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We welcome you to this wonderful area - the Tweed. Come and experience what we have to offer. This Visitor Guide has been put together to help you plan your next visit, or to get you where you need to go if you’ve already arrived. Coming to the Tweed is easy, fly into the Gold Coast Airport or drive the Legendary Pacific Coast and you will be here in no time.

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The Tweed is famous for its lifestyle offerings and we invite you to come and indulge in the activities we love and enjoy. Take an early morning swim at one of our beautiful beaches dotted along 37kms of coastline, visit the nationally recognised Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre or escape on a day trip to one of our World Heritage listed rainforests.

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The Tweed is home to world class tourist attractions and products that can be booked through our Visitor Information Centres in Tweed Heads and Murwillumbah. You can also collect visitor information from Kingscliff and Hastings Point, so drop in, say hello and get recommendations from our friendly volunteers.

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On The Cover: Mt Doughboy, also known as mini Mt Warning, is made of the same rock type as Wollumbin Mt Warning. It played the role of a minor lava vent during the time of the ancient Tweed volcano. The photo was taken from the Nightcap Saddle with Wollumbin Mt Warning visible in the background. In the far distance is the Lamington Plateau. Read more about Wollumbin Mt Warning & the Caldera on page 22. Photography by David Young.

In this Visitor Guide you will find a great selection of activities and unique accommodation opportunities that will make your next holiday a special one to remember.

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We care about the environment. This publication has been printed using paper approved by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) - an independent, non-governmental, not for profit organisation established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure information is true and correct at the time of printing, Destination Tweed accepts no responsibility for errors, omissions or incidents, damage or loss suffered from any use of this publication. Maps included within are produced for promotional purposes only and should not be relied upon solely for navigation. This publication may not be reproduced in part or in whole without the permission of Destination Tweed. Travel Agent Licence Number: 2TA5611 3


contents The Region Getting Here & Around Beaches & Waterways Ocean Adventures Explore the Waterways Outdoor Activities Nature National Parks Eats & Treats Wollumbin Mt Warning

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Tweed History Weddings & Conferences Tweed Regional Gallery Local Art & Culture Markets Events Driving Trails Towns & Villages Visitor Services Directory Regional Map

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Freecall 1800 674 414 or visit destinationtweed.com.au to book your accommodation and activities before you arrive. Our Visitor Information centres can help you travel around the region, keep an eye out for the ‘i’ signs for advice on where to stay, what to do or just chat with a local about the area. Pop in to pick up maps, brochures and info or if you fancy a bit of retail therapy the Tweed Heads and Murwillumbah Visitor Centres stock a range of souvenirs and merchandise including local produce and gift hampers. Located at the Murwillumbah Visitor Centre, the Caldera Art Gallery showcases the work of accomplished landscape and wildlife artists. The star attraction is the 20m Green Cauldron Panorama which offers a 360 degree view of the ancient Tweed caldera from the summit of Wollumbin Mt Warning. Free entry. Open 7 days a week including public holidays (except ANZAC Day, Christmas Day & Good Friday).

Tweed Heads - Visitor Centre tweed@destinationtweed.com.au Cnr Wharf Street & Bay Street, Tweed Heads NSW 2485 1800 674 414

Kingscliff - Visitor Centre kingscliffvolunteers@destinationtweed.com.au Marine Parade, Kingscliff NSW 2487 02 6674 8064

Murwillumbah - Visitor Centre murwillumbah@destinationtweed.com.au Cnr Tweed Valley Way & Alma Street, Murwillumbah NSW 2484 02 6672 1340

Hasting Point - Visitor Centre info@northstar.com.au 1 Tweed Coast Road, Hastings Point NSW 2489 02 6676 1234


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 Queensland’s sun-drenched Gold Coast. 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 beaches and world-famous surf 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 call the Tweed “home” will 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.

Tweed Coast

Tweed Valley

Stretching from Tweed Heads in the north to the untamed beauty of Wooyung Beach in the south, 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 is 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.

Kingscliff is the heart of the Tweed Coast and is a popular dining destination with 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 luxury oceanfront resorts. Those looking for a more low-key approach need look no further than the beachside cottages, holiday parks and motels at Fingal Head, Hastings Point, Cabarita Beach, Pottsville and Wooyung, while the coastal hills hide cosy B&Bs and retreats nestled amidst tea plantations and market gardens.

Dine with the Hare Krishna community at a Sunday banquet. Be inspired by art workshops at a handbuilt 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. 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.

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getting here By Car – Direct

The Pacific Motorway - Australia’s main east coast highway - runs through the Tweed region, making it a convenient stopover and a highlight of the Legendary Pacific Coast Touring Route.

By Car – via the Scenic Route

Whilst the Pacific Motorway offers the most direct access to the Tweed, there are a number of other scenic routes from the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Byron Bay and Lismore that you may like to discover.

By Air

The Tweed is serviced by both the Gold Coast Airport and Brisbane Airport. Both offer easy access from all major Australian and international destinations. Ballina/Byron Gateway Airport provides additional access from domestic and regional centres.

By Bus/Coach

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.

Airtrain Connect

Airtrain is the Airport Rail Link at Brisbane Airport which offers seamless travel between Brisbane Airport, Brisbane City and the Gold Coast. Regular services depart daily.

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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, Fiji, China, Japan, Malaysia and Singapore.

For more information on ground transfer options available from Gold Coast Airport, visit goldcoastairport.com.au

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getting around 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. Taxi & Limousine Operators

Car Hire

Tweed Heads Coolangatta Taxis 1300 656 818

Most major car hire companies operate from the Gold Coast, Brisbane and Ballina Byron Gateway Airport or you can rent a vehicle in the region from:

Tweed Taxi Service 02 6672 6666 Kingscliff Taxi Service 02 6674 1530 Kingscliff Coast Limousines 02 6674 3974

Bus Services An extensive public transport network offers more than 480 daily services to shopping centres, pools, hospitals, colleges and other local destinations. Bus timetables are available from all Visitor Information Centres.

Escorted Day Tours There are a number of day tours to experience the beautiful Tweed and its surrounding areas. Please contact one of our friendly Visitor Information Centres for more information and bookings.

Carter’s Reliable Car Rentals 1800 674 414 (after hours 07 5536 2806) Economy Car Rentals 1800 674 414 (after hours 07 5536 8104)

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 at Tweed Heads, Murwillumbah, Kingscliff and Hastings Point to collect any 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. Refer page 32 for more information.

DISTANCE TO THE TWEED Brisbane City

100km 1hr 10mins

Brisbane Airport

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Surfers Paradise

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Gold Coast Airport

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Byron Bay

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Byron/Ballina Airport 90km 1hr Ballina

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Lismore

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Melbourne

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beaches and waterways When you’re dreaming of a holiday on the Tweed think soft white sand between your toes, lazy days in the sun, the rhythm of rolling surf in your ears and sunset strolls along uncrowded beaches.

Beach Safety 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 swim at beaches patrolled by lifesavers or lifeguards. • The safest place to swim is between the red and yellow flags.

The Tweed boasts 37km of perfect beaches and waterways that offer safe swimming in crystal clear water.

• Always read the Surf Conditions Board, if you are unsure of conditions ask a lifeguard.

Lifeguards patrol some beaches along the Tweed Coast 7 days a week during the spring, summer and Easter school holidays; and at select beaches on weekends outside of holiday periods.

• Always swim or surf with a friend, never alone.

The Tweed’s beaches also play host to an array of fun activities including snorkelling, diving, kayaking, canoeing, stand up paddle boarding, fishing, surfing, kite surfing and whale watching (June to November). Some Tweed beaches have off-leash dog areas so you can bring your furry, four-legged friend with you on your next beach getaway.

• Supervise children at all times. • Never enter the water if you have been drinking alcohol or are under the influence of drugs. • Never run and dive into the water. Water conditions (and depth) can change. • Slip, slop, slap. Cover up, use sunscreen and wear a hat. • Leave the water immediately when requested by a lifeguard. • If you get in to trouble don’t panic. Raise your arm for help, float and wait for assistance. • If witnessing an in-water emergency dial triple zero (000) - Police

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*All dogs in NSW must be on a lead when in a public place unless in a designated off-leash area. Boundary restrictions apply at off-leash dog beaches, please check local signage prior to walking your dog. For more info visit tweed.nsw.gov.au/dogs Swimming is only advised at patrolled beaches. Lifeguards are on duty when red and yellow flags are displayed. For patrol times please visit beachsafe.org.au You can also download the app for iPhone or Android, simply search for Beachsafe. 9


ocean adventures With 37kms of Pacific coastline, offshore reefs and island outcrops, holidays on the Tweed revolve around the beach and ocean. Dip your toes in the water or experience a full-on ocean adventure.

LOCAL LEGEND Tim Jack Adams, aka the Watersports Guru, lives, breathes and truly loves the water and the outdoors. He was born and raised on the Tweed & Gold Coast and after spending many years exploring the world’s oceans he returned to the Tweed and started an adventure ecotourism company. His relationship to the outdoors and connecting people within it is inspiring. Tim and his team at Watersports Guru specialise in water & land adventures, education and most importantly having fun.

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Tim is also a passionate advocate for marine conservation and proud founder of MACS CARES (Marine Action Conservation Society), a not-for-profit agency improving coastal eco-systems through Conservation, Activism, Research, Education and Sustainability (CARES). Tim’s vision is simple: to re-connect people to themselves, others and nature through fun and educational experiences.


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Learn to surf with the funnest crew on the Tweed Coast Snorkelling & Scuba Diving Cook Island is a small volcanic outcrop 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. Snorkelling and diving trips operate from the Tweed River and Kingscliff. For more info see page 17.

We cater to all areas of surf advancement Including: Beginner one off lessons for kids and adults Intermediate and advanced lessons Video analysis technical reviews Surf Guiding Board hire

Daytrips and overnight stays are also available to Lady Elliot Island, located at the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef. Tours depart Gold Coast Airport, just 5mins from the Tweed.

Whale Watching The Tweed is one of the best places to see the annual whale migration. The Tweed’s proximity to Australia’s most easterly point means whales visit very close to shore. From June to November an estimated 14 000 humpback whales pass close to the coastline while migrating from the Antarctic to warmer subtropical waters to breed. Join a whale watching cruise to get up close and personal, or spot a whale from one of the 4 headlands or many beaches along the Tweed Coast.

Phone 0406 318 162 | Email josh@in2surf.com.au

Deep Sea Fishing 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.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding Try the latest craze of stand up paddle boarding (SUP). Lessons are available for beginner, intermediate and advanced paddlers. Start out in still waterways before you venture into the surf. For a truly unique experience, the team from Mt Warning Tours now offer SUP yoga classes!

