The Tweed Area

The Tweed is a beautiful destination on the far NSW North Coast, with uncrowded beaches, world-class surf breaks, the splendid Tweed River, UNESCO World Heritage rainforest and more. You’ll discover memorable outdoor adventures, vibrant cultural experiences and delicious places to eat.

There are charming seaside towns and picturesque hinterland villages in a green caldera, the vast crater of the extinct Tweed Volcano now covered in rainforest and farmland. A volcanic peak called Wollumbin by Aboriginal people and Mount Warning by Captain James Cook is a striking feature.

 View of Wollumbin peak from base of mountain, Wollumbin National Park

Tweed Heads is the main seaside town, nicknamed the Twin City because of neighbouring Coolangatta. You’ll find a fun range of things to do, from rainforest river cruises and houseboat holidays to deep-sea fishing charters and whale watching or simply relax on gorgeous beaches.

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.

Kingscliff is blessed with great beaches and consistent waves. Tasty cafes and restaurants dot Marine Parade and Bells Boulevard, such as the award-winning Fins Restaurant. A short drive inland is Tropical Fruit World, a scrumptious attraction where you can also get up close to kangaroos.

Family on a tour of Tropical Fruit World in Duranbah, Tweed Coast

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 all on the doorstep of Wollumbin National Park.

The Lyrebird track is an exhilarating way to experience the natural beauty of Wollumbin National Park, which is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. You can explore the Aboriginal cultural connections with the region at the Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre.

Accommodation options in The Tweed suit a range of budgets, from camping and caravanning to motels, retreats and beachside resorts. Check out the events calendar for festivals, markets and sports, such as the Tyalgum Festival of Classical Music and the Australian Longboard Surfing Open.

Things to Do and Places to Stay

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