Feel New in the Tweed
Once you discover this place, it’s hard to forget. Here, nature is more than a backdrop, it’s a source of inspiration: from the art galleries that tell stories of this tropical landscape to the birdsong that calls through ancient rainforest, and acclaimed restaurants that show off the region's bounty. Follow the road less travelled, and we'll let you in on our little secret.
Come feel new in the Tweed.
Explore The Tweed
Wine & dine
The Tweed occupies the largest caldera in the Southern Hemisphere, the fertile volcanic soils sprouting all manner of tropical fruits, bountiful vegetables and even coffee plantations. For a true taste of this part of the state, journey into the hinterland to savour tree-fresh produce at Tropical Fruit World – the ice-cream and smoothies couldn’t get any tastier.
Potager restaurant is likewise set on a farm, telling a story of provenance from the ceramics (all regionally made) to the hyper-local produce, including greens plucked from the proximate gardens. Sip Zeta’s Coffee while wandering among bean plantations, or head to Ben’s Patisserie in Murwillumbah to purchase buttery croissants. Pick up more specialty coffee from Bastion Lane Espresso in Uki, housed inside the coolest little post office in Australia, replete with an art gallery.
Design-driven Halcyon House, with its Mediterranean-inspired colours (all blue, white and lemon yellow), has an on-site award-winning restaurant called Paper Daisy which is not to be missed.
Husk Distillers offers everything from long lunches to behind-the-scenes tours showcasing the process involved making the brand’s award-winning rums (the sugarcane is grown on site) and electric-blue gin, given its vibrant hue by the addition of butterfly pea flowers.
Home to the distinctive Wollumbin Mount Warning, a remnant central vent of an ancient volcano, Wollumbin National Park is a place of great sacred significance to the Bundjalung Indigenous people. Said to mean ‘cloud catcher’ in the local language, the peak of Wollumbin rises to a towering height of 1,157 metres above sea level, and is a much-loved landmark by photographers and artists.
Dive, surf, paddle & cruise
It’s not just Cabarita Beach that draws surfers and swimmers in droves – the entire Tweed coast is a mecca for those who love to paddle, catch waves and cruise. Kingscliff is home to a number of beaches, some calm and others with big breaks. If you have a mask and flippers, you can enjoy independent snorkelling or diving adventures around the Cook Island Aquatic Reserve, a haven for green sea turtles, giant gropers and grey nurse sharks. Otherwise, sign up for an underwater tour (or kayaking and whale-watching expedition) with local operator, Watersports Guru or Cooly Eco Adventures.
From Tweed Heads – nicknamed the ‘Twin Town’ because it’s joined with Coolangatta just over the border in Queensland – you can explore the water on eco-cruises, crab-fishing expeditions and houseboats while drifting along the Tweed River, or out at sea on fishing charters and scenic cruises spotting migrating whales from May through November.
Dose of culture
The riverside hinterland town of Murwillumbah is home to one of regional Australia’s greatest creative spaces: welcome to the
While you’re here, be sure to peruse Murwillumbah’s fascinating Art Deco architecture and the
If you’re a fan of long coastal road trips, you’ll love the nine-hour drive north along the Legendary Pacific Coast route from Sydney to The Tweed – if you’re coming from Brisbane, the commute is just 1.5 hours south. You can also fly into the Gold Coast Airport (a 10-minute bus or taxi ride away) or Ballina Byron Gateway Airport, one hour to the south.