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Experience the spectacular natural beauty of the Tweed River and Terranora Lakes with Tweed Endeavour Cruises. Rainforest Cruise: The diversity of the Tweed is highlighted on this relaxing tour. Our informative Captain will take you back in time with his historical commentary on the local area. Experience sub-tropical rainforests, feed the birds of prey including sea eagles and kytes and wander around the galleries at beautiful Tumbulgum Crab Catching Cruise: Family fun time, come fishing, crabbing, bird feeding, get your feet wet and try some of the Tweed mud crabs! BBQ Boats for hire: Drive yourself around the Terranora lakes and Tweed River. To join us on one of these or another of our relaxing cruises, call or book online today.
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Welcome to the Tweed. Welcome to the Tweed, home to the ancient majesty of Gondwanan rainforests, endless expanses of unspoiled coastline, charming seaside settlements and quaint rural villages. Whether you’ve already arrived or are planning to visit us soon, this guide will help you with the very best our region has to offer. With 37 kilometres of beaches, 5 national parks and reserves and three World Heritage listed areas, there are plenty of reasons to get out and explore Tweed’s great outdoors. Learn to surf, wet a line or have a go at stand-up paddleboarding. Alternatively, you can head inland to explore the rainforests and countryside with a bushwalk, picnic or camping adventure. Immerse yourself in the vibrant creative culture for which the Tweed is renowned. Chat to local artists and artisans at one of our many markets and be sure to visit the Tweed Regional Gallery, one of Australia’s leading regional galleries and home to the nationally significant Margaret Olley Art Centre. Whatever your style, you’ll find your dream escape in the Tweed: a luxurious beachfront resort, a rustic farmstay, a family-friendly holiday park or something a little out of the ordinary; and be sure to sample the local produce while you’re here.
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Visit for the day or extend your stay to explore all the region has to offer. You’re always welcome in the Tweed and we look forward to seeing you soon.
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THE REGION Nestled in the caldera of an ancient shield volcano, the Tweed stretches between the world-famous holiday destinations of Byron Bay in northern NSW and Queenslandâ€™s sun-drenched Gold Coast.
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Nominated by Tourism Australia as one of the National Landscapes – Australia’s Green Cauldron – the Tweed offers the best of all worlds with lush World Heritage rainforests and dramatic mountain ranges just a short drive through fertile green fields from uncrowded, unspoilt beaches and world-famous surfing point breaks. Journey along the road less travelled from the bustling hub of Tweed Heads to peaceful seaside towns and tranquil waterways meandering through cane fields and dairy farms to quirky rural communities immersed in a vibrant culture of music, art, creativity, spirituality … and a sense of adventure. They say the people make the place and Tweed is no different. It’s a lifestyle choice that brings people here. The colourful cast that make up the Tweed will entertain you, engulf you and embrace you into their community. Join them as they celebrate with festivals and concerts, admire their handiwork at artist studios and galleries and be prepared to chat with them at roadside stalls and farmers’ markets. Enjoy their hospitality at cosy rainforest retreats, friendly B&Bs and luxury oceanfront resorts. It’s all about the people … and it’s all about you.
Stretching from Tweed Heads in the north to the untamed beauty of Wooyung Beach, the Tweed Coast offers a choice of quiet seaside towns and sophisticated resorts. Safe, patrolled swimming beaches are lined with first class resort hotels and apartment accommodation and vibrant retail precincts offering boutique shopping, sundrenched cafes and restaurants.
Carved out by the Tweed and Oxley Rivers as they meander around the central volcanic plug of Wollumbin Mt Warning, the Tweed Valley has become home to an eclectic mix of characters; those looking to escape the rat race of the ‘big cities’ now live next door to farmers and artists creating a fascinating mix of cultures and philosophies.
Adjoining Queensland’s world-famous Gold Coast, Tweed Heads provides a less crowded alternative to the glitz and glamour. There is still plenty of entertainment in store at clubs like Twin Towns, Club Banora and Seagulls Club at west Tweed Heads where the gig guide features major international stars and Australian grown chart toppers.
Dine with the Hare Krishna community at a Sunday banquet. Be inspired by art workshops at a hand built Renaissance-style castle. Shop for farm fresh organic produce at road-side stalls. Hunt for antique treasures and regional crafts in a riverside village. Join in a New Age festival or visit the local farmers’ markets.
Kingscliff has emerged as a popular dining destination with a string of restaurants and cafes lining the beachfront esplanade. It’s all within easy access of Salt Village and Casuarina Beach where you can enjoy the pampering style of Peppers Salt Resort & Spa, Mantra on Salt Beach, Grand Mercure Apartments and Casuarina Beach Resort.
The natural wonders of the region take a starring role with plenty of opportunities to bushwalk in the rainforests, throw a line into the river from a secluded riverbank or take that early morning hike to the summit of Wollumbin Mt Warning.
Those looking for the Tweed’s low-key approach need look no further than the beachside cottages, holiday parks and motels at Fingal Head, Hastings Point, Cabarita, Pottsville and Wooyung, while the coastal hills hide cosy B&Bs and retreats nestled amidst tea plantations and market gardens.
GETTING HERE By Car – Direct
The Pacific Motorway – Australia’s main east coast highway – runs through the Tweed region, making this a convenient stopover and a highlight of the Legendary Pacific Coast Touring Route. Driving time from Brisbane is just over an hour, making the Tweed a perfect day trip from Brisbane.
By Car – via the Scenic Route
Whilst the Pacific Motorway offers the most direct access to Tweed Heads and Murwillumbah there are a number of other scenic routes from the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Byron Bay and Lismore that you may like to try.
The region is serviced by the Gold Coast Airport, (less than 4kms from Tweed Heads) and Brisbane Airport (just over one hour drive away), both of which offer easy access from all major Australian and international ports. Ballina Byron Gateway Airport provides additional access from domestic and regional centres. Car hire companies, taxis and transfer services operate from all airports to the Tweed region.
Regular bus services operated by Greyhound Australia and Premier Motor Service stop throughout the Tweed Region, providing transport to/from Sydney, Byron Bay, the Gold Coast and Brisbane.
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Flying direct to Gold Coast Airport is the quickest way to the Tweed region and popular Byron Bay. With only a short drive from the airport, you’ll spend less time travelling and more time relaxing. The perfect start to your stay. Over 350 flights every week, linking the Tweed region to destinations across Australia, New Zealand, Asia and beyond.
For more information on ground transfer options available from Gold Coast Airport, visit goldcoastairport.com.au
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Driving Routes Not sure where to go, or if you should turn left or right at the next intersection? Call into the Visitor Information Centres, located in Tweed Heads or Murwillumbah and collect one, or all of our themed driving routes, that will help you make your way around the region and ensure that you don’t miss out on anything along the way.
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The Tweed offers the perfect destination for day trips in and around our ancient volcanic caldera, exploring the art and craft villages of the valley and seaside resorts along the coast. If you don’t have your own transport, the following companies can help you get out and about.
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TWEED HEADS & COOLANGATTA Golden beaches, shopping, entertainment, river cruises - welcome to the northern gateway of the spectacular Tweed region. They’re known as the ‘Twin Towns’ – Tweed Heads and Coolangatta – sitting side by side on the Queensland/NSW state border, just a few minutes drive from Gold Coast Airport.
enjoy cafes, restaurants and beachfront surf clubs serving up your choice from Spanish, Greek, Thai, Japanese, Indian, Mexican, Chinese and traditional Aussie fare.
As the southern end of Queensland’s famous Gold Coast, the Twin Towns offer all the attractions of Australia’s number one holiday destination, with the added extras of more affordable accommodation, less crowded beaches and a more laid-back, relaxed vibe.
In June each year, the entertainment heats up even further with Cooly Rocks On – a rock ‘n’ roll festival that takes over the streets of Tweed Heads and Coolangatta with outdoor music stages, classic car parades, dancing and much more (page 55).
Your choice of beaches extends from Kirra to Duranbah, including the Gold Coast’s only north facing beaches – Coolangatta and Greenmount – which offer ideal conditions for young families. This is also the birthplace of Australia’s surfing culture, with world-renowned breaks like the Snapper Superbank and Duranbah which play host to the annual Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Championships and are home to many Australian and international world champions. This is also where you’ll find most of the Tweed’s club style entertainment and nightlife – Twin Towns Services Club, Tweed Heads Bowls Club, Seagulls and all the other social and sporting clubs offer live music, gaming and a regular program of international stars on stage. At the pubs and nightclubs you can dance the night away; feast or
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For daytime activities, head to the Tweed River where you can join a charter for some offshore deep sea fishing, try your hand at catching mud crabs and yabbies on a cruise, hire a barbeque pontoon to explore the waterways or throw a line in from the river banks. At Tweed Heads and Tweed Heads South, you’ll find the region’s two major shopping centres with all your favourite national retail chains or you can stroll along Griffith Street and Wharf Street to browse the smaller boutiques, gift shops and homeware stores. A network of oceanfront and foreshore parks incorporate walkways, cycle paths, children’s play areas, paddleboat and kayak hire, boat access ramps and relaxing garden areas, with popular art and craft markets held at Coolangatta on the second Sunday of each month and the Tweed
Twilight Markets at Jack Evans Boat Harbour on the second and fourth Friday every month (page 54). InTweed Heads your choice of accommodation ranges from four-star hotels and apartments through to flashpacker and backpacker hostels … and everything in between.
