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Close encounters of the natural kind

29 November, 2019

Home to the majestic and impressive Wollumbin (Mount Warning) and sections of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia – the most extensive subtropical rainforest in the world with ancient plants and animals from the beginning of time – the Tweed is naturally a place for immersing in green forests and fresh air, diving deep beneath the sea surface or exploring expansive river bends.

From indigenous sacred sites dating back many thousands of years to volcanic flow that have shaped our valleys and mountains, the Tweed’s aquatic spaces and landscapes provide a place for native animals and hold incredible stories from a time long past.

Our salt waters are teeming with marine life, from green and loggerhead turtles, dolphins and whales in season, along with countless fish species, nudibranchs, rays, eels and octopus. Many of these sea-dwellers call the small volcanic outcrop of Cook Island home, just off Fingal Head and declared an Aquatic Reserve in 1998.

The mighty Tweed River flows in from the sea and winds through the hinterland and has served many times and peoples over its course. Cruising the river is a stunning and scenic way to take in new views and learn more about this majestic waterway.

Explore some of our stunning national parks, whether for a hike, a picnic, birdwatching, camping or cooling off in lakes or rock-pools. There’s Wollumbin, Border Ranges, Nightcap and Mebbin National Parks along with a host of nature reserves and conservation areas.

Click here to find out more and plan your escape to nature.