NSW Top Tourism Town Finalist

Welcome to Tweed Heads

Top Town: population over 5,000 residents

09:00 Weds 13 April - till - 17:00 Weds 27 April.
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Tweed Heads, tucked up in the north-east of NSW bordering Queensland, has a down-to-earth charm and understated beauty that's sometimes overlooked for The Tweed's beachfront villages, but this upbeat, riverside town has much to offer, including its very own beach!  

From fishing and boat cruises, to stand up paddling or surfing at Duranbah Beach, adventures await in Tweed Heads, alongside hip café culture and an evolving foodie scene of fine dining, delis, farmers markets and artisan bakeries.  

For overnight stays, choose from budget motels or upscale resorts, laidback holiday parks or even a river houseboat! 

Read on for an insiders' guide on where to eat, drink, stay and play in Tweed Heads. 

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Eat: Start your day in Bay Street with good coffee and sweet pastries from renowned artisan bakers Bread Social. Swing by their latest enterprise, Rob Roy Deli & Drinks, a boutique bottle shop and delicatessen, and stock up on all the essentials for a gourmet stay.  

There are plenty of nearby spots to keep you caffeinated such as Hymn Coffee, Next Door Espresso and Baked at Ancora or Ground Control, with its own coffee roastery. 

If you fancy a side of water views with your meal, enjoy casual fish and chips at Get Hooked, great pub fare at Ivory Waterside or farm fresh oysters at The Oyster Shed, overlooking beautiful Birds Bay.  

Save room for the menu at Gallura Italian, an upscale restaurant specialising in cuisine from Sardinia and the Italian coastline with a focus on fresh local seafood and handmade pasta.  

Drink: Taste a local drop at Pickled Pig, a craft brewery specialising in German brewing with no preservatives, chemical-free, vegan-friendly and gluten-free options. A range of non-alcoholic products is available too.

Opened in 2021, distillery Alfred Wiley is crafting local gin showcasing East Coast botanicals from their Tweed Heads base. Small batch rum and whisky are also on the way, along with a cellar door tasting room.  

Pull up a stool alongside the Marina at The Ivory Waterside or, if clubs are more your scene, check out Twin Towns, Seagulls or the new look Club Tweed which boasts a luxe cocktail lounge with Margaritas and Espresso Martinis on tap. 

Play: There are plenty of experiences on offer in Tweed Heads, from outdoor activities and river tours to cultural immersions. 

Visit Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre for a Bundjalung welcome to the region and an opportunity to learn more about the area's local Aboriginal culture.  

Take to the water and hire a stand-up paddleboard, kayak or paddleboat from Watersports Tweed, located behind the Tweed Heads Visitor Information Centre at Jack Evans Boat Harbour.  

Bring a sense of adventure on a Catch-a-Crab tour, cruising by spectacular scenery, and enjoy pelican feeding, yabbie pumping and trapping for live crabs.   

Choose from a host of tours with Tweed Eco Cruises including thee popular Tweed River and Rainforest lunch cruise. Or grab a group of friends and book a fishing charter with Cushy Fishing Charters. Their experienced crew welcomes beginners up to experienced anglers.   

If you’re feeling sporty, don’t forget barefoot bowls at Club Tweed or a round of golf at Coolangatta Tweed Golf Club.  

There's also plenty of indoor fun in this top town of the Tweed, especially if you’re searching for what to do on a rainy day.  

For old school fun, head to Epic Skate Rink, the only roller-skating rink on the Gold and Tweed Coasts, or check out Coolangatta Tweed Tenpin for a game of tenpin bowling in all its retro glory!  

If you have kids in tow, Tabatinga is a rainforest-themed entertainment centre with age-appropriate activities like mini-golf, bumper cars and a toddler play area. Or try Kidz Biz Fun Centre boasting the region’s biggest slides as well as VR and gaming experiences. 

Shop: You’ll find big brand department stores in Tweed City and Tweed Mall or, for a more boutique option, try KDTY Décor & Design with handmade artisan products, including local Aboriginal art.  

Stock up on fresh local foods and artisan pieces at the Tweed Farmers Market on 1st & 3rd Saturdays and the Tweed Twilight Market every 2nd Friday, both at Jack Evans Boat Harbour.  

Play: Tweed Heads has accommodation to suit all needs, with upscale options such as Tweed Ultima or the beautifully renovated Mantra Twin Towns. Quality motels include Cooks Endeavour Motor Inn, Kennedy Drive Airport Motel and Tweed Harbour Motor Inn.  

If the camping life is for you, book at Tweed Holiday Parks, Big 4 Tweed Billabong, Pyramid Holiday Park or Colonial Tweed Holiday Park, all offering a range of sites, cabins and facilities.  

Or for something different, gather a group and sleep on the Tweed River with a houseboat from Boyds Bay Houseboat Holidays or Berger Houseboat Holidays.  


Four days in Tweed heads

Tweed Heads, tucked up in the northeast of NSW, bordering Queensland, is a town making waves; transforming, evolving, enriching.

Take an energising four-day break with your beloved or bestie in Tweed Heads to combine aquatic adventures, night markets, cultural insights and the best in local food and drink.  



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