Just remember that one of the quirks of being on the state border is that, in the months from October to April, Queensland and NSW operate on two different time zones when NSW turns the clock forward one hour for daylight saving while Queensland remains on Australian Eastern Standard Time. You’ll need to keep the hour difference in mind when arranging flights and activities.
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TWEED BEACHES Coolangatta – Greenmount
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This 800m long stretch of north-facing beach offers the added benefit of cafes and fast food outlets just across the road, making it the perfect spot to spend the day at the beach. Patrolled swimming areas are generally located near Coolangatta Surf Club at the northern end and at Greenmount Surf Club..
A relatively short (300m) north-facing beach ending at a low rocky point which separates it from Snapper Rocks Beach. The Rainbow Bay Surf Club is located on the point at the southern end of the beach.
Duranbah is the northern-most beach of NSW, running 500m from Point Danger to the northern entrance wall of the Tweed River mouth. There is no surf club here – patrols are provided by the professional lifeguard service.
Safe sandy beaches make this a great place to take the kids or for those who are not confident in the surf. There is ample parking nearby and ramp access for wheel chairs as well as toilets and beach showers.
Patrol Hours: 7 days a week year round 8am to 5pm (Qld time) / 7.30am to 6.30pm (Qld time) during December/January.
Patrol Hours: 7 days a week during Sept/ Oct, Christmas & Easter School holidays and on weekends from the end of January to the end of March 9am to 5pm (NSW time) / 9am to 6pm (NSW time) during December/ January.
Patrol Hours: 7 days a week year round 8am to 5pm (Qld time) 7.30am to 6.30pm (Qld time) during December/January. Surfing: Greenmount produces a long, easy right-hand break when the conditions are right. You can also get lucky with good beach breaks over the inner and outer bars.
Surfing: Rainbow Bay and neighbouring Snapper Rocks combine to produce a classic long easy right-hander that has been known to reach Coolangatta Beach at times. A good place to head during southerlies when the wind is blowing offshore.
Surfing: This is one of the Tweed’s top surfing beaches and is regularly used for surfing contests. It gets the most consistent swell; generating good beach breaks most of the time and righthanders off the rocks.
There’s a large protected inlet at the mouth of the Tweed River great for swimming, boating and just relaxing. There are rock pools, parkland, barbeque and a boardwalks great for a stroll or bike ride. Hire paddleboards, kayaks and other watercraft from Big Trev’s Watersports, 7 days a week at Jack Evens Boat Harbour.
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OCEAN ADVENTURES With 37kms of Pacific coastline, offshore reefs and island outcrops, holidays on the Tweed revolve around the beach, surf and ocean. Head out through the Tweed Bar for some deep sea fishing action, scuba dive or snorkel with the turtles at Cook Island and enjoy some of the best whale watching along Australia’s east coast during the humpback migration from June to November. Closer to shore, you can learn to surf, try the latest craze of stand-up paddleboarding, go beach fishing or sunbathe and swim at our safe, patrolled beaches.
Snorkelling & Scuba Diving Cook Island is a small volcanic outcrop located just 600m offshore from Fingal Head. It provides a permanent home for green and loggerhead turtles, as well as a stunning variety of tropical and sub-tropical marine species such as the (harmless!) Leopard Sharks, Spotted Eagle Rays, Bull Rays, cuttlefish and wobbygongs. Snorkelling and scuba diving trips operate from the Tweed River and Kingscliff. During peak times these tours book out and numbers are limited so don’t be disappointed and make sure you book early.
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Learn to Surf & Stand-up Paddleboard The Tweed Coast is studded with great surfing beaches and headlands for surfers of all levels – from learn-to-surf lessons near patrolled beaches, making sure the surf is gentle enough for a beginner of any age, through to legendary pointbreaks like D’Bah and the Snapper Superbank where you can carve up the waves with our home grown world champions. Tweed has something to offer everyone, and the breaks are less crowded than the beaches further north, making it easier for you to hit that perfect wave. Or why not try the latest craze of stand-up paddleboarding? Lessons are available for beginner, intermediate or advanced paddlers, starting in our still waterways before you venture out into the surf. Bring your own, or hire a board by the hour and head out for some great exercise and fun.
The Barrier Reef may not be a boat trip out from the Tweed, but for those looking for a day snorkelling on the reef, day tours and overnight stays are available to Lady Elliott Island, located in the southern end of the Reef. Tours depart from Gold Coast Airport, just 15 minutes from the Tweed.
Whale Watching From June to November, the Tweed is one of the best places on Australia’s east coast to get caught in the ‘humpback highway’ traffic as an estimated 14,000 whales migrate from the Antarctic to their breeding grounds in the Whitsundays. The Tweed’s proximity to Australia’s most easterly point means we have whales either coming or going, relatively close to shore, every day from June to November. Join a whale watching cruise to get up close and personal with these amazing, tranquil giants of the sea. Keep an eye out when you frolic in the sea – you never know what you might see. Watch the breaching whales as you play or walk on the beach, or head to one of the many headlands for higher vantage points for better views throughout the day.
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Escape to Lady Elliot Island, situated right on the Great Barrier Reef on a day tour or overnight stay. Lady Elliot Island is located just a short scenic flight from Gold Coast Airport. Guests can tour the coral reef in a glass bottom boat, snorkel or dive with an array of spectacular marine life.
The Tweed Coast has some of the best game fishing grounds along the eastern seaboard with targeted species including marlin, dolphin fish, yellowfin tuna, mackerel, wahoo and sharks, as well as a huge variety of reef fish that test even the best anglers. Deep sea fishing charters operate from the Tweed Marina in Tweed Heads. There’s also plenty of angling action to be had along the coastline, casting from the open beaches, headlands or around the river and creek mouths. Everyone in the Tweed is an expert on the best places to fish, the bait to use and the hooks
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EXPLORE OUR WATERWAYS The Tweed and Rous Rivers meander around the base of the Wollumbin Mt Warning, meeting at Tumbulgum before making their way to the ocean via the Tweed Bar. The entire region is intertwined with creeks and tranquil waterways leading to hidden lakes and wetlands alive with birdlife. So when it comes to exploring our northern rivers, you can choose your own adventure:
River Cruises Haul in a feast of mud crabs, go pumping for yabbies on a sandbar, feed wild pelicans and throw in a fishing line as you cruise through the Terranora Broadwater on a crab-catching cruise. Or, relax on a rainforest river cruise to historic riverport of Tumbulgum with
its art and craft shops, cafes and a fabulous county style pub looking out to Wollumbin Mt Warning.
Boat Hire The quiet, uncrowded waterways of the Tweed are ideal for boating. There are many beautiful spots to moor for a swim, barbeque or overnight stay on a houseboat. For something a little different you can hire a classic 1920s style picnic boat and cruise the river in style, perfect for the whole family or a romantic outing just for two. Hire a houseboat and take a leisurely few days to motor up river via the beaches of the Tweed Estuary past Stotts Island rainforest and lush canfields.
Fun and adventure for the whole family Join us on a scenic tour of the Tweed River and iconic Gold Coast beaches from the unique perspective of a kayak or stand-up paddleboard. Tours caters for all levels of ability and fitness. Explore the spectacular natural environment on some of the finest waterways and beaches in Australia. Group Discounts available Bookings 0448 957 199 Email email@example.com www.aquashack.com.au 12 VISITOR GUIDE 2014
Kayaking Experience the Tweed waterways from the unique perspective of a kayak with the team from Aqua Shack. Paddle the Tweed River past sandy beaches and hidden mangrove forests or head out on the open water to explore the open beaches of Greenmount, Kirra and Rainbow Bay where youâ€™ll encounter a diverse array of marine life including dolphins, turtles and eagle rays. Paddle past iconic surf breaks at Snapper Rocks and snorkel the temperate reef at Kirra. From June-November you can get up close and personal to migrating humpback whales, seeing these majestic creatures from a kayak on the open ocean truly is an experience of a lifetime.
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FINGAL HEAD Discover the Tweed’s own ‘Giant’s Causeway’ When it comes to odd facts, they don’t come much odder than the fact that this charming Tweed village was named after the mythical Celtic giant Fingal who reportedly built the famous Giant’s Causeway in Ireland. The connection is that Tweed’s Fingal Head has its own Giant’s Causeway – a crescent shaped mass of hexagonal columns formed when lava flowed from the ancient Tweed Volcano and rapidly cooled in the ocean currents. This unique rock formation sits just below Fingal Lighthouse on the headland, reaching towards Cook Island. The walking tracks around the headland south to Dreamtime Beach or north along Letitia Fingal Head This open beach stretches along Letitia Spit. Fingal Rovers SLSC operates from a small surf club at the end of Marine Parade, just past the Fingal Beach Kiosk.
Spit are a real drawcard for this quiet but beautiful corner of the coast – usually followed by lunch or a snack at the laidback Sheoak Shack and a wander through the excellent art gallery. Like neighbouring Chinderah, Fingal is an angler’s paradise with foreshore parks where you can sit under a tree while you dangle a line in the river. The beaches here also attract surfers from all over the world. In addition to the Tweed Shire Council-owned holiday park near the headland, there are beach houses and luxury boutique homes available for holiday rentals in the Fingal area.
