Kingscliff, located on the Tweed Coast with a population of just over 4000, is a beach side township that is a popular family destination which provides beach and estuary access for swimming, surfing, fishing and water activities.
A recent addition to the events calendar for Kingscliff is the Hyundai Malfunction 2009 longboard event. This is to take place in Kingscliff 25-29 March 2009
The kafe Fiesta Kingscliff Festival has been announces to take place 1st-3rd May 2009 and is promising to be a weekend of art displays, parades, food and music. Of course the award winning restaurants and cafes are open for business most days.
Also Kingscliff is the base for the 2009 World Rally Championships to take place in Monday 31st August to Monday 7th September 2009.
Below are some local attractions and things to do in Kingscliff and surrounding areas.
This is a popular destination for surfers, sun-lovers, people eager to do a little fishing, whether it be river or beach fishing, and those who just want a lazy, family holiday. The beaches in the Kingscliff area are particularly beautiful and far less crowded than the more popular beaches further north.
There are local farmers markets every second Saturday in the park on the Northern side of Kingscliff Bowls Club. The local market schedule around the area is as follows:
1st Saturday of the MonthBrunswick Heads
Murwillumbah Cottage Market
1st Sunday of the MonthPottsville Beach Markets (market opposite caravan park)
Banora Point Farmers Market (markets at Club Banora)
2nd Saturday of the MonthKingscliff Markets (200 metres north of Bowls Club)
2nd Sunday of the MonthThe Channon Market (bit of a drive but a market worthwhile)
3rd Sunday of the MonthBanora Point Farmers Market (markets at Club Banora)
4th Saturday of the MonthKingscliff Markets (200 metres north of Bowls Club)
5th Sunday of the MonthBanora Point Farmers Market (markets at Club Banora)
Kingscliff Bowls Club
Offers "barefoot bowls and brekky" every Sunday Morning for the novice or an ideal way to spend Sunday mornings.
Also of interest is a walk up to Fingal Lighthouse. Park on the road just past the Fingal Trading Post and there is an easy walk along the sand tracks and up to the lighthouse, where Cook Island can be seen off shore. Also see the Giants Causeway caused when molten volcanic rock solidified as it was cooled by the ocean many years ago.
Tropical Fruit World
Tropical Fruit World is an agri-tourist destination based around a tropical fruit plantation. It is open daily from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m., tel: (02) 6677 7222. To get there head west from Kingscliff along Cudgen Road for about 8 km and turn left onto Duranbah road (watch for the signposts). http://www.tropicalfruitworld.com.au/
WITHIN 30 MINUTES DRIVE
Another pleasant walk (although a much more difficult climb) is the walk up Mt Warning (follow the signs from Murwillumbah). Allow yourself 6 hours for the climb and bring sufficient water and wear suitable walking shoes. The descent track is the same as the ascent track.
Tumbulgum and Other Towns
A river township with a country pub, and ideal way to spend a few hours on the weekend. The Tweed Townships are worth a look. Cabarita Beach has a lovely headland that you can climb, Hastings Point has a lovely inlet and headland able to be driven on with great views, and Pottsville Beach has a nice inlet and river. 40 minutes drive down the coast is Byron Bay which is another day trip worth considering.
Tweed Regional Art Gallery, the home of the Moran Art Prize (the richest art prize for portraiture in Australia). Cnr Tweed Valley Way & Mistral Road, Murwillumbah Phone 02 6670 2790. Gallery hours Wed to Sun 10am to 5pm; gallery admission is free.
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Here you will see the largest collection of native Australian animals in the world! There are wildlife shows and enclosures featuring native animals. Have your photo taken with a cuddly koala and hand feed the kangaroos. Don't miss the famous wild lorikeet feeding at 8.00am and 4.00pm daily! Phone 1300 886 511 or http://www.currumbin-sanctuary.org.au/
THEME PARKS 50 MINUTES DRIVE; SURFERS PARADISE 40 MINUTES.
Dreamworld Theme Park and Whitewater World Theme Park
Dreamworld is an action packed adventure with the wildest rides and attractions in Australia. It is also the official home of the Australian Big Brother television series. Phone 0755 881122 or 1800 073 300 or http://www.themeparksgoldcoast.com/
Visit Warner Bros. As the only Australian movie related theme park, with all the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. Meet your favourite stars and enjoy all the behind-the-scenes action, comedy stunts and exhilarating rides, shows and attractions! Phone 133 386 or online bookings http://www.theme-parks.com.au/
Visit Sea World on Australia's Gold Coast! See marine life wonders and experience a world of amazing rides, shows and attractions at a theme park favourite! Phone 0755 882205 or online bookings http://www.theme-parks.com.au/
Wet and Wild
Visit Wet'n'Wild Water World, Australia's premier water theme park on the Gold Coast. Enjoy the world's latest slides, pools and attractions at the largest Australian water theme park. Phone 0755 732255 or online bookings http://www.theme-parks.com.au/
The Australian Outback Spectacular
The Australian Outback Spectacular, is a unique show capturing Australian Outback and positioned right next to Warner Bros. Movie World - the Gold Coast's premiere theme park. Ph 133386 or online bookings http://www.theme-parks.com.au/
Highlights are the 6WD trip to the top of Banana Mountain, the Friendship Farm and the Wildlife Sanctuary - a free-range enclosure featuring kangaroos, wallabies, emus, koalas, wombats, pademelons and a lake with waterbirds. Other attractions are the Banana Garden, the Gardens of Australia, a family restaurant, walking tracks, and a giftshop. It is open from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. daily, tel: (02) 6677 1215
The latest in thrill rides located in Cypress Avenue just north of Surfers Paradise. Ph 0755 390474 or http://www.flycoaster.com/
Jet Ski Safaris Gold CoastEscorted jet ski safaris, hourly or extended safaris. Highly recommended! Mariners Cove, Main Beach (north of Surfers Paradise) 0409 754538
See below for Photos showcasing Kingscliff
Beach fishing in the mist
"Just keep those highrises over that side of the water"
Sunset over the Golf Club
Path to Fingal Lighthouse
A steaming sea, Dreamtime Beach
Cook Island, Fingal Head
South Kingscliff Beach
Sunrise, Tweed River
December 2002 Morning at Cudgen Creek
Winter Sunset- Tweed River, Chinderah
Bushfire Sunset, October 2002
Farrants Road, Duranbah
Mouth of the shallow Cudgen Creek, Kingsclif
Beach Tracks, South Kingscliff Beach