Northern Rivers region of Australia is located on the far North coast of NSW and
runs from Grafton, Lismore and Ballina in the South, to the Tweed Shire in the North. Whilst other shires in the Northern Rivers region claim to be the gateway to the rainforests and World Heritage Listed
National Parks of Northern NSW, in the Tweed Shire you have finally arrived.
Nestled right up against the NSW/Queensland Border at Tweed Heads in the North and stretching down the
Tweed Coast and Tweed hinterland to just before Byron Bay in the South, the Tweed Shire is not only famous for its
unsurpassed beauty, but for its geographical and cultural diversity and terrific
climate – with a summer mean temperature range of 18 to 30 Celsius (64 to
86F), and winter being a marvellous experience with mean temperatures ranging
from 7 to 22 C (45 to 72F), which means log fires at night and t-shirts and
shorts during the day.
A visit to the Tweed brings you to the
largest sub-tropical rainforest remnant in the world, the most
bio-diverse region in Australia and the biggest extinct shield
volcano in the world.
With pristine beaches (and the added advantage of no
stinging jellyfish in summer like the Queensland beaches), rivers and creeks
meandering through lush green valleys and towering rainforests, the Tweed Shire is not only spectacularly beautiful, but home to 3 of Australia’s World Heritage listed
National Parks, with another 2 just over the border in Queensland.
Tweed Heads shares a main high street with Coolangatta, the southernmost tip
of the famous Queensland Gold Coast. Due to their close proximity, Tweed Heads
and Coolangatta are often referred to as the Twin Towns and are considered a
major regional centre, with
Gold Coast a hub for domestic carriers.
Located at the mouth of the Tweed River, Tweed-Coolangatta is probably most
famous for it’s surf beaches. All manner of ocean and estuary activities are
easily accessible from here. You can rent a small boat to go fishing in the
Tweed estuary and Cobaki Lakes, take an offshore deep sea fishing charter, learn
to scuba dive or relax with a fully catered river cruise.
The Tweed coast is a 35 km-long chain of pristine beaches with grassy
headlands and quiet villages stretching from the mouth of the Tweed River at
Fingal, to Wooyung in the south, with the main hub of the area being
Murwillumbah - a 30 minute drive south from Tweed Heads.
At Fingal you can see the original Point Danger Lighthouse, Giant's Causeway
and a long stretch of beach that’s rarely crowded - even in the middle of
summer. Next stop is the quiet village of Chinderah, well known for water
sports. Further south we arrive at Kingscliff, famous for it’s myriad of
beachfront cafés and restaurants; with
South Kingscliff boasting a patrolled beach in summer, good boat ramps,
offshore reefs, and an estuary providing sheltered swimming and fishing.
Cabarita Beach has one of the best surf beaches in the area, sheltered by
Norries Headland. Cudgen has it’s lake, a sanctuary for flora and fauna as
well as all forms of aquatic sports. Hastings Point has picnic and barbecue
areas, a beach and Cudgera Creek. Pottsville is a long established holiday spot
boasting the Bicentennial Leisure Gardens, several walking tracks, picnic areas
and a multitude of wildlife. The southernmost beach is Wooyung.
Slightly inland of the coastal strip, as you travel down the Pacific Highway
from the Twin Towns, you can’t help but notice
Mt Warning towering over the cane fields that line the highway. Mt Warning,
where the dawn sun first touches mainland Australia, is the last remnant of the extinct volcano’s central core.
Named Wollumbin, meaning "Cloud Catcher" by the Bundjalung people who were the inhabitants of the area
before European settlement, it stands like a huge reminder that you’re nearing the hub of the
Tweed Shire ~ Murwillumbah.
Just off the Highway, nestled in a small park by the Tweed River is the
Murwillumbah Rainforest and Information Centre. It’s here you learn that
Murwillumbah means "place of many possums", that the volcano is the
largest of its kind (above water) in the world, find a fascinating display of how the erupting volcano formed the area’s
unique topography, as well as stock up on brochures and pamphlets on things to do and see during your stay.