Patrol Hours • 7 days a week during Sept/Oct, Christmas & Easter school holidays and on weekends through summer. • 9am to 5pm (NSW time) / 9am to 6pm (NSW time) during December/January. • Other times throughout the year: Saturdays 9am-3pm and Sundays 9am-4pm.
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Rediscover the quintessential riverside fishing village If you think the great Australian fishing village has all but disappeared, you’ll want to visit Chinderah. Framing the wide lower reaches of the Tweed River with beautiful views wherever you turn, a holiday at Chinderah is all about peace, quiet, relaxation, fishing, picnics in the park and a few quiet ales at the local pub. With a boat ramp and some of the Tweed’s best fishing spots along the foreshore or from the old Barneys Point Bridge, there’s no excuse for coming home empty-handed… but if you do, you can pick up a fresh catch at one of the best fish ‘n’ chip shops in Australia called Tweed River Seafood. You can purchase fresh seafood to take home or order a fresh cooked seafood feast and enjoy a picnic on the banks of the Tweed River. For history buffs, an historic cemetery nearby contains the graves of pioneering families and the South Sea Islanders who helped establish the Tweed’s sugarcane industry. Take a leisurely stroll along the main street and explore the Curious Art Gallery which is an integral part of the Kingscliff Arts scene and located
opposite the Tweed River at Chinderah. This artists’ cooperative gallery features a uniquely curious quality of original, fresh and affordable art. You can also visit Chinderah Bay Antiques and Museum of the Sea established in 1985. Lovers of antiques and treasures will delight in the wares for sale. Take some time to browse and you can find yourself all sorts of beautiful antiques and treasurers to take home as holiday mementos. Once you’ve had your fill of seafood, art and treasurer hunting pop down the road for a round of golf at the local course fondly dubbed “The Royal Chinderah Golf Course.” The best place to unwind at the end of the day is the historic riverside hotel - Chinderah Tavern home of the counter meal. Relax on the riverside deck and watch the sunset over the water while the kids play in the secure, covered playground. If you’re looking for somewhere to stay you can choose from motel or holiday-park style accommodation or you can to stay in Kingscliff or Fingal - both locations are within a 5 minute drive from Chinderah.
Heart of the Tweed Coast action
Unlike so many traditional seaside communities, Kingscliff has blossomed into a vibrant beach holiday destination without losing its wonderful local identity. Along the esplanade ‘eat street’, you can take a virtual culinary world tour as you choose from award-winning cafes and restaurants offering a taste of Japan, Thailand, Spain, Italy, Mexico, India, Nepal and Tibet. Australia’s favourite flavours are also well represented with great seafood, nutritious health food, lunch-time salads and exotic breakfasts all prepared from locally grown produce. Dotted between the sidewalk cafes and restaurants are boutiques and gift shops that make this one of the Tweed’s favourite shopping destinations. If you are looking for entertainment, the local pub, surf club and sports clubs offer plenty of options while the local cinema features a regular program of mainstream and arthouse movies. Kingscliff is also the place to go when you want to get active. Hire a bike and explore the cycleway that runs north to Fingal Head and south to Pottsville through a string of coastal villages. Paddle a kayak or canoe along the Cudgen Creek wetlands past osprey nests and wading birds – all the way to Cudgen Lake at Cabarita if you’re up 16 VISITOR GUIDE 2014
for the exercise (you can always get someone to collect you from the other end!). Learn the new craze of stand-up paddleboarding in the calm creek waters or learn to surf the ocean waves at the patrolled beach. From Kingscliff you can arrange snorkelling and scuba trips to Cook Island – home to a permanent population of green and loggerhead turtles – or book yourself on a whale watching tour during the humpback migration season from June to November. With safe swimming available along the vast stretches of uncrowded beaches or in the crystal clear creek waters, Kingscliff is the perfect place to base yourself for day trips around the region. The beauty of the Tweed Valley and Wollumbin Mt Warning, the street culture of Byron Bay and the buzz of Surfers Paradise are all less than 40 minutes drive away and the famous Gold Coast theme parks – Sea World, Movie World, Dreamworld and Wet ‘n’ Wild – are all just day trips. The full range of accommodation available here offers something to suit every holiday style and budget – from beachfront caravan and camping sites through to international luxury resorts and apartments.
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KINGSCLIFF BEACHES The popular open beaches over the road from many of Kingscliff’s holiday apartments, caravan parks and cafes. Cudgen Headland SLSC is located at the southern end of the beach and offers beachfront dining and entertainment. Patrol Hours • 7 days a week during Sept/Oct, Christmas & Easter school holidays and on weekends through summer. 9am to 5pm (NSW time) / 9am to 6pm (NSW time) during December/ January. • Other times throughout the year: Saturdays & Sundays 10am-4pm.
Surfing There are a heap of beach breaks happening between Fingal and Kingscliff, depending on the banks, waves and tide. Best spots are in front of the Kingscliff Beach Bowls Club or out from the headland on Cudgen Reef where you can get some good fast rights.
Cudgen Creek At the southern end of Kingscliff Beach, the Cudgen Creek estuary is a popular still-water swimming spot for young families, with sandy beaches on both sides of the creek. Watercraft is available for hire near the bridge from the team at Watersports Guru. Paddle around the estuary for a bit of fun or head upstream through the wetlands to Cudgen Lake, 9kms away.
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SALT & CASUARINA Just south of Kingscliff, Salt Village and Casuarina are part of the ‘new’ Tweed Coast developments that have emerged since the mid-2000s.
Pizza Restaurant, Bellini Restaurant is owned by one of Sydney’s leading restaurateurs; and Mahsuri Thai consistently receives rave reviews.
Stretching over 6kms of beachfront, the residential boulevards are lined with contemporary homes that have redefined beach architecture. The community here is overwhelmingly characterised by young professionals wanting an active, healthy, outdoor lifestyle for their growing families. On weekends they gather in the expansive Salt Central Park and at cafes in Salt Village and neighbouring Casuarina, giving the whole area a friendly community vibe.
For more casual fare and sunset drinks overlooking the beach, Saltbar Beachbar & Bistro is a favourite and delicious ice-cream from Piccolo Gelateria is an absolute winner on a hot summer day or a sweet treat after a decadent dinner.
The collection of shops at Salt Village feature a surprising number of highly awarded dining venues and leading Australian chefs. This is where you’ll find Steven Snow’s Fins multiple-chef hatted seafood restaurant Fins and Season Restaurant at Peppers Resort. Both serve locally sourced produce. Sea Salt Ristorante Pizzeria was a finalist in the NSW/ACT Awards for Excellence as Best Regional
Salt Beach A wide open stretch of beach that stretches as far as the eye can see! A team of volunteers from Salt Surf Life Saving Club and professional life savers patrol Salt Beach 365 days of the year. You can swim in supervised safety near Salt Central Park, between Peppers and Mantra resorts.
A little further down the road, the dining delights continue at the Santai Retreat Casuarina where you can enjoy Asian inspired fare at Spice Den and in the centre of Casuarina, Osteria serve beautiful fresh food in a relaxed beachside atmosphere. When it comes to accommodation, luxury international resorts are the stand-outs at Salt Village and Casuarina. You’ll be spoiled for choice - and spoiled with service -at Peppers Salt Resort & Spa, Peppers Balé, Mantra on Salt Beach Resort, Santai Retreat Casuarina, Casuarina Beach Resort and Cabarita Ocean Health Retreat.
Patrol Hours • 7 days a week during Sept/Oct, Christmas & Easter School holidays • 9am to 5pm (NSW time) / 9am to 6pm (NSW time) during December/January • Plus, weekends through summer from 8am to 2pm
CABARITA BEACH Luxury accommodation surrounded by mother nature’s wonders Almost completely encircled by a nature reserve, lake and its beautiful beaches, Cabarita is a little pocket of paradise midway along the Tweed Coast. In recent years, beachfront apartments have upped the ante for holidaymakers who enjoy their creature comforts. In the village centre you’ll l find a full-service supermarket and a selection of quality cafes, surf shops, retail stores and casual take-aways. The beaches here combine surfing hot spots and great family beaches, perfect for boogie boarding and hours of exploration in the rock pools on low tide, thanks to a series of bays and headlands. Throughout the year, ‘Cabba’ hosts numerous surfing carnivals as well as the annual Greenback Tailor Fishing Competition which attracts hundreds of competitors from NSW and QLD. Norries Headland is the jewel of the village. Follow the 400m boardwalk to the top of the Headland and relax on the bench seating to soak up the
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sunshine, scan the ocean for whales and watch some surfing. Suitable for all ages and fitness levels, it’s always delightful. There are even rewards for keen bird watchers. In the surrounding park there is play equipment for the kids, public barbeques, picnic areas under shady trees and uninterrupted views of the ocean. All around the village, Cudgen Nature Reserve preserves significant remnants of coastal rainforest, and wallum heath, as well as woodlands, fernlands and mangroves. A number of endangered wildlife species make their home here including glossy black cockatoos, oystercatchers and ospreys. Cudgen Lake lies at the heart of this wilderness, offering endless opportunities for birdwatching, bushwalking, photography, nature study, kayaking and picnicking by the lakeside.
