Tweed Heads, NSW, 2485 and Coolangatta, QLD, 4225
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.
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.
Sun, Sand and Surf
Very handy to Ballina and Byron Bay, Lennox Head is a beach resort town with about 6,100 permanent residents, situated at the southern end of Seven Mile Beach.
Visitors are attracted here by the great weather, incredible scenery and splendid beaches, famous for their surfing and fishing.
This is a place of wide open spaces and vast vistas.
Just start start walking north along Seven Mile Beach towards Broken Head, if you want to feel a bit lonely.
At the northern end of the town, Lake Ainsworth is renowned as a freshwater recreational area ideal for families, just 50 metres across from the beach.
Accommodation includes motels, holiday flats, a caravan park, backpacker hostel, holiday apartments and resort style complexes. Local real estate agents provide holiday rental services.
Al fresco cafes and restaurants almost outnumber the accommodation choices, so if you’re into a total “do-nothing and completely relax holiday”, this is the place do it!
For the more active holiday maker, activities on offer include hang gliding at nearby Pat Morton Lookout, snorkelling and scuba diving off Seven Mile Beach, and of course – surfing, with left and right breaks available at local beaches.
For those who prefer flower power, coastal heath and sand dune communities are dominated by banksias and wild flowers, which bloom from late winter through to summer.
Check out the Big Volcano Visitor Guide – Lennox Head for more information, accommodation options, local tours & attractions, and how to get there.
Kingscliff local Blake Neka getting some air. Photo courtesy @kingscliffboardridersclub via Instagram – KBC surfer Blake Neka.
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