TIME OUT ON TWEED COAST

A BUD­GET-FRIENDLY HOL­I­DAY PARK ON THE BEACH PUTS EV­ERY­THING IN REACH AT THIS SEASIDE SWEET SPOT

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Af­ter liv­ing on the north­ern Gold Coast for nearly 11 years, we were well and truly over­due for a visit over the border to NSW. In the last school hol­i­days, we packed the tent and the kids and set out on the very short drive to Kingscliff, just 15 min­utes from Gold Coast Air­port in the North­ern Rivers re­gion.

Kingscliff is a great coastal town with some­thing to suit all bud­gets, tastes and hol­i­day types.

It is very much a small beach community as well as a tourist des­ti­na­tion, pro­vid­ing a beau­ti­ful ocean beach and fan­tas­tic es­tu­ary ac­cess for swimming, fish­ing and all wa­ter sports.

Throw in the great cy­cle and walk­ing tracks, fan­tas­tic restau­rants, cafes and bou­tiques and you have one of the best beach hol­i­day des­ti­na­tions in NSW.

To top that off, the Kingscliff Beach Hol­i­day Park is right on the beach­front with the main shop­ping strip at its back door.

The Kingscliff Beach Bowls Club is within walk­ing dis­tance too and it’s a must for lunch, din­ner, drinks or af­ter­noon barefoot bowls.

Con­sider this the kind of hol­i­day where you can park the car and not have to use it again.

The main at­trac­tion in Kingscliff is the beach. We see fish­er­men try­ing their luck catch­ing a din­ner of Span­ish mack­erel, wa­hoo, mul­loway or tai­lor, but you can also cast a line in the es­tu­ary en­trance for some trevally along the rock walls.

Many peo­ple love tak­ing the time out of a stress­ful day to sit back and ad­mire the surfers and stand-up pad­dle board­ers.

If you travel with an in­flat­able Sevy­lor pad­dle board like we do, then it’s time to hit the wa­ter and join them.

Just a short walk along the beach from the main street, you will come to River In­let, a great place to go fish­ing or watch the tide crash up against the walls and flow into a calm-wa­ter par­adise for those want­ing to swim in a pro­tected area.

You pass the pel­i­cans as they hang around wait­ing for the boat­ies to come in with their af­ter­noon tea af­ter a suc­cess­ful day fish­ing.

We rec­om­mend hir­ing bikes to ex­plore the fore­shore. You can get your wheels from The Wa­ter Sports Guru.

This is also the place to sign on for just about any wa­ter ac­tiv­ity, in­clud­ing snorkellin­g with tur­tles, scuba diving, whale watch­ing, kayaking, stand-up pad­dle board­ing and surf lessons.

We set out on our bikes from the hol­i­day park and cruise for 30 min­utes to and then along Cud­gen Creek.

It is a stun­ning ride with fan­tas­tic views along the way. Con­tinue on through Faulks Park then back along the creek.

It’s an easy ride but do take your time as

“SIGN ON FOR JUST ABOUT ANY WA­TER AC­TIV­ITY, IN­CLUD­ING SNORKELLIN­G WITH TUR­TLES, SCUBA DIVING, WHALE WATCH­ING, KAYAKING, STAND-UP PAD­DLE BOARD­ING AND SURF LESSONS.”

there are many other peo­ple out ei­ther rid­ing or walk­ing and the paths get busy.

Stop off and check out the lo­cal es­tu­ary with ac­tiv­ity go­ing on which­ever way you look, or take your swim­mers with you to en­joy a quick dip to cool off.

You can ride for kilo­me­tres here along a stun­ning path­way, just keep in mind you need enough puff to ride back.

So of­ten tourists head straight past Kingscliff — with the new high­way in place, you could be for­given for not even know­ing it is there.

The next time you are driv­ing through south­ern Queens­land and north­ern NSW, re­mem­ber to di­arise a stopover. We rec­om­mend al­low­ing at least three days to make the most of it.

For­mer AFL star Peter “Spida” Everitt and wife Sheree are al­ways on the move film­ing their hit TV show The Great Aus­tralian Doorstep, which airs on 7Two ev­ery week­end. You can also lis­ten to their week­end travel ra­dio show on 68 Aus­tralian sta­tions across the TripleM and FlowFM Net­works for more deals, tips and in­sider se­crets.

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