Cabarita Beach Great for family swimming at the southern end of the beach as it is protected by the headland. Access to the patrolled beach is from Pandanus Parade where you will also find the local surf lifesaving club
Patrol Hours • 7 days a week during Sept/Oct, Christmas & Easter school holidays and on weekends through summer • 9am to 5pm (NSW time) / 9am to 6pm (NSW time) during December/ January
Surfing Beach breaks vary depending on the wave, bar and weather conditions but good breaks off the southern end beneath Norries Headland make ‘Caba’ one of the Coast’s most popular spots.
• Other times throughout the year: Saturday 10am-2pm and Sundays 9am-4pm.
Image courtesy of Coastal Visions Photography
Absolute beachfront destination Come experience the most stunning accommodation on the Tweed Coast at the Beach Resort Cabarita where you can relax in total luxury. The Beach Resort is 4.5 star and provides unrivalled beachside accommodation in the Tweed Coast’s stunning natural surrounds.
2 & 3 Bedroom self contained apartments Features include: • 3 swimming pools - 1 heated • Heated spa • Fully equipped gymnasium • Beach Bar & Grill FREE CALL 1800 256 911
An aquatic playground for kids of all ages
As the place where Cudgera Creek winds around to meet the Pacific Ocean, Hastings Point is almost entirely surrounded by water. As such, holiday activities here revolve around the estuary and ocean. From the sandy beaches lining the creek bank, children can swim safely in the calm clear water. Anglers can alternate between beach and river fishing. Mangrove wetlands deliver rewards to the crabpots. Paddle a kayak or canoe, or wait for low tide to explore the tidal rockpools. Hastings Point is a sight of great importance for the marine environment, long sandy beaches and the exposed headland is a treasure for anyone interested in marine life. The diversity of tropical species observed here at various times are amazing. Some tropical species occurring intertidally here have yet to be found anywhere else on the NSW coastline.
Hastings Point Located near the entrance to Cudgera Creek.
When you add in the network of walkways and cycle paths, you have all the ingredients for the ultimate family/beach/fishing/naturebased holiday. Hastings Point is a popular camping and caravanning spot and boats a deluxe five-star rated holiday park – BIG4 North Star – which, in 2011, won the Tourism Award for Best Caravan and Tourism Park in NSW. In addition to a day spa, the resort is home to a marine environment centre with an incredible array of fascinating exhibits. You can also pitch a tent at the Hastings Point Holiday Park or opt for the more luxurious Safari Ten (with private ensuite) option. The Holiday Park has a unique twin water location, overlooking a long sandy beach as well as Cudgera Creek, which makes for a great combination for year-round swimming and surfing as well as fishing.
Patrol Hours • 7 days a week during Sept/Oct, Christmas & Easter school holidays and on weekends from the end January to the end of March. 9am to 5pm (NSW time) / 9am to 6pm (NSW time) during December/ January. • Other times during the year: Saturdays & Sundays 9am-5pm.
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Cudgera Creek – Unpatrolled Where Cudgera Creek meanders around towards the river mouth, sandy beaches are a favourite spot for young families. On low tide the sand banks make a great place for young children to play in the water. Head up the creek and as the tide starts to go out, float down the creek to the ocean.
POTTSVILLE Golfing, fishing, swimming, kayaking, bushwalking… it’s all covered Pottsville is a picture-postcard vision of the quintessential seaside holiday destination. Caravans and tents line the banks of the creek where children splash around in the clear, calm waters while anglers cast a line in from the nearby banks. It’s an easy stroll to the beach, shops and some great cafes and restaurants. The Pottsville Beach Sports Club is the hub of community life and a picturesque nine-hole golf club is just a short drive away on the outskirts of town. Here you’ll also find one of the Tweed Coast’s best kept secrets – the Tweed Bicentennial Environmental Park. Stretching over 54 hectares between the two arms of Cudgera Creek, the reserve protects areas of mangroves, eucalypts and remnant rainforest. It is networked with walking tracks and boardwalks leading to viewing platforms by the creek and is a haven for bird and wildlife watchers. Facilities here include free electric barbeques and picnic tables.
Pottsville & Mooball This 16.5km stretch of beach extends all the way down to the Brunswick River mouth. During patrol hours, flagged areas are located at Pottsville Beach, near the creek entrance and further south at Mooball Beach.
Another favourite Pottsville place is Mooball Creek where you can kayak or canoe upstream for miles, eventually emerging from the tree cover to be greeted with a stunning view of Wollumbin Mt Warning. In terms of accommodation, Tweed Coast Holiday Parks have the best spots by the banks of Cudgera Creek on the north side of town and fronting onto Mooball Creek at Pottsville South. Visit Pottsville on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month for the popular Beach Markets where you can purchase farm fresh produce, plants, homemade treats, art/craft, clothing, jewelry and much more. It’s fun for all ages with live music and amusements for the kids. Check out the local markets from 7.30am, grab some lunch at one of the local eateries then have a swim in the creek or enjoy a stroll along the beach.
Patrol Hours • 7 days a week during Sept/Oct, Christmas & Easter school holidays and on weekends from the end of January to the end of March. • 9am to 5pm (NSW time) / 9am to 6pm (NSW time) during December/ January.
The reefs and bars around Black Rock definitely offer up the best surf with a good right-hand break holding up to 2m, but there are beach breaks of varying quality along this whole stretch. Just north of the Brunswick River mouth, you’ll get a good ride on the right hand reef break off the wall in a moderate to big swell.
Tweed Coast Holiday Parks offer seven spectacular holiday destinations on the beautiful Tweed Coast - an area rich in natural wonders with a temperate climate all year round. All parks are situated in idyllic locations with beachfront or riverside views. Camping
For a simply perfect coastal holiday, book now. Freecall 1800 234 121 or visit us at: www.tchp.com.au
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Aren’t you lucky, there's not just one but four Visitor Centres in the Tweed.
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We’re not lying when we say we have the friendliest team of staff and volunteers working at our centres. Pop in to pick up maps, brochures and info about the local area or simply stop by for a yarn. We’re also a fully licenced travel agency and can help you book accommodation, tours and activities.
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Give us a call (toll free 1800 552 979) or stop by and say hello. We’re always up for a chat and on any given day you can talk to staff and volunteers who proudly call themselves locals and are only too happy to share their knowledge and expertise. Don’t be shy, come and say hi.
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If you fancy a bit of retail therapy Tweed Heads and Murwillumbah Visitor Centres stock a range of souvenirs and merchandise including local produce and gift hampers.
We’re open 7 days a week including public holidays (except ANZAC Day, Christmas Day & Good Friday).
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TWEED HEADS – VISITOR CENTRE firstname.lastname@example.org P: 07 5536 6737 Cnr Wharf Street & Bay Street Tweed Heads NSW 2485 Opening Hours: Monday-Saturday: 9am to 4.30pm Sunday: 9.30am to 4pm
MURWILLUMBAH – VISITOR CENTRE email@example.com P: 02 6672 1340 Cnr Tweed Valley Way & Alma Street Murwillumbah NSW 2484 Opening Hours Monday-Saturday: 9am to 4.30pm Sunday: 9.30am to 4pm
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HASTINGS POINT- VISITOR INFORMATION firstname.lastname@example.org P: 02 6676 1234 1 Tweed Coast Road Hastings Point NSW 2484 Opening Hours Monday-Sunday: 7am – 8pm
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KINGSCLIFF – VISITOR INFORMATION (*OPENING SOON) email@example.com P: 1800 674 414 Marine Parade Kingscliff NSW 2487
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These maps are produced for promotional purpose only and should not be relied upon solely for navigation. Whilst every care has been taken in the preparation of these maps, Destination Tweed does not accept responsibility for any errors, omissions, incidents, damage or loss suffered from use. INSTAGRAM.COM/DESTINATIONTWEED
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BEACH SAFETY TIPS The Tweed coastline is a beautiful and dynamic place. It can also be hazardous at times so knowing how to stay safe next time you visit the beach is essential.
Always read the Surf Conditions Board or if you are unsure of conditions ask a lifeguard. Always swim or surf with a friend, never alone.
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The safest place to swim is between the red and yellow flags.
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Never run and dive into the water. Water conditions (and depth) can changes. Slip, slop, slap and wrap. Cover up, use sunscreen and wear a hat. Leave the water immediately when requested by a lifeguard.
Supervise children at all times.
If you get in to trouble don’t panic. Raise your arm for help, float and wait for assistance.
Never enter the water if you have been drinking alcohol or are under the influence of drugs.
