The Tweed Area

The Tweed on the far NSW North Coast offers visitors every kind of attraction from uncrowded beaches to world-renowned surf breaks and a beautiful river which winds its way right through town and empties out into the Pacific Ocean. It’s also developing a reputation as a delicious destination for foodies.

Whilst you may not be able to travel to the Tweed region right now, you can still experience the area from the comfort of your own home. Order boxes of fresh produce, pick up takeaway from award winning restaurants and have boutique gin delivered to your door. You can even complete virtual puzzles of Tweed’s most famous spots.

Woman enjoying scenic views across the Northern Rivers region at the Plantation House in Duranbah

Travel the Tweed from home

  • Step up your quarantini with the signature purple Ink Gin or sugarcane rum from Husk Distillers – and add a bottle of Husk hand sanitiser to your order. Delivery is free anywhere in Australia when you spend over $80.
  • Support local Tweed artists and browse the new online store from the M Arts Precinct. There’s one-of-a-kind paintings, sculpture, jewellery and more.
  • Byron Bay craft beer legends Stone & Wood are offering free delivery on beer and cider fresh from the brewery using the code FREEDELIVERY.
  • Everybody needs coffee, so put in your order for small-batch roasts from Ground Control (free delivery anywhere in Australia) and Bastion Lane Espresso (free delivery for orders over $30).
  • Experience the best of the Tweed at home with the Mount Warning Tours Taste Tweed Farm Tour in a Box. It includes tastings from local producers, exclusive video content, a live-streamed cooking class and a voucher for future excursions (local delivery only).
  • Tweed locals are spoilt for choice with a huge range of restaurants now offering takeaway and delivery including Bombay Cricketers Club, Potager, Fins, Baker + Farmer, La Barrita, Lolita’s Mexican Cantina, Inky Squid and more. See the full list here.
  • One-hat restaurant Pipit has opened a pop-up Vietnamese takeaway open Monday to Friday and focusing on produce from the Northern Rivers. You can also pick up a Pipit Care Package with ready meals, produce, wine, bottled cocktails and more.
  • Stock up on gorgeous Tweed fresh produce with delivery boxes from Tropical Fruit World, Pocket Herbs, Buck’s Farm and Mate & Matt’s. (Pick up or local delivery only).
  • Other gourmet goodies available include raw honey from Miele D‘Oro, cheese and salami from Tweed Valley Cheeses, sauces and relish from The Chilli Chick, take-home tubs from Gelato & Co and bake-at-home cookie dough from Cubby Bakehouse.
  • If you’re keen to learn some new skills in isolation, Tweed photographer Ryan Fowler is offering private online lessons. The one-hour lessons are held over Skype, cost $80 and cover topics like post processing tools and techniques, composition and portfolio reviews.
  • Keep the little ones entertained with a box of fun from Kids Play Crafts. Choose from drawing and painting supplies, beads, plaster, sand art and more, with delivery available across Australia.
Paper Daisy restaurant located within boutique hotel Halcyon House, Cabarita Beach.

Rainforests and mountains

In the Tweed, you can lose yourself in some of the largest and oldest tracts of sub-tropical rainforest left on Earth in the World Heritage-listed Wollumbin National Park. Amongst this stunning natural landscape of beaches and forest you’ll find an array of outdoor adventures and cultural experiences.

There are seaside towns and hinterland villages all set within a green caldera, the crater of the extinct Tweed Volcano, now covered in rainforest and farmland. A towering volcanic peak called Wollumbin by the local Aboriginal people, and Mount Warning by Captain Cook, is the centrepiece.

Towns and villages

Tweed Heads is the region’s main town, nicknamed the Twin Town because it’s joined with neighbouring Coolangatta. You’ll find a range of things to do, from rainforest river cruises and houseboat holidays, to deep-sea fishing charters and whale watching, or you might just relax on its beaches.

Kingscliff is home to stunning beaches and fantastic waves. Tasty cafes and restaurants dot Marine Parade and Bells Boulevard, like Greek-inspired Taverna, set within a 1930s converted fishing cottage. A short drive inland is Tropical Fruit World, where you can also get up close to kangaroos.

Murwillumbah, a riverside hinterland town, is home to the Tweed Regional Art Gallery where the Margaret Olley Arts Centre honours its namesake, one of Australia’s most celebrated painters. The town and the nearby villages of Uki and Tyalgum are on the doorstep of Wollumbin National Park.

Surfer catches a morning wave at Duranbah Beach, Tweed Heads

Things to do in the Tweed

You can go snorkelling or diving in the Cook Island Aquatic Reserve, a haven for green sea turtles, giant gropers and grey nurse sharks. Watersports Guru in Kingscliff, a popular beach holiday town a short drive south of Tweed Heads, will take you to the marine sanctuary on a snorkelling tour.

The Lyrebird track is a great way to experience the natural beauty of Wollumbin National Park. You can explore the region’s Aboriginal culture at the Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre. Check out the events calendar for festivals, markets and sports, like the Tyalgum Festival of Classical Music and the Australian Longboard Surfing Open.

Getting there and where to stay

Getting to the Tweed region is easy. It’s around nine hours’ drive from Sydney or 80min from Brisbane. You can fly into the Gold Coast Airport, a 10min drive away, or into Ballina Byron Gateway Airport, one hour away. Accommodation suits a range of budgets, from camping and holiday parks to motels, luxe retreats and beachside resorts.