Why stop at Ballina and Byron Bay on your Northern NSW adventure? A short drive north, just shy of the Queensland border, you’ll find the coastal haven of Tweed Heads and surrounding shire. Whether it’s at the beach or inland, the Tweed has an enormous offering for the whole family.
1. Mount Warning Boat Tours:
The spectacular mountain in the Tweed Range is a must-see when you’re up north! The best vantage point to view the peak is by boat. Speak to the team at Mount Warning Tours and sign your family up for a Rainforest Cruise, a Picnic on the Water or hire your own pontoon.
2. Wollumbin National Park:
A family picnic is the perfect way to relax with the kids and see how beautiful Northern NSW nature is. Wollumbin National Park – a heritage-listed rainforest home to Mount Warning – has some family-friendly walks, like the Lyrebird Track, that will take you through the winding vines of the rainforest.
Tweed Heads has a treasure trove of beautiful beaches, whether it’s surfing, playing in the waves or building sandcastles. Duranbah Beach is a Tweed Heads favourite and a great surf spot, but if you’re after something a little quieter, try Fingal Head Beach or Dreamtime Beach.
[image source: Tweed Coast Guide]
4. Fingal Head Lighthouse:
Fingal Head Lighthouse is a small but mighty attraction on Fingal Head. It has a great view of the Gold Coast up north, Cook Island in the east and Kingscliff in the south. Depending on the time of year you may get lucky and see some whales! The lighthouse is just a short walk from the nearby car park, so it’s perfect for the little ones.
[image source: Tweed Coast Guide]
5. Farm & Co:
Farm & Co is all about relaxing and enjoying the natural beauty of the earth. There’s no need for shoes here, it’s encouraged to take them off and get your feet dirty. The grounds alone will keep the kids entertained for hours, but there’s also a café with delicious food made with fresh local produce.
6. Cook Island Aquatic Reserve:
Cook Island, 600 metres off the shore of Fingal Head, includes 80 hectares of NSW marine estate abundant with sea life. Tours are available for scuba diving and snorkeling with turtles. If getting up close and personal with sea creatures isn’t for you, you can also hire kayaks and paddleboards or go whale watching!
[image source: Water Sports Guru]
7. Murwillumbah Farmer’s Market:
Every Wednesday, the Murwillumbah Farmer’s Market has some of the finest and freshest produce from the Tweed Valley and Northern Rivers. The fruit and vegetable market is a great place to take the kids, taste some local produce, listen to some local entertainment and maybe pick yourself up a tasty treat!
[image source: Murwillumbah Farmer’s Market]
8. Catch a Crab tours
For something a little different, try crab catching with ‘Catch a Crab’ adventure tours. Enjoy pelican feeding, yabbie pumping and tapping for live crabs on the Tweed River.
[image source: Catch a Crab]
9. Boutique shopping for mum:
Holidays can be stressful, so give mum a break and go for a shop at some of the best stores in the area, including The Foundry and Osiris Jewellery Studio & Gallery.
10. Some local brews for Dad:
Give dad a break with a stop off at the Red Earth Brewery or Husk Farm Distillery, with some of the best local brews in the area.
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