If witnessing an in-water emergency dial Triple Zero (000) – Police
For information on beach conditions or to find a patrolled beach in the Tweed check out beachsafe.org.au You can also download the app for iPhone or Android, simply search for Beachsafe.
enrich your spirit
Hold and behold the enchanting beauty of crystal from gigantic formations to exquisite jewellery. Walk among gods through stunning botanical gardens and rainforest. Find yourself in the labyrinth. Touch the World Peace Stupa blessed by Gyuto Monks of Tibet. Indulge in delicious views, local coffee and food.
enrich your spirit 81 Monet Drive, Mullumbimby. www.crystalcastle.com.au Open 7 days 10am-5pm (NSW time) INSTAGRAM.COM/DESTINATIONTWEED
CUDGEN & DURANBAH Birthplace of our sugar & fruit empires Over 100 years ago, Cudgen village was the busiest place on the Tweed River. Blanketed in rich red volcanic soil, this was one of the first areas in the Tweed Valley where early settlers experimented with growing sugarcane. In 1875, William Julius took up a large area of land at Cudgen, establishing a cane plantation and his own mill. At one stage, over 500 workers were employed here, many of them South Sea Islanders who settled in the area on land leased to them by their boss. The district’s history as a test site for new crops continued into the 1900s when the Department of Agriculture set up a research station at neighbouring Duranbah to trial bananas and ‘new’ fruits such as avocados, lychees, mangoes and macadamia nuts, which fortunately for all of us, flourished in the fertile volcanic soils. The former research station is now home to Tropical Fruit World where those rich, red soils nurture over 500 varieties of exotic and tropical fruits from all over the world on a sprawling plantation and family theme park that attracts thousands of visitors each year. One of the great
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things about this park is that every time you go back something different is in season, you never have the same experience. Cudgen Village itself is now a lot quieter than in its early days but it is interesting to stroll down Memorial Lane where the pine and fig trees have been named in memory of soldiers who didn’t return from the war. Just 5 minutes drive from Salt Village and Kingscliff, Cudgen and Duranbah are perfect for Farmstay and B&B accommodation.
MURWILLUMBAH Cultural and commercial gateway to the Tweed Valley As the commercial hub of the Tweed Valley, Murwillumbah is a vintage country town. Art deco shopfronts and historic Federation-style buildings house a selection of cafes, restaurants, boutiques, homeware stores and gift shops, while a modern shopping centre incorporates supermarket and national chain stores. The best way to explore Murwillumbah is on foot. Paved walkways stretch along either side of the Tweed River or you can pick up a brochure for the self-guided historical walk at the Visitor Information Centre. Chat to the local staff in the Information Centre and pick up a wealth of information on the Tweed region. A model of the Wollumbin Mt Warning Caldera will give you a bird’s eye view of this unique geographical landform and the friendly team of volunteers happily share their local knowledge of where to go and what to see. The information Centre is also home to Caldera Art Gallery - a showcase of world-class local artists whose work is inspired by the caldera. You can view a 360° panoramic mural of the view from Wollumbin Mt Warning’s summit inside the Centre.
The art trail continues along Tweed Valley Way to the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre where stunning views of the Tweed Valley and Wollumbin Mt Warning vie with the outstanding permanent collection and touring exhibitions (see page 34). Take a stroll through the main street and discover local indie art at the Sauce Studio which showcases amazing mural and graffiti art. Once you’ve had your fill of art, it will be time to fill your belly. Dining choices in Murwillumbah are varied and diverse ranging from quaint country café food, to vegetarian fare, Asian, Italian, Vietnamese and more. Murwillumbah is also the hub of the Tweed’s thriving farming industries and every Wednesday morning, local growers, producers and providores sell their fresh harvest at the Farmers’ Markets at the local showgrounds. For all of these reasons, and many more, Murwillumbah is a great base from which to explore the quaint villages and scenic countryside of the Tweed Valley and there is a wide range of accommodation to choose from, including motels, historic pubs, caravan parks, cottages, B&B and backpacker hostels
TWEED REGIONAL GALLERY & MARGARET OLLEY ART CENTRE The stunning Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre houses 8 exhibition spaces, a performance area, an education workshop facility, the Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence Studio and a library. Offering magnificent panoramic views of the Tweed Valley, the Gallery is a destination experience. The Gallery Café offers an array of fine food, coffee and delicious cakes, boasting the most spectacular views of the Tweed’s dramatic landscape. The Gallery’s collection of artworks has two main focus areas: Australian portraits of all eras and mediums, and artists’ prints. Exhibitions change every 7-9 weeks, covering a variety of artistic styles and
mediums. The Gallery’s program includes a wide range of exhibitions, public events and educational activities for children and adults. The Gallery is the proud home of the biennial Olive Cotton Award for photographic portraiture. The Border Art Prize is also shown every alternate year showcasing the work of artists residing in the New South Wales / Queensland border region. In November 2011, the Margaret Olley Art Trust offered the Tweed Regional Gallery the opportunity to establish the Margaret Olley Art Centre. Construction was complete in March 2014 and features a re-creation of Olley’s studio, elements of her home and works
of art from her collection. Margaret Olley spent much of her childhood in the Northern Rivers area. Born in Lismore in 1923 and growing up in the Murwillumbah area, it is fitting that this amazing re-creation of the iconic artist’s home studio has been established so close to her childhood home. Visitors will find a stimulating program with exhibitions of artwork from the Gallery’s growing collection, and displays of regional, national and international art and craft. Opening times: Wednesday-Sunday: 10am-5pm Monday-Tuesday: Closed Good Friday & Christmas Day: Closed
Free admission Gallery open Wed-Sun 10am - 5pm (DST)
• Magnificent panoramic views of the Tweed River, Mount Nullum, Wollumbin / Mt Warning and Border Ranges • Margaret Olley Art Centre • Seven exhibition spaces • Workshop and education area • Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence Studio • Gallery Cafe with indoor / outdoor seating • Gallery Shop • Research library • Disabled facilities, including a lift and set down area • Undercover parking (02) 6670 2790 | 2 Mistral Road Murwillumbah NSW 2484 | artgallery.tweed.nsw.gov.au
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ARTS, CULTURE & SPIRIT The Tweed proudly boasts more artists per capita than any other region in Australia. Our artists will tell you they are inspired by their natural surroundings, recreating the rich tapestry of mountains, rainforests, oceans, rivers, birdlife and native animals using every medium imaginable. We are also fortunate to have exceptional representation from local indigenous artists whose artworks tell the Dreamtime stories of our land and its creation.
Art Galleries The Tweed’s art galleries showcase the work of local artists inspired by the landscape, wildlife, history, community and spirituality of our diverse region as well as nationally and internationally renowned collections and competitions. Ever changing collections ensure you can visit many times and know that each visit will offer a diverse new collection to see.
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The Tweed’s colourful history is preserved by our historical societies based at Tweed Heads, Murwillumbah and Uki. Spanning the Shire from the coast to the mountains, the branches of the Tweed River Regional Museum are a unique journey into the history, people and places of the majestic Tweed Valley.
Are you tired of looking at others’ work? Do you want to learn from professionals and expand your artistic talent? Classes are offered at many studios and galleries for all skill levels and special classes are run over the holidays for children as well. Unlock your own creative talent maybe next year it will be your art work on display!
Expansion of the Murwillumbah museum is set to open mid-2014 will showcase exciting new displays and programs.
Art & Craft Markets Nowhere is the Tweed’s outstanding pool of artistic talent more evident than at art and craft markets held every weekend throughout the region (see page 54). Browse the stalls, talk to artists and pick up a lasting, individual memory of your visit.
Art Trail Discover the Tweed’s rich and diverse arts community amidst the landscape that provides inspiration for our local talent. Our touring routes take you on a journey of delight and discovery, combing our art galleries and museums with historical sites and hidden treasures. Visit destinationtweed.com.au au or call into one of the Visitor Information Centres (page 29).
Image courtesy Bush Turkey Studios
WHERE THERE’S MORE TO DO
If you’re daydreaming about the perfect wedding destination, the special place to say “I Do” and a romantic honeymoon escape – the picturesque Tweed region in Northern NSW is your answer. Imagine unforgettably beautiful scenery and mild year-round weather coupled with endless location options from rainforest retreats, lush mountainous backdrops, quaint country celebrations, manicured parks & gardens and absolute beachfront locations the Tweed has it all. Allow local wedding specialists to ease the stress of planning your day so you can enjoy a blissful relaxed celebration. Trusted wedding suppliers can meet all your needs and make your special day just perfect. Access to the Tweed is easy and affordable - barely 20 minutes’ drive from the Gold Coast Airport which is serviced by low cost flights from all major cities and regional centres, as well as key international hubs. Accommodation in the Tweed stretches far beyond the average hotel room, boasting cosy B&Bs and retreats nestled amidst tea plantations and market gardens, absolute beachfront resort apartments and unique rainforest retreats hidden in the Tweed Valley.
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A variety of options ensures that all styles, tastes and budgets are pleased. After the big day, you and your partner can choose to revitalise body and soul at one of the secluded rainforest or ocean health retreats. But if adventure and action is more to your liking you won’t be short of options. Take a day trip to Cook Island where you can snorkel and scuba dive with sub-tropical fish and green turtles, discover World Heritage rainforests, explore tranquil creeks where you can kayak for miles and try popular watersports like stand-up paddleboarding. If you want to slow down the pace enjoy a rainforest cruise on the Tweed River, dine in award winning restaurants, enjoy a romantic sunset picnic on a riverbank or relax poolside with a cocktail. What makes the Tweed region a superior wedding destination for discerning couples is the endless variety of options and the easy, relaxed and fun local atmosphere. For more information about celebrating your special day in the Tweed visit destinationtweed.com.au
Image courtesy of Summergrove Estate
High in the hills overlooking Tweed Heads and Coolangatta, Carool Road takes you to a very different world where the cooler climate supports a coffee plantation and vineyard. As the scenic drive climbs the lowest foothills of the McPherson Ranges, you’ll enjoy views of the coast and valleys framed by lush vegetation. This area was once a soldier settlement where bananas were the main crop. These days, you can sample the latest vintages at ILNAM Estate - a delightful family owned winery and a unique tourist attraction being the only winery in the Tweed and the most easterly in Australia boasting amazing ocean and hinterland views. Carool is also home to Zeta’s Coffee and through their products you can actually taste the Tweed. At Zeta’s Coffee they like to keep things simple by using natural farming techniques which include hand picking, sun drying and absolutely no pesticides. Coffee lovers will delight in the special blends and flavours offered by the robust and naturally grown beans. Zeta’s Coffee is available from the Murwillumbah Visitor Information Centre and the weekly Murwillumbah Famers’ Markets.
