The Tweed Coast Area
The pristine and picturesque pocket nestled in far Northern NSW that captures Casuarina, Cabarita Beach and Kingscliff encapsulates the quintessential coastal vibe with surf culture and laid-back lifestyle. Framed by the Tweed River to the north, world-class surf-breaks along the coastline, connected by the stunning Cudgen Creek, and surrounded by lush UNESCO World Heritage rainforest, visitors will not be short of relaxation and exploration experiences during their stay.
The area combines natural beauty, stunning beaches and quality dining, making these seaside villages the perfect holiday destinations located just 15 minutes from Gold Coast Airport, 40 minutes to Byron Bay.
Just a short drive south of Tweed Heads and Gold Coast Airport, the Kingscliff township stretches along the coastline with unspoilt beaches, cosy cafes and a community feel. Home to the Australian Longboard Surfing Open, Kingscliff is a haven of consistent waves and rolling golden sand. A stones-throw from the surf beach action, soak in the sun and enjoy the calmer waters of beautiful Cudgen Creek – perfect for little ones and adults alike.
An oceanway for pedestrians and cyclists promises scenic views, connecting to neighbouring coastal towns to the north and the south.
Marine Parade is home to Kingscliff’s dining and business precinct, a small but mighty mecca of cafes, restaurants and speciality stores including fashion and homewares. Catch a band at the historic and recently renovated Kingscliff Beach Hotel or go seaside to the Kingscliff Surf Life Saving Club. Boutique beachfront Greek restaurant Taverna is the perfect spot for beachside dining with bespoke cocktails.
High on holiday atmosphere and big on community feel, Kingscliff hosts a twice-monthly Saturday morning market along the beachfront, offering local produce, artwork, craft, gifts and gourmet food. The first Friday of every month a night market is held next to the Cudgen Headland Surf Club in Kingscliff, with entertainment for the kids includes a petting zoo and face painting plus local live music along the foreshore.
For a deeper connection to local Kingscliff produce, visit Tropical Fruit World or Farm and Co Kingscliff and treat both your eyes and your tastebuds, with the freshest local food and farm tours to learn about what is grown. With a focus on organic, locally grown food and sustainability, both the Tropical Fruit World plantation and Farm and Co are family-owned and operated and committed to whole food philosophies.
Just south of the Cudgen River at Kingscliff is Casuarina, the Tweed Coast’s newest suburb, with stunning, spacious streetscapes lined with architecturally designed homes. This small beachside town comprises unspoilt stretches of white sand beach and a growing community who share that laid-back beachside vibe. Casuarina is continuing to expand, with development still underway to increase the retail offerings within the community.
Tranquil blue waters and windswept sand seems to go for miles at Casuarina Beach – the perfect spot for a beach stroll, a swim or a surf. An oceanway path runs adjacent to the beach for cyclists and pedestrians and showcases not only stunning ocean views, framed by bushland, but also large beachfront homes.
Casuarina is home to Salt Village, the oceanfront tourist destination that offers greenspace, 1.2km stretch of coastline that is Salt Beach, kids playgrounds, bike paths, shopping, dining, weddings and events and more. The Salt Village retail precinct features a bar and bistro with huge indoor kids playground, fashion shops, as well as a range of cafes and dining options.
Salt Village Casuarina sits between Peppers Salt Resort and Spa and Mantra on Salt Beach, which feature one of Australia’s largest day spas with 16 treatment rooms, promising the ultimate in health and wellness and relaxation.
For some delectable European-inspired meals from breakfast through to dinner, and with an honourable commitment to sustainability, visit Osteria – Casuarina’s community hub, featuring spacious restaurant as well as a dedicated space for weddings and events. For an exotic flavour experience with share-style dining, Spice Den Casuarina delights with an Asian-inspired menu and magazine-worthy cocktails.
Just south of Casuarina is the picture-perfect pocket of coastline that is Cabarita Beach. Nestled below the iconic headland and with nature reserve to the north and west, Cabarita is a unique coastal village with world-famous surf break, protected wetlands and limited development. Cabarita Beach is also known as Bogangar. This well established seaside village had a population of just over 3,000 in the 2016 Census, a small town with a big heart and a local, community feel.
The perfect holiday destination, Cabarita is small but stunning with good all-round swimming and surfing conditions thanks to shelter from the headland for beaches to the north and south. Drink in the breathtaking panoramic views from the rugged Cabarita Beach Headland and stroll beneath the pandanus trees along the headland to Norries Head Lookout. A new skatepark and headland BBQ and picnic areas, as well as cycle and walking paths are just some of the community offerings in Cabarita.
Cabarita Village boasts a beachside hotel just steps from the main beach of Cabarita, as well as a collection of cafes, restaurants and shops, including a Woolworths supermarket and bottle shop. The home of luxury boutique hotel and spa, Halcyon House, Cabarita also features award-winning restaurant Paper Daisy, as well as luxurious spa sanctuary within the hotel.