Don’t get us wrong – we love life here in south-east Queensland. But sometimes we find ourselves dreaming of a day trip south of the border. There, we said it. When adventure calls, we love heading to Tweed for good food, great sights and more family fun than you could poke a stick at.
Here is a round-up of a few of our favourite things to do…
Giant’s Causeway, Fingal Head (Booningbah)
It certainly doesn’t have anything on the real Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland, but we’ll take the Fingal Head location any day. This natural wonder makes for the perfect photo opp, and you can even spot pods of dolphins and passing whales on your trek through the Headland – it’s a seriously magical spot. If you feel so inclined, take the 15-minute boat ride across to Cook Island to swim with native turtles, or stay on the mainland and check out Dreamtime Beach. The choice is totally yours.
Time seriously slows down in Tumbulgum – so much so that you’ll feel like you’ve taken a step back in it. A quintessential riverside town on the Tweed, Tumbulgum (pronounced Tum-Bowl-Gum) is quaint and tranquil but still offers plenty to do. The now-famous Husk Distillery has just opened, serving up white rum, spiced dark rum and Margot Robbie’s favourite Ink Gin. You can also see the town – and more – from the Tweed River itself, aboard a Mt Warning tour boat. You can see the rainforest or taste fresh local seafood in a degustation lunch on board.
See the sun (flowers)
Farm & Co at Cudgen specialises in organic, paddock-to-plate goodness with a side serving of sunshine, courtesy of the field of sunflowers they have on-site. Take a snap with the flowers for your Insta (you’ll have to pay a $5 entry fee, but it’s certainly worth it) or pick your own to take home, then say hi to Hank the vegan pig before hitting the café for some mouth-watering food grown right there on the farm. You can even hit the store or set up regular deliveries to get a taste of Farm & Co at home // www.farmand.co
If you’re looking for the best 360 views of the Tweed, you’ve gotta walk Norries Headland. Offering panoramic views from the pristine coastline to the valley and mountains beyond as reward for your hiking efforts, this is one activity that you could happily spend hours savouring – especially when you can spot breaching whales and famed surfers turning it on for imaginary crowds. After your walk, head into Cabarita town and check out its array of high street shops and the freshly made gelato bar to boot.
Swim Hastings Point
The Marvel blockbuster ‘Aquaman’ really put Hastings Point in the spotlight – you can see the giant lighthouse (which is more ‘light’ than ‘house’, but still) leftover from the movie – but locals and regular visitors knew about the real magic this place offers long before Hollywood did. With retro charm and beautiful natural surrounds, Hastings Point is the place where you can float down the river, then jump out and grab an Aussie hamburger (complete with pineapple and beetroot) and a Paddle Pop from the general store.
Snack and Sip…
… on the homemade scones and local Madura tea at House of Gabriel, the stately white plantation house in Tumbulgum’s town centre. Or, stop off for some seriously wicked treats at Cubby Bakehouse on your way home, just down the river at Chinderah. Breakfast and lunch is served at the Italian eatery Bacaro, with homemade pasta, traditional sweets and really good espresso coffee made by friendly Murwillumbah locals (via Italy) Luca and Georgia. If you’re spending the night (spontaneous Tweed sleepovers are the best) why not take a leisurely stroll back along Cabarita Beach to the acclaimed Paper Daisy restaurant at Halcyon House for a ‘Made in Tweed’ cocktail or mocktail on the pool deck? Down the road in Pottsville, there are a swag of great eateries for breakfast with seriously good coffee and ‘hot off the press’ well-known local Chef Ben Devlin is set to open his solo venture Pipit, mid-year.