About Twin Towns, NSW-QLD border

Tweed Heads, NSW, 2485 and Coolangatta, QLD, 4225


Hangin’ ten at Coolangatta Beach, photo © Big Volcano Tourism

The Twin Towns can best be summed up by the three Esses: Sun, Sand, and Surf.

Located at the mouth of the Tweed River,  Tweed Heads in New South Wales, and Coolangatta in Queensland, share a main street that straddles the state border.

Some of the best sun bathing, swimming and surfing beaches in Australia are found here, with free barbeque and picnic facilities provided at adjacent beachside parks, by Tweed Shire and Gold Coast City councils.

Over the last decade, the area has re-established itself as a family resort destination, with modern luxury apartment and resort developments featuring sweeping ocean views, sitting alongside quaint single and two story Queenslander style lodgings converted to affordable backpacker hostels.

While the sporting clubs with their gambling and entertainment facilities cater to those who love the nightlife, the beach and ocean are still the primary natural attractions, with water based activities of all sorts easily accessible from here.

Fishing charters will take you on day trips “outside” for ocean fishing, or if your sea legs aren’t quite up to it, check out the local bird watching walks, with a number of accessible walks around the Tweed River and estuary.

Cook Island which is located just off the Fingal Head coast, is a popular diving and snorkelling spot, while Jack Evans Boat Harbour offers a safer “calm water” option, where you may even see the occasional dolphin or turtle swimming with the shoals of fishes.

Local institution – “Big Trev Watersports” has Stand Up Paddle, kayak and sailing equipment hire, and will include a lesson to get you started.


Into the Blue at Cook Island, photo © Tony Tunstall, with permission

Guided day tours to the hinterland and world heritage rainforests, are available.  And 45 minute drive to the north, the obligatory day trip to the Gold Coasts’ famous theme parks will thrill the kids.

And when you’re too pooped to make like a masterchef in the kitchen, there are more than enough cafes, restaurants and eateries to choose from, from a stroll along Marine Parade and Griffith Street.

It can truly be said that Tweed Heads and Coolangatta stand between civilisation and the wilderness.

Here you can enjoy a Gold Coast stay, indulging in the beaches and the nightclubs, the rainforests and the retail therapy, all in the same day if you’ve got the energy!

Check out the Big Volcano Visitor Guide – Tweed Heads / Coolangatta for more information, accommodation options, local tours & attractions, and how to get there.


Tweed Heads and Coolangatta, photo © Matthew Lewis Photography, with permission

Tweed Heads and Jack Evans Boat Harbour

A different aerial view of Tweed Heads and Jack Evans Boat Harbour.
A great photo, @Regran_ed with permission from @matthewlewis_photography – Tweed river inlet on the boarder of NSW & QLD from above on high tide has spectacular colours….

via Instagram

Summer message from TSC.

An important message for summer.
Regran_ed from @tweedshirecouncil –
Remember👉 No flags No swim.
The Tweed Lifeguards want to remind you to only swim at a patrolled beach and always swim in between the flags.
For more information on lifeguard patrols and safe beaches to swim visit our website [link below 👇] tweedshirecouncil noflagsnoswimvia Instagram

See Tweed Shire Council Beaches

Kingscliff ranked among top 10 seachange towns in Australia

Kingscliff is officially on the map after being ranked number four in a list of top 10 seachange towns, ahead of Byron Bay located to the south, and Port Douglas in Far North Queensland.

Kingscliff_090816_640 Photo: © courtesy Tweed Shire Council

Another local Northern Rivers community, Lennox Head, located between Byron Bay and Ballina, came in at number seven.

‘Trading Places –the Best Australian Seachange Towns 2016’ features in Melbourne-based national online newspaper The New Daily.

The results were:
1. Noosa Heads, Queensland (43.25 points)
2. Terrigal, New South Wales (42.25)
3. Warrnambool, Victoria (41)
4. Kingscliff, New South Wales (40.5)
5. Byron Bay, New South Wales (40)
6. Port Douglas, Queensland (40)
7. Lennox Head, New South Wales (39)
8. Busselton, Western Australia (38.75)
9. Albany, Western Australia (38.5)
10. Geraldton, Western Australia (38.5)

Two expert consultants – a town planner and an urban geographer – weighed up the merits of large regional hubs or hidden coastal gems across Australia located close to a capital city.

(Big Volcano ed. note: We’re not quite sure how Port Douglas made it in that case, being more than 1700 klm from the state capital – Brisbane.  Maybe they were thinking of Cairns.)

Anyway, they whittled down the options using 11 criteria, including beach quality, house prices, infrastructure, climate and job prospects.