Surfing The Tweed Coast is studded with great surfing beaches and point breaks for surfers of all levels. Learn to surf schools operate at safe, patrolled beaches. More advanced surfers can carve up the waves with home-grown World Surfing Champions at legendary point breaks like D’Bah and Snapper.

Kite Surfing Discover one of the most exhilarating and fastest growing water sports in Australia. Sign up for a 1-2hr lesson and experience the combination of the enormous power of wind and ocean. The result is some of the best fun anyone can have.

Book your adventure today! Contact the Tweed Heads Visitor Information Centre 1800 674 414.

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explore the waterways

The Tweed and Rous Rivers meander around the base of the Wollumbin Mt Warning where they meet 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 level of adventure. River Cruises

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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 crabcatching cruise. Or, relax on a rainforest river cruise to the historic riverport of Tumbulgum with its art and craft shops, cafes and a fabulous country style pub looking out to Wollumbin Mt Warning. Set sail from Tweed Heads with Catch-a-Crab (Birds Bay Drive) or Tweed Endeavour Cruises (Tweed Marina, River Terrace).

Experience the Tweed waterways from the unique perspective of a kayak. Hire watercraft from one of the creeks and experience a self-guided tour. Head out on the open water with the team from Mount Warning Tours on an ocean kayak adventure. Or explore Cudgen Creek on a guided tour from Kingscliff to Cabarita with the guys at Watersports Guru.

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. Hire a houseboat in Tweed Heads from Berger Houseboats and take a leisurely few days to motor up river via the beaches of the Tweed Estuary past Stotts Island rainforest and lush canefields. Tweed River Boat Hire have dinghies, cruisers and BBQ boats available.

Beach, River & Dam Fishing There’s plenty of angling action to be had along the 37km of Tweed coastline, cast from the open beaches, headlands or around the river and creek mouths. Northern Rivers Sport Fishing offer guided bass kayak fishing charters on the Tweed River and Clarrie Hall Dam. Your fishing guide will accompany you throughout the day, sharing local secrets on catching Australian bass as you navigate your own kayak decked out with the latest in fish finding technology.

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outdoor activities Revitalise and refresh with some blue sky time in the Tweed Golf

Bird Watching

The Tweed’s subtropical climate gives you the opportunity to play in comfortable conditions all year round. Tee off from any one of the 7 courses located through the Tweed and enjoy picturesque views of the natural landscape. • Coolangatta & Tweed Heads Golf Club • Club Banora Golf Club • Chinderah Golf Course • Pottsville Golf Course • Murwillumbah Golf Club • Rachel Hetherington Golf Range • Foxy’s Golf Club

The Tweed offers some of the best bird watching on the East Coast of Australia. Go it alone or join the members of Birdlife Northern Rivers on one of their monthly outings. For bird brochures and info visit tweedbirdobservers.wordpress.com

Parkrun Enjoy a healthy holiday and join the locals for 5km Parkrun every Saturday morning. Kingscliff Parkrun starts at Salt Village 8am (NSW time) and Kirra Parkrun starts at 7am (QLD time). Parkrun is free to join. You are timed, but encouraged to have fun and run at your own pace. Both courses are on flat pathways just metres from the beach.

Bowling Kick off your shoes and have some fun in the sun for a round of barefoot bowls. Get some friends together for a game of tenpin or enjoy a leisurely game of lawn bowls. There are a number of bowling facilities throughout the Tweed: • Tweed Heads Bowls Club • South Tweed Sports Club • Club Banora Sports Complex • Twin Towns Services Bowls Club • Tweed Tenpin • Kingscliff Beach Bowls Club • Cudgen Leagues Club • Condong Bowling Club • Cabarita Beach Sport Club • Pottsville Beach Sport Club • Burringbar Sports Club

Skating Don’t leave your board at home when you holiday to the Tweed. There are skate parks located at Murwillumbah, Cabarita Beach and South Tweed. There’s also an indoor skate rink located at Tweed Heads for those who like to roll.

Cycling The Tweed offers a choice of flat cycle paths along the coast, undulating hills through the valley or steep challenging climbs. There are a number of cycle paths that link the Tweed Coast. If you’re up for a challenge you can cycle 37km along the beachside from Pottsville to the NSW/QLD border. Bike hire is available from: • Coast Cyclery, Tweed Heads • Watersports Guru, Kingscliff • Kingscliff Cycle Centre • Cabarita Beach Cycles

Public Pools The Tweed Shire Council operate three Tweed Regional Aquatic Centres. The main facility is at Murwillumbah which has both indoor and outdoor pools, a teaching pool, hydrotherapy pool, kids interactive play pools, diving boards and giant hill water slide. The smaller facilities are situated at Kingscliff, which has an outdoor heated pool and teaching pool, and Tweed Heads South, which has an indoor heated pool and teaching pool. Centres are open all year round. You will also find Oasis Pools at Banora Point. Entry fees apply.

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nature Experience the beauty and diversity of the Tweed first hand as you walk among ancient Antarctic Beech trees in the Tweed Valley or explore the wild coastlines of the Tweed Coast. Take in the stunning panoramic views of the ancient eroded volcanic caldera from the top of Wollumbin Mt Warning or dive under the ocean and discover rich aquatic playgrounds. Australia’s Green Cauldron Nominated by Tourism Australia as one of the country’s 16 National Landscapes, the Tweed lies at the very heart of Australia’s Green Cauldron and celebrates a unique volcanic geography. Stretching from Byron Bay to the Gold Coast and west towards the Great Dividing Range, Australia’s Green Cauldron is one of the few places in Australia where mountain forests meet the ocean. The region is home to 12 National Parks and offers many amazing experiences for the avid traveller. Hike Wollumbin Mt Warning the remnant of an ancient volcano that is now a living Gondwanan rainforest; or drive the Rainforest Way around the bio-diverse region to discover sacred stories with Aboriginal guides. For more information visit australiasgreencauldron.com.au

World Heritage Listed National Parks The Tweed is home to five World Heritage listed national parks. Wollumbin Mt Warning, Nightcap National Park and the Border Ranges offer walking tracks and scenic lookouts. Limpinwood Nature Reserve and Numinbah Nature Reserve are also World Heritage listed but do not offer public access. These five parks form part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia and include 16

the most extensive areas of subtropical rainforest in the world. Few places on earth contain so many plants and animals which remain relatively unchanged from their ancestors in the fossil record.

Flora and Fauna The Tweed is one of the richest and most diverse regions for flora and fauna in Australia. It is home to an array of species that live in no other place on the planet! There are more species of fish, birds, amphibians and mammals in the Tweed than Kakadu. The region has many threatened fauna species and Australia’s highest concentration of threatened plants. When exploring national parks and driving country roads it is important to be aware of your footprint. Always ensure you take rubbish with you and dispose of it responsibly. Stick to designated walking tracks, take only memories and leave only footprints.


Cook Island The national parks aren’t the only place to encounter the amazing flora and fauna of the region. Some of the best experiences can be found below the waves. Cook Island is a small volcanic outcrop 600m offshore from Fingal Head and is a beautiful marine playground. It was declared an Aquatic Reserve in 1998 to protect the biodiversity of the islands reef system. It provides a permanent home for green and loggerhead turtles, as well as a stunning variety of tropical and sub-tropical species of fish, nudibranchs, rays, eels and octopus, clownfish, bullseyes, gropers, leatherjackets, parrotfish, puffer fish, surgeonfish, sweetlips and trevally. Migratory shark species such as the blind sharks, shovel nose sharks, leopard sharks (summer), grey nurse (winter) and wobbegongs visit throughout the year. There are 13 moorings around the island and almost all the island is suitable for snorkelling and diving. Cook Island is sectioned into three sides: north, south and east. Each side is unique in its topography and marine life. Snorkelling and diving trips operate from the Tweed River and Kingscliff with Cooly Dive and Watersports Guru. Book early as guided tours fill up during holiday periods.

Go Exploring Breathe the cleanest air you’ll ever experience and soak up the tranquillity of some of the best World Heritage listed national parks found anywhere in Australia. There are a myriad of walking tracks ranging from 200m to 32km. Explore World Heritage rainforests, Antarctic beech forests dating back 2000 years and spectacular lookouts. Most parks are easily accessible with a 2WD, however a number of access roads are narrow and unsealed. It is best to check details of your intended destination before setting out on your adventure. Top spots to explore include: • Wollumbin National Park • Border Ranges National Park • Nightcap National Park & Whian Whian State Conservation Area • Mebbin National Park • Cudgen Nature Reserve • Cook Island

DID YOU KNOW The Tweed Valley is home to the largest volcanic erosion caldera in the southern hemisphere! And, it is one of the largest calderas in the entire world. Read more on page 22. 17


national parks

Wollumbin National Park

Nightcap National Park & Whian Whian State Conservation Area

Description: The rainforests of the World Heritage listed Wollumbin National Park are part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia. In the centre, Wollumbin Mt Warning stands at an impressive height of 1157m and is the remnant central vent of the ancient Tweed volcano. Highlights: The Lyrebird track is a 300m walk that leads from Mount Warning Road, across Breakfast Creek to a lookout set in subtropical rainforest. For the more adventurous, there is the option of climbing to the summit; a steep 8.8km return trip with a challenging final rock scramble. Access: 15km south-west of Murwillumbah off Kyogle Road. Follow Kyogle Road until you see the turn off to Mount Warning Road. Limited parking is available at the base of Wollumbin Mt Warning.

Border Ranges National Park

Highlights: Camp in the forest at Rummery Park, take a short walk to Minyon Falls, visit Protestors Falls or set out on an adventurous hike. There are 8 walking tracks on offer ranging from 1.4km to 32km. Access: The parks are 30km south-east of Murwillumbah, you can reach them via five separate public roads from the south (all are unsealed).

Mebbin National Park

$ Description: This Park is located on the western rim of the ancient Tweed volcano and lies within the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia. Explore World Heritage rainforests, Antarctic beech forests dating back 2000 years and bushwalking tracks with incredible lookouts. Highlights: The spectacular Tweed Scenic Drive (unsealed) loops through the eastern half of the Park. The Pinnacle Lookout offers the most amazing views of Wollumbin Mt Warning. It is from here that you can see the vastness of the ancient caldera as it hugs Mount Warning and stretches towards the ocean. There are 10 walking tracks on offer ranging from 200m to 10.5km. Access: 38km west of Murwillumbah off Kyogle Road. Follow Kyogle Road west to Lillian Rock. Once you’ve reached Lillian Rock turn right onto Williams Road. From here the route is signposted. 18

Description: Located on the southern rim of the ancient Tweed Volcano, Nightcap was declared a National Park over 30 years ago and Whian Whian State Conservation Area was created in 2003. In this World Heritage listed area you will find waterfalls and creeks for swimming and fishing as well as hiking, cycling and horse riding trails.

