Tweed Heads

Whale-watching cruise, Tweed Tourism Inc

Population 84325

Tweed Heads is the state's northernmost town and – along with its twin town Coolangatta over the Queensland border – is a popular holiday destination at the southern end of the Gold Coast. The region has long been celebrated for its weather, surf beaches, night-life and laid-back atmosphere.

Visitor Information

Cnr Wharf and Bay sts; (07) 5536 6737 or 1800 674 414

Nearby national parks

  • Springbrook National Park

    A winding drive up into the Gold Coast hinterland leads to a pristine landscape of deep valleys, plunging waterfalls and dense rainforest in...more

  • Lamington National Park

    The World Heritage–listed Lamington National Park, cresting the McPherson Range, is renowned for its natural beauty, panoramic views,...more

  • Wollumbin National Park

    The looming presence of iconic Mount Warning is at the heart of this national park, a lush rainforest environment on the state’s far...more

Nearby towns

  • Burleigh Heads

    Burleigh Heads is a suburb of the Gold Coast and is situated between Coolangatta and the tourist mecca Surfers Paradise. It is known for its...more

  • Surfers Paradise

    Surfers Paradise is the Gold Coast’s signature settlement. The first big hotel was built here in the 1930s, among little more than a...more

  • Murwillumbah

    Murwillumbah is located on the banks of the Tweed River near the Queensland border. It is a centre for sugarcane, banana and cattle farms....more

In Town

Point Danger This lookout is on the Queensland–NSW border and overlooks Duranbah Beach, which is popular for surfing. It was named by Captain James Cook to warn of the dangerous coral reefs that lay under the waves off the coast. The world's 1st laser-beam lighthouse is located here. Dolphins may be seen off the coast along the pleasant cliff-edge walk. There are several picnic spots with stunning ocean views.

Tweed Maritime and Heritage Museum: 4 original buildings house maritime, heritage and photographic collections; Pioneer Park, Kennedy Dr, Tweed Heads West.

Tweed Cruise Boats: cruises visit locations along the Tweed River; River Tce.

Fishing and diving charters and houseboat hire: guided and self-guide river excursions; bookings at visitor centre.

Tweed Snorkelling and Whale Adventures: whale-watching adventures and snorkelling tours to Cook Island marine reserve; bookings (07) 5536 6737.

Catch a Crab Cruises, Birds Bay Oyster Farm, deep-sea fishing: these tours depart daily, bookings from visitor centre.


Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre The Aboriginal Heritage Unit of the Australian Museum is dedicated to self-determination and the importance of promoting, protecting and preserving Australian Indigenous cultures. The unit runs this museum, which features displays on all aspects of Aboriginal life on the north coast. There is also a walk encompassing a ceremonial bora ring and a mangrove and rainforest area. Located just over Boyds Bay Bridge.

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary: home to a huge range of Australian native wildlife; night tours available; Currumbin; (07) 5534 1266; 7 km N.

Beaches: idyllic white sandy beaches for surfing and swimming, including Fingal (3 km S) and Kingscliff (14 km S).

Melaleuca Station: re-created 1930s railway station in a tea-tree plantation with train rides, a tea-tree oil distillation plant and an animal nursery; Chinderah; 9 km S.

Tropical Fruit World: home to the world's largest variety of tropical fruit with plantation safari, jungle riverboat cruise, fauna park and fruit tastings; 15 km S.

John Hogan Rainforest: spectacular palm rainforest walks and picnic areas; 17 km SW.

Fishing spots near town

Clarrie Hall Dam - Fishing Sub-region 39 km

Angling is a buzz when you are into a hot bite. It is also a buzz when discovering new territory or out hooking with other anglers, observing their methods and techniques on their home waters. So it was when I fished... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Tamborine Mountain Distillery 45 km

There is a multitude of chemical-free schnapps, gins and vodkas to try here, many of which come from the fruits grown on the farm. Try lemon myrtle vodka, the multifaceted choc’n’chili liqueur, forest... Find out more

Diving and snorkelling around Byron Bay 52 km

Although there is not much in the way of shore dives or snorkelling around Byron Bay, the nearby Julian Rocks Marine Reserve is a top spot if you can get on a boat, with sea turtles, eagle rays, corals, grey nurse and... Find out more

Golf courses around town

The Glades Golf & Spa 20 km

Ask Greg Norman’s former chief designer Bob Harrison to name one course that makes him feel proud when he sees the final result, and chances are he’ll say The Glades. Upon joining the Gold Coast golfing... Find out more

