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Tweed Coast Drive

  • April 23, 2016
  • By 50 Shades
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Tweed Coast Drive

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.

Roadside Fruit & Vegie Stall, Wooyung

Roadside Fruit & Vegie Stall, Wooyung

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.

Cabarita Beach

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’.

Cabarita Main Street

Cabarita Main Street

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.

Cabarita Beach

Cabarita Beach

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 Surf Club

Cabarita Beach Surf Club

Cabarita Beach is renowned for its surfing and hosts many surfing events during the year and has fabulous walking and cycling tracks.

Cabarita Headland

Cabarita Headland

Hastings Point

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.

Hastings Point Beach

Hastings Point Beach

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.

Hastings Point Estuary

Hastings Point Estuary

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.

Fishing off the rocks Hastings Point

Fishing off the rocks Hastings Point

Pottsville

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.

Mooball Creek, Pottsville

Mooball Creek, Pottsville

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 Beach

Pottsville Beach

Pottsville is famous for excellent beach fishing from both beaches and estuary, and is an ideal place for canoeing.

Pottsville Caravan Park

Pottsville Caravan Park

Wooyung

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.

Wooyung Beach

Wooyung Beach

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.

 

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By 50 Shades, April 23, 2016 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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50 Shades

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.

20 Comments
  • Nancie
    December 5, 2014

    What a gorgeous area! Do tell…What is pippy? :)
    Thanks for linking up this week. #TPThursday

    • Kathy
      December 5, 2014

      The Tweed Coast is one of my favourite unspoilt coastal destinations. There are lots of little villages to stay at with lovely beaches and estuaries. A Pippy is an edible shellfish that resembles a clam. I’ve never eaten one but they are supposed to taste ok.

  • Life Images by Jill
    December 5, 2014

    we haven’t been to Queensland yet, but don’t worry it is on our list. Such a long way from WA, but worth the trip, as I can see from your post. I just can’t work out what is the best time of year to travel to Queensland. Happy travels Kathy.

    • Kathy
      December 5, 2014

      It is a long way from WA Jill – I can definitely vouch for that! But I think there are many beautiful places that you could capture with your excellent photographic skills. Either March/April or October/November are good times to visit Queensland when the humidity is lower but the temperatures are in the mid to high 20’s.

  • Johanna
    December 5, 2014

    This looks like a lovely place to have has your backyard. Ohh, so much discovering of Queensland yet to do.

    • Kathy
      December 5, 2014

      Queensland and Northern New South Wales are very special and different to the West. There is so much to discover and explore in our own backyards. :)

  • Michelle Weaver (@pinkypoinker)
    December 5, 2014

    When I first read “Place of many pippies” I thought it said, “Place of many hippies” and I thought to myself, well that makes sense with its proximity to Byron Bay. Then I read it properly. We’ll be down that way in a few weeks. Maybe we should take the puppies for a cruise. It looks dog friendly.

    • Kathy
      December 5, 2014

      Ha ha. Place of pippies not hippies – but very close!! You should do this drive Pinky – it is only 37 Kms across the border. You won’t be disappointed and neither will your furry friends! :)

  • eileen @ FamiliesGo!
    December 6, 2014

    The scenery in Australia and New Zealand always looks so wonderful. I just wish it were closer!

    • Kathy
      December 6, 2014

      The world is getting closer and closer all the time. I’m sure you would enjoy a trip down under. Put it on your bucket list! Thanks for dropping by Eileen. :)

  • Rae Hilhorst
    December 6, 2014

    Back in the day when we were kids, a Sunday treat was gathering sacks full of pippies, taking them home, cooking them in a pot and leaving covered in vinegar to share. Brings back many memories. I haven’t had any since, miss them x

    • Kathy
      December 6, 2014

      What a lovely family tradition Rae. I have never tasted pippies as I didn’t grow up near the seaside. My holidays were either on the Murray River in Victoria or at a place called Lake Victoria. We used to catch yabbies though out of dams and boil them up and eat them – Yummo!

  • malaysianmeanders
    December 7, 2014

    The Tweed Coast looks like such a lovely place to visit and enjoy the beach. I think I’d enjoy the stand-up paddle board and looking for whales at Hastings Point.

    • Kathy
      December 7, 2014

      The Tweed Coast does offer a lot of ‘beachy’ things to do and the beaches are less crowded than the ones on the Gold Coast further north. I lovely spot to get away from it all. :)

  • Red Nomad OZ
    December 7, 2014

    I remember staying at Kirra Beach one New Years Eve with the state border at the back of the park – because of the time difference between NSW and QLD, we got to celebrate twice! I’m still not sure whether I preferred the southern Gold Coast or the Tweed Coast! They’re BOTH awesome!

    • Kathy
      December 8, 2014

      What I like about the Tweed Coast is that it is part of the ‘Green Cauldron’ and is very hilly and lush with a sub tropical climate. It is also uncommercialised and unspoilt in most areas. The southern Gold Coast has become a little more developed and touristy but is still a great place to holiday. We often go down to Coolangatta on NYE and celebrate it twice – 2 lots of fireworks!

  • Johanna
    April 27, 2016

    Cabarita looks like my kind of place. The Green Cauldron being hilly and lush with a sub topical climate is absolutely up my alley so to speak. Thanks for another great introduction :)

    • Kathy
      April 27, 2016

      We have camped at Cabarita, which is only about a 20 minute drive from us here, many a time. It is a great little seaside town with something for everyone. :)

  • Life Images by Jill
    April 27, 2016

    I’m looking forward to visiting Queensland one day. Actually I will need a lot more than 1 day!

    • Kathy
      April 28, 2016

      Jill I think you would definitely need more than one day! How about a few months to travel from South to North Queensland? There is plenty to see. :)

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