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On the weekends sometimes we like to throw our bikes on the back of our car and drive somewhere where we can go for a bike ride. On the Gold Coast we are lucky to have plenty of places to do so. A good one to do is cycling from Salt to Cabarita just over the Qld/NSW border.
If you enjoy a coastal ride on a nice smooth pathway then I highly recommend a cycle from the very picturesque Salt Village along Casuarina to another gorgeous little beachside village – Cabarita Beach. At around 20 kms return trip it is an easy cycle with barely an ant hill to scale on a wide pathway that is shared with walkers and joggers.
Salt Village is located 19 kms south of the Qld/NSW border, with the coastal village of Kingscliff being nearby. Salt Village and Casuarina are recently developed beachside living residential communities that comprise of contemporary homes that have redefined beach architecture. These beach homes alone are a visual experience that are appealing to the eye and all maintain a coastal beachfront theme with the environment uppermost in mind.
We commenced our ride at the Salt Surf Life Saving Club near Salt Village shopping centre and Salt Beachbar. The wide white sandy beach here is patrolled by lifeguards and is a great place for a swim or surf.
Heading south the path starts off with a smooth concrete surface and traces the coastline along between grand beach homes, landscaped natural parkland and the coastal vegetation on the sand dunes of the beach.
There are beach access paths, quirky beach showers, some sculptures, bench seats, timber bridges across little creeks, timber boardwalks and thick overhanging trees in patches which makes for a nicely shaded ride.
At the end of the Casuarina development you take a right hand turn and ride about 200m to the pathway that runs adjacent to Tweed Coast Road. It is then only a few kilometres to the beachside holiday village of Cabarita Beach.
Cabarita Beach is a quiet, relaxed holiday village where the main activities are surfing (with a long right hand point break), swimming, beach and estuary fishing and canoeing.
Ride through the small shopping centre past the Cabarita Surf Club and up a hill to the headland that is a great place to take a break looking northwards towards Cabarita Beach.
After a little rest take the walk up the timber stairs to the Cabarita Headland where there is theatre style seating to take in the breathtaking views out to sea and to the south and north. On this particular day there were heaps of humpback whales performing aerobatics just off the headland.
On the walk up to the headland check out the Aboriginal Midden Site. A Midden is an occupation site where Aboriginal people left the remains of their meals, which in this case were large amounts of shellfish.
Returning to Salt Village you can either terminate your bike ride here or keep riding along the pathway south to Kingscliff, a distance of approximately 5 kms.
Kingscliff is a vibrant beach holiday destination which has retained its wonderful local identity. It offers the best of both worlds with creek and beach access and is extremely popular for all types of water activities, like fishing, kayaking, surfing and swimming. It also offers a wide selection of cafes and restaurants, the newly renovated Kingscliff Pub, boutique style shopping and two caravan parks.
The Tweed Coast strip is a favourite place of mine to escape on the weekends and riding a bicycle is a great way of seeing the coastal villages up close and personal.
Where do you like to go for a walk or cycle on the weekends?
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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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