One of the things we love most about living on the Gold Coast is how close we are to gorgeous beaches and waterways. When we are looking for somewhere to go for a day out we love to head down to the Tweed Coast.
Turning left at Tweed Heads will land you at the northern end of Kingscliff. Kingscliff is a lovely laid back spot with a real village atmosphere. It boasts a beautiful long beach, two beachfront caravan parks, a beachfront park, cycle/walking track as well as plenty of cafes and coffee shops.
At the southern end of Kingscliff you will find Cudgen Creek. A lovely clear inlet with break-walls on both sides. This was the perfect spot for a walk in the sun. We have previously seen dolphins playing in this inlet. But on this occasion there were just a couple of paddle boarders (you can hire them) and a couple of fishermen. One gentleman that I was chatting with hauled in 3 good size ‘black’ fish in the space of about 10 minutes. He told me they were quite good eating provided you ‘bled’ them as soon as you caught them. Interestingly he said he uses cabbage as bait to catch them and it certainly seemed to be working well! On the other side of Cudgen Creek there is more beach access as well as plenty of grassed picnic areas with BBQ’s and picnic tables.
Continuing our journey south we made our way through the flourishing beach-side suburb of Casuarina and on to the smaller town of Cabarita Beach. Despite the loads of holiday accommodation it still has that sleepy beach side village feel to it. It also sports one of the best lookouts along the Tweed Coast – Norries Headland. The walk up to Norries Headland is not to strenuous. It has steps and a boardwalk most of the way and once at the top the view is amazing! I could have spent the rest of the day just sitting there and taking in the view.
There is a great park at the bottom of the headland walk. When we were there, workmen were just putting the finishing touches to a new kids playground area and there are plenty of shady picnic areas and BBQ’s, as well as clean amenities.
Just a little further south are two more awesome seaside towns – Hastings Point and Pottsville, but our destination for lunch was a little further inland…the tiny village of Mooball and the Moo Moo Roadhouse.
Located on the Tweed Valley Way, the Moo Moo Roadhouse is one of Brenden’s regular stops in his truck and he had been promising to take me there for sometime. Apart from being a great spot to stop for lunch, it also has some interesting motor cycle memorabilia and a few other bits and pieces from days gone by on display. Anyone that is a bit of a bike enthusiast will enjoy having a look about.
The food menu is small but tasty and they make a great cup of coffee as well. While you are waiting for your food you can brush up on the history of some of our motor racing greats. Each table has pictures and bios of the likes of Peter Brock, Casey Stoner, Barry Sheene and Mick Doohan laminated on them.
Our last stop for the day was a very quick look into the Mount Warning National Park. It was much to late in the afternoon to even think about climbing it. It is almost a full days hike, but something I would like to do with the kids one day. Aside from that the area is very pretty and as it is so close to the Gold Coast it would be ideal for a weekend getaway. The camp area at Mt Warning Rainforest Park is spacious and grassy. Camp fires are allowed in designated spots so that is always a plus for us! The rest of the park looks a little ‘tired’ but it also appears that some work is being done about the place. It is definitely a spot we will head back to in the near future.