If you’re looking for somewhere luxurious to stay, Summergrove Estate was designed with relaxation, romance and lifestyle in mind. Situated on 73 hilltop acres in Carool, Summergrove offers a choice of 5 villas with stunning coastal and hinterland views. Open Friday and Saturday night, the onsite restaurant features an innovative menu inspired by local and estate grown produce. It’s also a great location for weddings and functions. An interesting and quirky attraction at Carool is Humminghills Alpaca Farm. By appointment, visitors are welcome to meander amongst the alpacas, seeing and hands-on learning about these wonderful creatures. Tea and coffee facilities are available. Contact the Information Centres for more Information (page 29).
TUMBULGUM & CRYSTAL CREEK TUMBULGUM
Looking across to Wollumbin Mt Warning from the junction of the Tweed and Rous Rivers, Tumbulgum was one of the first villages established in northern NSW around 1840.
Ten minutes scenic drive from Murwillumbah is the ‘miniature’ community of Crystal Creek. Looking across to Springbrook Mountain and the northern rim of the Wollumbin Mt Warning Caldera, it was first settled by Europeans looking for the Valley’s giant red cedars in the mid 19th century.
For many years, it was the Valley’s main hub of activity, with shops and services springing up to cater to the timber trade and cedar cutters. At one stage, it vied with nearby Murwillumbah for commercial supremacy – until Murwillumbah scored the railway in 1897 and a bridge in 1901, guaranteeing its status as the Valley’s economic centre. In Tumbulgum today it is the tourists who generate the buzz, coming to enjoy the picturesque setting and admire the historic buildings, which now house a range of art galleries, gift shops and cafes. One of the most popular reminders of the past is undoubtedly the old Tumbulgum Tavern. Established in 1887, it was the region’s first unlicensed pub (otherwise known as a ‘grog shanty’) and, over 120 years later, it is still going strong. The food is excellent – as are the sunsets that illuminate the river and Wollumbin Mt Warning. A couple of kilometres out of town on the north side of the river, an historic pioneer cemetery hidden in the rainforest makes for a fascinating ‘added extra’ on a daytrip to Tumbulgum.
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These days, it attracts visitors in search of much smaller treasures – namely, its miniature animals. John and Carolyn Tebutt established Crystal Creek Miniatures where they breed pint-sized horses, cows and donkeys started the trend. Even the Hillcrest B&B along Upper Crystal Creek Road has a miniature pony. The other key attraction in this picturesque corner of the Valley is Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat – a luxury escape tucked away at the base on Springbrook Mountain on a 100ha property bordering the World Heritage-listed Gondana Rainforests. CHILLINGHAM One of the most popular stops on any scenic drive through the Tweed Valley, Chillingham is home to the Tweed’s very own ‘bush tucker man’, Buck Buchanan. Tending the orchards behind his rustic roadside stall, Buck grows a fascinating variety of local and exotic citrus fruits and he happily takes visitors on a tour of his Bush Tucker Garden. A real true-blue Aussie character, Buck strides barefoot along the rows
CHILLINGHAM Just over the road, you can buy handmade soaps at a cottage-based Soap Factory and a little further along, potter John Gillson has lovingly restored the village’s old butcher shop into a showcase for his stunning ceramics.
plucking native fingerlimes, Buddha’s hands fruit, bergamots, Japanese yuzu, Davidson plums, kaffir limes, warrigal greens and more for you to touch, taste and smell. He supplies some of Australia’s leading restaurants and has even created his own line of shampoos, moisturisers and lotions from his harvest.
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Set against a dramatic backdrop formed by the towering western wall of the Wollumbin Mt Warning Caldera, the historic village of Tyalgum oozes country charm. What was once a remote timber town is now one of the Valley’s most popular day-trip destinations. Over the past ten years, Tyalgum has blossomed into a vibrant village thanks to the quaint old buildings that have been lovingly restored and transformed into cottage cafes, art galleries, gift stores, a bookshop, jewellery studio, an eco-store and a cutting edge fashion design store. While you’re in town check out the historic Tyalgum Hotel at the entrance to the village, it has been operating since 1926. The town’s most famous historic building is undoubtedly the Tyalgum Hall, built in 1908 from local cedar felled in the area. In the early 1990s, two classical violinists, travelling through the region, noted the hall’s incredible acoustics and invited some of their colleagues to join them and perform. That initial gather of musicians turned into the annual Tyalgum Festival of Classical Music which celebrates its 22th anniversary in 2014. Over the years, this three-day series of concerts held over the first weekend in September has attracted some of Australia’s - and the world’s finest musicians and is now rated as one of the premier classical music events in the country. Throughout the year, the Hall also hosts seasonal music and dance spectaculars presented by Hearts Aflame Productions.
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In the front room of the Hall you’ll find Viridian Arts which showcases works of art from members of the Tweed Valley Artist’s Cooperative. The display houses some unique textile art, featuring the iconic Wollumbin Mt Warning ‘Wullumbini Momoli’, ceramics and local landscapes. The Tyalgum General Store and Post Office celebrated 100 years of trading in 2008. Brimming with historic artefacts and local curios it is a delightful building to visit. Each building in the main street has many a story to tell and if you are lucky enough to have a chat with one of the locals you’re sure to hear delightful anecdotes about the history of the town. Flutterbies Cottage Cafe is a gorgeous place to stop and enjoy organic coffee. You’ll find an in-house coffee micro-roaster and elegant Tea Room. Locals pop down on horseback for a cuppa, and visitors have been known to drop in by the occasional helicopter! Vintage car groups regularly roll out for a Sunday drive, lining up their muchloved beauties down the main street, while they tuck into a hearty country lunch. Every Friday night Flutterbucks host a Pizza Night, showcasing great local musical talent in a relaxed and laidback environment.
The Tyalgum Village Market is on the last Saturday of every month. It is a wonderful, festive day where the villagers come together and share their handmade and artisan wares, amidst music, food and festivity. Make a weekend of it and stay at Celestial Dew â€“ the newest guesthouse in town.
farm Summit Organics and enjoy guided tours of the Garden of Light. On any day of the week, Tyalgum is a top spot to end a scenic country drive with a browse through the shops and lunch at Flutterbies Cottage Cafe.
For a small country town, there is so much to enjoy here. Walking to the local weir is a treat, you can sit and listen to the crescendo of the waterfall amongst the ducks, cows, turtles and even the odd platypus! You can catch a round or two of tennis, go have a luxurious facial or massage at the Wellbeing Centre, get a tarot reading, or simply sit back in the sun on the front porch of the cafĂŠ or pub, and enjoy the uninterrupted rural views. At various times of the year you can visit local organic
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MT BURRELL WADEVILLE Heading out through the western part of the Valley enroute to Nimbin or the Border Ranges National Park, the remote communities of Mt Burrell and Wadeville are both worth a visit. At Mt Burrell, the Sphinx Rock Café is a hidden treasure, set in an oasis of parkland beside a creek with great views of the ranges. The food is great any day of the week and on Sundays crowds flock to hear local and nationally-acclaimed musicians play everything from blues and dance beats to Tibetan folk and afro-Reggae. The jam sessions are so popular they’ve put out their own CD. A further 16kms out, Wadeville General Store has a picnic area, overnight cabins, camping sites. And if you need to cool off, Hanging Rock Falls down the road is an idyllic spot to swim and feed the turtles.
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If you’d really like to experience the secrets of the Tweed, join Green Cauldron Tours to discover a rare insight into the sacred and significant land of the Wollumbin Mt Warning Caldera. Feel the energy for yourself and meet the people whose lives have been changed by this powerful and compelling region. This is one of the most special places on earth, but it’s not easy to get beneath the surface. Tours connect you with people and places you cannot access any other way. Green Cauldron Tours offer small group, scheduled day tours and private tours from Byron Bay, the Tweed and southern Gold Coast.
Uki village is a hub of arts, culture, organics and alternative lifestyle nestled at the base of Wollumbin Mt Warning. The name (pronounced ‘yook-eye’) is believed to be derived from the Aboriginal name for a small water fern but some say that it evolved from the early days of timber-getting when the finest cedars were marked U.K.1 for export to the United Kingdom.
rather let someone else do all the hard work in the kitchen, relax in a beautiful old Queenslander on a 25ha property at Mavis’s Kitchen where ingredients are harvested fresh every morning from their biodynamic garden.
