Holiday with Kids
Tweed Time Out
Discovers why the Tweed on the Northern NSW coast is the perfect place for a chilled family beachside vacation, minus the crowds.
A pretty place of riverside towns and hinterland hamlets on the Far North Coast of NSW, the sun-soaked Tweed is the place for leisurely days surfing world-class breaks, swimming in crystalline creeks and rivers, and exploring World Heritage-listed Gondwana rainforests. That is, if you can tear yourself away from the fun of Tweed Holiday Parks!
We arrive to a warm and friendly reception at the Tweed Holiday Parks Pottsville North and choose a lush and grassy powered site to set up our van and side annex. Within 30 minutes we’re settled in and happy to have spotless amenities close by, especially with little ones who like to get mucky.
For those after a little more comfort, the Tweed Holiday Park Pottsville North, located right on the border of Queensland, also offers modern self-contained cabins. And for something a little adventurous, the holiday park also has ‘Surfari’ tents that sleep four and offer a private deck overlooking the park.
The laid-back park has plenty to keep the kiddies happy, with a wonderful playground, fenced pool and sports courts, while mum and dad are sure to appreciate the accessible amenities, camp kitchen, barbecues and a modern on-site laundry.
My family loves the outdoors, and the convenience of nearby attractions means Tweed Holiday Park Pottsville North provides a perfect base for exploring. Dad heads off for a fish and to surf the break just 200 metres away, while our son, Riley, really loves the 10-minute bike ride to the bustling main town, a happy baby Alba trailing in her stroller.
We stop for a cold beverage at the local and pick up supplies from the supermarket for dinner. But once we smell pizza baking, we make a spontaneous stop for a slice. As the sky puts on a magical rosy show we take the slow peaceful stroll home to our little van and a park filled with the sound of happy families and the aroma and sizzle of barbecues.
The morning brings tweeting birds, sunshine… and hungry kiddywinks. We make our way to the camp kitchen to feed our little monkeys and brew some much-needed coffee. After saying goodbye to our friendly neighbours, we pack up for our next stop.
Style and substance
The stylish Tweed Holiday Parks Tweed Heads is located on Terranora Creek by the calm waters of the Tweed River, a short stroll from the town centre. It boasts trendy sites and amazing facilities, all positioned perfectly on the water’s edge.
We decide to mix it up and spend a night in a luxurious beachside cabin. Our getaway home sits on a pretty little sandy beach where pelicans slowly drift along with the current. As we unpack, our smiles are big. Riley rides his bike along the path as Alba eats as much sand as she can stomach. The cabin is gorgeous and the kitchen a real treat, especially with a Nespresso machine to fuel us parents.
This park ticks all the boxes with so much to see and do. As soon as we’ve checked in, the kids are busting to hit the temperaturecontrolled pool with its cool slide. Then it’s off to the huge adventure playground with plenty of giggles. Near the playground is the camp barbecue and communal kitchen with a large pagoda for shade and shelter. There’s a TV room with sofas to snuggle up on, as well as dad’s favourite – the outdoor gym.
Back at the cabin, dad heads out for a fish in the saltwater lagoon, while we kick back to enjoy the serenity of the location, watching from our balcony as he flicks the line over the water. We spy an additional waterfront barbecue and picnic area but decide to spoil ourselves and take a short stroll along the water past bobbing boats until we reach the fish shop for a tasty takeaway dinner.
Back at the park, we dine on our balcony to a soundtrack of laughter and social chitterchatter that tells us everyone is loving this place as much as we are.