$ Description: Mebbin lies at the base of the south-western rim of the ancient Tweed volcano and shares its boundary with the Border Ranges. This World Heritage Park is great for hiking, picnics, bike riding, horse riding and is a quiet camping spot. Highlights: Picnicking and camping are available at Cutters Camp. From Cutters Camp take a 900m (return) walk to Byrrill Creek. Explore sub-tropical rainforest and strands of ancient figs. Access: 35km south-west of Murwillumbah. Take Kyogle Road from Murwillumbah, turn right onto Byrrill Creek Road and follow Cutters Camp Road to the campground (narrow and unsealed).


Cudgen Nature Reserve

Safety First

Description: Cudgen Nature Reserve is a quiet spot located near the coastal village of Cabarita Beach. It is perfect for bird watching, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, swimming and picnics. The beach is only 1.5km from the lake and offers a safe swimming, surfing and fishing location. Highlights: Escape the crowds and head to the picnic area for some peace and tranquillity. The lake is very shallow in sections and is a fantastic spot for bird watching as well as water sports. Access: 22km from Tweed Heads. Drive south on the Pacific Highway. Take the Tweed Coast Road exit at Chinderah. Follow the signs to Cabarita Beach/Bogangar. Turn right at Tamarind Avenue and continue to Willow Avenue until you reach the Nature Reserve.

It’s great to escape city life and explore the spectacular national parks and reserves. However, these are natural environments so you need to take precautions when planning your adventure. Sometimes a bit of planning and foresight makes all the difference: nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/safety Some national parks charge a vehicle entry fee. Funds go towards supporting conservation programs and building and maintaining facilities. Access to parks is often via narrow and unsealed roads that at times can be unsuitable for 2WD. Please use caution when navigating to your destination. Access and park facilities may be inaccessible or out of order due to unforeseen circumstances. Before setting out it is important to check the very latest information: nationalparks.nsw.gov.au This information is intended as a guide only.

National park visitor guides and detailed maps are available from nationalparks.nsw.gov.au

$ Aboriginal Heritage

BBQ’s

Lookout

Picnic area

Toilets

Walking tracks

Wheel Chair access

Camping Caravan area site

Cycling

Historic Boat ramp Canoeing site

Fishing Swimming Vehicle entry fee

World Heritage area

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eats & treats

Tempt your tastebuds and taste the Tweed

The Tweed Valley was once covered by a massive shield volcano that stretched over 100km in diameter. Thanks to its volcanic history, farmland in the Tweed is rich with fertile soil. Combined with a temperate sub-tropical climate and plenty of rainfall, our local farmers are able to produce the most fresh, flavoursome produce all year round.

The Tweed region has attracted some of Australia’s finest chefs who effortlessly transform a wealth of locally grown produce into mouth-watering culinary delights. Experience this for yourself as you take a leisurely drive through the Tweed Valley and 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 growers and providores. Sample unique Tweed specialties like native fingerlimes plucked straight from the orchard at Chillingham, or haul in your own seafood banquet from the ocean and rivers. At Tropical Fruit World (Duranbah) and Buck’s Farm (Chillingham) you can take the food experience one step further by touring the orchards and tasting local fruits. A range of exotic fruits have adapted well to the Tweed’s volcanic soils such as Buddha’s hand fruit, Japanese yuzu, kaffir lime, dragon fruit, chocolate fruit and more. Tweed Heads is the home of fresh seafood where fishing trawlers head off-shore daily. Tweed River oysters are grown in beds around the Terranora Inlet and mud-crabs and spanner crabs thrive in the mangroves. Locally-caught seafood is available from outlets along Kennedy Drive, you can buy fresh

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LOCAL LEGENDS Nestled at the base of Wollumbin Mt Warning is a beautiful old Queenslander called Mavis’s Kitchen. It was originally the home of a restaurant that Peter Clarke and Charlie Ebell ran on the Gold Coast. When they decided on a tree change they bought the building with them… cut it into three pieces, put it on massive trucks and assembled it back together. Much of what you’ll eat for lunch or dinner comes from the organic kitchen garden and is picked not long before you arrive. Enjoy your meal on the wide breezy veranda and afterwards take a stroll through the maze of herbs, vegetables and citrus trees in the garden below.

prawns direct from the trawlers at Tweed Marina or go out and catch your own on a fishing charter. Tweed Coast is home to a wide range of fantastic places to wine and dine. Begin your day with a leisurely breakfast at one of the sunny al fresco cafes lining Kingscliff’s beachfront ‘eat street’. Enjoy a casual lunch at Cabarita Beach and a fancy feast for dinner at Salt Village or Casuarina. In the Tweed Valley you will find quaint cafes and beautiful restaurants in rainforest settings. The region is also home to a host of historic country pubs where you can chat with the locals over a cold beer or two. With their classic pub architecture and memorabilia, each hotel has its own story to tell. The Tweed also is renowned for its sports clubs and Surf Life Saving Clubs which offer great value dining. Chillout on a breezy balcony at a local club and dine with absolute ocean front views. The Tweed dishes up some truly awesome foodie events throughout the year, check out the local event calendar on page 31. Delight in the diverse tastes of the Tweed, there’s plenty to keep you satisfied. Eat, drink and be merry.

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Wollumbin Mt Warning and the Caldera

The Tweed Valley was once covered by a massive shield volcano which was almost twice the height that Wollumbin Mt Warning is today. This type of volcano is created on a huge scale since eruptions aren’t explosive, but rather molten lava rises to the surface over long periods of time and in many locations. The Tweed shield volcano once stood 2km high with lava having flowed for 3 million years across more than 7000 square kms. The Tweed volcano finished erupting 20 million years ago and since then the landscape has endured extensive erosion by wind, rain and rivers. Now remaining is the remnant central vent (or plug) Wollumbin Mt Warning. The mountain was once the main outlet for lava rising from a hotspot below the earth’s crust. Today it is surrounded by the Tweed Valley and a ring of mountain ranges that form a cauldron shaped landform known as the Tweed erosion caldera. Having a diameter of over 40 km, it is the largest in the southern hemisphere and one of the largest erosion calderas in the world. Wollumbin Mt Warning still stands at an impressive height of 1157m above sea level and can be seen from almost every location in the Tweed Shire. Due to its height and proximity to the east coast, for most of the year it is the first place on mainland Australia that the sun’s rays touch each morning. The Tweed caldera embraces World Heritage listed subtropical rainforests forming part of the Gondwana Rainforests 22

of Australia. At the base of Wollumbin Mt Warning you can take a short walk (300m return) along the Lyrebird Track experiencing the sounds and smells of the rainforest and exploring under the tree canopy. If you’re adventurous try climbing to the summit! More than 60 000 people make the climb each year. The walk takes you through stunning scenery and offers magnificent views of the caldera and beyond. The climb is a steep but rewarding 8.8km return trip with a challenging final rock scramble. Allow at least 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 midday because the area becomes dark and dangerous.

DID YOU KNOW? The word ‘caldera’ comes from the Latin word Caldaria meaning ‘cooking pot’ and now refers to a cauldron shaped landform with volcanic origins. Captain Cook sailed along Australia’s east coast in 1770, saw the mountain from the sea and named it Mount Warning to warn future mariners of the dangerous offshore reefs he encountered. Wollumbin is the Aboriginal name for the mountain with one meaning being “cloud-catcher” and is a sacred place of great spiritual significance to the people of the Bundjalung Nation.


Tweed history For more than 10 000 years Bundjalung Aboriginal people have lived in the Tweed area. The local climate and the abundance of food supported a comparatively settled lifestyle. The Tweed River is important to the Bundjalung people, providing a source of sustenance, as evident in the many middens found within the floodplain. In 1770 Captain James Cook, sailing the HMS Endeavour up the eastern coast of Australia, named Mt Warning to alert other sailors to the hazards of reefs off Cook Island. It wasn’t until 1823 that John Oxley discovered the mouth of a large river, which he named the Tweed. Cedar cutters established the first permanent settlement in the Tweed Valley at Terranora in 1843. Gradually the Valley opened up to farming. The first settlers tried many crops - corn, arrowroot and even opium - but finally settled on sugar as their staple crop in the late 1870s. The towns of the Valley grew slowly. Tweed Heads began to develop from 1870 and later the villages of Murwillumbah, Tumbulgum, Chinderah, Tyalgum and Uki became service centres. The primary sector gradually diversified into dairying, banana growing and fishing, assisted by the arrival of a rail link from Lismore to Murwillumbah in 1894.

Murwillumbah Incorporating the original 1915 Shire Council chambers, this branch of the Museum reopened in August 2014 following extensive redevelopment. Displays showcase the patterns of settlement, industry and agriculture that have shaped the Valley and provide insights into contemporary life. Open Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm and the 1st Saturday of each month 10am-4pm.

Uki The smallest branch of the Museum is located in Uki and is a local heritage resource centre focused on life in the remote upper reaches of the Valley and the village of Uki. Open Wednesday & Thursday 10am - 3.30pm and the 3rd Sunday of each month 10am-1pm.

TWEED REGIONAL MUSEUM

Today, the Tweed weaves a rich tapestry of history and culture. For quizzical visitors there are a number of historical and cultural experiences on offer that allow for further exploration of the history of the Tweed.

Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre

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The Centre offers a unique insight into Aboriginal culture and houses an extensive display of local indigenous artefacts, artworks and historical video footage of the Tweed’s original Free admission inhabitants. The surrounding Tweed Heads Historical Site has Magnificent panoramic a bush track which leads toviews an ancient midden and boardwalk The Margaret Olleymangroves. Art Centre over the riverbank Open 10am to 3pm, Monday to Thursday. Seven exhibition spaces, a workshop and an

education Tweedarea Regional Museum Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence Studio The Tweed’s colourful history is preserved by the Tweed Gallery Cafe with indoor outdoor Regional Museum. Spanning and the Shire from theseating coast to the mountains, Gallery Shopthe Tweed Regional Museum at Murwillumbah presents a unique journey into the history, people and places Research library of the majestic Tweed Valley. Branches of the Museum at Accessible facilities, including a lift and set-down Murwillumbah, Tweed Heads and Uki are also home to local area historical societies. Undercover parking Tweed Heads

10am - 5pm Historical buildings including the Tweed Heads Courthouse Wednesday Sunday dating from 1927, Boyd’sto Shed from 1907, and a ship’s (corner of Tweed Valley& Address: 2 Mistral Road deckhouse make up the Museum complex. Open Tuesday Way) Murwillumbah South Friday 11am-4pm and Sunday 1pm-4pm. Web: artgallery.tweed.nsw.gov.au Phone: (02) 6670 2790 Open:

• Free admission • Incorporates the heritage 1915 Shire Hall • Showcases the rich history and heritage of the Tweed • Located on the edge of historic Murwillumbah CBD • Gateway to a heritage walk down Murwillumbah’s main street, local shops and cafes • Accessible facilities and programs • Branches also at Tweed Heads and Uki. For details visit museum.tweed.nsw.gov.au 10am - 4pm Tuesday - Friday and the first Saturday of the month Address: 2 Queensland Road (corner of Bent Street) Murwillumbah Web: museum.tweed.nsw.gov.au Phone: (02) 6670 2272 Open:

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enrich your spirit

Crystal Castle

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)


weddings and conferences

Whether you’re planning a conference, business event, wedding, hens, bucks, birthday or the party-to-end-all-parties, the Tweed is the perfect destination. Access to the Tweed is easy and affordable - barely 5 minutes from Gold Coast Airport which is serviced by low cost flights from all major cities and regional centres, as well as key international hubs. The Tweed is your answer if you’re daydreaming about a special place to say “I Do” and a romantic honeymoon escape. It is well known for its natural beauty, World Heritage listed national parks and as a place to reinvigorate mind and body… it can do the same for your business too. Whatever the occasion the team at Destination Tweed can put you in touch with the right person, place or service via our extensive network of contacts. For conference organisers we can provide you with highresolution 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. For those planning a wedding or honeymoon we can recommend local wedding specialists to ease the stress of planning your day, as well as recommendations and bookings for accommodation, day tours, transport and more. Would you like more information? Contact the team at Destination Tweed and we’ll do our very best to help. You can also visit our website to download a copy of the Weddings, Conferences & Events brochure: destinationtweed.com.au/ weddings-conferences

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Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre The stunning Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre houses seven exhibition spaces, the Gallery Shop, an education workshop facility, the Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence Studio, a research library and Café. 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.

TWEED REGIONAL MUSEUM

Exhibitions change every 8-11 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.

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Free admission Magnificent panoramic views The Margaret Olley Art Centre Seven exhibition spaces, a workshop and an education area Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence Studio Gallery Cafe with indoor and outdoor seating Gallery Shop Research library Accessible facilities, including a lift and set-down area Undercover parking

10am - 5pm Wednesday to Sunday Address: 2 Mistral Road (corner of Tweed Valley Way) Murwillumbah South Web: artgallery.tweed.nsw.gov.au Phone: (02) 6670 2790 Open:

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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.

• Free admission In November 2011, theheritage Margaret Olley Art Trust offered • Incorporates the 1915 Shire Hall the Tweed Regional Gallery the opportunity to establish theof the • Showcases the rich history and heritage Margaret Olley Art Centre. Construction was completed in Tweed March 2014on andthe features a re-creation of Olley’s studio, • Located edge of historic Murwillumbah elements of her home and works of art from her collection. CBD Margaret Olley much of her childhood in the Northern • Gateway tospent a heritage walk down Murwillumbah’s Rivers street, area. Bornlocal in Lismore in 1923 and cafes growing up in the main shops and Murwillumbah area, it is fitting that this amazing • Accessible facilities and programsre-creation of the iconic artist’s home has been established closeFor to • Branches also at studio Tweed Heads and so Uki. her childhood home. details visit museum.tweed.nsw.gov.au Visitors will find a stimulating program with exhibitions of artwork from the Gallery’s growing collection, and displays of Open: 10am - 4pm regional, national and international art and craft.

Tuesday - Friday and the first Saturday of

Opening Hours: the month Wednesday-Sunday: 10am-5pm Road (corner of Bent Address: 2 Queensland Murwillumbah Street) Monday-Tuesday: Closed Web: Good Friday &museum.tweed.nsw.gov.au Christmas Day: Closed

Phone:

(02) 6670 2272


local art and culture Art Galleries The Northern Rivers proudly boasts more artists per capita than any other region in Australia. Art galleries are dotted throughout the region and showcase the work of local artists inspired by the landscape, wildlife, history, community and spirituality of our diverse region. Nationally and internationally renowned collections and competitions are often also on show. Ever changing collections ensure you can visit many times and know that each visit will offer a diverse new collection to see.

Museums The Tweed’s colourful history is preserved by 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.

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. Browse the stalls, talk to artists and pick up a lasting, individual memory of your visit.

the Tweed Regional Art Gallery, an intimate country picnic, art workshops, music and much more. The Treasures of the Tweed Mural is a public mural along the Murwillumbah flood levee wall that was painted to celebrate the Tweed Shire’s vast biodiversity. The flood wall itself stretches for almost 2km. The mural stretches 700m and is possibly one of the longest of its kind in Australia. From the bridge, walk south along Commercial Street to view the mural. You can also join celebrated local artists Andy Reimanis and David Adams for one of their monthly guided walks that takes in the Treasures of the Tweed Mural, along with the Caldera Art Gallery, Green Cauldron Panorama and Budd Park. Booking essential - 02 6672 1340. On the opposite side of the flood wall (river side) you can see the second longest, legal street-art wall in the world!

CALDERA ART GALLERY FINE ART of the TWEED VALLEY

Studies & Art Classes Unlock your creative talent and discover your inner artist. No matter your skill or age, art is for everyone. Artable at Kingscliff run classes and workshops all year round. Andy from Caldera Art offers regular weekend classes and private tuition. Take a sculpture class with accomplished Tweed sculptor Marie FranceRose or a painting class with well-known artist Barb Suttie. There are many other artists offering classes and tuition, you can find some of them at creativevillage.com.au

Art Events & Trails The Murwillumbah Art Trail (themurwillumbaharttrail.com) is a week-long event that showcases over 60 established and emerging artists of the Tweed Valley and surrounds. The town and shops become the gallery and visitors are invited to follow the exhibition trail which includes established galleries, artists’ studios, pop up galleries and public art. Tweed Fusion Weekend (tweedfusion.com.au) is a three-day event that combines a fusion of art, food, nature, music and encapsulates the beauty of the Tweed region. It incorporates a coastal creative trail at Cabarita Beach, an elegant art dinner at

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Murwillumbah Visitors Information Centre World Heritage Rainforest Centre

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markets Experience the atmosphere of a local market with delicious street food, freshly brewed coffee, live music, handmade garments, eclectic gifts, locally grown produce, plants, original artworks, hand crafted art, artisan furniture, homewares, jewellery and more. Download the Destination Tweed Market Guide for more information destinationtweed.com.au/events/ 1st Friday of the Month

2nd Sunday of the Month

4th Sunday of the Month

• Kingscliff Lantern Markets

• Chillingham Village Markets • Coolangatta Markets • The Channon • Tweed Heads PCYC • Lennox Head Markets

• Bangalow Markets • Murwillumbah Markets • Tweed Heads PCYC • Nimbin Markets

1st Saturday of the Month • Brunswick Heads Markets • Uki Farmers’ Markets • Bangalow Farmers’ Markets • Lismore Farmers’ Market 1st Sunday of the Month • Pottsville Beach Markets • Byron Bay Markets • Tweed Heads PCYC • Broadbeach Markets 2nd Saturday of the Month • Kingscliff Markets • Uki Farmers’ Markets • Bangalow Farmers’ Markets

5th Saturday of the Month 3rd Saturday of the Month • Mullumbimby Markets • Uki Farmers’ Markets • Bangalow Farmers’ Markets • Kyogle Bazaar 3rd Sunday of the Month • Piggabean Market (MarchNovember) • Pottsville Beach Markets • Uki Buttery Bazaar • Tweed Heads PCYC 4th Saturday of the Month • Kingscliff Markets • Uki Farmers’ Markets • Bangalow Farmers’ Markets

• Uki Farmers’ Markets • Bangalow Farmers’ Markets 5th Sunday of the Month • Tweed Heads PCYC • Nimbin Markets Every Wednesday • Murwillumbah Farmers’ Markets at Murwillumbah Showgrounds from 7am – 11am Every Friday • Currumbin Sanctuary Markets 4pm - 9pm Last Saturday of the Month • Tyalgum Village Markets Four Times Per Year Stokers Siding Village Markets March, June, Sept, Nov

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events 2016 January Cudgen Leagues Club Rodeo 26 | Australia Day Celebrations February 1-3 | N  SW Surf Series Tweed Coast Pro Cabarita Beach 6 | ARIA’s Long Table Dinner for Chinese New Year - Salt Village Quiksilver and Roxy Pro - Coolangatta

June

October

3-13 | Cooly Rocks On

1-3 | Murwillumbah Country Roots Festival

5 | World Environment Day 11-12 | Lions Greenback Tailor Fishing Competition - Cabarita Beach

15-16 | Tweed River Classic Boat Regatta

17-19 | Shakespeare Midwinter Pageant - Tyalgum

29 | Tyalgum Spring Fair

July 8-9 | Quota Craft Fair – Tweed Heads

22 | Tyalgum Dance Spectacular Oct | Nov Caldera Art 2016 Exhibition Murwillumbah Tweed River Festival - Tweed Shire Tweed Fusion Weekend - Tweed Shire

5 | Tweed Coast Enduro - Pottsville

8-17 | Taste of Kingscliff and Tweed Coast Food Festival

4-20 | Bleach* Festival - Gold Coast

NAIDOC Week Celebrations - Tweed Shire

12 | H  earts Aflame Productions’ Little Shop Concert - Tyalgum

Soulfire Chocolate Workshop - Tyalgum

November

August

1 | Melbourne Cup - Tweed River Jockey Club

March

20 | K  ingscliff Triathlon 24-28 | B  luesfest - Byron Bay NSW Seniors Week - Tweed Shire 25-28 | Easter Long Weekend 23-27 | Australian Longboard Surfing Open - Kingscliff

5-7 | Byron Bay Writers Festival 13-14 | Antiques & Collectables Fair Tweed Heads Tweed Valley Banana Festival V8 Superboat Racing - Round Mountain

Garden of Light Autumn Tours - Tyalgum

September

April

3 | Hearts Aflame Productions’ Little Shop Concert - Tyalgum

23 | Heart of the Caldera Wellness Festival – Tyalgum

Caba Creative Trail - Cabarita Beach Garden of Light Spring Tours - Tyalgum

4-5 | 116th Annual Murwillumbah Agricultural Show 16-20 | Tweed Foodie Fest 19 | Hearts Aflame Productions Cabaret Special - Tyalgum 27 | Kingscliff Triathlon 27 | Tweed River Swim Classic Mullum Music Festival – Mullumbimby

9 -11 | Tyalgum Music Festival

Tweed Tumbulgum Paddle Classic

25 | ANZAC Day Memorials - Tweed Shire

9-18 | Swell Sculpture Festival – Currumbin

December

May

V8 Superboat Racing - Round Mountain

4 | Carols By Candlelight – Tyalgum

26-31 | M  urwillumbah Art Trail

10 | Flutterbies Christmas DinnerTyalgum

27 | Foodie Friday - Murwillumbah

31 | NYE Celebrations - Tweed Shire

Battle on the Border Cycling Festival

Falls Festival - Byron Bay

Wellness Festival - Tyalgum Village

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themed driving trails Chiilingham

Eungella Tyalgum

Murwillumbah

Crystal Creek Murwillumbah

Condong

Uki

Byangum

Margaret Olley Art Centre

Stokers Siding

Wollumbin Mt Warning Circuit

Tweed Valley Art & History Trail

The Tweed Valley is home to one of the world’s largest eroded volcanic calderas. Explore this ancient region by car and discover the quaint towns and villages of the Tweed Valley. Start at the Visitor Information Centre in Murwillumbah to pick up a map. Stop for morning tea in the main street and explore the art deco architecture of the 1940s. Make your way out to Crystal Creek, Chillingham and Limpinwood where you can experience stunning views of the western rim of the caldera. Journey to Tyalgum for a lunch break then make your way through Eungella. From here you can head back to Murwillumbah or journey a little further to explore the charming village of Uki.