The shops here are housed in historical buildings, many of which date back to the town’s early days as a thriving dairy and timber centre. The old Norco butter factory now accommodates a range of galleries and art studios where you can watch local artisans at work, as well as funky bric-a-brac stores, a bookstore and an antique shop.
Back in the village, stop by the Uki Café & Art Gallery. This pretty little cafe overlooks the heart of the village and is the perfect place to enjoy great food and fabulous service in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. The café is licensed and serves handcrafted Stone & Wood beer on tap too.
Giving the village its organic-alternative vibe are outlets like Happy High Herbs; Glorious Organics; and a holistic health centre where you can have your mind, body and spirit balanced with a Ka Huna massage or Shamanic hot stone therapy. Fill the grocery basket with organic goodies at the Bio-Organics farm just out of town or, if you’d
Visit the village on the third Sunday of any month you’ll find the Uki Buttery Bazaar Market. Browse the local store for food, music, coffee, clothing, books, art, craft and more. Walk off the indulgences from your day out in Uki with a leisurely stroll along the Heritage River Walk where you might just see a shy platypus family at play in the shallows.
Discover the tranquil waterways of the Tweed - the fun way!! Learn to surf, kayak, canoe, dive, snorkel and stand-up paddleboard. Spend an hour or join a kayak tour of one of the many waterways the Tweed has to offer.
TAKE A CRUISE Experience the spectacular natural beauty of the Tweed River on a Rainforest or Crab Catching Cruise. Try your hand at bird feeding, yabbie pumping, mud crab catching and fishing.
EXPLORE ANCIENT LANDSCAPES In the centre of the Tweed Valley, you will find 5 National Parks and many Reserves which form part of the World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforests of Australia. They incorporate hundreds of kilometres of bushwalking trails, from short strolls (less than 500m) to 3 day hikes.
Snorkel with green turtles, clown fish and (harmless) leopard sharks at Cook Island – a protected nature reserve and underwater playground, only 600m from the Tweed Coastline.
FILL YOUR BELLY Follow a divine food trail through the Tweed Valley. Stock up on produce from roadside stalls, enjoy a hearty home cooked meals at Mavis’s Kitchen, expericene a 5-course degustation Fins Restaurant and try the award winning cupcakes at Flutterbies Cottage Café.
ARTS, CRAFT & CULTURE The Tweed Valley boasts the highest number of artists per capita than any other shire in Australia. Meet world-class artists in quaint village galleries and art studios. Local galleries showcase the work of artists inspired by the landscape, wildlife, history, community and spirituality of the region.
HANG-TEN WITH WORLD CHAMPIONS Surfing - it’s one of Australia’s favourite past-times and there’s no better place to learn or polish up your skills than on the Tweed Coast. After all, this is the home of world champions Steph Gilmore and Mick Fanning. Surf schools cater for beginner, intermediate and advanced surfers.
SEE IT FIRST
Be the first to see the sunrise on the mainland of Australia from the summit of Wollumin Mt Warning. The summit is a 4.4km hike through lush rainforest. Due to its proximity to Cape Byron, the Australian’s easternmost point, it is the first place on the mainland to receive the sun’s rays each day.
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SPOT A WHALE Get up close and personal with visiting humpbacks on a whale-watching cruise (June-November) as they migrate along the east coast of Australia to the warmer waters of the Whitsundays to give birth. They can be seen breaching and frolicking from the beach but there is nothing quite as special or breathtaking as getting up close to these amazing giants of the sea.
VISIT TROPICAL FRUIT WORLD The Tweed is home to Australia’s largest plantation orchard and research park. Sample seasonal fruits of the day and experience a Plantation Safari Tour and Orchard Discovery Walk.
This tiny village only 10km from Murwillumbah was put on the map when potters Bob Connery and Laine Langridge set up a storefront gallery and workshop in 1978 which they named ‘Stokers Siding Pottery’. Bob’s work has been exhibited all over Australia and, in 2002, he became the first person living outside Japan whose pots were declared suitable for ‘The Way of Tea’ and signed by Grand Tea Master Sen Shoshitsu from Japan’s revered Urasenke School of Tea. However, since Bob’s passing the old pottery shop has been transformed into Moo Moo Stiches and offers a wonderful range of fabrics, haberdashery and other sewing and craft supplies. Classes and workshops are regularly offered at Moo Moo stiches for beginners to the more experienced. In the old pottery building you’ll also find Vintage Soul. Treasure hunters will love browsing through the eclectic collection of local art, craft and vintage curios. Bob’s unique smoked lustre-ware pieces can still be found among the collection of local arts and crafts at Vintage Soul. One of the other iconic buildings in this quaint little village is the General Store & Post Office situated in the old railway station. The village also boasts a very well used historic community hall. Amongst other things, the hall features an amateur talent night on the first Friday of every month called “Fifteen Minutes of Fame” which guarantees a night of variety, fun and enjoyment. The Stokers Village Markets bring a beautiful atmosphere to this small village. This local market has numerous unique stalls ranging from handmade crafts to car/boat products and produce. Markets are held four times a year, with alternating dates. For
more information contact the Visitor Information Centres (page 29). BURRINGBAR – MOOBALL – CRABBES CREEK In the southern section of the Valley, Burringbar, Mooball and Crabbes Creek form a trio of picturesque communities on the scenic Tweed Valley Way. Burringbar is a quiet stop-off point with a general store and roadside fruit stalls. This area is also home to the award-winning Tweed Valley Whey Farmhouse Cheeses, which you can buy in the general store or at farmers’ markets throughout the Tweed and Byron shires. At Mooball, the locals have taken their town’s name literally by painting black and white cow patches on just about everything that doesn’t move - the telephone poles, the local café and petrol station, the petrol bowsers, the wheelie bins, even a random jeep parked by the side of the road. Somehow Mooball’s historic Victory Hotel managed to evade the painters to retain its classic 1930s country pub charm. The Moo Moo Roadhouse is hard to miss as you drive into town on the Tweed Valley Way. Enjoy a classic hamburger washed down with a milkshake before browsing the vintage memorabilia - old cars and newer bikes are on display as well as for sale. Tweed Valley Way reconnects with the Pacific Motorway at Yelgum - a picture-postcard corner of the Valley that provides endless inspiration for photographers and nature-lovers. From here, it’s only a 10 minute drive to the Tweed Coast beaches, making it a perfect spot to stay if you want to combine rural tranquillity with a beach holiday.
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Nestled in the caldera of an ancient shield volcano on the east coast of Australia, the Tweed is a natural place to recharge your business with a convention, special event or just some blue-sky time, and we have plenty of that. Stretching between the world-famous holiday destinations of Byron Bay in northern NSW and Queensland’s sun-drenched Gold Coast, the Tweed region is well known for its natural beauty, worldheritage listed national parks and as a place to reinvigorate mind and body. It can do the same for your business too. To complement its natural beauty the Tweed boasts a diverse range of conference facilities from cutting-edge to more rustic options that draw on the energy and wonder of the unique environment. Along with the cosmopolitan offer of shopping, restaurants, entertainment and culture, those who are lucky enough to call this region “home” simply live and breathe outdoor experiences - from kayaking, canoeing, diving, snorkeling, stand-up paddle boarding and surfing to hiking worldheritage listed national parks and watching the sun set from the banks of the Tweed River, visitors to the region can enjoy a range of unique and memorable experiences. Not least of the Tweed’s attractions is its prime location serviced directly by Gold Coast Airport and the M1, making it easily accessible for your next conference or event.
So if you’re looking to recharge batteries, inspire new thinking or even just to indulge your team, the Tweed is the health retreat your business needs. Have questions? Contact the team at Destination Tweed and we’ll do our very best to help: • We can put you in touch with the right person, place or service via our extensive network of contacts. • We can provide you with high resolution images and video footage for you to promote your next business event. • We can provide you with collateral about the region as well as products and services.
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WOLLUMBIN MT WARNING Wollumbin Mt Warning stands at an impressive height of 1157m above sea level and is the remnant of an ancient volcano. The World Heritage Park is recognised as part of the Gondwana Rainforest of Australia. Rich in flora and fauna, it is a must see for any visit to the Tweed. Take a short walk along the Lyrebird Track to experience the sounds and smells of the rainforest under the canopy of the trees. Listen out for the calls of Whipbirds, Noisy Pitta and, of course, Lyrebirds.
If you’re adventurous try climbing to the summit. Make it to the top by sunrise and you will be the first in Australia to see the sun! The walk takes you through stunning scenery and offers magnificent views of the Tweed Caldera and beyond. The climb is a steep 8.8km return trip with a challenging final rock scramble. Allow 2 hours to reach the summit and another 2 hours for the return journey. In winter it is not advisable to start the walk after 12pm because the area becomes extremely dark and dangerous. Extend your day with lunch at the Rainforest Café or a picnic by the creek.
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ACTION & ADVENTURE From climbing the highest peak in northern NSW to snorkelling with turtles and kayaking through the wetlands, you won’t believe how many different adventures are available in such a compact area. Just about all of the activities on offer are suitable for all ages, giving families plenty of ways to keep children of all ages active. With such a diverse natural environment, there are plenty of opportunities to learn about the Tweed’s unique landscape and wildlife.
