Take the road less travelled and discover the Tweed Valley that stretches from our own Gold Coast across the border to Byron Bay in NSW. You will see it all: seaside villages, dairy farms, rural landscapes and towns with their own unique cultures.

How many times have you made the trip to the Gold Coast but never detoured? Drive for around 75 minutes and discover something new – a range of local communities with village charm and scenic highlights in the Tweed Valley.

You may well know the main centres of Tweed Heads, Murwillumbah and Kingscliff, but explore the nearby seaside fishing villages, rainforest hideaways in the Valley, and nomadic lifestyles. See the Giant’s Causeway at Fingal Headland, the result of cooling of lava which flowed from the Tweed Volcano more than 22 million years ago. The remaining rock formations sit beneath Fingal Lighthouse like protective columns. Check out the lighthouse too – only seven metres high but still a functioning light house.

Hanging Rock Falls is a swimming hole with a depth that has never been successfully measured. Some say it is bottomless but what we do know is that it is slippery, take care! Access it from Wadeville. Visit the Hare Krishna community’s 900-acre certified organic farm at Eungella, 10km from Murwillumbah in the foothills of Mt Warning. It’s open on Sunday afternoons for a vegetarian feast for a gold coin donation.

Snorkel with the loggerhead turtles at Cook Island, 600 metres offshore from Fingal Head . “Walk on water” at the Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre in South Tweed Heads on a raised timber boardwalk that passes over the river flats. Bushwalk through numerous national parks, stop in the towns and villages for a bite or swim in the ocean or fresh water creeks. Fish in the deep sea or on the beach. But  this is a day trip you will need to do again and again before you can discover all that it has to offer.

Distance from Brisbane: 100km+ from Brisbane.

Five things to see and do:

  1. Visit the Giant’s Causeway at Fingal Headland
  2. Snorkel with the turtles off Cook Island
  3. Sample toe organic fare at Uki
  4. Visit the “Bush Tucker Man” Buck Buchanan’s roadside stall and tour his bush tucker garden at Chillingham
  5. Enjoy the sunset followed by a good meal at the Tumblegum Tavern.