Family Friendly Seaside Villages
The Tweed Coast and the seaside villages dotted along it are famous for beaches, surfing, fishing, reserves and beachside parks.
Fingal Head, Kingscliff, Cabarita, Hastings Point, Pottsville Beach and Wooyung share the more than 25 kilometres of beaches and coastal reserves, from Tweed Heads to the north to Brunswick Heads in the south.
Located on the coast due east of Mt Warning, Pottsville offers a variety of mainly budget accommodation including caravan parks, cabins, holiday flats and a motel, while Hastings Point and Cabarita just to the north, provide a more diverse range of lodgings, including caravan parks, holiday apartments and holiday resorts.
During the Xmas school holidays only, the public reserve at Hastings Point Headland is also open to visitors for camping, with bookings managed by the Tweed Coast Hastings Point Holiday Park.
And while the Cudgera Creek estuary is a popular family location to cool off and enjoy the water during summer and autumn, please be aware that Tweed Shire Council has designated a dog exclusion area, including all foreshore areas of the Cudgera Creek estuary, and the beach north of Cudgera Creek mouth to the shoreline adjacent to the Peninsula Street beach access walkway.
The closure of this area to dogs, is to protect significant shorebird and beach nesting bird habitat and reduce disturbance, so please don’t walk your dog on-leash or let it loose off-leash in this area, tempting though it may be, and even if you see other dog owners who may be unaware of the exclusion zone rules.
This estuary is now for people, birds and marine life only!
You can find more information about Gold Coast, Tweed and Byron Shire Councils’ off leash and pet exercise areas here.
Located at Pottsville, Tweed Bicentennial Environmental Park is an ideal spot for a stroll through coastal wetland and remanat heath. Recreation facilities include walking trails (also suitable for bicycling), a large grassed area, free electric barbecues, picnic tables and an amenities block.
The walking tracks are well developed, with boardwalks through wetland areas and viewing platforms by the creek.
Keeping with the water theme, at Cabarita to the north, Cudgen Lake and the foreshores, which has picnic facilities, is hidden away and available via an easement adjacent to Cabarita Lake Apartments.
This section of Cudgen Nature Reserve is open seven days a week from 8am to 4pm. There are excellent views of Mt Warning from its eastern shore on a clear day. The reserve contains a variety of vegetation types which are home to a number of threatened plant and animal species, and also supports a dwindling coastal koala population.
for the energetic, an off-road bicycling and walking path connects the villages from Pottsville Beach to Kingscliff, with the ample picnic areas along the coast providing free electric B.B.Q.s and amenities.
Pottsville Beach Markets are held on the 1st Sunday and 3rd Sunday of the month, while the Pottsville Beach Sports Greenback Fishing Competition (aka Greenback Tailor Fishing Competition) at Cabarita, is held on the Queens Birthday weekend in June.
Held since the 1980s, and proudly staged by Cabarita Beach & Pottsville Lions Club since 2006, the competition raises funds for local surf rescue clubs, the VRA squad and local primary schools.
For more visitor information see Big Volcano Visitor Guide – Pottsville Beach, Hastings Point and Cabarita.
Tucked away in a secluded bush retreat just 5 minutes drive to Pottsville Beach, Mango Tree Cottage is an idyllic couples or family retreat. Sleeping 6 comfortably, it is a dog friendly, self contained holiday cottage with all the mod cons.
Or if you’re looking for something a little different, Fig Tree Retro Studio is ideal for a couple or solo adventurer, looking for a secluded location, but still just 5 minutes drive to Pottsville Beach.
Disclosure: Mango Tree Cottage and Fig Tree Retro Studio are Big Volcano Tourism customers.