TIME OUT ON TWEED COAST
A BUDGET-FRIENDLY HOLIDAY PARK ON THE BEACH PUTS EVERYTHING IN REACH AT THIS SEASIDE SWEET SPOT
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.
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