In-depth survey maps ocean floor at Kingscliff

Survey data used to monitor beach erosion patterns

Ever wondered how beach erosion is monitored in the Tweed?  It might be more hands-on than you think.

Every six months when ocean conditions are good, Council borrows an inflatable rescue boat (IRB) from the Cudgen Headland Surf Club and meets early on Kingscliff Beach.

Council_officers_Mitch_Liddell,_St115908_640Photo: Council officers Mitch Liddell, Steve Sharp and Warren Boyd between check points

After completing a thorough safety check, two Council officers launch the boat.

A surveyor in a wetsuit and fins then wades into the ocean, carrying a prism on a long pole. Meanwhile, a small survey team with instruments takes its position at a fixed point on the beach.

The surveyor in the water wades out on a predetermined line, placing the pole on the ocean floor at set points, allowing the prism to signal back to the survey station on the beach.

The information from each point is recorded, allowing Council to map any changes in sand levels since the last survey.

Registered_Surveyor_Mitch_Liddell_120104_640Photo: Registered Surveyor Mitch Liddell takes a reading of the ocean floor.

Registered Surveyor Mitch Liddell travels out approximately 500 metres, being guided by the officers in the IRB and stopping every 20 to 30 metres to secure the pole and ensure the surveyors onshore can pick up the signal.

“The measurements are used to work out the depth of the sea floor, helping to determine how much sand has moved since the last measurement and how much sand will stay on the beach, according to differences and patterns in previous records,” Mr Liddell said.

Council’s Senior Engineer – Civil Design, Warren Boyd, said the survey is repeated from four fixed positions along Kingscliff Beach and five positions on South Beach.  Provided ocean conditions remain good, the entire survey takes a day to complete.

“Collecting this data helps create a timeline that reveals what is really happening below the waterline,” Mr Boyd said.

“We started monitoring when the erosion was quite severe in 2011 due to swells coming from the east and north-east rather than the south, but we also have historical monitoring dating back to the 1970s to compare today’s levels with.”

Council’s Manager Design, Paul Morgan, said surveying was a key element in nearly every job undertaken.

“Before every project, be it a bridge, road, carpark, waterway or major stormwater system, the survey team examine and record the area and its features to construct a map, plan or description for the next steps,” Mr Morgan said.

“Monitoring and profiling beach erosion  is no different.”

Courtesy: Tweed Shire Council Newsroom
Tuesday 3 May, 2016
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See also: Big Volcano Visitor Map, Big Volcano Towns : Kingscliff


Kingscliff foreshore revitalisation planning well underway

Planning was well underway on the $21.2 million Kingscliff Foreshore Revitalisation and Redevelopment project, when NSW Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash joined Tweed Shire Council Acting General Manager David Oxenham and Project Manager Stewart Brawley to inspect the project site in Kingscliff last month.

Council’s_Acting_General_Manager_D162844_640 Photo caption: Council Acting General Manager David Oxenham, Foreshore Revitalisation Project Manager Stewart Brawley and  NSW Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash at the Kingscliff Shopfront on April 15th 2016.

Minister Nash said the Australian Government committed over $9.8 million towards the $21.2 million project under Round Two of the National Stronger Regions Fund.

“The National Stronger Regions Fund is investing $1 billion over five years to fund priority infrastructure projects, like this one, in regional communities across Australia,” Senator Nash said.

“The project will contain three main elements with works undertaken at the foreshore, Kingscliff Beach Holiday Park and a new Kingscliff Central Park.  “This will help protect Kingscliff’s public and central business districts from coastal erosion and reduce the impact caused by natural events.”

Mr Oxenham said the local community had strongly fought for this project, which had been 10 years in the making.

He said Council was pleased to partner with the Australian Government and Tweed Coast Holiday Parks Reserve Trust to deliver the vital project.

“The project will modernise the Kingscliff Beach Holiday Park’s facilities and services to better meet the changing and increasing demands of tourists and create a Central Park that will be a social hub and better link the beach and central business district,” he said.

“A new rock seawall will be constructed along the foreshore to protect Cudgen Headland Surf Life Saving Club, Kingscliff Beach Holiday Park and Kingscliff Beach Bowls Club from creeping erosion.

