If you’re only here for a short – but memorable – time, read on for our essential Tweed touring itinerary. It’s perfect for a short stay and we’ve selected the absolute must-dos that take in coast and country, food and drink and a bit of art and culture thrown in too!
Day 1 – Beach village vibes
At Fingal Head, explore the Giant’s Causeway, a stunning rocky outcrop formed centuries ago when volcanic lava flow met the ocean.
While at Fingal, take in the active lighthouse that still shines brightly and keep an eye out for dolphins and whales (in season).
It’s a short 15 minute drive to Kingscliff where you can stretch your legs with a stroll along the recently refurbished shoreline, featuring landscaped gardens, picnic spots and views out to sea. Plan ahead for a styled beach picnic morning tea or lunch with Blue Ginger Picnics.
Next up, get active and hire a board, book a surf lesson with In2Surf Surf School, Salty Girls Surf School or Watersports Guru which also offers kayaking, stand up paddling and snorkelling with turtles at nearby Cook Island Aquatic Reserve.
If you’re in town on the second or fourth Saturday of the month don’t miss the Kingscliff Markets or take time to browse boutiques and bookstores.
In Caba, as the locals call it, relax at Australia’s best beach, dine at Paper Daisy for breakfast, lunch or dinner or find take a stretch at a yoga or pilates class. If you’re planning an overnight stay here, choose from seaside glamping, spacious apartments or beachfront luxury.
Continue on the Tweed Coast Road via Hastings Point and on to Pottsville, a perfect spot for fishing, swimming or canoeing in the coastal creeks and estuaries and home to Pipit, Australia’s best regional restaurant for 2020.
Take in sunset from one of the area’s spectacular headlands — both Norries Headland at Cabarita Beach and Hastings Point are perfect options.
Day 2 – Taste of the countryside
Set off for some fresh country air in the nearby hinterland, starting with an early farm to plate breakfast at Farm & Co and a visit to Tropical Fruit World to see, taste and learn about fruit from all over the world grown on the plantation farm.
Head to Tumbulgum for coffee with a river view at House of Gabriel and take time to explore the Tweed River, from kayaking to cruising all with views of majestic Wollumbin Mount Warning in the distance.
From here journey into bustling Murwillumbah for an immersion in the arts and art deco architecture.
Take a self-guided walk to discover the town’s original 1930s art deco features, visit the Tweed Regional Museum to learn more about the area and head to M|Arts Precinct and Gallery Downtown to browse the work of artists and makers. Time your visit to be here for the monthly Makers and Finders Market.
Take time at the must-do Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre to browse national touring shows, local exhibitions and the stunning re-creation of Margaret Olley’s famed Sydney home. The Gallery’s onsite restaurant has great coffee and delicious food all served with green valley views.
Round at the day with a visit to Husk Farm Distillery back in Tumbulgum and book ahead for a distillery tour to learn how the famous Ink Gin is made, along with Australia’s only agricole rum, made from cane sugar harvested at the Husk farm. Grazing plates are available too!