Just when you thought the Xmas holidays were over and reluctantly went back to work or school… hello Easter.
It’s all happening in April with school holidays (crossing over three states), Easter in the middle and did we mention Anzac Day, that’s a whole lot of family and good times rolled into one month!
So, we’ve come up with a pearler ‘to do’ list in the Tweed this Easter, whether you’re flying, driving or you already live here, these beauties are set to entice.
- Fingal Headland- Giants Causeway (Booningbah)
Take a stroll up to the Fingal Headland, with magnificent views across to Cook Island, an abundance of marine life (literally pods of dolphins greet you at every turn), cultural walks and the magical Dreamtime Beach. A short 15-minute boat ride and you can be swimming with the native turtles off Cook Island, one of the last natural turtle habitats on the east coast. Back on dry land and just down the river to Chinderah, you can pick up some seriously wicked treats at Cubby Bakehouse.
- M’Arts- Gallery Downtown, Murwillumbah.
With a plethora of creatives hanging out in one space there’s sure to be a vibe at the newly opened M’Arts precinct in Murwillumbah. Stroll around the industrial space and visit the many artists’ studios that are housed in funky shipping containers. Upstairs is the annexe for selected works from the Tweed Regional Gallery-entry is free. Breakfast and lunch is served at the Italian eatery Bacaro, with homemade pasta, traditional sweets and really good espresso coffee made by friendly Murwillumbah locals (via Italy) Luca and Georgia.
- Tour Tumbulgum Town.
Tumbulgum (pronounced Tum-Bowl-Gum) is that quintessential riverside town where you feel like you’ve stepped back in time, it’s as cute as it is tranquil. Steeped in history the town is built around the sugarcane industry and what better way to kick start your day in Tumbulgum than at the soon to be opened Husk Distillery-think white rum, spiced dark rum & the Instagram sensation Ink Gin. Tour the river with Mt Warning Tours on one of their many cruises from a seafood degustation to a rainforest cruise, these guys have got the river covered. Top off the day with homemade scones and local Madura tea at House of Gabriel- the stately white plantation house central to the town.
- Cabarita Headland & a sunset cocktail.
Walk Norries Headland for the best 360’ views of the Tweed, from the pristine coastline to the valley and mountains beyond. There is no better place to watch whales breaching and famed surfers bust their moves. Sunset is the best time on the headland and take a leisurely stroll back along Cabarita Beach, to the acclaimed Paper Daisy restaurant at Halcyon House for a ‘Made in Tweed’ cocktail or mocktail on the pool deck. Cabarita town has an array of high street shops, and there’s even a freshly made gelato bar to boot.
- Swim Hastings Point & eat at Pottsville.
There’s been a lot of buzz about Hastings Point lately after the blockbuster Aquaman literally smashed it out of the water (the giant size lighthouse erected on the point was featured in the film). Hastings Point has a stunning river inlet that flows into the ocean, you can float down the river on a rubber ducky to grab a hamburger with the lot (complete with pineapple and beetroot) and a paddle pop from the old school general store.
It’s where time stands still and long hot summer days turn into balmy evenings chewing the phat in beachfront caravan parks.
Down the road in Pottsville, there are a swag of great eateries for breakfast with seriously good coffee and ‘hot off the press’ well-known local Chef Ben Devlin is set to open his solo venture ‘Pipit’, mid-year. It’s no wonder Potty (as the locals like to call it) is quickly becoming the town to watch in Northern NSW.