yTravel’s 9 Reasons Why Kingscliff Makes A Great Family Destination

3 April 2017

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In the north of NSW, just off the Pacific Highway is the coastal town of Kingscliff.

With two stunning beaches, a lovely creek, a bustling main street and everything within walking distance, Kingscliff is awakening as an adventurous and relaxing family holiday experience.

Here are some great reasons why it’s the place for families to be seen!

1. Cudgen Creek

Cudgen Creek, Kingscliff

Cudgen Creek, Kingscliff. Image credit: yTravel

The beauty and central focal point of Kingscliff is Cudgen Creek. For most Aussies, all they need to be happy on a holiday is a beach. Kingscliff is flipping that perception to making the holiday all about the creek.

Its crystal clear and calm green and blue waters and exposed sandbank at low tide make it a perfect playground for families. Snorkelling, stand-up paddle boarding, and kayaking are a relaxing and enjoyable way to spend the day in Kingscliff.

The creek is also right near the beach, just in case you want to spice it up with some waves. If you’re in the mood for a picnic, Faults Park backing onto the creek has shelters, barbecues, toilets, and a kid’s playground.

2. Prime Holiday Location

Cabarita, Kingscliff

Cabarita, Kingscliff

Kingscliff is one of the best locations in Australia for a family holiday. The nearby striking Mount Warning in the World Heritage-listed Wollumbin National Park offers families plenty of hiking and waterfall experiences. And the pretty coastal towns of Fingal Head, Cabarita and Pottsville, are only a short 10-20 minute scenic drive away.

3. Ambiance without the crowds

As with any cool Australian coastal town, crowds will swell during peak summer period, but here you’ll still have space and easy pace, especially outside of peak season travel. There’s a buzz in Kingscliff, but not a frenetic pace. It’s a languishing barefoot and chirpy vibe.

4. Plenty of accommodation options for families

Mantra on Salt Beach

Mantra on Salt Beach. Image credit: yTravel

Whatever your style of travel, Kingscliff has a great choice of accommodation. There’s a small caravan park on the beach, the Paradise Hotel, and plenty of apartment rentals all within walking distance of the beach and town.

If you want a little more luxury, head to Salt Beach where you’ll the Peppers and Mantra resorts.

The resorts offer great amenities for families and are located on Salt Beach – still close to the main part of town, but far enough away to feel relaxed and removed.

5. Salt Beach Village

Salt Beach Village is a destination in its own right. It’s an integrated resort, shopping and residential enclave positioned perfectly between the pristine Salt Beach and the Cudgen Creek estuary.

The community vibe here is fresh, active, young, healthy and committed to outdoor living. Central Park is a central meeting point with amenities that include a playground, barbecues and covered picnic benches.

6. Surfing Beaches

Kingscliff Beach, Kingscliffe

Kingscliff Beach, Kingscliffe. Image credit: yTravel

Any mums and dads who love to surf? You’re spoilt for choice in this region, which has some of the best waves on the East Coast of NSW.

Consistent waves roll in over the reef break at the southern end of Kingscliff Beach making it a fantastic place for the kids, or yourself, to learn how to surf. In2Surf is the local surfing school.

When you get some experience under your wetsuit, you can 360 your way down the coast from Snapper Rocks to Cabarita Beach.

7. Cycle or walk the coastal paths

Kingscliff to Salt Beach boardwalk

Kingscliff to Salt Beach boardwalk. Image credit: yTravel

There’s a lovely 40-minute boardwalk through the bush and along the creek between Salt Beach and Kingscliff.

If you’re short on time, why not cycle or scooter your way around? Local knowledge says the bridge along the way is the place for magical sunset photos on a clear evening. You can see out to Mt Warning in the distance.

For the adventurous, the cycle paths can take you north to Fingal Head and south to Pottsville.

If you don’t have your own bikes, you can hire them from Kingscliff Cycle Centre.

8. Snorkel with turtles on Cook Island

Turtle selfie time! Looking out from Kingscliff Beach you’ll see Cook Island, a small volcanic outcrop sitting just off Fingal Head. It’s a marine adventure playground famous for its large collection of green turtles and clown fish.

Playing amongst the mix of colourful hard and soft corals are rays, tropical fish, octopus and migratory shark species such as leopard sharks, grey nurse, and wobbegongs.

Local Kingscliff operator, Watersports Guru runs snorkelling and diving tours to Cook Island.

9. Great family restaurants

Surf Club, Kingscliff

Surf Club, Kingscliff. Image credit: yTravel

Want to have an enjoyable meal in a restaurant that caters to the kids’ fun as well? Kingscliff gives you plenty of choice for family friendly restaurants.

The recently refurbished Kingscliff Hotel has a fantastic beer garden, live music, a kids play area and delicious food all across the road from the beach.

Kingscliff Surf Club provides the best sunset views in Kingscliff. Situated right above the beach, the kids can play on the sand underneath you within easy supervision viewing while you relax with live music and a sunset drink. On the first Sunday of every summer month they have a family friendly barefoot bar out on the grass area with a live band.

Salt Bar has a popular family friendly bistro that aims to please families with its Kids Eat Free Nights (Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday nights), Mexican Mondays and Free Wine Wednesdays. There’s also a kids’ indoor play area which is great, as well as a playground across the street.