Lakelands Golf Club 22 km

As a player, Jack Nicklaus was a regular visitor to Australia for more than two decades. He won six Australian Opens and inspired a generation of young Australians to take up golf. When his playing career began... Find out more

The Grand Golf Club 29 km

Think of the Gold Coast and flashing images spring to mind: beaches, theme parks, high-rise apartments, hordes of tourists. The Gold Coast hinterland has none of these, and could be thousands of miles away. The... Find out more

The Links, Hope Island 38 km

When Hope Island opened for play in 1993 it was a unique addition to Australia’s golfing landscape. Here was a links-style layout seemingly uprooted from Scotland and transplanted on to the sunny northern... Find out more

Sanctuary Cove Golf & Country Club (Pines course) 39 km

Sanctuary Cove’s Pines layout, designed by Arnold Palmer, has reigned for more than two decades as one of the Gold Coast’s best courses. At various stages during that time it has also ranked among the... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Ivory Tavern

The Ivory Hotel boasts a head chef with an enviable international apprenticeship that includes stints in Paris, with Gordon Ramsay in London and at the exclusive Raffles in Singapore. All this international experience... Find out more

Signatures Restaurant

The relaxed dining room at the Outrigger Twin Towns Resort caters for everyone, providing a lovely ambience and delicious food. Dress is smart casual. The menu is dominated by fresh local seafood, such as pan-fried... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Burleigh Brewing Company 15 km

Queensland has generally suffered from a dearth of craft breweries so the Burleigh Brewing Company is a welcome and relatively recent addition. Co-owner/brewer Brennan Fielding boasts considerable experience as a... Find out more

Mt Tamborine Brewery 43 km

One of Queensland’s more ambitious craft-brewing operations is at Mount Tamborine, in the Gold Coast hinterland. The 24-hectolitre microbrewery is the original plant used by the Bluetongue Brewery in Newcastle and... Find out more

Stone and Wood Brewing 51 km

The popular coastal holiday destination of Byron Bay is the location for one of the country’s newest and most exciting craft breweries – Stone & Wood. The partners behind the venture include a trio of... Find out more

Foster's Group (Yatala Brewery) 56 km

This brewery site, located at Yatala, midway between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, was established by the Power Brewing Company, which launched Powers Bitter in 1988. Four years later a joint venture between Powers and... Find out more

Campsites around town

Burleigh Beach Tourist Park 13 km

Set on a prime location directly opposite Burleigh Beach, this tourist park has 73 powered sites and 16 unpowered sites. Facilities include a modern amenities block, laundry, free wireless broadband access and tour desk.... Find out more

Main Beach Tourist Park 25 km

This large, busy tourist park – across the road from Main Beach and 2 min drive from Surfers Paradise – has 100 powered sites and an additional 24 ensuite powered sites. Facilities include a swimming pool,... Find out more

The Settlement camping area 26 km

The 11 well-defined sites at this newly established campsite are suitable for tents and campervans, but the area is not well shaded. Hikers should note that walking tracks near this site lead to the Gold Coast Hinterland... Find out more

Mount Warning Rainforest Park 32 km

Surround yourself with lush and up-tempo rainforest and mountain streams in this verdant mid-north-coast holiday park at the foot of Mt Warning. Accommodation options include deluxe, ensuite and budget cabins, and tent... Find out more

Bush camping areas (walk-in camping) 35 km

For experienced, self-sufficient campers with good navigational skills, there are 10 remote camping sites (Bithongabel, Darlington, Echo Point, Illinbah, Lost World Creek, Lost World Saddle, Point Lookout, Rat-a-tat,... Find out more

Binna Burra camping area 35 km

A south-east Queensland gem, this privately managed mountain-top site has long been a favourite with campers for its stunning panoramic views of the Numinbah Valley. Activities at Binna Burra include guided bushwalks,... Find out more

Sharp Park River Bend Bush Camping 39 km

Only 30 min from the Gold Coast’s theme parks, this no-frills family site is split into 2 areas by the Coomera River. It's 4 km south of Canungra, which in turn is 27 km east of Beaudesert. Ideal for daytrips... Find out more

Massey Greene Holiday Park 40 km

This is in a top location, right on the Brunswick River and minutes away from Brunswick Heads town centre. The river offers swimming, fishing, snorkelling and boating, and there’s a surf beach only a 10 min walk... Find out more

Green Mountains camping area 40 km

Close to O’Reillys Rainforest Resort, this hillside campground in forest surrounds has designated campsites on terraces on the slope and a separate area designated for those doing the Gold Coast Hinterland Great... Find out more

