Hidden mountain pools where the water feels like silk. Tumbling waterfalls framed by dewdrop-splashed ferns. Secluded picnic spots on the banks of a babbling brook. Cosy cabins with alfresco spas surrounded by lush sub-tropical rainforest. If ever a destination was designed for romance by Mother Nature herself, it would have to be the Tweed Valley in northern NSW.
Midway between the Gold Coast and Byron Bay and nestled within the caldera of an ancient volcano, the Tweed ticks every box for couples in search of the ultimate romantic getaway.
BEAUTIFUL SCENERY – Picture an enveloping, rich and fertile World Heritage rainforest. Imagine spectacular lookouts, perfect stops along an afternoon drive. Take a swim beside secluded waterfalls, or enjoy the rolling green hills, patch-worked farmlands and tranquil rivers.
COUNTRY DRIVES – Take a day trip through the countryside, meeting local characters at village markets, historic pubs, art studios, roadside stalls and in picturesque hamlets; or follow the coastline stopping for short walks, boutique shopping and beachfront dining. Try the local coffee at Flutterbies in Tyalgum, linger over lunch at Mavis’ Kitchen or stop in at the Modern Grocer for all your Gourmet Picnic needs.
TIME TOGETHER – Walk hand in hand along endless stretches of deserted beaches at sunrise, sunset and any time in between where you can be one with nature, no high-rises or beachside buildings as far as the eye can see. Then head to the succulent green of the peaceful, tranquil ancient rainforest walks where you can discover a hidden waterfall or dramatic lookout and get the sense that you are the only two people on earth.
ROMANCE AND CANDLES – From century old heritage seeped country pubs scattered through local villages and towns, to the sophistication of award winning ‘hatted’ restaurants presided over by celebrity chefs who really know how to make a special occasion ‘special’. Or the quirky local cafes where you can chat to the locals or a picnic created just for two, you will find anything your heart desires.
COSY ACCOMMODATION – Whether it’s a luxury spa lodge hidden in the rainforest, a private cabin nestled in the hills, a cheerful B&B or a five-star beachfront resort; where your every wish is their command; ultimately – the choice is yours. When it comes to spending time away together, there’s not much more you could ask for … After dinner why not head to the arthouse cinemas at Kingscliff and Murwillumbah.
Need more action? Why not hire a bike and explore the kilometres of oceanfront cycleway or the winding country roads of the valley. Take a kayak built for two from Watersports Guru in Kingscliff and spend the morning paddling through the wetlands to the beautiful expanse of Cudgen Lake. Go snorkelling or scuba-diving with turtles and (harmless!) leopard sharks at Cook Island or get up close and personal with migrating humpbacks on a whale watching cruise.
Try your hand at paddle board or why not learn to surf together? Climb to the summit of Mt Warning, take a night bushwalk to a secret glow-worm cave, go horseback riding, 4WDing or surfing at some of Australia’s best point-breaks and much, much more.
Tweed Tourism’s Visitor Information Centres at Tweed Heads and Murwillumbah have a wealth of information on what to do and where to stay during your Tweed getaway.