Tweed Heads

Long overshadowed by its more famous neighbour, Coolangatta, Tweed Heads on NSW’s far North Coast is one of the State’s most under-rated holiday destinations. It’s a vibrant holiday destination with plenty to do for everyone and is now becoming a culinary centre, serving up the region’s famous fresh produce.

Surfer heading out for a morning surf at Duranbah Beach in Tweed Heads

Things to do in Tweed Heads

For insights into the Tweed’s indigenous cultural heritage, visit the Tweed Heads Historic Site and the Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre, where the wheelchair-accessible Walk on Water walking track takes you to a ceremonial Bora Ring. There are Aboriginal guides and a museum.

Take a rainforest river cruise with Tweed Eco Cruises into the green caldera of the area’s eroded shield volcano, the southern hemisphere’s largest. Trap mud crabs and then cook them aboard the boat with Tweed Eco Cruises or Catch a Crab, which includes a visit to an oyster farm.

Paddleboats on Jack Evans Boat Harbour along the Tweed River, Tweed Heads

River and ocean

Or why not captain your own riverboat? Hire a houseboat from Berger Houseboat Holidays or Boyds Bay Houseboat Holidays and explore the safe waterway at your own pace with family or friends. You can spot dolphins frolicking in the river and enjoy kayaking, fishing and barbecues.

Point Danger Lookout is perfect for spotting migrating whales. A stroll away is Duranbah Beach, a world-famous surf spot. Or head under water for scuba diving and snorkelling tours to nearby Cook Island Aquatic Reserve, a haven for sea turtles, giant gropers and grey nurse sharks.

Eat and drink

The Tweed also has a growing reputation for fresh produce and locally caught seafood. The rich volcanic soils produce exceptional tropical fruit and native delicacies like finger limes. Some of Australia’s largest licensed clubs are in Tweed Heads, like the Tweed Heads Bowls Club and Club Banora.

Though it’s not just about clubs here there are lots of innovative new cafes, stores and restaurants opening up. Be sure to check out Baked At Ancora for bakery treats on the river, Rawthenic for raw vegan meals and Next Door Espresso, the hippest new cafe hangout.

Getting there and where to stay

Getting to Tweed Heads 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. You’ll find plenty of accommodation options, making the town a great base for exploring The Tweed region.