Mayor of Tweed, Councillor Katie Milne, was not surprised by Kingscliff’s appeal as a seachange destination.  “Kingscliff is much-loved by locals, who are passionate about preserving the natural environment as well as the laid-back and friendly nature of the town,” she said.

According to the article: “Residents describe the town as having the ‘best of both worlds’: a peaceful, picturesque community that’s just a 15-minute drive to Gold Coast Airport, and a 90-minute trip to Brisbane.”

“It boasts several stunning beaches cradled between headlands, and luscious rainforests on its doorstep.

“Foodies take note: the main street offers tantalising cafes and restaurants, and the Kingscliff markets brim with gourmet food and fresh local produce, as well as crafts, art and fashion.”

To view the article and watch a video on how the selections were made, go to

Courtesy Tweed Shire Council Newsroom

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See also: Big Volcano Visitor Map, Big Volcano towns : Kingscliff, Byron Bay, Ballina and Lennox Head.

Shorebird awareness right in time for school holidays

Residents of the Tweed flocking to the beach this holiday season will be reminded to take care around shorebirds, thanks to a program by Tweed Shire Council, NSW Local Land Services, Birdlife Northern Rivers and Tweed Landcare, and local Tweed schools.

Signs created by students of Fingal Head and Bogangar Public Schools are now out and about, warning keen beachgoers to stay a distance away and keep their dogs on leashes to protect the endangered birds.

Council’s Program Leader – Pest Management, Pam Gray, said it was especially important to give the birds space at this time of year.

Fingal_Head_PS_students094242_800 Fingal Head Public School students Urias Miller, Taj Krasna, Ruby-Lee Schofield, Tulasi Krasna, Molly Kirk and Jade Tatam-Lube show off their colourful signs to create awareness in the community about endangered shorebirds.

“Beaches and islands that were once isolated are now busy with boats, beach goers and their pets, which means the birds no longer have anywhere quiet to nest, feed or roost,” Ms Gray said.

“It’s important to keep this in mind while we enjoy the beautiful beaches of the Tweed these holidays.”

She said students enjoyed creating vibrant paintings with important messages that were turned into corflute signs and placed along beach entrances.

“Students learnt how to identify the birds that nest on their local beach and read any signage when entering the beach.

“The five species of beach-nesting birds on the Tweed Coast are the Australian Pied Oystercatcher, Sooty Oystercatcher, Beach Stone-Curlew, Little Tern and the Red Capped Plover, all of which are now in danger of extinction,” Ms Gray said.

“Students also learnt about their needs for survival and what we can do to help, for example, staying a fair distance away from the birds, staying close to the water’s edge when walking or jogging and away from soft sand where they nest and hatch and, importantly, to keep their dogs on leashes.

“It has been a wonderful program, and the students at each of the schools were great to spend time with.  They all worked really hard to make these signs.”

The shorebird breeding season extends from June until late March.

For more information on the Tweed’s beach nesting shorebirds, visit www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/BeachNestingBirds


Courtesy Tweed Shire Council Newsroom

Kingscliff beach access reopened

Replenished sand levels have allowed Council to reopen another beach access in central Kingscliff last week.

Big Volcano Visitor Guide : Kingscliff

Council staff restored and reopened the access south of the Cudgen Heads Surf Life Saving Club ramp last Thursday, after the beach escaped the possible effects of the previous week’s storms.

It was the third beach access re-established by Council in recent weeks, as increased sand levels have enabled safe access at sections along the Kingscliff coastline.

“There is now just one beach access left to open and Council officers are continuing to regularly monitor the area,” Council’s Director of Community and Natural Resources, Tracey Stinson, said.

“The particularly rocky nature of that site means there will need to be quite a lot more sand build-up before a safe access can be created.

“However, this access is just south of the recently reopened ramp, so any inconvenience to the public in the meantime will be minimal.”

In December last year, Council constructed and installed new beach access stairs in front of the surf club – in a $16,000 project funded by the surf club and Tweed Coast Holiday Parks – after severe beach erosion forced the closure of a number of access points along the Kingscliff foreshore
Ms Stinson said sand levels had been naturally replenishing since December. However, storms in the Tweed a fortnight ago, as a result of Cyclone Marcia, had potential to cause considerable damage.

“It was certainly fortunate the Tweed coastline escaped significant erosion from those storms and the further restoration of beach access is positive news for the Kingscliff community,” she said.

The Mayor of Tweed, Councillor Gary Bagnall, said: “For some time, local Kingscliff traders have suffered from a lack of patronage partly due to restricted beach access in Kingscliff.

“The recent sand build-up has been encouraging.

“I would like to invite Tweed residents to start using Kingscliff beach once again and supporting the shops that have been struggling.”

Courtesy of TCS Media Unit,  Friday 27 February, 2015