Let’s face it, the Tweed Coast has serious bragging rights when it comes to stunning beaches. From unspoilt stretches of pristine white sand, to idyllic creeks and waterways, it’s easy to see why our beaches are rated amongst some of the best in the country.
With over 38 kilometres of picturesque coastline, you really can’t go wrong wherever you choose to park your beach umbrella, but here are 5 of our all-time favourite spots to soak up the sunshine this summer!
1. Dreamtime Beach – Fingal Head
Dreamtime by name, dreamy by nature. Located on the southern side of Fingal and accessed by a lush rainforest walk through the headland, it’s not hard to see why this secluded stretch of coastline was recently voted the 3rd best beach in Australia.
Bordered by the natural beauty of Fingal Head and its unique basalt rock surrounds, this sacred space is also rich in Aboriginal history – known as “Booninybah” (Place of the Echidna), and thought to be protected by ancestral spirits. Be sure to check out the panoramic coastal views from Fingal Lighthouse during your visit, and keep an eye out for the local dolphin pods that frequently frolic in nearby turquoise waters.
2. Little Cove – Cabarita Beach
If you’re searching for seclusion, Little Cove Beach in Cabarita is a small, protected bay offering privacy and shade, situated on the northern side of Cabarita headland. With many travellers flocking to the busier Cabarita Beach, you’ll find locals and surfers escaping to Little Cove to enjoy long, lazy days minus the crowds.
Finish your visit by checking out the sweet views (and clocking up some steps!) with a walk up to Caba headland, or cruise through the main street to grab your takeaway caffeine fix from local coffee joints Kartel or Riff Raff Espresso.
3. Duranbah Beach, Tweed Heads
Duranbah Beach (known as D’Bah by locals) is one of the most popular surf breaks on the Tweed Coast, with a consistently good swell year-round. The ultimate surfer’s paradise, D’Bah is also the most northern beach in NSW, making it your ideal gateway to the Gold Coast and neighbouring the world famous waves at sister beach Snapper Rocks.
It’s all about relaxed surf vibes at D’Bah, so expect to find this dog-friendly beach buzzing with families, surfers and backpackers alike during the summer season. And for the early risers, you’ll find this is one of the best spots to catch a stunning Tweed Coast sunrise.
4. Kingscliff Beach, Kingscliff
Kingscliff Beach is one the Tweed Coast’s most-visited holiday destinations, combining spacious (and patrolled) stretches of white sand with plenty to see and do during your visit. This family-friendly beach backs on to the recently redeveloped Kingscliff foreshore; a thoughtfully designed central park with plenty of grassed areas to kick the footy, fire up the barbecue, or enjoy a relaxed picnic by the water.
There’s no shortage of things to explore at Kingscliff during your beach trip, with an array of trendy boutiques, cafes and restaurants dotted down the bustling Marine Parade. Visiting in the afternoon? Nab yourself a table at oceanfront Greek eatery Taverna for a post-beach feast, or enjoy a cool bevvie at local watering hole, the Kingscliff Beach Hotel.
5. Casuarina Beach, Casuarina
If you’re looking to escape the holiday crowds, Casuarina beach is one of the less-populated (but equally as stunning) Tweed Coast beaches, situated along the quiet stretch of coastline between Kingscliff and Cabarita.
Bordered by natural reserves, bicycle tracks and playgrounds for the little ones, the Casuarina coastline is a peaceful patch of paradise offering ample space and seclusion, even during the warmer months. Our tip? Settle in for the afternoon to enjoy pretty pink skies at sunset.
From epic surf breaks to secluded bays and unique headlands, the Tweed Coast is the ultimate beach-lovers haven. The best part? We’re blessed with insanely good weather year-round, so you can enjoy our beautiful coastline no matter what season. Keen to pair your beach visit with some seriously good local coffee? Check out our barista’s guide to the Tweed Coast right here!
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