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With more than 37 km of unspoilt coastline, quiet estuaries, charming villages and a subtropical climate, the Tweed Coast drive is a comfortable distance from the Gold Coast just across the New South Wales/Queensland border in Australia.
After you cross the Tweed River you take the Tweed Coast Road exit off the highway at Chinderah and head in a southerly direction towards Cudgen and Kingscliff. Once you drive past the new beachside development of Casuarina the road becomes noticeably narrower and the landscape transforms from lush farming land to coastal vegetation.
The first of a string of small coastal villages is Cabarita Beach, which was once known as Bogangar, an Aboriginal word meaning ‘place of many pippies’.
With large areas of protected wetlands, Cabarita Beach has only limited development, creating a quiet, relaxed holiday atmosphere where the main activities are surfing (with a long right hand point break), swimming, beach and estuary fishing and canoeing.
The shopping centre is small, but well-equipped. Lake Cudgen, around behind the Cabarita Ski Gardens site is a particularly good area for children and families enjoying boating as the water is quite shallow.
Cabarita Beach is renowned for its surfing and hosts many surfing events during the year and has fabulous walking and cycling tracks.
Hastings Point is the smallest coastal settlement of the Tweed Coast and is surrounded by national park. The hamlet is nestled between the ocean on its east and a beautiful but delicate estuary on its west.
With a safe creek feeding onto the beach, Hastings Point has provided a wonderful playground for local families for years. The Cudgera Creek estuary provides an ideal place to swim, snorkel, stand-up paddle board or to kayak and explore the estuaries. Fish from the beach or estuaries or explore the rock pools on the seaward of the headland at low tide.
Humpback whales can be seen from the Hastings Point Lookout during their annual migration. Accommodation ranges from a variety of beachfront units, holiday apartments, holiday homes, caravan parks, and beachfront camping during school holidays.
A quiet village situated on the banks of Mooball Creek with pristine beaches, a safe swimming creek, great fishing and ample walking tracks in the Environmental Gardens. Enjoy BBQ and picnic spots under shady trees by the river and stay at the caravan park on the creek or the motel.
Currently serviced by a small shopping centre with takeaway food, restaurants, beachside motel, supermarket and surf and fishing supplies. There are also tennis courts, sports club with lawn bowls, football club and a nearby golf course for sporting enthusiasts.
Pottsville is famous for excellent beach fishing from both beaches and estuary, and is an ideal place for canoeing.
The name Wooyung is a Bundjalung word meaning ‘slow’, which pretty much sums up the small village which is the last stop on the Tweed Coast Road. Initially established by timber getters, dairy farmers and sand miners and eventually there was a motel and caravan park constructed, which still remains today. It is a quiet beachside location popular with surfers and fisherman or just a secluded location for a beach break.
For the nature lovers the Wooyung Nature Reserve consists of 87 hectares of coastal land bisected by the Tweed Coast Road. The reserve contains littoral rainforest, lowland rainforest on floodplain, coastal wetland and coastal dune vegetation communities.
From Wooyung the road takes a sharp right hand turn snaking it’s way through farmlands of sugar cane and banana trees. It rejoins the highway and you can either travel further down the NSW coastline to Brunswick Heads or Byron Bay; or alternatively drive via Mooball, Buringbar Ranges to Murwillumbah and back to Tweed Heads.
On your next Gold Coast holiday make sure you put this picturesque coastal drive on your agenda. You will not be disappointed.
Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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