16 Things to do in Coolangatta & Tweed Heads

On the border of Queensland and New South Wales are the coastal twin towns of Coolangatta and Tweed Heads. They merge as one to form a laid-back region of great surf beaches, swimming beaches, coastal walks, water sports, tropical fruit, cafes, restaurants and plenty of things to do. I’ve put together a list of activities that will keep you occupied for a week.

1. Surf, swim, or laze on the beautiful beaches of Coolangatta and Tweed Heads

Snapper Rocks. Photo: Surf-prevention

2. Climb Fingal Head to Fingal Head Lighthouse

Photo: Ben Messina

3. Stroll along the Walk on Water Walking Track and visit the Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre.

Photo: Nolan White Photography

4. Go scuba diving, snorkeling with turtles, and diving with sharks.


5. Feed rainbow lorikeets, kangaroos and emus and interact with other Australian wildlife at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary


6. Explore Australia’s surf heritage at Surf World.


7. Walk to Point Danger Lookout and visit the Captain Cook Memorial. From this vantage point you can watch the surfers at Duranbah Beach, spot whales and dolphins, and enjoy the coastal vista. On a fine day there are views from Surfers Paradise to Byron Bay.

Duranbah Beach

8. Get up close to dolphins and whales on a dolphin and whale watching tour.

Coolangatta Whale Watching

9. Explore the Tweed River, see some local wildlife,  and learn about the region on a boat tour


10. Learn the heritage of the region at the Tweed Heads Historical Society

The Hokey Pokey contest on Greenmount Beach in 1953.

11. Get your adrenalin rush sky diving over the Gold Coast


12. Have a picnic lunch or BBQ and take in the views from Kirra Hill. With two gas BBQs a sheltered picnic table and sweeping views up both sides of the coast, dining tables don’t get much better than this!


13. Kayak or paddle board from Cudgen Creek near Kingscliff through changing landscapes of tea tree, mangroves, and subtropical rainforest to Cudgen Lake.


14. Pick up some organic local produce at the Farm Stall in Cudgen.


15. Try the regional produce in one of the local restaurants such as the Greenhouse Factory Restaurant and Bar


16. Treat yourself to one of the region’s day spas. The Spa at Salt is part of Peppers Resort. Sambara Spa is in a cottage by the sea. Both spas use cruelty-free products that respect the earth and help communities.

The Spa at Salt

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