The scenic beauty of the Tweed Valley has inspired and attracted many artists. On this 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. Start your journey at Tumbulgum, the Tweed’s oldest village. Visit the Tumbulgum Gallery, the historic Tavern and at North Tumbulgum you’ll find an historic cemetery. Visit Red Rattlers Gallery at Dungay. Journey to Murwillumbah for the Caldera Art Gallery, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Tweed Regional Museum. Murwillumbah is also popular for its art deco buildings. Stokers Siding is home to Moo Moo Stitches and the old railway station. Finish your journey with a visit to The Old Butter Factory at Uki which is now an artistic hub.

Murwillumbah Border Ranges National Park

Mt Burrell

Terragon Kunghur

Clarrie Hall Dam

Uki

Border Ranges Circuit Border Ranges National Park is one of Northern NSW’s best kept secrets. An unsealed road takes you along the western rim of the ancient caldera. Here you will experience World Heritage rainforests, Antarctic beech forests dating back 2000 years and bushwalking tracks with spectacular lookouts. Start your journey at the Visitor Information Centre in Murwillumbah, travel to Uki before stopping for a picnic at Clarrie Hall Dam, or continue down the road for Crams Farm Reserve. Visit Mt Burrell and journey to Border Ranges National Park, where there are spectacular lookouts and 10 walking trails to explore. Either head back to Murwillumbah via Tweed Range Road or complete the loop through the Border Ranges and travel south to Kyogle. On your way home drop into the Guinea’s Farm Stall (just past the Mount Warning turn-off). 32

Tumbulgum

Tweed Coast Art & History Trail

Tweed Heads Fingal Head

Drive the Coastal Art Trail to take in beautiful beaches, rolling surf and lively coastal villages that Chinderah are the inspiration for some of our most iconic local Kingscliff artworks and photography. Start at the Tweed Heads Visitor Information Centre to pick up a map. Visit the Captain Cook Memorial at Point Danger and Café D’Bar Art Gallery. In Tweed Heads visit the Cabarita Beach Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Tweed Regional Museum. Travel south to Fingal Head and explore the unique rock formation of the Giant’s Causeway and the Sheoak Shack Gallery Café. Chinderah is home to the Curious Art Cooperative Gallery. Get hands-on in Kingscliff and take an art class at Artable. A little further south in the creative village of Cabarita Beach you’ll find Coastal Visions Gallery & Café. Complete your day with sunset views from the top of Norries Headland.


Tweed Heads

Murwillumbah Tyalgum Mavis’s Wollumbin Kitchen Mt Warning Rainforest Cafe

Terragon

Carool

Uki

Duranbah Tumbulgum

Kingscliff Salt Village Casuarina

Tweed Valley Eats & Treats Trail

Tweed Coast Eats & Treats Trail

Murwillumbah is home to a number of providores who use local produce in their cafes and restaurants. Stroll the main street to take your pick of cafes and restaurants. On your way to Mount Warning stock up on fresh produce at the Guinea Farm Stall and stop for lunch at Mavis’s Kitchen or the Rainforest Café. Visit the charming shops and cafes at Uki. Continue around the Caldera for a scenic rainforest drive via Byrrill Creek Road (partly unsealed) or head back towards Murwillumbah for the alternative turn off to Tylagum (sealed) where you can enjoy afternoon tea at Flutterbies Café. Experience a hands on farm tour at Chillingham Bush Tucker before heading to Tumbulgum Tavern to watch the sunset over the river.

Begin with breakfast in Kingscliff. See, taste and learn about fruit from around the world at Tropical Fruit World. Enjoy a scenic drive to Madura Tea Estates, Australia’s first subtropical tea plantation. Take a break by the river at the Tweed’s oldest village, Tumbulgum. The scenic drive to Carool climbs the lowest foothills in the McPherson Ranges. There are two options to get to Carool from Tumbulgum, take the scenic rainforest route via Hogans Road or travel along Terranora Road. At Carool visit Ilnam Estate Winery and Wirui Estate coffee plantation. Journey to Tweed Heads for a seafood feast and hop on board a crab catching or rainforest river cruise. Treat yourself to dinner at Salt Village or Casuarina, home to award winning restaurants and celebrated chefs. The Tweed is home to many small, family-run business and as such opening times vary. To avoid disappointment, it is recommended that you check individual operating hours prior to setting out on your journey. These trails are intended to be a guide only. Some roads are unsealed and whilst suitable for the average family car special care should be taken especially after rain. Please drive slowly and with caution on country roads.

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Until 1965 Cooloon was the official name for Tweed Heads on Government maps. Cooloon meant “blue fig”… today they’re known as the Twin Towns of Tweed Heads and Coolangatta sitting side-by-side on the QLD/NSW border, just 5mins drive from Gold Coast Airport.

In June each year, the entertainment heats up with Cooly Rocks On - a rock ‘n’ roll festival that takes over the streets of Tweed Heads and Coolangatta with live outdoor music, classic car parades, dancing, street markets and more.

At the southern end of Queensland’s Gold Coast, the Twin Towns offer all the attractions of Australia’s number 1 holiday destination with the added extras of more affordable accommodation, less crowded beaches and a more relaxed laid-back vibe. 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 families. This is also the birthplace of Australia’s surfing culture, with world-renowned breaks like the Snapper Superbank and Duranbah which host the annual Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Surfing 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 a host of social and sporting clubs offer live music every night of the week, gaming and a regular program of international stars on stage. At the pubs and nightclubs you can dance the night away. Stroll along the beachfront esplanades for a choice of cafes, restaurants and

For daytime activities head to the Tweed River where you can join a charter for some deep-sea fishing, try your hand at catching mud crabs and yabbies on a catch a crab cruise, hire a barbecue pontoon to explore the waterways or throw in a line from the river banks. At Tweed Heads and Tweed Heads South, you’ll find 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, kids play areas, watercraft hire, boat ramps and relaxing garden areas, with the popular art and craft markets held on the second Sunday of the month.

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Fingal and Chinderah Discover the Tweed’s own Giant’s Causeway and quintessential riverside fishing villages.

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This charming Tweed village was named after the mythical Celtic giant Fingal who reportedly built the famous Giant’s Causeway in Ireland.

Framing the wide lower reaches of the Tweed River with beautiful views wherever you turn, a holiday at Chinderah is all about peace, relaxation, fishing, picnics in the park and a quiet ale at the pub.

The connection is that Tweed’s Fingal Head has its own Giant’s Causeway - a crescent-shaped mass of hexagonal columns formed when the lava flows from the ancient Tweed Volcano rapidly cooled in the ocean currents. The unique rock formation sits just below Fingal Lighthouse on the headland, reaching towards Cook Island. The walking tracks around the headland are drawcard for this quiet but beautiful corner of the coast. 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. Enjoy a surf or swim at Fingal and kick back at the Sheoak Shack for lunch afterwards. In addition to the holiday park near the headland, there are beach houses and luxury boutique homes available for holiday rentals. Location: 12km south of Tweed Heads (14mins), 27km north-east of Murwillumbah (25mins).

With a boat ramp and some of the Tweed’s best fishing spots along the foreshore there’s no excuse for coming home empty-handed… but if you do, you can pick up a fresh catch at Tweed River Seafood. For history buffs, two historic cemeteries nearby contain the graves of pioneering families and the South Sea Islanders who helped establish the Tweed’s sugarcane industry. Stroll along the main street and explore the Curious Art Gallery located opposite the Tweed River. The cooperative gallery features original, fresh and affordable art. You can also visit Chinderah Bay Antiques and Museum of the Sea established in 1985 or 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 is the historic riverside hotel Chinderah Tavern. Relax on the riverside deck and watch the sunset over the water while the kids play in the secure, covered playground. Location: 21km south of Tweed Heads (19mins), 27km north-east of Murwillumbah (25mins).

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Kingscliff

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Heart of the Tweed Coast

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 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, lunchtime salads and exotic breakfasts 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 Kingscliff Beach Hotel, Cudgen Headland SLSC and the Kingscliff Beach Bowls Club offer plenty of options each week. The local Cinemax Cinema is an intimate movie theatre that features a regular program of mainstream and arthouse movies with food and beverages served during screenings. Hire a bike from Kingscliff Cycle Centre and explore the cycleway that runs north to Tweed Heads and south to Pottsville Beach through a string of coastal villages. Paddle a kayak or canoe along the Cudgen Creek wetlands past osprey nests and wading birds. If you’re up for the exercise you can paddle all the way to

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Cudgen Lake at Cabarita Beach. Try stand up paddle boarding in the calm creek waters or learn to surf the ocean waves. From Kingscliff you can arrange snorkelling and scuba trips to Cook Island which is home to a permanent population of green and loggerhead turtles (for more info see page 17). You can also book a whale watching tour during June-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 40mins drive away and the famous Gold Coast theme parks are an easy daytrip. Call in to the Kingscliff Visitor Information Centre on Marine Parade to chat to the friendly local volunteers. They can help you with maps of the region and recommendations for things to see and do during your visit. The full range of accommodation available in Kingscliff offers something to suit every holiday style and budget, from


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beachfront caravan and camping sites through to international luxury resorts and apartments. For assistance with booking your accommodation and planning your holiday, contact the Tweed Heads Visitor Information Centre 1800 674 414. Location: 13km south of Tweed Heads (16mins), 26km north-east of Murwillumbah (24mins).

The Kingscliff Visitor Information Centre, located in Marine Parade, is open 7 days from 9am-3pm. Drop in and talk to the local volunteers for holiday ideas and suggestions.

