Tourism in the Tweed Shire
The Tweed’s location is a natural winner for tourism. Positioned as it is on the southern border of the Gold Coast, with Brisbane less than 1½ hours by car and Sydney one hour by air (9 by car). Within minutes of the Gold Coast Airport and with an overnight passenger rail link to Sydney, the Tweed is readily accessible.
Surrounded by rainforests and National Parks and with the Tweed River and its tributaries flowing through the region, the Tweed has many attractions for visitors and provides a great environment for residents.
The Tweed is the sort of place where you can do anything - or nothing. From relaxing by the pool at your chosen accommodation, to hiking around a National Park or walking up Mt Warning to take in the view; from a dip in the cold waters of Natural Arch by day to gazing in wonder at Australia's largest glow worm colony in the same place by night; from small group 4WD rainforest adventure tours, horse-riding, scenic joyflights in a replica bi-plane or gyro plane, a round of golf, to fishing for your own crab lunch or gourmet seafood dining with Tweed River Catch a Crab tours, river cruises, water sports, theme parks and much, much more.
Accommodations vary from apartments, hotels and motels in Tweed Heads and Tweed South, 5 star complexes on the Tweed Coast, to boutique bed and breakfasts and eco tourism resorts in the hinterland.
As well as pristine rainforests, impressive mountains and beautiful countryside, the Tweed area is a haven for local craftspeople and you’ll enjoy discovering the many galleries and craft shops which display their wares or take a visit to the art gallery in Murwillumbah which hosts the richest portrait prize in Australia (the Doug Moran prize).
The climate of the Tweed is an added bonus: never too cold and rarely too hot, the balmy days of winter are especially attractive. It really is possible to enjoy the great outdoors all year round.
The history of the Tweed is reflected in some of the wonderful old buildings, including the heritage listed village of Uki and "Lisnagar" homestead, for those wanting to step back in time. For those wanting to go further back in history, the Midginbil Aboriginal Museum offers insights into our Aboriginal heritage and culture. Going back in time even further, the magnificent rainforests, with trees thousands of years old, the rock formations and mountains leave one in awe and inspired by the beauty.
Murwillumbah Rainforest and Information Centre is located just off the Pacific Highway at the main entry road into town. There is also a Tourist Information Centre in Tweed Heads on the northern gateway to the Tweed. In the year 2000 over 50,000 tourists were assisted by both the small contingent of full-time paid staff and larger contingent of local volunteers in both centres, with many more accessing the information available without needing personal assistance. With the Tweed being increasingly seen as a destination in its own right, rather than an "overnight stop" on the way to the Gold Coast or Byron Shire, that number is set to increase annually.
The growing tourism industry in the Tweed Shire is based on sustainable or "eco-tourism". The Shire Council, in conjunction with tourism operators and residents, is keen to ensure the natural beauty of the region remains uncompromised by inappropriate tourism developments. This ensures the continued attraction of the area to both domestic and international tourism.
Information Supplied by Clive & Tracy Parker
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