There's more to South East Queensland than the nightlife and glammer of the Gold Coast. The Gold Coast hinterland and Tweed Valley are often described as the Green behind the Gold, offering more natural experiences.
Tweed Heads offers great beaches and amazing waterways for boating and fishing.
Coolangatta has Restaurants from all nationalities, you can take your pick any night of the week.
There's also farm tours and local markets to explore.
Enjoy many events including food tours and talks, local and visiting Chef demonstrations. We're surrounded by National Parks offering amazing views or bush walking opportunities. Take time out to enjoy our destination all year round.
EXPLORING THE REGION
Tweed Regional Art Gallery and Cafe, and Margaret Olley Art Centre:
Situated in the rolling hills behind Murwillumbah, overlooking Wollumbin-Mt Warning, the Gallery and Cafe are a great blend of art, food and the best of local views. The Margaret Olley Art Centre features a replica of Margaret's studio home in Sydney. The Tweed Gallery Café is the ideal place to take time out and relax with good food and great coffee, either before or after your Gallery visit.
Madura Tea: You’ve probably seen Madura Tea in the supermarket – their English Breakfast, Earl Grey and Green Tea varieties are sold widely across the country. Their 250,000 tea bush plantation is located right here in the Tweed where they grow, blend and package more than 24 varieties including Chai and herbal teas such as native Lemon Myrtle. You can even explore the Madura Tea plantation on a one hour tour of Australian’s only sub-tropical tea plantation. Tours run at 10am and 11.30am on Tuesdays. Tours encompass cultivating, manufacturing, blending and packaging of Madura teas.
Chillingham Bushtucker is a great stop on a day trip around the Hinterland. Stroll around the bush tucker garden or have a picnic and enjoy the atmosphere. Banana Cabana sells tropical fruit and exotic local speciality foods, and is 13 minutes south of Natural Bridge in the Gold Coast hinterland on the Nerang Murwillumbah Road.
Mavis's Kitchen only use fresh and organic produce to serve simple, home cooked and unpretentious dishes in a beautiful environment. Much of what you’ll have for lunch or dinner comes from the vegetable and herb garden that meanders through the orchard on their property. The property is located at the foot of Wollumbin-Mount Warning in the lush Tweed Valley, just an hour’s drive from either Byron Bay or Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast. In this tranquil retreat, you’ll feel worlds away.
Murwillumbah Farmers Market (Caldera Farmers Market) – local produce from the region, every Wednesday from 7-11am at the Murwillumbah Showgrounds on Queensland Road, Murwillumbah.
Whale Watching trips operate from Tweed Heads from May-October. Adventure Guru also offer small boat trips to Cook Island for snorkelling with turtles, whale watching and diving. Adventure Guru also hire Stand Up Paddle boards and run kayak fishing trips in Cudgen Creek in Kingscliff.
We love our food and wine. The Tweed regions fertile volcanic soil produces the most fresh, flavourful produce all year round. Attracting some of Australia’s finest chefs and most awarded restaurants who transform this locally grown produce into mouth-watering delights.
Next time you're staying at BIG4 Tweed Billabong, why not try out a local food gem or two.
With 35km of coast, rivers and estuaries, the Tweed is renowned for fresh local seafood.
Local oysters. There are several oyster farms along the Tweed River and Terranora Inlet, with local varieties similar to the Sydney rock oyster. You can buy them direct from the local co-ops on Kennedy Drive, or visit the Birds Bay Oyster Farm to see how they’re harvested and shucked. It’s on Birds Bay Drive, West Tweed Heads.
Local prawns. Head to the Tweed Marina on River Terrace early in the morning to meet the trawlers and buy prawns, bugs, and a variety of local fish literally fresh off the boats.
For an easier option, drop into Scales Seafood at 47 Kennedy Drive and choose from a range of crabs, prawns, Balmain or Moreton Bay bugs, oysters, mussels and fresh fish. You can take it home to cook or get them to cook it for you and eat it across the road on the picturesque banks of the Tweed River.
While exploring this fantastic area, stay at BIG4 Tweed BIllabong Holiday Park.