“Construction is due to start in early 2017, with the project scheduled for completion in December 2018.”

The project is jointly funded, with the Australian Government providing over $9.8 million, Tweed Shire Council contributing almost $3.9 million and Tweed Coast Holiday Parks Reserve Trust investing over $7.5 million.

Courtesy Tweed Shire Council Newsroom

Media release originally dated Friday 15 April 2016

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See also: Big Volcano Visitor Map, Big Volcano Towns : Kingscliff

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.

Family holiday apartments accommodation directory – Big Volcano Visitor Guide

Are you still looking for family holiday accommodation for your summer break?

Well then, here’s a comprehensive directory of holiday apartments, vacation rentals and high rise units in the region, ranging from Ballina, Byron Bay and Tweed Heads in New South Wales, up to Coolangatta and the southern Gold Coast in Queensland, with web site links and phone numbers for quick contacts.

pool02EEL30 Photo caption: Sunrise Cove Waterfront Holiday Apartments by David Palmer ©

There is also a smattering of Broadbeach and Surfers high rise apartments, with instant real-time booking links available.

The page is spilt into Holiday apartments which are usually in a resort complex, and no more than 3 stories walk-up.  These units will have separate bedrooms, lounge and dining room, fully fitted kitchen, bathroom/s and laundry. Bed linen and bath towels are usually included, or available for hire.

Hi Rise apartments are over 4 storeys with lift access, and usually have onsite resident managers.  AS well as fully self catering apartments, the on-site facilities will usually include at least a swimming pool, BBQ, gym or other recreation facilities, and a tour desk with booking services is usually available. 

Often located close to the local action, if you don’t feel like cooking, it’s then just a stroll to the nearest restaurant strip, with some also having an in-house or onsite restaurant, so you don’t even need to leave the complex if that’s your choice.

Kingscliff North Holiday Park reopens after major upgrade

Holiday-goers flock for luxury villas, beachfront views and dog-friendly sites.

A rejuvenated Tweed Coast Holiday Park at Kingscliff has been reopened after being closed since October last year for a massive redevelopment.

Kingscliff North Holiday Park (KNHP), located on Marine Parade, underwent a $2.8 million revitalisation that included installing six beachfront cabins, two additional ‘Surfari’ tents, five ensuite units for tourist sites, disabled facilities, sheltered barbecue areas, powered tent sites and a new manager’s office and residence. 

The Executive Manager of Tweed Coast Holiday Parks, Richard Adams, said the Park’s facilities and services were now four-star standard.

Kingscliff North oliday Park reopens

Photo: Jack Marquis, Harrison Jensen, Archie Jensen, Annie Marquis and Charlie Jensen, on holidays from the Lockyer Valley, are welcomed by Kingscliff North Holiday Park managers Karen and Jeff, and Tweed Coast Holiday Parks Executive Manager, Richard Adams.

“Initial works removed all caravans, structures and underground services,” Mr Adams said.

“The park is now the perfect destination for anyone looking for an absolute beachfront getaway, in a quiet location, without breaking the budget.

“It is located just two kilometres from Kingscliff’s town centre, which is easily accessed by walkways and cycleways and the beach is usually free from holiday crowds,” he said.

“The park has also been totally landscaped, based around local native species.”

Mr Adams said KNHP would also be the first dog-friendly Tweed Coast Holiday Park as a trial, allowing some visitors to bring their dogs under certain conditions.  “The trial is scheduled for 12 months, allowing dogs into the Park under some conditions, and will then be reviewed,” Mr Adams said.

“Conditions include having your dog registered and restrained at night. Couples or singles with their own caravan or motor home accommodation will be able to book a dog-friendly site.”

The improved holiday park also includes a new cabin for people with disability, new water, sewer and electrical services, boom gate access control, new roads, internal pathways and UV-stabilised artificial turf on tent sites.

The number of park sites has been reduced from 57 to 46, to allow for more site space for visitors.

For more information, to book or to access the Park’s conditions of acceptance for dogs, call (02) 6674 1071, or visit

Press release and photos courtesy of TSC Media Unit Friday 03/07/2015.

For more local accommodation options, visit the Big Volcano Visitor Guide Caravan Parks and Holiday Parks and Pets Welcome – Pet Friendly Accommodation.

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