I recently set off on a coast to country journey to uncover the best places to stay, see, play, and eat in the Tweed and here’s what I found.
Firstly and somewhat embarrassingly I’d forgotten how superbly pretty the Tweed region is until I revisited for an adventurous road trip. It’d been close to a decade since I’d explored the quaint country towns and charming river side pubs. Even more years had flown past since I’d graced the picturesque coves of Cabarita, the aptly named Dreamtime Beach at Fingal and the relaxed atmosphere of Hastings Point. Yes, the trendy Kingscliff hub was bustling along in stylish yet casual manner too.
Once you’re done checking out the coastal hamlets be sure to venture slightly west to the Tweed Hinterland – colloquially known as Australia’s green cauldron. The nutrient rich volcanic soils that spill from Mt Warning created an abundance of fertile valleys ideal for growing fresh produce. As reflected on the many restaurant menu’s I excitedly reviewed. Here’s a list of my ‘must do’ Tweed tips including accommodation options, experiences, and eateries.
WHERE TO EAT IN THE TWEED
FARM & CO CUDGEN – This family opened and operated venue is a serene place for hearty and healthy breakfast and/or leisurely lunch. The majority of menu ingredients are sourced directly from the operational farm which the café space overlooks. The ‘gate to plate’ ethos is actioned here, and the staff radiate a humble yet proud energy – as they rightfully should.
MAVIS’ KITCHEN – An established country style restaurant with a devoted clientele. This organic kitchen’s plum position surrounded by world heritage rainforest amid the lush views of Mt Warning is a foodie lover’s dream. Be sure to book ahead, we hear the celeb’s adore Mavis’ too. Recent guests include the likes of Tom Hanks, Nicole Kidman and Zac Efron.
LOLITA’S MEXICAN CANTINA – Hola to the best Mexican cantina in the Tweed vicinity. Ultra-stylish interior design, extensive menu selections (be sure to try the Kingfish ceviche and the pulled pork tacos). Splendid cocktails and on-site child minding. Very nice!
FINS – An absolute must for seafood lover’s. Head chef Steven Stow leads the helm of Australia’s most awarded regional restaurant. That alone should inspire you to go. A fine dining experinence featuring the freshest seafood in the Tweed. 10/10. https://www.fins.com.au/
MT WARNING HOTEL – Aka the pub at Uki. Good gravy this place is an excellent spot for lunch when exploring the Tweed Valley’s nooks and crannies. Huge meal portions, ice cold drinks and a classic Aussie pub veranda to people watch from.
THE BEST ACCOMMODATION IN THE TWEED REGION
HALCYON HOUSE – A classy Hampton’s style establishment where high end luxury meets the sea. Well-appointed rooms, an award winning restaurant on site (Paper Daisy) and a showpiece spa combine to create one of Australia’s most lauded boutique hotels.
LA ROCHE ECO RETREAT – If you’re seeking a secluded stay in nature than La Roche Eco-Retreat is the place. There’s only 4 stylish villas here and its clear that the owners have thought of everything to ensure a comfortable and restorative break. Unplug from the everyday and refresh your senses amongst the expansive vistas of Mt Warning. Absolute bliss. https://larocher.com/
TWEED HOLIDAY PARKS at Hastings Point – Select an idyllic camp or caravan site alongside Cudgera Creek. This welcoming beachside holiday park is an affordable family friendly option and a top spot for year round surfing and fishing. A great base to explore the natural wonders of the Tweed Valley from. Kids, from bubs to teens absolute love it here. It’s by far one of the best family friendly accommodation options in the Tweed.
THE BEACH – Spacious Tweed Coast apartments and studios overlooking the glittering surf. Self-contained rooms, a tranquil swimming pool and only steps away from the shops and cafes of Cabarita. Hint; the 3 bedroom penthouse offers up the most magical beach views. https://thebeachcabarita.com.au/
Be sure to check out the following activities and attractions.
TWEED REGIONAL GALLERY & MARGARET OLLEY ART CENTRE – a sensory journey of carefully curated artworks displayed beside the winding banks of the Tweed River. I love the replica Margaret Olley’s personal home studio space.
HUSK DISTILLERY – guided distillery tours, gourmet lunches and producers of the finest botanical gins you’ll ever taste. Famous for their award winning Ink Gin and the effervescence flavours of their limited edition runs of sugar cane rum.
MT WARNING (Woolumbin) – the summit track is a sacred place to the Bundjalung people, and the elders respectfully advise visitors not to climb this difficult track. Best admire the majestic views of Woolumbin from the Pinnacle Lookout via the Border Rangers National Park instead.
HPC CENTRE / SURFING AUSTRALIA – offering world class surf camps, indoor skateboarding facilities, and modern accommodation options. An excellent option for adults and children to combine a seaside holiday with tailored sports training sessions.