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Salt Village and Casuarina The Tweed Coast has seen a 15 year evolution, just south of Kingscliff, the townships of Salt Village and Casuarina are part of the new Tweed Coast developments that have emerged since the mid-2000s. Stretching over 6kms of beachfront, the residential boulevards are lined with contemporary homes that have redefined beach architecture. The community is overwhelmingly characterised by families wanting an active, healthy, outdoor lifestyle. On weekends you’ll find the locals catching up in Salt Central Park and at cafés in Salt Village and Casuarina, giving the whole area a friendly community vibe. Salt Village’s eclectic mix of bars and restaurants feature a number of highly awarded dining venues and leading chefs. You’ll find Steven Snow’s multiple-chef hatted seafood restaurant Fins as well as Seasons Restaurant at Peppers Resort which celebrated its 5th birthday in 2015. Both restaurants proudly serve fresh produce sourced from local farms. Sea Salt Ristorante Pizzeria serve the best regional pizza, Bellini Restaurant is owned by one of Sydney’s leading restaurateurs; and Mahsuri Thai consistently receives rave reviews. For more casual fare the Salt Bar is a favourite with families, Salt Village Fish and Chips offer fantastic takeaway, Saltbean Espresso is the local’s pick for

coffee and ice-cream from Piccolo Gelateria is an absolute winner on a hot summer day or a sweet treat after dinner. 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. The new Coles Casuarina Retail Centre is anticipated to open in 2016 and will be the final piece in the jigsaw at Casuarina Beach. Envisaged as the retail and commercial heart for the community, speciality stores and food outlets will be available for locals and visitors. Luxury resorts are the stand-outs at Salt Village and Casuarina. You’ll be spoiled with choice and service at Peppers Salt Resort & Spa, Peppers Balé, Mantra on Salt Beach Resort, Santai Retreat Casuarina and Casuarina Beach Resort. Holiday home letting is also a popular accommodation option for visitors to the Tweed Coast. Location: 18km south of Tweed Heads (19mins), 28km north-east of Murwillumbah (27mins).

LOCAL SECRET The Boat House at Salt Village provides an easy access point to Cudgen Creek, where you can enjoy kayaking, canoeing, SUP and fishing. It’s a private and tranquil setting overlooking the water. There is a large deck platform over the water and a generous undercover picnic area with 4 large tables and 2 electric barbeques. It’s the perfect spot to throw in a fishing line, enjoy a picnic and watch the sun set without the crowds. 41


Cabarita Beach In the village centre is a full-service supermarket and a selection of cafes, surf shops and retail stores. On the beachfront is a modern bistro & bar called Cabarita Beach Hotel and opposite the Hotel you’ll find the local Surf Club and the Pandanus Café.

Almost completely encircled by a nature reserve, lake and beautiful beaches, Cabarita Beach is a pocket of paradise on the Tweed Coast. The original name for this charming seaside village is Bogangar, which is an Aboriginal word meaning place of many pippies and refers to the ancient ceremonial shell middens in the area. Today, the village is more commonly referred to as ‘Caba’ by the locals. 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 Caba hosts numerous surfing carnivals, as well as the annual Greenback Tailor Fishing Competition which attracts hundreds of competitors. In recent years, beachfront apartments have upped the ante for holidaymakers who enjoy their creature comforts. The Beach Resort is beautifully appointed and offers amazing views of the ocean from 2 and 3 bedroom apartments as well as the penthouse suites. Halcyon House is a boutique hotel that opened in 2015 and offers guests Mediterranean luxury on the beachfront with 6 room types to choose from. 42

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 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 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, oyster catchers 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. The team from Mount Warning Tours offer stand up paddle boarding (SUP) experiences at Cabarita Lake. Join them for a full day adventure tour which incorporates a stop at Cabarita or check out their kayak and SUP packages. If you’re feeling energetic you can paddle a kayak from Cabarita Lake to Kingscliff (9km). The crew from Watersports Guru will kit you out with kayaks and transport you to the shores of Cabarita Lake. Explore the Lake and wind your way along the creek to Kingscliff. Location: 21km south of Tweed Heads (20mins), 21km east of Murwillumbah (24mins).


LOCAL LEGENDS Caba Creative is a community collective that work to build a creative, vibrant & inclusive community. Throughout the year they organise and assist with a variety of events, activities, workshops, exhibitions and presentations. One of their most popular events is the annual Caba Creative Trail that brings the community together for a weekend of art, music and spirit. One of the fun projects they launched last year was the Play Me, I’m Yours piano that has been placed in the shopping village for anyone to play. Connect with Caba Creative: facebook.com/CabaCreative

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Hastings Point 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 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. Find the team from Caldera Kayak Experience on the banks of the creek and hire a kayak or stand up paddle board. On low tide you can wander along the shore and explore the tidal rock pools. Grab some fish and chips from the local takeaway store and relax in the park by the creek. From the top of the headland at Hastings Point you can watch the whales during June-November, glimpse the lighthouse at Byron Bay and witness amazing views north along the Tweed Coast. In the park there is plenty of shade, electric barbeques and picnic tables, as well as playground equipment for the little ones.

Add to all of this the bike paths and walkways that stretch for kilometres in all directions, and you have all the ingredients for the ultimate family/beach/fishing/nature-based holiday. Hastings Point also boasts a deluxe five-star holiday park BIG4 North Star Holiday Resort which has won numerous tourism awards including Best Caravan and Tourism Park in Australia. Adults can escape to the Seascape Leisure Centre for a spa treatment, while the kids are entertained at Neptune’s Castle Kids Club. There is also an aquatic adventure lagoon, outdoor playground and a marine environment centre with an incredible array of fascinating exhibits. Ripples CafÊ, located poolside at the BIG4 North Star, is the perfect place to unwind after a big day. Choose from a great selection of wine and beer, fresh local seafood and an ever changing array of culinary delights. Ripples is open to the public and resort guests 7 days a weeks.

Location: 25km south of Tweed Heads (25mins), 25km east of Murwillumbah (29mins).

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Hastings Point is a delicate and beautiful aquatic eco system. There are a variety of habitats for you to explore - rocky shore, rock platform, mangrove, estuary, beach, sand dunes, wallum heathland and coastal relic forest ecosystems. All within easy walking distance.

An impressive Marine Environment Centre is located at the BIG4 North Star. It features a large range of marine specimens and educational presentations. The state-of-the-art teaching centre is open once a week for guests with additional opening times during school holidays.


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. 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.

and 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 cafes then have a swim at the creek or enjoy a stroll along the beach. In the centre of town you’ll find a local supermarket, hairdresser, bakery and retail stores. In recent years a number of new dining outlets have emerged. The Izakaya Japanese is great for a quick bite, Miss Amigos Mexican is a popular restaurant for families and Henna Coffee is the latest cafe to pop up. There are some great cafes offering fresh food, espresso and a relaxed atmosphere.

Location: 33km south of Tweed Heads (26mins), 27km south-east of Murwillumbah (27mins).

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 jewellery

MUST SEE Established in Australia’s Bicentennial Year (1988), Pottsville Environment Park (or Tweed Bicentennial Leisure Gardens) is 54 hectares of coastal vegetation set between the two arms of Cudgera Creek.

The Park contains fresh and saltwater mangrove wetlands, coastal eucalypt forests and remnants of heath and rainforest. Visitors can discover over 4km of walking tracks which also include wetland boardwalks and viewing

platforms by the creek. The walking trails are well developed and are suitable for keen bike riders! There is also a large grassed area, free electric barbecues, drinking water and picnic tables.

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Murwillumbah Creative and cultural hub of the Tweed Valley Murwillumbah is a vintage country town dotted with art deco shopfronts. Historic federation style buildings house a selection of cafes, restaurants, boutiques, homeware stores and gift shops, while a modern shopping centre incorporates a supermarket and national chain stores. It is in Murwillumbah that the Tweed art community really thrives. The best way to explore is on foot. Paved walkways stretch along the Tweed River or you can pick up a brochure for a self-guided heritage walk at the Visitor Information Centre. There are also a number of walks that take in the river, Lion’s Lookout, the showground and Bray Park. The information Centre is home to the Caldera Art Gallery - a showcase of talented local artists whose work is inspired by the ancient caldera. You can also view the Green Cauldron Panorama - a 20m highly detailed painting offering a 360 degree view from the summit of Wollumbin Mt Warning. The art trail continues along Tweed Valley Way to the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre where stunning views of the river and surrounding mountains vie with the outstanding permanent collection and touring exhibitions. For more information about the Gallery see page 26. The Murwillumbah Art Trail (themurwillumbaharttrail.com) is a week-long event that showcase over 60 established and emerging artists of the Tweed Valley and surrounds. The town and shops become the gallery and visitors are invited to follow the exhibition trail which includes established galleries, artists’ studios, pop up galleries and public art. The Escape Gallery is a Fine Art Gallery right in the heart of town (Brisbane Street) and showcases the wonderful creative diversity of artists around the region. A new studio by acclaimed artist David Benson opened in 2015 and is called 46

Studio 88. It is located in Main Street and is a creative space for artists to practise and promote their unique skills. History buffs will enjoy a visit to the Tweed Regional Museum. Incorporating the original 1915 Shire Council chambers, this branch of the Museum reopened in August 2014 following extensive redevelopment. Displays showcase the patterns of settlement, industry and agriculture that have shaped the Valley and provide insights into contemporary life. Open Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm and the 1st Saturday of each month 10am-4pm. Cool off on a hot day at the Tweed Regional Aquatic Centre. Located on Tumbulgum Road facilities include indoor and outdoor pools, a teaching pool, hydrotherapy pool, kids interactive play pools, diving boards and giant hill water slide. After a day of exploring you’ll probably be famished. Luckily the dining choices in Murwillumbah are varied and diverse ranging from quaint country cafés to vegetarian fare, Italian, Thai, Vietnamese and 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 hostels. Location: 30km south-west of Tweed Heads (28mins).

MUST DO Every Wednesday morning, local growers converge at the Showground to sell their fresh harvest at the Murwillumbah Farmers’ Markets from 7am-11pm. Pick up your fresh produce, enjoy a coffee and live music in a beautiful country setting surrounded by mountains.


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Andy has proudly called the NSW North Coast home for more than 30 years, establishing the Caldera Art group in 2007 and Caldera Art Gallery in 2011. The artwork in this gallery celebrates the beautiful natural environment of the Tweed region . For the past 7 years he has coordinated the annual Caldera Art Exhibitions and in 2010 was the recipient of the Tweed Shire Council Australia Day Award for Arts & Culture. In 2012 Andy undertook a project of epic proportions, to paint the Green Cauldron Panorama a 20m long highly detailed painting of a 360 degree view from the summit of Wollumbin Mt Warning. With the help of several local artists, the team created a masterpiece which can be viewed in the Murwillumbah Information Centre, upstairs from the Caldera Art Gallery. Some of his artworks, along with those of many other local artists, are for sale at the Caldera Art Gallery, or you can participate in one of his regular art classes. On the first Saturday of each month you can join Andy for a guided walk of the Panorama and other painted murals in Murwillumbah (calderaart. org.au).

