Discover the Tweed

Pottsville rounds off the Tweed’s oceanfront jewels – a quintessential Australian seaside holiday village where tents line the riverbank.

Burrowed in the caldera of an ancient volcano, the Tweed stretches from Byron Bay to the Gold Coast, comprising World Heritage Listed rainforests, charming country towns, sundrenched holiday hotspots, and a picturesque coastline. 

The Tweed’s action begins in its namesake, Tweed Heads. Located on the Queensland-New South Wales boarder, the city abuts Coolangatta  one of Australia’s favourite summertime haunts  with oceanfront parks, ample shopping opportunities, celebrated fisheries and a relaxed atmosphere. 

Moving south, skirting the Pacific Ocean, the Tweed Coast woos and wows visitors with a number of vibrant beachside locales, located within 30 minutes’ reach of each other.  

Fringing the sparkling Tweed River, Fingal Head is a welcoming and laid-back holiday spot, home to an unspoilt beach and the Cook Island Marine Reserve. Just minutes’ south, Kingscliff attracts surfers and foodies with world-class surfing breaks and high calibre eateries. Encircled by a nature reserve, lake and beautiful beaches, mid-Tweed Coast village, Cabarita is regarded as a little pocket of paradise.

Hastings Point sees Cudgera Creek meet the Pacific Ocean with an exceptional array of aquatic adventures.  While Pottsville rounds off the Tweed’s oceanfront jewels  a quintessential Australian seaside holiday village where tents line the riverbank. 

Moments inland, the Tweed Valley proves just as sensorial as the glittering Tweed Coast. Boasting the moniker of Australia’s Green Cauldron, the region promotes lush nature reserves and idyllic country settings.

Ancient rainforest areas like Nightcap, Border Ranges, Springbrook and Lamington National Parks are nature-lover havens, rich with spectacular natural scenery and unique sub-tropical fauna and flora.

At the foot of the Border Ranges National Park stands the Valley’s most popular tourism attraction, the mighty Mount Warning. Situated within World Heritage Listed Wollumbin-Mount Warning National Park, the towering peak is the remnant central vent of an ancient shield volcano, and can be climbed on a steep nine kilometre return trek. Many trekkers set out to reach the summit by sunrise to witness mainland Australia’s first rays of sun.

While the Tweed Valley’s natural settings take centre stage, a number of country hubs also draw visitors, oozing quaint charm and throwing back to a time when life rolled along at a more leisurely pace.

Nestled at the base of Mount Warning, Uki is renowned for its alternative lifestyle, arts and culture, and organic produce. Looking across at the volcano from the junction of the Tweed and Rous Rivers, Tumbulgum is often regarded as the Tweed’s most picturesque village. Like its neighbours, Crystal Creek also encompasses a beautiful setting, but with a unique attraction, miniature animals  namely pint-sized horses, cows and donkeys. The tempo livens in region’s commercial hive, Murwillumbah, where Art Deco shopfronts and historic Federation-style buildings house modern shopping and dining opportunities.

Words by Alice Nash - Published 21 October 2013
Quick Facts 
Population 591,000
Area 1,402 km2 (Gold Coast area)
Time Zone GMT +10
Languages English (official)
Currency Australian dollar (AUD)
Electricity 220 – 240v 50Hz
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