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Your guide to The Tweed

Halcyon House, Cabarita BeachCREDIT: Destination NSW

Soak up the Tweed Coast sunshine poolside at the Halcyon House boutique hotel.

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Your guide to
The Tweed

Halcyon House, Cabarita Beach CREDIT: Destination NSW

Soak up the Tweed Coast sunshine poolside at the Halcyon House boutique hotel.

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Encompassing the coastline and verdant valleys between Tweed Heads and the Byron Shire, the Tweed region is characterised by beautiful crowd-free beaches, lush rainforests and fertile farmland. The tip of the far North Coast also boasts one of the most exciting culinary scenes in the state. Here’s how to make the most of your visit.  

Highlights: 

  • Dine on fresh local seafood and other delicious produce prepared by top chefs 
  • Explore tranquil seaside towns and charming hinterland villages 
  • Watch the sun set behind Wollumbin from idyllic viewpoints around the region 

Where to eat and drink  

The Tweed’s vibrant culinary scene ranges from fine-dining restaurants to farmgate cafés, and everything in between. Treat your tastebuds to fresh local ingredients prepared by a top chefs at Pipit in Pottsville, where ex-Noma chef Ben Devlin delivers memorable and sustainable dishes; at Fins in Kingscliff, where Steven Snow boasts a long list of best seafood awards; and at Potager in Carool, a restaurant on a hinterland farm where freshly picked garden produce joins local wild venison on the menu.  

In the light and bright Black Drop Café in Pottsville, organic and sustainable dishes including oat and chia pancakes with seasonal stone fruit are waiting to be enjoyed, while at the Elwood Café in Burringbar you can drink exceptional coffee. If you like a brew you should also put the historic village of Uki on your list, where Bastion Lane Espresso roasts small-batch bespoke coffee in the town’s 1908 post office.  

In seaside Casuarina, sip chilli margaritas before dining on tacos filled with crispy cauliflower, king mushrooms, fried fish and lamb barbacoa at Lolita’s Mexican Cantina. A five-minute drive south, in Cabarita Beach, enjoy a classic or plant-based burger at the 1980s-themed Rita’s Burgers

In the Tweed you’re never far away from fresh seafood, and at The Oyster Shed in Tweed Heads you can dine on oysters that have been farmed right in front of you. Wine and cocktails made from local Northern Rivers gins, rums and liqueurs are also on the menu. And if you’ve got a soft spot for tropical fruit, you can dine in the café at Tropical Fruit World’s Plantation Café before touring the farm. 

As you drive along the region’s country roads, keep an eye out for roadside stalls with honesty boxes where you can pick up more fruit, vegetables, honey, flowers and more.  

When it’s time for a drink, sample Husk Distillers’ famed Ink Gin from the source at its cellar door in Tumbulgum, where you can take a tour of the paddock-to-bottle production and sip a cocktail in the courtyard. On an avocado farm in Cudgen, you can also check out the Tweed’s newest craft brewery, Earth Beer Company. 

Tweed Heads Highlight Selects CREDIT: Destination NSW

The Tweed has a diverse range of experiences to enjoy.

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Tweed Heads Highlight Selects CREDIT: Destination NSW

The Tweed has a diverse range of experiences to enjoy.

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Pipit Restaurant, Pottsville CREDIT: Pipit Restaurant and Sabine Bannard

Pipit Restaurant in coastal Pottsville, north of Byron Bay.

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Pipit Restaurant, Pottsville CREDIT: Pipit Restaurant and Sabine Bannard

Pipit Restaurant in coastal Pottsville, north of Byron Bay.

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Cook Island, Fingal Head CREDIT: Destination NSW

Sun rising over Cook Island, Fingal Head.

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Cook Island, Fingal Head CREDIT: Destination NSW

Sun rising over Cook Island, Fingal Head.

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What to do  

Admire the ever-changing scenery as you glide along the Tweed River, with boat tours including Tweed Escapes’ Blue Ginger Picnics on Water, including a menu of 100 per cent seasonal local produce, and a Sunset Bubbles & Brews cruise where you can enjoy drinks and grazing plates as you watch the sun go down in nearby Wollumbin National Park.  

For another watery adventure, go whale-watching, snorkelling with turtles around Cook Island and more with Watersports GuruTweed Sea Sports can also take you scuba diving. Or simply beach-hop along the gorgeous Tweed coast.  

Find out how the Tweed Valley was created over 24 million years with a visit to the Tweed Regional Museum in Tweed Heads, and get a glimpse of how it felt like to visit the late still-life painter Margaret Olley in her home studio at the Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre, in Murwillumbah. Here, a recreation includes more than 20,000 items she collected over the years.  

Also in Murwillumbah, the M-Arts Precinct brings art, coffee and food lovers together in an Art Deco building and industrial warehouse. Visit artists’ studios in renovated shipping containers, shop for upcycled clothing, and enjoy an Italian meal at Bacaro before picking up some fresh blooms at Flowerista.  

Where to sleep  

Steps from Cabarita Beach, the 21-room Halcyon House isn’t only one of Australia’s most Instagrammable boutique hotels, it’s also home to one of the region’s top modern Australian restaurants, Paper Daisy. Just up the street, you can enjoy seaside glamping at The Hideaway, where spacious bell tents are kitted out with indoor and outdoor furniture, bar fridges, fans and, in some cases, even air-conditioning.  

Watching the sun set behind Wollumbin is mesmerising, and at La Rochér Eco Retreat, at Smiths Creek in the Tweed hinterland, you can see the show from your luxury villa or from the infinity pool. Nearby, at Mt Warning Estate in Dum Dum, the outdoor bathtub and fireplace both offer Wollumbin (Mt Warning) views.  

In Murwillumbah, the famous pink Art Deco ‘Impy’, as the Imperial Hotel is locally known, has undergone a major renovation and welcomes overnight guests from early 2021. And you really can wake up and smell the coffee at Origin House, a two-bedroom self-catering cottage on the Zeta’s Coffee plantation tucked up in the hills near Potager. You can also holiday in a local heritage home such as the Belle Riverhouse, a century-old luxury home on the Tweed River with a huge wraparound verandah that you can share with 16 of your nearest and dearest.  

Tweed Regional Gallery, Murwillumbah South CREDIT: Destination NSW

Visit to the Tweed Regional Gallery in Murwillumbah South.

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Tweed Regional Gallery, Murwillumbah South CREDIT: Destination NSW

Visit to the Tweed Regional Gallery in Murwillumbah South.

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The Hideaway, Cabarita Beach CREDIT: Destination NSW

Luxury glamping accommodation at The Hideaway, Cabarita Beach.

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The Hideaway, Cabarita Beach CREDIT: Destination NSW

Luxury glamping accommodation at The Hideaway, Cabarita Beach.

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