A FOUR DAY TWEED HEADS HOLIDAY FOR TWO
Take an energising four-day Tweed Heads holiday with your beloved or bestie to combine aquatic adventures, night markets, cultural insights and the best in local food and drink.
Day One – Friday
Head off early to get your Tweed Heads holiday underway. With surfboards stacked on the roof racks, check ahead for the swell at popular Duranbah Beach, nestled in at the Tweed border with Queensland. It’s a short stretch, just 200m in length, but a mecca for surfers seeking a fun right-hand wave.
Stop at the nearby Captain Cook Memorial Lighthouse for sweeping ocean views and follow the winding coastal track to stretch the legs and breathe in the fresh sea air.
Take brekky waterside at Baked at Ancora, perched right on the Terranora Inlet, a tributary of the Tweed River. This artisan baker is a hot spot for those in the know seeking tasty baked goods and mouth-watering lunch options with a chilled and friendly vibe.
Time to stock up on tweed heads holiday nibbles and sips at the newly opened Rob Roy Deli and Drinks, a boutique offshoot from the crew at The Bread Social (see day three!). The deli stocks vast choices of meats and cheeses, many from local cheesemakers, and so many natural wines and craft cans that deciding what to take out will build your thirst and appetite.
Check-in at your central stay for the trip at Mantra Twin Towns, with recently refurbished rooms, hotel pool, onsite bar and restaurant and sea views.
Take time to refresh before a short stroll through town to get your bearings and stop in at the Tweed Heads Visitor Information Centre for some local recommendations on what to see and do in the days ahead.
Next stop is the festive Tweed Twilight Markets, held regularly in the warmer months and a go-to for anyone seeking laid-back waterfront vibes with street food and live music. Call it a night, or kick on at Twin Towns for a nightcap – the venue often hosts big-name touring acts.
Day Two – Saturday
Wake to the weekend and follow the locals to The Bread Social where freshly baked pastries and flavour-filled breakfast fare is met with good coffee and a welcoming ambience.
Refuelled and ready for some exploration, walk to nearby River Terrace for a half-day out with Tweed Eco Cruises. Their signature tour, the Tweed River Rainforest Lunch Cruise, takes you inland and along the Tweed River, hearing stories about the region’s past and tasting fresh local foods while gliding by ancient forest.
All of this fresh air and river time will see you well prepared for a world-class dining experience just 3 minutes’ walk from your lodgings at Mantra Twin Towns.
Take a seat in the refined yet relaxed Gallura Italian, where a bountiful menu draws inspiration from the Island of Sardinia. The culinary traditions of Sardinia have been brought to Tweed Heads by owners Mike and Maki who hail from successful culinary careers in Italy.
Day Three – Sunday
If the swell is up and you’re feeling energised, head to Duranbah for another surf this morning – a great way to start your Sunday.
Next up, discover another of Tweed Head’s growing number of hip cafes with brunch at Next Door Espresso. The soothing styling and upbeat energy of this neighbourhood favourite is the perfect starter for the day, along with a shot of coffee and dish of choice from acai bowl to brekky burger.
Refuelled, trackback to Jack Evans Boat Harbour for a couple of hours on the water with a hire kayak or stand up paddle from passionate local Big Trev at Watersports Tweed. Explore the Terranora Inlet and Tweed River at your own pace while keeping an eye out for birdlife, fish and just generally soaking up the peaceful river life.
Take a late lunch at The Oyster Shed in Tweed Heads West, overlooking tranquil Birds Bay. With fresh oyster leases in view and expert shuckers (and cocktail makers) on hand, you’ll want to relish your way through this idyllic afternoon.
Day Four – Monday
Replenish body and soul at the super-friendly Hymn Coffee, where you’ll feel an instant welcome and a sense of wellbeing with a menu that points to healthy options, like a turmeric latte and salmon salad.
From here, take a short drive to the Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre and set off on foot along the Walk on Water track, an easy 1km loop through beautiful bushland and mangroves while learning about the area’s Aboriginal heritage. Returning to your starting point, take some time to learn more about the area’s original inhabitants via videos, exhibitions, arts and conversation.
Time to head home from your Tweed Heads Holiday via the Pacific Highway, unless you need one last coffee and one final surf! On your way out, stop in at Ground Control Coffee, serious coffee folk who also roast beans on site. Take some freshly roasted beans home with you, along with dreams of that last great wave you caught!