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5 ways to enjoy the Tweed

Sunrise, Fingal HeadCREDIT: David Kirkland

Scenic coastal views from Fingal Head at sunrise.

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5 ways to
enjoy the Tweed

Sunrise, Fingal Head CREDIT: David Kirkland

Scenic coastal views from Fingal Head at sunrise.

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Get away from it all in the beautiful Tweed region on the New South Wales far North Coast, an area known for its uncrowded beaches, relaxed villages, excellent regional gallery and paddock-to-plate providores. Here are five great ways to enjoy the region.  

Eat well 

Stretching south from Tweed Heads towards Byron Bay, the Tweed is home to one of regional NSW’s most exciting culinary scenes, with newer openings including contemporary Australian restaurant Pipit in Pottsville and the vibrant Lolita’s Mexican Cantina in Casuarina. Other memorable restaurants include Mavis’s Kitchen, a dairy-turned country restaurant at the base of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wollumbin (Mount Warning) which grows much of its produce onsite, and sophisticated seaside restaurant Paper Daisy in Cabarita’s Halcyon House boutique hotel, which is good for seafood.  

Swim with turtles  

Less than 1km off Fingal Headland, just south of Tweed Heads, the volcanic outcrop known as Cook Island is a major sea turtle hangout; get up close to them on a snorkelling tour with a local operator such as Watersports Guru. Cook Island is also a magnet for scuba divers, who also come to spot marine critters such as nudibranchs (colourful sea slugs), manta rays, leopard sharks in summer and grey nurse sharks in winter; Tweed Sea Sports runs regular dive trips.  

Take in the arts  

Take a break from the coast with a trip to the Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre in Murwillumbah, 35 minutes (30km) south of Tweed Heads. Overlooking Wollumbin (Mount Warning), the gallery hosts a range of permanent and touring exhibitions showcasing national and regional artists. In the Margaret Olley Art Centre, learn about the life and legacy of its namesake, Australia’s most celebrated painter of still life and interiors. Key to this exhibition is the recreation of areas of Olley’s home studio.

Halcyon House, Cabarita Beach CREDIT: Destination NSW

Paper Daisy restaurant located within boutique hotel Halcyon House, Cabarita Beach.

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Halcyon House, Cabarita Beach CREDIT: Destination NSW

Paper Daisy restaurant located within boutique hotel Halcyon House, Cabarita Beach.

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Tweed Regional Gallery, Murwillumbah South CREDIT: Destination NSW

Couple enjoying a visit to the Tweed Regional Gallery.

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Tweed Regional Gallery, Murwillumbah South CREDIT: Destination NSW

Couple enjoying a visit to the Tweed Regional Gallery.

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Drink up 

The Tweed is increasingly becoming known for its brewing and distilling scene. In 2019, Husk Distillers opened an atmospheric cellar door in Tumbulgum (between Tweed Heads and Murwillumbah), where you can sample the only Agricole rum made in Australia (using local sugar cane instead of molasses) as well as Ink Gin, a floral-infused gin that changes colour from indigo to pink when tonic water is added. Beer fan? Check out the Pickled Pig Brewery in Tweed Heads and Red Earth Brewing, five minutes’ drive west of Kingscliff

Cruise the Tweed River 

Flowing past cute country towns, sugar cane farms and wildlife habitats on its way to the Pacific Ocean at Tweed Heads, the Tweed River is one of the state’s most scenic waterways. One of the best ways to experience the river is on a tour with Tweed Eco Cruises, a family-run business committed to minimising its environmental impact. A range of options are available, including an Aboriginal-led cruise to the river’s ‘mudcrab headquarters’ where you can try to catch your lunch.  

Husk Distillers, North Tumbulgum CREDIT: Destination NSW

Couple enjoying a visit to Husk Distillers, North Tumbulgum.

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Husk Distillers, North Tumbulgum CREDIT: Destination NSW

Couple enjoying a visit to Husk Distillers, North Tumbulgum.

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Tweed Eco Cruises, Tweed Heads CREDIT: Tweed Eco Cruises

Tweed Eco Cruises, Tweed Heads.

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Tweed Eco Cruises, Tweed Heads CREDIT: Tweed Eco Cruises

Tweed Eco Cruises, Tweed Heads.

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