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Tumbulgum The name Tumbulgum means meeting of the waters. The village is located at the junction of the Tweed and Rous Rivers. It was one of the first villages established in northern NSW around 1840. For many years, Tumbulgum was the Tweed Valley’s main hub of activity. The first public school in the Tweed Valley was established here along with a bank as well as a post and telegraph office. Shops and services sprung 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 house a range of art galleries, gift shops and cafes. There are riverside picnic facilities as well as a public wharf and boat ramp.

At the north-eastern entrance to Tumbulgum, on the corner of Tweed Valley Way and Riverside Drive, you can often find local producers selling their products. It’s a great place to pull-over and pick up fresh fruit, vegetables and cut flowers. A couple of kilometres out of town, on the north side of the river, a historic pioneer cemetery hidden in the rainforest makes for a fascinating ‘added extra’ on a daytrip to Tumbulgum. The cemetery was the first one to be built in the Tweed Valley around the 1880’s. Location: 10km north of Murwillumbah (10mins), 20km south of Tweed Heads (18mins).

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One of the most popular reminders of the past is the historic Tumbulgum Tavern. Established in 1887, it was the region’s first unlicensed pub otherwise known as a ‘grog shanty’. 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.

Scott and Kylie are the proud owners of the family run business, Tweed Endeavour Cruises. Scott was born & raised in the Tweed and Kylie is originally from Victoria. They bought the business 19 years ago and have introduced rainforest cruises and crab catching cruises to cater for growing demand.

Tumbulgum makes for a lovely stop on any daytrip through the Tweed Valley. Relax by the shady river bank and throw in a fishing line. If you’d like to explore a little further you can hire kayaks and stand up paddleboards from Michael and his team at Mount Warning Tours, or join in one of their guided tours. They also offer a beautiful sunset rainforest cruise.

Together they have 3 young daughters and are proud supporters of the local community. They are passionate about the waterways and get to highlight this with their cruises through rainforest, mangroves and sugar cane fields, all underneath the watchful eye of Wollumbin Mt Warning.

Take a journey along the river from Tweed Heads to Tumbulgum with Kylie & Scott from Tweed Endeavour Cruises. The River and Rainforest Cruise includes an informative commentary from the Captain on the history, flora and fauna of the Tweed Valley with fantastic views of Wollumbin Mt

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Warning along the way. There are two options available - a 2hr morning tea cruise or a 4.5hr lunch cruise.

For the past 15 years they have been big supporters of Teenage Adventure Camp Queensland. Every year they host 40 children with a variety of disabilities that live in remote communities throughout Queensland. Together with other local businesses they give the kids a week long holiday away from their parents, giving the kids a chance to experience the Tweed and Gold Coast.


Carool 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. To get to Carool from Murwillumbah there are two options for you to experience a beautiful country drive through subtropical rainforest via Urliup Road (2km unsealed) or Hogans Road. Both roads offer stunning views, but are windy and care should be taken. From Tweed Heads the scenic drive through Bilambil is recommended. 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.

Location: 15km south-west of Tweed Heads (20mins), 23km north-east of Murwillumbah (25mins)

   Taste.  Explore.  Discover.   JUST  25  MINUTES  from  Coolangatta  airport.   TASTE  local  coffee.  EXPLORE  a  working  coffee  farm.   DISCOVER  where  your  daily  brew  comes  from.  

Carool is also home to Wirui Estate coffee farm and it is open for you to visit. The estate has 4000 coffee trees and produces 2 tonnes of green coffee a year. Wirui Estate is home to award winning Zeta’s Coffee! Zeta’s Coffee is available from the Murwillumbah Visitor Information Centre and the weekly Murwillumbah Famers’ Markets. Tours of the coffee farm are available… visitors are welcomed with an espresso coffee before being taken on a tour of the coffee estate, complete with commanding views of the ocean and surrounding mountains. Tours are available every day except for Tuesdays and Wednesdays and bookings are essential. 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, Summergrove offers a choice of 5 villas with stunning coastal and hinterland views. It’s also a great location for weddings.

Join us for tours, tastings and workshops Bookings essential. www.wiruiestate.com ph: 0458 829 107

Wirui Estate  Coffee    

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Tyalgum

Heart of the Caldera 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 vintage furnishings & up-cycled homewares store. Many of these shops exist on what is known as ‘Vintage Corner’. 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 gathering of musicians became what is now a thriving and diverse three day music festival for which Tyalgum is renowned.

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The festival, held in September each year, includes a series of concerts and has attracted some of Australia’s - and the world’s - finest musicians. Throughout the year, the Hall also hosts seasonal music, dance and theatre events presented by Hearts Aflame Productions. For a small village, there is always something exciting happening in Tyalgum, check out the event calendar on page 31. 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, 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 microroaster 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 much-loved 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.


LOCAL MOMENT 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 - an exquisite little guesthouse in the heart of the main street: tyalgumvillagemarket.com

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 spa treatment at the newly established Anthropocosmic Apothecary, 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 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. Location: 22km west of Murwillumbah (22mins), 54km south-west of Tweed Heads (49mins).

of Tyalgum

Flutterbies Cottage CafĂŠ

Guest House - Day Spa - Retreat

Open Daily 8:30am - 5:00pm

Hidden in the Tweed Coast Hinterland, nestled in the beautiful foothills of Mount Warning is where you will find Tyalgum Village, home to Celestial Dew. A destination not to be missed.

(Tuesdays: 10:00am - 3:00pm)

23 - 25 Coolman St, Tyalgum NSW Ph: (02) 6679 3221

0474 512 528 51


Tweed Valley Villages Crystal Creek Crystal Creek is a small community on the northern rim of the caldera. Crystal Creek Miniatures is a popular stop for families with over 80 miniature animals, open for guided tours from Fridays-Mondays. Hillcrest Mountain View Retreat offers a peaceful getaway for couples. Hosts Craig and Paul serve guests amazing homemade breakfasts each morning that can be enjoyed with panoramic views of the Valley. 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 World Heritage listed rainforest. Location: 10km west of Murwillumbah (10mins), 40km south-west of Tweed Heads (35mins).

Chillingham 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 variety of local and exotic citrus fruits and he happily takes visitors on a tour of his Bush Tucker Garden. A true-blue Aussie character, Buck strides barefoot along the rows plucking fruits for you to touch, taste and smell. He supplies some of Australia’s leading restaurants and has even created his own line of natural cosmetic products from his harvest. Just over the road, you can buy hand-made 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. The old Chillingham Store is a popular stop for road trippers, weekend cyclists and locals alike; famed for serving good ‘ol Aussie tuckers and some of the best cake, slices and pies in the Tweed Valley. 52

The Chillingham Village Markets are on the second Sunday of every month. Location: 15m west of Murwillumbah (17mins), 46km south-west of Tweed Heads (41mins).

Uki The name (pronounced yook-eye) is believed to be 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. The shops in Uki are housed in historical buildings, many of which date back to the town’s early days as a thriving dairy and timber centre. The Norco butter factory now accommodates a range of galleries, art studios and shops. Giving the village its organic-alternative vibe are outlets like SteamPunk Herb Shop, the Uki Fair Trade Shoppe and the ogranic Uki Supermarket. The Lounge Lizard Café and Uki Café overlook the heart of the village and are equally great locations to enjoy delicious food and relaxed atmosphere. The Uki Buttery Bazaar Market is on the third Sunday of the month. Location: 13m west of Murwillumbah (14mins), 45km south-west of Tweed Heads (41mins).

Stokers Siding This tiny village 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.


Today the old pottery shop has been transformed into Moo Moo Stiches offering fabrics, haberdashery and craft supplies. Classes and workshops are regularly offered. The General Store & Post Office with a verandah tea room is situated in the old railway station. Many local events centre around the 100 year old historic community hall. The Stokers Village Market is held four times a year (March, June, Sept and Nov). Location: 12km south of Murwillumbah (13mins), 42km south-west of Tweed Heads (37mins).

Burringbar Burringbar is a quiet stop-off point with a general store and roadside fruit stalls. This area is also home to the awardwinning Tweed Valley Whey Farmhouse Cheeses, which you can buy in the general store or at farmers’ markets throughout the Tweed and Byron shires. The Burringbar Rainforest Nursery specialises in Australian native plants, in particular those species found in South East Queensland and Northern NSW. They have one of the largest range of native plants available in Australia. Location: 17km south-east of Murwillumbah (16mins), 44km south of Tweed Heads (35mins). q

Mooball 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. Location: 19km south-east of Murwillumbah (19mins), 42km south of Tweed Heads (35mins).

Crabbes Creek Crabbes Creek is a very quiet rural village where you can enjoy rambling gardens, birdlife, picnic and barbecue areas or a stroll down the road to the licensed General Store. The General Store, opened in 1890, invites you to remember a bygone era. The old Community Hall was the first Macedonian Church in Australia. A Chinese market garden existed and in the 1950s the area was farmed by many Italian families. Today the Community Hall is the social focus for locals. Location: 22km south-east of Murwillumbah (22mins), 47km south of Tweed Heads (33mins).

DID YOU KNOW? The popular UK series I’m a Celebrity, Get me Out of here is filmed in the Tweed Valley on an old banana plantation. Filming takes place just north of Murwillumbah in a small area called Dungay. The set is on private property and is not accessible to the public. 53


ACCOMMODATION

Pyramid Holiday Park PARK ACCOMMODATION • Ensuite Sites are our specialty • Deluxe Villas • Budget Cabins • Powered Sites • Camping Sites • Storage

PARK FACILITIES • Swimming Pool • Playground • TV & Games Room • Free Wi-Fi • Camp Kitchen • BBQ Area • Kiosk • Gas Refill and Ice • Public Phone • Laundry & Amenities

Phone 1800 617 323 street 145 Kennedy Drive Tweed Heads email holiday@pyramidpark.com.au web pyramidpark.com.au

Hillcrest Mountain View Retreat

Golden Chain Poinciana Motel

Relax, Unwind and Rejuvenate while enjoying the spectacular views to Mount Warning and the Springbrook Ranges from our luxury bedrooms or Self Contained Cottage Accommodation. Spa Baths, Salt Water Swimming Pool, Air Conditioning and Open Fires.

Nicest motel in town. Nicely decorated, fantastic beds, great wi-fi. Separate toilet , fully air conditioned very quiet and near Margaret Olley Gallery.

Enjoy a Gourmet Breakfast menu with ‘real’ Free Range Eggs. Hillcrest Restaurant open most nights.

Book now.

