Tweed Valley, in the spectacular Northern Rivers region of tropical New South Wales, is very much undiscovered country as far as the majority of tourists go.
Which is surprising, as Tweed Valley along its coast boasts some of Australia's best beaches (without the risk of stinging jellyfish in summer, as in northern Queensland). It’s just a short drive from Surfers Paradise in the centre of the Gold Coast
As stated by dedicated local Tracy Parker, the area is one that is abundant with many natural wonders.
“Here, too, you find the southern hemisphere's largest extinct volcano, the Tweed Caldera, with rivers and creeks meandering through lush green valleys and towering rainforests,” she says.
With the Tweed Valley region's 250,000 acres of World Heritage national parks lush in their greenery adorning this areas, Tweed Valley is a delight for anybody who truly appreciates nature.
Geographical and Cultural Diversity
Tweed Valley is neatly nestled right up against the NSW-Queensland border and stretches down the coast and hinterland to Byron. This glorious area is not only renowned for it’s unsurpassed beauty, but is also heralded as a haven of climatic comfort.
With Tweed Valley having a beautiful mean temperature of 18° C to 30° C throughout summer, alongside a comfortable 7° to 22° C (45° to 72°F) during winter, paradise has been found. With this glorious climate, people are free to be completely comfortable all year round.
“[This] means log fires at night and T-shirts and shorts during the day,” she says.
Tweed Valley is also recognised for its geographical and cultural diversity. With one of the greatest features including the Tweed Valley Wildlife Carers initiative – there’s so much to explore in this area. With an initiative centering upon the care and nurturing of some Australia’s rarest little critters, it’s amazing to see some of these creatures in action.
For international travelers, it’s best to disembark at either Sydney or Brisbane. If disembarking at Sydney, they take a one-hour connecting flight to the Gold Coast airport at Coolangatta and hire a car for total freedom to enjoy the area. From Brisbane it's an hour's drive to Coolangatta.
Let's Start At Tweed Heads
When it comes to travellers wishing to visit this largely undiscovered haven, one of the best ways to travel to the Tweed Valley is via coach.
“For those who wish to see more of the countryside than is possible from a plane, there are coach and train connections from either Brisbane or Sydney straight through to Murwillumbah, where hire cars and taxis are readily available,” she says.
We begin our Tweed Valley journey at Tweed Heads, which shares a main high street with Coolangatta, the southernmost tip of Queensland's Gold Coast.
Due to their close proximity, Tweed Heads and Coolangatta are often referred to as the Twin Towns and are considered a major regional centre, with Coolangatta airport a hub for domestic carriers.
So, for anybody wishing to travel to an area less populated and is in need for a getaway that isn’t riddled with tacky souvenirs, Tweed Valley may just be your little slice of heaven.
Edited and updated by Sarah Megginson.