Bushwalking The Tweed region is the heart of the Australian’s Green Cauldron National Landscape, due to its unique volcanic geography and incredible biodiversity of flora and fauna. In addition to Wollumbin Mt Warning National Park in the centre of the valley, the caldera rim features 5 National Parks and many Reserves which collectively form the World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforests of Australia. They also incorporate hundreds of kilometres of bushwalking trails, ranging from short stroll of less than 500 metres that lead to stunning lookouts through to 3 day hikes through rainforests, mountains and valleys.
The Tweed offers a choice of flat cycle paths along the coastline, undulating hills through the Valley or steep, challenging climbs. Whether you’re a keen mountain-biker, a professional road cyclist or simply enjoy a leisurely Sunday cycle the Tweed is a cyclist’s paradise.
With endless stretches of rivers, creeks, estuaries and dams, fishing is the Tweed’s favourite pastime and a major drawcard for visitors to the region.
Tweed Shire Council has developed a number of cycleways, linking village bike paths and suburban routes through Tweed Heads and along the Tweed Coast. If you’re up for a challenging you can cycle 37km along the beachside from Pottsville to the NSW/QLD border. BYO bike or contact one of the many local bike stores for bike hire.
Canoeing and Kayaking The Tweed’s Network of inland waterways offer plenty of idyllic locations to canoe or kayak. Some of our favourite places include Clarrie Hall Dam, Uki, Cudgen Creek, Cudgen Lake and Terranora inlet. Whether you bring your own, or hire a canoe or kayak in the region you can have hours of fun, paddling up and down the creeks and streams exploring. Why not drop in a line and see what you can catch – be warned, the big, female flathead can pull a canoe along as they try to get away!
Whether you’re an experienced angler looking for some serious action or a dad who just wants to take his kids on their first fishing trip, this is your dream destination. Everyone in the region is an expert when it comes to fishing, so if you need help then ask a local, and if you don’t like their answer, wait and ask the next one the comes your way! Bait is sold in just about every service station and corner store, and bait and tackle shops can be found in villages and towns throughout the region. You’re spoilt for choice with inland, beach and off-shore spots but the best way to find the daily hotspots is to ask a local at one the many bait and tackle shops in the region. For more information on all things action and adventure visit destinationtweed. com.au or call into one of the Visitor Information Centres (page 29).
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FOOD We love our food and wine – so will you. The Tweed regions fertile volcanic soil produces the most fresh, flavourful produce all year round. Attracting some of Australia’s finest chefs and most awarded restaurants who effortlessly transform this wealth of locally grown produce into mouthwatering culinary delights. So where would you even start? Take a leisurely drive through the Tweed Valley and you’ll pass roadside stalls selling freshly harvested produce from nearby farms. You can also stock up the pantry or picnic basket with whatever is in season at weekly farmers’ markets where you can chat with our growers
and providores. Don’t forget to sample the unique Tweed specialties like native fingerlimes plucked straight from the orchard at Chillingham, or what about hauling in your own seafood banquet from the ocean and rivers of the Tweed. Some of our most popular local restaurants serve up daily feasts of deep-sea fish, prawns, mud crabs, spanner crabs and oysters. The Tweed also dishes up some truly awesome foodie events throughout the year, check out the event calendar on page 54 to see what’s on. So where are the best dining locations you ask? Well there is Kingscliff, Salt Village, Tweed Heads, Tyalgum, Tumbulgum and Murwillumbah just to name a few. Visit our website
destinationtweed.com.au to browse a plethora of suggestions for cafes and restaurants in the Tweed. The Tweed also is renowned for its world-class sports clubs and Surf Life Saving Clubs which offer great value dining, international shows, gaming and live entertainment every night of the week. Chillax on the balcony at a local surf club and dine with absolute ocean front views. The region is also home to a host of historic country pubs where you can chat with the locals over an ale or two. With their classic pub architecture and memorabilia, each hotel has its own story to tell. Delight in the diverse tastes of the Tweed, there’s plenty to keep you satisfied. Eat, drink and be merry.
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DRIVING & DAYTOURS From ocean view coastal roads to the winding country byways of the Valley, the Tweed offers the perfect destination for driving escapes. Whether you’re looking for a day out in the country or a couple of relaxing days away, you’ll find our suggested touring routes include plenty of interesting stops and some wonderful people to meet along the way.
Tweed Coast Food Trail
Wollumbin Mt Warning View Circuit
With an abundant rainfall and sub-tropical climate, the Tweed Valley is a veritable Garden of Eden where virtually anything will grow. Taste the Tweed on our 74km Valley Food Trail, visiting working farms, roadside stalls, ‘locavore’ markets and country cafes.
This 73km round-trip trip takes in quaint villages like Crystal Creek, Chillingham, Limpinwood, Tyalgum and Eungella. There’s suggested stops along the way where you’ll meet some of our colourful characters – artists, farmers, celebrity chefs, animal lovers and plenty more.
Border Ranges Circuit The 191km Tweed Range Scenic Drive through Border Ranges National Park is one of Northern NSW’s best kept secrets and takes you along the high rim of an ancient volcanic caldera. World Heritage-listed rainforests, Antarctic beech forests dating back 2000 years, spectacular lookouts across the Tweed Valley to Wollumbin Mt Warning and plenty of bushwalking tracks make this an unforgettable experience. 52 VISITOR GUIDE 2014
From the rich volcanic soils of the Valley to the abundant sea harvest of the oceans and rivers, the Tweed is a mecca for food-lovers. Follow our 93km Coastal Food Trail to sample exotic fruits, local wines, tea, coffee and the freshest of seafood.
Tweed Valley Food Trail
Tweed Coast Art Trail Endless stretches of deserted beaches, rolling surf, tranquil inlets and quiet fishing villages are the inspiration for some of our most iconic artworks and photography. Enjoy a scenic 61km Coast Art Trail where you can stop and view Mother Nature’s own handiwork, as well as the creations of our colourful and eclectic art community.
Tweed Valley Art Trail
Historic Pub Tour
The scenic beauty of the Tweed Valley has attracted a colourful and eclectic community of artists and artisans. On the 68km Valley Art Trail, you can see their work in local galleries, watch them create new pieces in their studios and step back in time at some fascinating historical sites.
The Tweed is home to some of Australia’s oldest and quirkiest country pubs. You can experience one, or all of them on an epic 204km, 7-pub-tour. Nominate a designated driver or get a group of friends together and hire mini-bus. Download the series the Tweed Touring brochures from destinationtweed.com.au or call into our Visitor Information Centres open 7 days a week (page 29).
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2014 March
• Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Coolangatta
• Lions Greenback Tailor Fishing Competition - Cabarita Beach
• Tweed River Classic Boat Regatta -Condong
• ACA Cricket Masters - Kingscliff • Bleach* Festival - Southern Gold Coast • Australian Longboard Surfing Open - Kingscliff • Kingscliff Triathlon - Kingscliff
• Tweed Fusion Weekend July • Taste of Kingscliff and Tweed Coast
• Melbourne Cup Celebration - Tweed River Jockey Club
• Antiques & Collectables Fair Tweed Heads
• Tweed Foodie Fest - Tweed Shire
• Bluesfest - Byron Bay
• Octopus Garden Festival - Tweed Heads
• Bowls Qld State Pennant Finals Tweed Heads
• Opera on the Beach - Coolangatta
• Swell Sculpture Festival – Southern Gold Coast
• Carols Under the Stars – Salt Village
• Battle on the Border Cycling Festival – Tweed Shire
• Kingscliff Triathlon – Kingscliff
• NYE Celebrations - Tweed Shire
• Cooly Rocks On - Coolangatta and Tweed Heads
LOCAL MARKET GUIDE 1st Friday of the Month
3rd Saturday of the Month
5th Saturday of the Month
• Kingscliff Lantern Markets
• Mullumbimby Markets • Uki Produce Markets • Bangalow Farmers’ Markets
• Uki Produce Markets • Bangalow Farmers’ Markets
1st Saturday of the Month • Brunswick Heads Markets • Uki Produce Markets • Bangalow Farmers’ Markets 1st Sunday of the Month
5th Sunday of the Month 3rd Sunday of the Month • Pottsville Beach Markets • Uki Buttery Bazaar • Tweed Heads PCYC
• Tweed Heads PCYC • Nimbin Markets Every Wednesday
• Pottsville Beach Markets • Byron Bay Markets • Tweed Heads PCYC
4th Friday of the Month • Tweed Twilight Markets
• Murwillumbah Farmers’ Markets at Murwillumbah Showgrounds from 7am – 11am
2nd Friday of the Month
4th Saturday of the Month
Last Saturday of the Mouth
• Tweed Twilight Markets
• Kingscliff Markets • Uki Produce Markets • Bangalow Farmers’ Markets
• Tyalgum Village Markets
2nd Saturday of the Month • Kingscliff Markets • Uki Produce Markets • Bangalow Farmers’ Markets 2nd Sunday of the Month • Chillingham Village Markets • Coolangatta Markets • The Channon • Tweed Heads PCYC
4th Sunday of the Month • Bangalow Markets • Murwillumbah Markets • Tweed Heads PCYC • Nimbin Markets • Kingscliff Markets • Coolangatta Markets (5 week month only)
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Published on Mar 17, 2014