Cutters Camp camping area 45 km

You’ll find Cutters Camp where Mebbin Forest and Caddell rds meet. Unsealed Mebbin Forest Rd is a 35 km scenic route with wonderful views of the region’s volcanic, forest-clad landscape; you’ll need a... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Boyds Bay Holiday Park 1 km

This is a large riverfront park, with easy access to the highway. It is well managed, council owned and conveniently located for exploring the Tweed coast and southern Gold Coast. Bookings are required in peak periods... Find out more

Kirra Beach Tourist Park 2 km

Easily accessed from the Gold Coast Highway, this is a spacious, good quality caravan park, popular with beach devotees, backpackers and international travellers. It is very close to some of the Gold Coast’s best... Find out more

BIG4 Tweed Billabong Holiday Park 2 km

This is a very good quality, award-winning holiday park boasting its own large and popular tidal billabong. It is a great place for the family as it offers a kids club during school holidays and many other appealing... Find out more

Pyramid Holiday Park 2 km

This is a well-maintained, good quality park on the southern end of the Gold Coast. It will suit those chasing the winter warmth but who do not wish to be right beside the beach. Bookings are required in peak periods and... Find out more

Fingal Holiday Park 3 km

The beach is right at your door in this quiet, out-of-the-way spot. The park has good basic facilities and is ideal for a family holiday or a few days at the beach. Bookings are required in peak periods and a... Find out more

Tweed River Hacienda Holiday Park 6 km

At the southern end of the fabulous Gold Coast, this park is in a popular year-round holiday region. It has good facilities, access to the highway and is right on the banks of the Tweed River. Bookings are required in... Find out more

Drifters Holiday Village 7 km

This family-run establishment is a popular resort-style place to stay. The facilities are good quality and the park is a good base at the southern end of the Gold Coast, close to the Pacific Highway. Bookings are... Find out more

Kingscliff Beach Holiday Park 10 km

This popular beachside park has good basic facilities and a fabulous position, and is across the road from the shopping strip. It gets busy and bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies in... Find out more

Tallebudgera Creek Tourist Park 12 km

A favourite of ours, this park fronts onto the Tallebudgera Creek and is just a short walk to the beach. It is among the Gold Coast’s best parks, centrally located with good amenities and a wide range of... Find out more

Burleigh Beach Tourist Park 13 km

This is one of the older council parks on the Gold Coast but it has recently been upgraded with new amenities. It is very popular with holidaymakers as it is across the road from a patrolled beach and within walking... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Cook’s Endeavour Motor Inn

Cook’s Endeavour Motor Inn is a traditional motel near the New South Wales–Queensland border offering comfortable twin, double and family rooms right in the heart of Tweed Heads. All rooms are on the ground... Find out more

Penny Ridge Winery Resort

Proprietors will often promise anything to entice guests to stay at their property, but Penny Ridge Winery Resort really lives up to its claims. Located on 40 hectares of pristine countryside and blessed with 360-degree... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Cottages on the Creek 17 km

This 2-hectare establishment is managed as a Land for Wildlife property and the two, onebedroom spa cottages have composting toilets, protecting Currumbin Creek with its turtles, catfish, platypus and yabbies.... Find out more

Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat 25 km

Located near Murwillumbah and surrounded on three sides by World Heritage–listed national parks, this secluded couples-only resort on the Queensland border has minimal-impact, self-contained bungalows and cabins.... Find out more

The Mouses House, Springbrook 27 km

Set in a beautiful rainforest at more than 800 metres above sea level, this luxury resort has 11 self-contained chalets, hot tub, sauna, tennis court and bikes, a sensible environmental policy and eco-accreditation. It... Find out more

Emerald Valley Villa 49 km

Nestled in the hinterland some 25 minutes drive from Byron Bay, this is way up the high end of ecotourism in this country. You can rent your own five-star palace (they call it a villa), complete with pool, courtyard,... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Sleepy Hollow rest area 28 km

58km N of Ballina (L) or 32km S of Tweed Heads (L)

Just off the highway on both sides.

Yelgun rest area 35 km

50km N of Ballina (R) or 42km S of Tweed Heads (L)

Well off the highway.

Tyagarah rest area 47 km

36km N of Ballina (L)     

Just off the highway. For northbound only.

What's on around town

Craft market: Florence St; Sun.

Tweed Harbour Fireworks Challenge: Apr.

Wintersun Carnival: festival and music; June.

Greenback Tailor Fishing Competition: June.

Tweed River Festival: Oct.

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