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On a stinking hot day, what could be more superb than floating on your back under a blue sky down a tidal creek in crystal clear water? This creek is actually an estuary called Mooball Creek in the village of Pottsville on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales. Three years ago we spent three perfect, but sweltering days camped here on the creek poking around in Pottsville.
Pottsville is one of a string of pretty coastal villages along the Tweed Coast, 32 kilometres south of Tweed Heads in Northern New South Wales. The town is the largest of all the towns along the Tweed Coast strip and is self-sufficient with a supermarket, bakery, shops, tavern, cafes and restaurants.
There is a large Sports Club that serves as the hub of community life and a picturesque nine-hole golf club is just a short drive away on the outskirts of town. Plus it has schools and a medical centre. There are wonderful markets held here on the first and third Sunday of each month from 7:30am that are brimming with local grown and made produce, crafts, entertainment and much more.
You can kayak or canoe upstream on the tranquil Mooball Creek for around 6 kms, where eventually emerging from the tree cover you are greeted with a stunning view of Wollumbin or Mt Warning.
The town boasts two caravan parks, Pottsville South and Pottsville North Caravan Parks. We stayed at Pottsville South Caravan Park located on the banks of the Mooball Creek and only a short walking distance to the beach.
If camping is not your thing then there are plenty of Pottsville accommodation options including holiday homes, apartments and motel. BOOK YOUR POTTSVILLE ACCOMMODATION HERE.
One of Pottsville’s hidden treasures is the Pottsville Environment Park, 54 hectares of coastal vegetation set between the two arms of Cudgera Creek, off Centennial Drive just west of town.
The Park contains fresh and saltwater mangrove wetlands, coastal eucalypt forests and remnants of heath and rainforest. There are 4 kilometres of walking tracks that also include wetland boardwalks and viewing platforms by the creek. These tracks are also perfect for cycling.
A cycling or walking track runs from Pottsville northwards adjacent to Tweed Coast Road all the way to Kingscliff, via the Casuarina Beach new beachside development.
We cycled the path for a distance of 7 kilometres to the village of Cabarita enjoying the views at Hastings Point and Cabarita Headland along the way.
Pottsville Beach stretches for kilometres on either side of the Mooball Creek estuary and is popular for beach fishing, surfing and beach walking.
If you head south along the beach you will spy the reefs and rocks of Black Rocks in the distance, that produce a popular surfing and fishing spot.
The beaches of Pottsville are patrolled at two different places, making it safe to swim.
Out of all of the Tweed Coast Villages, Pottsville is exemplary. I should know because I now live here and I have stayed at all of them at one time or another. It is a perfect place for families with the calm water, sandy beach Mooball Creek; an awesome spot for kayakers, fishermen and surfers; and a nature-lover’s paradise.
Have you discovered the Tweed Coast? Where is your favourite coastal holiday spot?
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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