Tweed Heads is a vibrant seaside holiday destination by the beautiful Tweed River estuary. You’ll discover fun outdoor activities, including riverboat cruises, whale watching, kayaking, deep-sea fishing and surfing. There are lovely ocean beaches and you’ll relish the delicious places to eat.
Nicknamed the Twin City because of neighbouring Coolangatta, Tweed Heads is on the far NSW North Coast. The Gold Coast Airport is nearby and the drive from Brisbane is 80 minutes and Byron Bay 50 minutes. The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wollumbin National Park is 45 minutes away.
You’ll find plenty of accommodation options, making the town a great base for exploring The Tweed region. Mount Warning is an ancient volcanic plug Aboriginal people know as the sacred mountain Wollumbin. The magma chamber of the extinct Tweed Volcano last erupted 20 million years ago.
For insights into the indigenous cultural heritage, visit the Tweed Heads Historic Site and the Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre, where the wheelchair-accessible Walk on Water waking track meanders to a ceremonial Bora Ring. There are Aboriginal guides, a museum and a souvenir shop
Take a rainforest river cruise with Tweed Eco Cruises into the green caldera of the eroded shield volcano, the Southern Hemisphere’s largest. For a tasty cruise, 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.
How about captaining a riverboat? Then hire a houseboat from Berger Houseboat Holidays or Boyds Bay Houseboat Holidays and explore the tranquil waterway at your own pace with your family or friends. You can spot dolphins frolicking in the river and enjoy kayaking, fishing and barbecues.
Point Danger Lookout is a vantage point for spotting migrating whales. A stroll away is Duranbah Beach, a popular surfing spot. For an underwater adventure, scuba diving and snorkelling tours will take you to Cook Island Aquatic Reserve, a haven for sea turtles, giant gropers and grey nurse sharks
The Tweed also has an enviable reputation for fresh produce and locally caught seafood. Some of Australia’s largest licensed clubs are in Tweed Heads, such as the Tweed Heads Bowls Club and Club Banora, and offer dining and entertainment. Golfers will be thrilled, too, with the 18-hole courses.