Tweed Tourism have released a number of self-guided tour itineraries for the traveller’s convenience. For more information, call 1800 674 414 or visit www.tweedtourism.com.au.
The Tweed Valley boasts six National Parks which form part of the World Heritage listed Gondwana Rainforests of Australia. These include Mt Warning, Border Ranges, Lamington, Springbrook, Nightcap and Mooball. The Rainforest Way is a series of loops and trails connecting the Tweed National Parks with other rainforest areas in Northern NSW and south-east Queensland, all of which feature excellent bushwalking trails, waterfalls, bush swimming holes, spectacular lookouts and barbeque/picnic facilities. For a comprehensive breakdown of the trails see www.rainforestway.com.au.
The Seafood Discovery Trail extends along 35kms of coastline from Currumbin to Cabarita, offering a self-guide itinerary to exploring the rich abundance delivered by the oceans and rivers of the Southern Gold Coast and Tweed regions. Along the way, you’ll discover an unforgettable culinary and activity-based experience, incorporating everything from fine dining restaurants and specialty cafes through to local favourite fish and chip takeaways and fresh seafood co-ops. You can even catch your own ocean harvest on a deep-sea fishing charter or haul in the crab-pots for a feast of local muddies. See www.seafooddiscoverytrail.com.au.
The Tweed Valley is home to some of Australia’s oldest country pubs. Here you can drink in stunning views of Mt Warning from the old verandah of the Mt Warning Hotel, soak up the sun at the Bruns, prop up the bar once presided over by Australia’s oldest publican and toast the sun set over the river at the legendary Tumby Pub. The full tour, including maps and full driving directions, is available from Tweed Tourism.
Take a break from the beaches and explore the rural villages and communities of the Tweed Valley. Taking the Murwillumbah turn-off from the Pacific Motorway, stop at Murwillumbah to pick up your maps at the World Heritage Rainforest Centre and to browse the shops and art galleries. You can then head out on a loop circuit to: Crystal Creek (Crystal Creek Miniatures and the Parrot Garden Café), Chillingham (Buck Buchanan’s bush tucker garden tour), Tyalgum (lunch or a coffee stop at Flutterbies), Mt Warning National Park (Lyrebird Track through the rainforest), Mavis’ Kitchen (if you missed lunch at Tyalgum), and back through Murwillumbah to Tumbulgum to finish with a cool drink and great river views at the Tumby Pub.
Introduce your family to the Tweed’s artworks and artists on the Tweed Art Trail, which incorporates a rich tapestry of galleries, artist studios, artist co-ops, workshops and public art displays starting at Point Danger on the NSW/Queensland border and travelling to every corner of the valley. Brochures for this trail are available at Tweed Tourism Visitor Information Centres in Murwillumbah and Tweed Heads, as well as at the Tweed River Regional Gallery.