum, it was smooth sailing from the minute we left the driveway.
Arriving in Tumbulgum, the riverside village was buzzing with preparations for their 150th birthday. Once a bustling hub of timber trade and cedar cutters, it’s now primarily a visitor’s destination thanks to it’s stunning views of Wollumbin Mt Warning, and historic charm.
Our 10:30am Seafood & Wine Cruise with Mount Warning Tours was fully booked to capacity, but didn’t feel crowded, with comfortable seating both upstairs and inside. After a brief safety talk and welcome from the friendly team, we were off down the Tweed River – wine in hand!
The peaceful surroundings and views of Wollumbin Mt Warning, coupled with a glass of Australian wine provided the perfect atmosphere for any land-dwelling distractions to simply float away. Kym from Mount Warning Tours told us about their Sunday sunset cruises, with Tumbulgum Ink gin and Husk rum cocktails, canapes, bubbles and live music. At only $75 a head, it even includes return transfers! We’re sold, consider it on the to-do list Kym!
With our hosts pointing out local bird-life along the way, we cruised past the sub-tropical Stotts Island, a protected nature reserve. James Stott, according to Wikipedia, was an Irish convict turned cedar cutter, sent to NSW for stealing clothing. The beautiful Northern Rivers clearly helped him reassess his life choices and turn things around as he ended up with an island named after him! Not just any island either, Stotts Island is a critical habitat for the endangered Mitchell’s rainforest snail.
Following the cruise, it was time for a delightful seafood lunch at the historic House of Gabriel, perfectly situated on the Tweed River. The lovingly restored 120 year old venue serves great food and coffee, and doubles as an art gallery/gift shop. Feeling completely relaxed, we took advantage of our prime spot on the front verandah.
After a day of relaxation and river-gazing, we were keen for more cruising in the Captiva. We took an early exit on the way home and stopped by one of the (many) stunning Tweed Coast beaches. We headed off the beaten track in Fingal to get the Captiva’s tyres dirty.
After a dip at Dreamtime beach, we moseyed up to Fingal Head Lighthouse to drink in those headland views. It’s an easy walk to the top and well worth it, we made a mental note to return during whale migration for an amazing vantage point. The lighthouse itself is the cute, vertically-challenged cousin of the Byron Bay lighthouse. But, despite it’s lack of stature, it’s been active since 1872 and shows no signs of going off duty anytime soon.
Back in the Holden Captiva, we opened the sun roof and had a play around with some of the features. The LTZ model features heated leather seats (not required on this 30+ degree day), Apple Car Play & Android Auto, LED daytime running lights, roof rails, blind-spot assist and ISOFIX compatible seating, just to name a few. It’s a 7-seater, so no one gets left behind, and looks good from all angles.
Other features include:
- Keyless entry
- Rear view camera
- Hill-start assist
- Infotainment touch-screen system
- Rear cross traffic alert
- Siri Eyes Free
Book a test drive in the Holden Captiva with Jon-Michael or Tom today. Click here to book online or phone 07 5523 7400.