Dreaming, Dreaming, Dreaming…of your next holiday? With many of us now having more time on our hands to do a bit of “armchair travel”, here is a real gem, right here on this amazing continent of ours!
We may not be able to leave our home shores just yet or even travel domestically, but when we are able to launch again why not explore The Tweed? A natural paradise ranging from lush mountain rain forests, breath-taking mountain ranges, uncrowded pristine beaches and waterways, and an endless variety of dining options to satisfy the gourmet traveller…
So, where do you picture yourself? …On a beautiful beach perhaps? Well, in my opinion, the ideal beach holiday destination would be the Tweed Coast. Stretching for 37 kilometres of unspoilt, sparkling waterways from Tweed Heads in the north to the tranquil beauty of Wooyung Beach in the south. Perfect for lazy days under the sun, memorable family holidays or some aquatic adventures such as snorkelling, diving, canoeing, stand-up paddleboarding, fishing, surfing and whale watching!
Fun fact: Some 14,000 whales migrate from June to November from the Atlantic to warmer subtropical waters.
Quiet seaside villages and luxurious beachfront resorts await your arrival. The beaches are safe and patrolled for swimming (remember to swim between the flags at patrolled beaches). The coast offers holiday parks, hotels and apartments ranging from a budget stay to first-class holiday accommodation, vibrant shopping precincts with beautiful boutiques to enjoy some ‘retail therapy’ and scores of sun-drenched cafes and restaurants to replenish yourself once you’ve soaked up all that sun, sand and water!
Love the café lifestyle and dining out?…then drop into Kingscliff, considered to be the heart of the Tweed Coast and a great destination to enjoy popular dining with award-winning cafes and restaurants lining the esplanade. You’ll be spoiled for choice ranging from the tastes of Japan, Thailand, Spain, Italy, Mexico, India, Nepal and Tibet, and of course Australia’s own specialities, many of which source local fresh produce.
Alternatively, perhaps you yearn for a quieter interlude of pampering and luxury? Salt Village and Casuarina Beach are perfect for contemporary luxury oceanfront resorts. Not to be outdone, Salt Village’s eclectic mix of bars and dining venues offer some award-winning restaurants, as well as some great casual dining for a quick bite! A little journey onwards to Casuarina, more dining delights await ranging from Asian inspired cuisine to more casual options such as fresh fish and chips in a relaxed beachside atmosphere. Whatever your taste buds crave, there is something to suit you!
If you prefer a more low-key experience, you will be delighted by the beach-side cottages, holiday parks and motels at Fingal Head, Hastings Point, Cabarita Beach, Pottsville and Wooyung and cosy B&B’s and retreats along the coastal hills.
Do you crave the cool mountain rainforests of the hinterland? Imagine rolling green hills and valleys sculpted from the ancient shield volcano by the Tweed and Oxley Rivers and experience a delicious voyage of discovery with roadside stalls filled with an amazing variety of farm-fresh fruits and vegetables. This is the Tweed Valley!
The region is home to 12 National Parks and was nominated by “Tourism Australia” as one of the country’s 16 ‘National Landscapes’. Five of these national parks are World Heritage-listed, Wollimbin Mt Warning, Nightcap National Park and the Border Ranges National Parks, Limpinwood Nature Reserve and Numinbah Nature Reserve which all form part of the “Gondwana Rainforests of Australia’ and include some of the most extensive areas of subtropical rainforest in the world. Take a walk among the giants and experience something truly extraordinary or drive through the designated accessible areas to enjoy a picnic, some hiking or just marvel at the views of this ancient Caldera.
Mingle with the locals who include the indigenous custodians of the region, former residents of the urban rat race who have made the ‘seachange’, descendants of the early European settlers, generations of farmers, and an array of fascinating artists. It is a melting pot of diverse cultures.
The Valley is rich with art and craft and has been an inspiration to many artists over the decades. Visit the local galleries, starting at Tumbulgum, the Tweed’s oldest village, established around 1840. It is one of the first European settlements in northern NSW and its name means “meeting of the waters” as the village is at the junction of the Tweed and Rous Rivers. Drop into the Tumbulgum Tavern to quench your thirst, the regions first unlicensed pub, originally known as “grog shanty” established in 1887 and still going strong today.
For the wine lover, ILNAM Estate is a delightful family-owned winery and is the only winery in the Tweed. Situated in the Carool area, once a soldier settlement and best known for its banana crop in bygone years. It has amazing ocean and hinterland views. Once you have sampled the wines and feel like a “pick-me-up” head over to Carool’s Wirui Estate coffee farm. It has 4000 coffee trees and produces 2 tonnes of green coffee a year. After a day of exploring the hinterland and drinking in the wine, relax in Carool’s Potagers Kitchen, a ten-acre farm and restaurant which offers extraordinary gourmet cuisine.
How to get around? There are taxi and limousine operators, bus services, escorted day tours, car hire and self-drive driving routes – whichever suits your travel style!
There is so much more to mention. Hopefully, this has given you a taster to inspire your next trip! Whether you are in for an action-packed adventure, sun, surf and other water activities or simply chilling out in a relaxing atmosphere, The Tweed has plenty to offer and is one of my favourite holiday destinations!
For more information on The Tweed, or to plan your next adventure, contact me to make an appointment.
(02) 9302 0700