Welcome the New Year with fireworks at Tweed Heads

Jack Evans Boat Harbour at Tweed Heads is the place to be this New Year’s Eve, with Council hosting a fireworks display at the family-friendly time of 9pm (NSW time).

Twin Towns will also be presenting its countdown to midnight fireworks display at Jack Evans Boat Harbour at midnight (NSW time).


Jack Evans Boat Harbour, Tweed Heads, circa September 2014, photo © Big Volcano Tourism.

Meanwhile, Tweed Heads, Kingscliff and Murwillumbah are looking festive in the lead-up to Christmas, with new Christmas displays throughout the main business districts.

This follows the loss of the towns’ Christmas trees in the March 2017 flood, when the sheds where they were stored were flooded.

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year from Tweed Shire Council to all residents and visitors to the Tweed.

Council offices at Murwillumbah and Tweed Heads will be closed over the Christmas and New Year period from Monday 24 December 2018 to Tuesday 1 January 2019.

The offices will reopen again at 8.30am on Wednesday 2 January 2019.

For Council emergencies only during this time please call 1800 818 326.

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To view all media releases online, please visit the Tweed Shire Council Newsroom.


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

About Brunswick Heads, NSW, 2483


Brusnwick Bucaneers

Known as “Bruns” to the locals, Brunswick Heads is located at the mouth of the Brunswick River.  About 1800 people live here, with another 2000 or so people who live at Ocean Shores, New Brighton and Billinudgel, calling the area home.

Visitors are attracted by the fishing village flavour of the place, the riverside caravan parks and the superb beaches.

Weekend getaways here are now a popular alternative to Byron Bay for many people, with cafes, eateries and waterfront parks bustling with visitors enjoying a quieter pace and small town ambience.

Accommodation is primarily caravan parks and motels, with newer holiday apartment units now augmenting modest holiday flats.  Along with a thriving B&B presence in the hinterland, holiday houses are available at New Brighton and Ocean Shores, just to the north of town.

Based at the marina, Byron Bay Eco Cruises, offers morning and afternoon guided river cruises, or if you’re more adventurous, a SUP discovery tour of the Brunswick River, while Byron Bay Charters can take you open ocean fishing, or whale watching in season.



Byron Bay Charters

Land lubbers can relax with a quiet picnic, or a spot of fishing at the Brunswick Heads Nature Reserve just north of town, which has a small picnic area with tables and public toilets, accessible via a road winding through littoral rainforest, along the northern river bank.

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


About Ballina, NSW 2478


Richmond River, Ballina NSW

Located at the mouth of the Richmond River, Ballina relies on fishing, ship building, agriculture and tourism for its prosperity, with resort shopping infrastructure expanding to accommodate the increasing numbers of families visiting and moving to the area.

While many people assume Ballina is named after Ballina in County Mayo, Ireland, it is actually derived from an Aboriginal word – “Bullenah”, meaning “place of many oysters”, so it isn’t any surprise that oyster leases and commercial fisheries within the estuary of the Richmond River are highly productive.

Sport fishing in the area is also excellent and the region’s magnificent beaches are renowned for great surfing.

Numerous sporting amenities and indoor attractions include the interesting Ballina Navel & Maritime Museum, while nearby, Thursday Plantation and Macadamia Castle at Knockrow aka “Maca Castle”, make for enjoyable family outings.

With the Richmond River and extensive estuary, Ballina is a magnet for families, anglers, birdwatchers and nature lovers.

A wide variety of accommodation including apartments, resorts, caravan parks, motels, motor inns, B&Bs, and extensive walking and bicycling paths around the town, make it a great family holiday destination.


Cyclists on the Ballina Loop shared path

The 11.5 km Ballina loop shared walking path/cycleway, offers great views over the river, ocean and creek.

It also has benches, and interpretive signage installed at various points where you can read a little about the natural environment,  or take a break to enjoy the surroundings.

Check out the Big Volcano Visitor Guide – Ballina for more information, accommodation options, local tours & attractions, current weather and getting there.

Long weekend getaways

Looking for a place to getaway this long weekend?

MntnVwCbn09SL-poolL40Photo credit: Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat

Check out Big Volcano Couples Only Accommodation in the Tweed – Northern Rivers and Gold Coast hinterland area.

Whether you’re looking for an affordable place to share with your loved one, or a luxury retreat with the ultimate wow factor, you can find something to suit here.

Or if family time is more your speed, then one of these family friendly holiday apartments where facilities and services suitable for children are available, might be more your style.

Big Volcano Family friendly and Small Group Accommodation or Caravan Parks and Holiday Parks

poolsd5Photo credit: Sunrise Cove Holiday Apartments

Family Holiday Adventure deal, Hastings Point, NSW

The Family Adventure Holiday

The Family Adventure Holiday, Hastings Point, NSW

2 Adults + 2 Kids
Stay for 7 nights for only $882*
Plus choose one FREE activity from the following:
Whale Watching or Sailing Catamaran (free lesson) or Currumbin Wildlife Sanctury or Tweed Endeavour Cruises.

* Valid until August 31st 2013. Due to popular demand, this special has been extended!

Make your booking before 11th November with stay completed by check-out Monday 18th November.

>> Click here for more details.