Phone 02 6679 1023 street 167 Upper Crystal Creek Road Upper Crystal Creek email info@hillcrestbb.com.au web hillcrestbb.com.au

Phone O2 6672 3666 street 453 Tweed Valley Way Murwillumbah email info@poinciana.com.au web poinciana.com.au

Celestial Dew of Tyalgum

City Lights Motel

A Divine Moment Away From Home. Relax, unwind, rejuvenate with family or friends, or even delight in a couple’s retreat. Enjoy our elegant facilities and immerse yourself in what Tyalgum has to offer. As part of your delightful package, your price will include use of the private Finnish sauna, tea/coffee facilities and free guest wifi in public areas.

Quiet and comfortable accommodation opposite the beautiful Tweed River. Only 5 minutes from local beaches and a 15 minute drive from the Gold Coast Airport. Whether for business or pleasure you will find City Lights Motel is well located and offers friendly service at a reasonable price. Free Wifi and Foxtel. Swimming Pool, BBQ area and coin in the slot guest laundry facilities are all part of the service.

Phone 0474 512 528 street 21 Coolman Street, Tyalgum email celestialdewoftyalgum@gmail.com web celestialdewoftyalgum.com

Phone 07 5524 3004 street 35 Minjungbal Dr Tweed Heads South email info@citylightsmotel.com.au web citylightsmotel.com.au

Call or drop in to take advantage of our free accommodation and tour booking service.

1800 674 414 54

Tweed Heads - Visitor Centre tweed@destinationtweed.com.au Cnr Wharf Street & Bay Street

Murwillumbah - Visitor Centre murwillumbah@destinationtweed.com.au Cnr Alma Street & Tweed Valley Way


Mavis’s Kitchen and Cabins

Scales Seafood is a multi-award winning seafood market that supplies the freshest seafood on the Tweed Coast, offering a range of 100% local prawns, fish, crabs, mussels, bugs, scallops and oysters.

Nestled at the base of Wollumbin-Mt Warning, Mavis’s Kitchen is renowned for its home-style menu featuring the very best organic, local and seasonal produce. The restaurant is open for lunch Wednesdays to Sundays, dinner Fridays and Saturdays and breakfast on weekends.

Have one of the professional staff fillet your choice of fish, or choose from the large display of fresh seafood. Have your fresh seafood wrapped to go or enjoy takeaway in the park by the river. Open 9am – 7.30pm (NSW time)

Phone 07 5536 6937 street 47 Kennedy Drive, Tweed Heads email scales@scalesseafood.com.au web scalesseafood.com.au

DINING

Scales Seafood

Extend your stay and nourish your soul with an escape to the blissful tranquillity of Mavis’s Cabins, perfect for couples, families or groups of up to 24.

Phone 02 6679 5664 street 64 Mount Warning Road, Uki email home@maviseskitchen.com.au web maviseskitchen.com.au

Flutterbies Cottage Café Warm, friendly service and wholesome meals reminiscent of grandma’s baking, you are sure to feel right at home at Flutterbies Cottage Cafe. Flutterbies is open seven days for breakfast and lunch, and is fully licensed so you can enjoy a glass of French Champagne or wine with your meal. Fresh homemade food, organic coffee roasted on the premises, and remember to ask for one of our world-renowned Flutterbie cakes!

Phone 02 6679 3221 street 23 Coolman Street, Tyalgum email info@flutterbies.com.au web flutterbies.com.au

Ripples Licensed Cafe

Ju Ju’s Café

Spacious, family-friendly and affordable, Ripples is the perfect venue for a quick snack, a leisurely coffee, lunch or dinner indoors or al fresco.

Ju Ju’s is a family run Mediterranean style café run by chef Jonathon and his partner Mel.

Ripples offers a great range of wines and beers, succulent steaks, fresh local seafood, an everchanging array of culinary delights on the Special’s Board, theme nights and its famous ‘all-you-caneat’ buffet Breakfast.

Phone 1800 645 790 street 1 Tweed Coast Road, Hastings Point email ripples@northstar.com.au web rippleslicensedcafe.com.au

Ju Ju’s food is prepared using fresh produce directly from the beautiful Tweed Valley suppliers & surrounds. Each week Jonathon and Mel visit the Murwillumbah Farmers’ Market to source locally grown produce. They also pick ingredients from their own back garden and local community garden and then design the weekly menu based on what is in season. Breakfast: Monday to Sunday Lunch: Monday to Saturday

Phone 02 6672 5483 street 2-13 Wharf Street Murwillumbah email jujus@hotmail.com

Sheoak Shack Gallery Cafe

New Leaf Café

On the bank of the Tweed River, under the shade of the Sheoak trees, the Sheoak Shack is the perfect place to relax. If you are looking for delicious food, coffee or romantic sunset cocktails, the Sheoak Shack is the place to be with a funky laidback daytime vibe or a party atmosphere with live music on Saturdays at 2pm and 7pm.

New Leaf Café offers alfresco courtyard dining in Main Street, Murwillumbah. Open MondaySaturday from 8am-3.30pm. Owner operated for 13 years, recommended by recent Lonely Planet Guides for its tasty, affordable, fresh vegetarian food (can do amazing Gluten Free/Vegan). Choices include…Middle Eastern falafel and mezze, Italian frittatas and lasagne, Indian thali and samosa, Greek spanakopita, Indonesian corn fritters, huge bowls of fresh salad, juices, smoothies and organic fair trade coffee.

Phone 07 5523 1130 street 64 Fingal Rd Fingal Head email andrea@sheoakshack.com web sheoakshack.com

Phone 02 6672 4073 street 47 Main Street, Murwillumbah 55


ACTIVITIES

Watersports Guru

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

We have taken thousands of guests on a wonderful journey to discover the fun and splendour of our oceans and waterways. Snorkeling with turtles at Cook Island, whale watching off Tweed Coast, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding on Cudgen Creek Kingscliff and learning to surf. Their experiences have been unforgettable. Connecting people to nature through fun is what we do best! We pride ourselves on that. “Discover the Fun”.

With over 1000 native animals, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is home to one of the world’s largest collections of Australian wildlife. See many of our iconic species on display in their natural habitat. Cuddle a koala, hand feed a kangaroo, have a photo holding a crocodile or simply relax and watch one of our 13 daily shows including our famous Aboriginal Dance show! Bring your family and enjoy great day out!!

Phone 0430 082 890 street The Red Tent, next to Kingscliff Bridge in Kingscliff NSW email tim@watersportsguru.com web watersportsguru.com

Phone 07 5534 1266 street 28 Tomewin St Currumbin, QLD email enquiries@cws.org.au web cws.org.au

In2surf Located in Kingscliff, In2surf is the best place to get you into the wonderful sport of surfing. Whether it’s your first time or you’re a regular surfer, In2surfs coaches have the knowledge and experience to make sure your lesson is exceptional. This spot truly is for everyone. Come give it a go, play in the clear warm water of the Tweed Coast and let our coaches show you how great surfing really is.

Phone 0406 318 162 street Faulks Park, Kingscliff Coast Guard Tower email josh@in2surf.com.au web in2surf.com.au

Mount Warning Tours Mount Warning Tours is an accredited Four-Wheel Drive Tourist Service operator, and a licensed provider of cruise excursions and sightseeing tours. We offer an amazing assortment of outdoor adventures and tours in Australia’s Green Cauldron. We specialise in kayak and SUP tours on the Tweed River, mountain biking tours in the foothills of Mount Warning, and walking tours in the World Heritage listed Border Ranges.

Phone 02 6672 3229 street 11 Prospero Street Murwillumbah email adventures@mountwarningtours.com.au web mountwarningtours.com.au

Tropical Fruit World Explore this scenic plantation and you’ll discover nature’s bounty of more than 500 delicious and exotic tropical fruits that grow there. Enjoy a guided tractor tour where you’ll taste fruit fresh from the trees. Relax on a boat ride through natural forest. Sample and shop for unique local produce in the market. Located in the lush farming region just minutes south of the Tweed, this tour will delight and educate you.

Phone 02 6677 7222 street 29 Duranbah Road, Duranbah NSW email info@tropicalfruitworld.com.au web tropicalfruitworld.com.au 56


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Atlas Currency

A local business established 30 years, providing a friendly and professional service with a great range of budget priced rental vehicles. Travel through the Tweed and Gold Coast areas as well as extended travel between Brisbane and Byron Bay. Prices start from $29.90 per day when hiring 7+ days and include GST, insurance and all fees and charges. Free pick up from Gold Coast airport and local accommodation.

Atlas Currency holds an Australian Financial Services Licence (AFSL 342627) authorising us to provide; • All foreign currency notes. • Global Travel Cards (foreign currency debit cards) with no fee to acquire, load, re-load or un-load. They never expire and have no inactivity fees. • Atlas provides ‘Forward’ and ‘Spot Contracts’, inbound and outbound international transfers to assist with importers/exporters and businesses that need to send/receive international transfers.

Phone 07 5536 2806 / 1800 646 156 street Unit 10/63 Ourimbah Road, Tweed Heads email carterscarrental@yahoo.com.au web carterscarrental.com.au

Phone 1300 261 090 street 4/47 Byron St, Byron Bay and The Strand, Marine Pde, Coolangatta email info@atlascurrency.com.au web atlascurrency.com.au

Crown Currency Exchange

Byron Bay Daily & Return

At Crown Currency Exchange our customers always come first. Currency Exchange Best rates, no fees, $0 commission, and over 80 currencies bought and sold. Money Transfer Safe and secure transactions directly with HiFX, excellent rates 24/7. Cash Passport No fees on issue and no fees on in-store reload. Travel Insurance & TravelSIM Excellent rates on travel insurance and great value pre-paid TravelSIM.

Phone 07 5536 8217 street 90-100 Griffith Street, Coolangatta QLD email info@kingscurrency.com.au web crowncurrency.com.au

For more things to see and do in the Tweed, call or drop in to a Visitor Information Centre

VISITOR SERVICES

FROM

Carters Car Rental

• Offering a new daily service to Byron Bay. • $25 per person each way* • Pick up from your accommodation. • 9am commence to Byron Bay • 4.30pm pick up from Byron Bay for the return trip. • Pick-ups are available from Coolangatta, Kingscliff, Cabarita Beach, Hastings Point and Pottsville. Enjoy your journey with us. We are a reliable, fully insured and accredited service. Bookings must be at least 24 hours prior to travel day. All times are NSW daylight saving time and are set-times.

Phone 02 6674 3974 / 0411 367 580 street PO Box 1497, Kingscliff NSW email info@kclimos.com.au web kclimos.com.au *Conditions apply

1800 674 414 57


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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

Caravans

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Surfari Tents

For a simply perfect coastal holiday, book now. Freecall 1800 234 121 or visit us at: www.tchp.com.au

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