Here you’ll find a list of activities and things to do in the Tweed, from scubadiving to surfing lessons.
Learn to surf: Maybe you grew up here and surfing is as natural as walking. If you didn’t, then there are plenty of excellent surf schools in Tweed to get you up and at it in no time:
- The Watersports Guru
- In2Surf surf school
- Salty Girls Surf School
- Academy of Surfing – Fingal Adventures
- Surfing Australia, Casuarina
Or you can just DIY and hire a board for $35 a day from Cabarita Surf, Coast Road, Cabarita Beach (opposite Woolies).
Stand-up paddle boarding: This is surprisingly easy and heaps of fun as well as being a great work-out for your core strength. Start out on the calm waters of Cudgen Creek then work your way out to the waves. It’s a wonderful way to explore nature – the mangroves of Cudgen Creek host a range of wildlife to observe as you quietly glide down the river. The Watersports Guru in Kingscliff provides helpful lessons and board hire for a very reasonable $30 (30 minute lesson and one hour hire) or just $20 an hour for board hire alone. See the Watersports Guru website or call 0430 082 890 to book. You can also hire SUPs at Hastings Point for around $15 an hour; or grab one for the whole day ($60) from Cabarita Surf.
Scubadiving at Cook Island: There’s plenty to see underwater out at Cook Island, with its richly varied marine life and turtle colonies. Kirra Dive takes divers out there regularly, as well as offering a range of other dive trips and courses. They might be called Kirra but they’re actually based here in Tweed and I can personally recommend them, having done my advanced open water (PADI) with them several years ago. See when their next trip is planned at the Kirra Dive website. Location: 133 Wharf Street, Tweed Heads, opposite the Tweed Heads Bowls Club. Phone: 07) 55 3 666 22.
Sailing: Yes, the Tweed has a sailing club! Find out more at Tweed Valley Sailing Club or email email@example.com.
Free-form dancing: Movement Medicine is a dynamic movement dance practice that combines a holistic workout and meditation with free-flowing dance. Classes are held in Uki Friday nights and Wednesday mornings, and Kingscliff Monday nights. See Glodance for more details.
Explore the Border Ranges National Park: This national park is World Heritage-listed and offers a range of picnic areas, lookouts and walks to explore. You’ll get to see our magnificent Caldera and Mount Warning from some spectacular viewpoints. So pack a picnic or even your tent – there are camp-grounds at Sheep Station Creek and Forest Tops. Find out more about the Border Ranges National Park at Destination Tweed.
Cabarita Hill Rainforest Walk
Walk through remnants of a rare littoral (coastal) rainforest right alongside beautiful Cabarita Beach. It’s an easy stroll up from the Caba Surf Life Saving Club, with the path starting just in front of the pub (The Beach at Cabarita). It takes you through the rainforest where you’ll spot some lovely lizards and brush turkeys before you pop out the other side of the cliff. Norries Headland is just a little further on if you want to get those legs pumping! The top of the headland is a great spot for whale-watching during June-September.
Raining? Catch a movie! Check out the beautiful art deco Regent Cinema in Murwillumbah or the little art house cinema at Kingscliff. Or go mainstream at Tweed City Shopping Centre. See Cinemas in the Tweed.
Get arty: Take an art class with Kingscliff Arts, offering a range of classes from drawing and painting to crafts; for children and adults. See the Kingscliff Arts website for details. Castle on the Hill in Uki also run art classes, phone 02 6679 5442 or see the Castle on the Hill website.
More things to do
Coming soon – more details on the following:
- Learn to surf
- Hire a barbeque boat on the Tweed River
- Rainforest walks
- Picnic at three world-heritage national parks
- Climb Mount Warning (Wollumbin)
- Hire a bike
- crabbing trips
- Farmers and craft markets (see Local Produce)
- Swim in turquoise estuaries
- Yoga – various classes are held at Cabarita Beach, Pottsville, Kingscliff, Casuarina Rec Club and more.
- Meditation at Castle on the Hill (Uki)
- Take a cooking class
- Indulge in a luxury spa treatment
If you’ve got some insider’s info on things to do in the Tweed, we’d love you to share your knowledge by leaving a comment. Or get in touch.