ELISA ELWIN winds down in an absolute waterfront family cabin at this perfectly situated holiday park on the NSW far north coast
The Tweed Coast is a place where holidays take you from endless beaches and tranquil waterways to luscious hinterland. Relax, unwind and immerse yourself in beauty and nature in this sub-tropical region.
Just 45 minutes’ drive from the Gold Coast and 90 minutes’ drive from Brisbane, Tweed Holiday Parks Pottsville South is perfectly situated beside the year-round calm waters of Mooball Creek. It’s just a short stroll from the beaches and Pottsville shops.
There are accommodation options to suit every budget with 11 cabins, 3 ensuite sites, 69 tourist sites and 12 tent sites. The family cabins have two bedrooms, a full kitchen, reverse cycle air-conditioning and, best of all, a deck overlooking the water, 100m from Mooball Creek. The Park is well laid out, with features including a camp kitchen, barbecue, laundry, toilets and showers, Wi-Fi and access to a beach wheelchair.
Water activities rule here, with the creek and a patrolled surf beach both a short walk away. A popular fishing spot for locals, Mooball Creek is also safe for swimming, stand-up paddle boarding and family fun. Bikes can be hired from the office, so don’t worry about bringing your own.
Food and Drink
Self-catering is the go, made simpler with an IGA a five-minute walk away. There’s also a terrific selection of eateries close by, including bakeries, cafes and pizza bars. If your tastebuds run to delicious Japanese, head to Izakaya Potts. If you want to wander a little further afield, head to Cubby Bakehouse at Chinderah for excellent coffee and a choice of mouth-watering sweet and savoury pastries and bakery items. Or book a babysitter for a memorable night without the kids at Halcyon House’s award-winning, hatted restaurant, Paper Daisy, under the deservedly lauded chef, Jason Barrett.
The Tweed abounds with fun family activities. Head to Hosanna Farmstay in the hinterland to feed the animals, watch the chicks hatch, or take a swim in the dam. Bring a picnic lunch or order local produce from the cafe. Make sure to book ahead for your Day Visit Pass and the hay bale farm tour, and grab an Adventure Passport at check-in to keep everyone busy with fun challenges. At Tropical Fruit World you can hop on a tractor train, feed the animals, spot wildlife on a boat cruise, ride the miniature train, play putt-putt golf and, of course, taste exotic fruit. Did I mention there are more than 500 varieties of fruit over the 70ha of this working farm? A short drive from Kingscliff, you can’t miss The Big Avocado. Join a guided farm tour or check ahead for workshops such as the Little Farmers Fruit Forager Tour. There’s also a Plantation Store, Market and Cafe to refuel and buy local products and produce to take home. Your kids can also become a Junior Adventure Guru (JAG) with the energetic and inspiring ‘Chief Fun Officer’ and Watersport Guru founder, Tim Jack Adams. The JAG two-hour nature play program runs every Sunday from 9am until 11am and mid-week during school holidays, with stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, snorkelling, creek explorations, outdoor education and fun team challenges. Also check out the ‘Snorkel with Turtles’ tour for a whole family experience with kids six years and older. Voted the Best Wildlife Experience on the Gold Coast, you will cruise 1km off Fingal Headland to Cook Island, which has a permanent population of Green, Hawksbill and Loggerhead Turtles. This wildlife water adventure is sure to be the highlight of your Tweed holiday.
The writer was a guest of Tweed Holiday Parks Pottsville South and The Tweed Tourism Company.