A Traveler's Guide To Kingscliff

Minjungbal Aborigine

Minjungbal Aborigine

Kingscliff is a quaint, picturesque little coastal town in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales. Sparsely populated, this enchanting region has a magical coastline that cradles several golden beaches, each one a surfers’ paradise like you’ve never seen.

Kingscliff beach.  Photo:  Eric Se

Getting Here

Kingscliff is located just south of the Queensland border. It’s located at a distance of 840 kilometers north of Sydney. Summertime is between November to March, and is probably the best time to visit this quaint little beach haven. Prices are high during this time, so if you don’t mind it colder, a visit in February is recommended. Kingscliff is a short distance away from the north of Byron Bay and the south of Gold Coast. It’s the ideal little haunt for a great weekend with the added benefit of cool day trips. Kingscliff is considered the emerging lifestyle capital of the North Coast. With its sensational beaches and distinct lifestyle, this region beckons people to come visit and also settle here.

Where To Stay

Mantra and Peppers are two well-known resort chains here, just outside the town. Both have pools and access to the beach, along with tennis courts, a gym, restaurants, running track and so on. If resorts are not your thing, you can look up online for privately-owned holiday homes in this area.

Experience The Perfect Coastal Holiday

Kingscliff is essentially a beach community. It offers the perfect opportunity for surfing, swimming, fishing and water sports. A series of golden beaches are cradled between the headlands in Kingscliff. On the southern edge, you’ll find a great reef break and some world-class surf breaks. Kingscliff beaches are unique in the sense that they are part of glamorous resorts, with metro-style cafes sprinkled around. Explore The Quaint City Kingscliff’s street landscaping is quaint and attractive. There’s a fair mix of good cafes, restaurants, galleries, shops and accommodation in this town. The main street, Marine Parade provides access to Kingscliff beach and creek. The city is not touristy and overcrowded like other beach destinations in NSW.

Visit Tweed Valley

Kingscliff is only a day trip away from Tweed Valley, a left-over crater from an enormous extinct volcano. A green tapestry of rainforests and farms carpet this crater, making it a lovely place to explore and linger. It’s a 15 minute drive to the New Tweed Coast from the Gold Coast Airport. From here, you can tour the entire region of Tweed Shire, including Kingscliff.

Photo:  Framton Goodman

Explore Aboriginal Heritage

The Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre is a must-visit, from an aboriginal cultural perspective. This center includes an art gallery a souvenir shop and a museum. Explore The Beautiful Tweed River At Tweed Heads, you can take a relaxing cruise on the Tweed River. You can also hire a houseboat or canoe and paddle along the river and discover its delights for yourself. The Tweed River is a day trip from Kingscliff, which is part of the Tweed Shire area.

Explore The Many Exotic Eateries

Kingscliff has many wonderful cafes and restaurants, with something for every palate. Notable eateries are the Zanzibar café, Kingscliff, Bistro of the Bowls Club, Mahsuri, Aquacraig, Saltbean Espresso Bar, Red Hot Thai and others. Each eatery has received great reviews. Apart from these eateries, there are many seafront cafes offering fish ‘n’ chips, the aussies beach staple.  

About the Author

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Teena Celis researches and recommends the best travel spots in Australia.  She now contributes freelance articles to "Adrenaline" on Australia’s exotic travel spots.

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