A short drive across the bridge and you’re in the centre of Murwillumbah, a
picturesque that spreads along the western bank of the Tweed River and up
into the hills of the McPherson Ranges. Surrounded, as it is, by the rim of the
volcano and bordering the Tweed River, almost every street has magnificent
mountain, river and valley views.
Murwillumbah is a place where the lifestyle is relaxed and informal, the
people friendly and welcoming and a perfect place to stop for lunch. You can
choose from one of the many al fresco cafés and restaurants in town, or maybe
you’d prefer to dine at one of the several pubs and clubs. Whichever you
choose, your meal is bound to include fresh, local produce as well as a friendly
chat on the best places to visit during your stay.
Time to find somewhere to base yourself whilst enjoying the many features of
the area. There are several motels in Murwillumbah itself, but why not immerse
yourself in the area by choosing one of the bed and breakfasts just
outside of town?
Only 12 minutes from the centre of Murwillumbah you’ll find multi Tourism Award winning
Hillcrest Mountain View Retreat ~ which
offers affordable luxury accommodation to couples of all ages with a choice of 2
air-conditioned B&B Suites, one with double spa, in a private guest wing of
the main house, or a completely separate
Self Contained Cottage in its own secluded garden.
Perched atop a hill on 5 landscaped acres, surrounded by a
the rolling green hills of a 200 acre farm, with spectacular views from Mt. Warning in one direction and the rainforests of
Springbrook Border Range in the other; Hillcrest is an oasis of peace, privacy and
jolly good food.
You can relax by the solar-heated, 12 metre, salt-water swimming
pool, sip on a cool drink and be sight-seeing all at the same time! To take a
closer look at Hillcrest go to
After a comfortable nights sleep in your queen size bed it’s time to enjoy
country style breakfast before taking a closer look at the
5 world-heritage listed National Parks in the area. Clive and Tracy have extensive tourist information
on-site and will gladly help you plan the best things to see and do whilst
you're in the beautiful Northern Rivers region.
Personalised one-on-one art classes by renowned local
artist Barbara Suttie by advance arrangement at Hillcrest Retreat
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Award winning local landscape artist, Barbara Suttie gives personalised
one-on-one art classes in oils and acrylic by advance arrangement. Spend the day
learning the tips and tricks of the trade, tailored to suit your needs and level
Horse riding more your thing? Then take a 20 minute drive to
Numinbah Trail Rides to meet your horse for a 3 hour tour of a private 2,500
acre farm. Stop half way for Billy tea and damper before remounting for the
Enjoy a round of Golf at Murwillumbah Golf Club, visit the miniature animals at Palmdale
Stud, the Bush Tucker Gardens at
Banana Cabana, or just relax and unwind by the solar heated pool at Hillcrest.
not book a massage back at Hillcrest in the
afternoon to recover from the morning’s exertions? No problem, a fully qualified
masseuse can come any time by appointment (advance notice appreciated).
Whatever your taste runs to, you're bound to find what
you're looking for somewhere in the beautiful Tweed Shire.
As well as pristine rainforests, impressive mountains and beautiful
countryside, the Tweed
area is a haven for local craftspeople and you’ll enjoy discovering the many
galleries and craft shops which display their wares. Later on, you can enjoy a
round of golf, laze on pristine beaches,
dine at a myriad of international
restaurants, enjoy one-day river and rainforest cruises, visit the art gallery
in Murwillumbah which hosts the richest portrait prize in Australia (the Doug
Moran prize), browse the various regular local markets or take a trip to the
Gold Coast shopping malls to relieve yourself of some of that hard-earned cash!
Whatever you choose to do, you’re bound to agree that the Tweed is the
undiscovered jewel in the crown of the beautiful Northern Rivers area, and not
to be missed on your trip ‘Downunder".
Although the Tweed Valley is in NSW and Sydney is that state's capital city,
the Tweed is more than ten hours drive North, so international travellers
disembarking at Sydney would be better advised to take a connecting flight
Gold Coast airport which is literally 5 minutes over the border to
Tweed Heads; or fly directly to Brisbane International airport which is a little
over an hours drive from the NSW border.
Hire cars are readily available from both airports. Alternatively, coach and
train connections go from both Brisbane and Sydney straight through to
Murwillumbah, where hire cars and taxis are readily available.
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