With golden beaches tucked in between headlands, Kingscliff is a popular holiday destination for those who are drawn to the water. The town is set just south of Tweed Heads in New South Wales and provides permanent residence for only about 6,000 people, which makes it a calm locale for a private getaway. Because Kingscliff is only 15 minutes from the Gold Coast Airport, visitors never have an issue reaching their home for the holidays. The laidback vibe of the coastal town is complemented by an eclectic mix of upscale holiday rental options, such as apartments, condos and houses, as well as restaurants and shops.
When you are not spending your days on the beach, you can focus on rejuvenating your body. There are multiple spas in Kingscliff, all of which offers a variety of treatment options. After a sometimes long drive or flight to Kingscliff, release the tension from your body with a deep tissue or hot stone massage. If you did not have a chance to get your feet sandal-ready before departure, indulge in a pedicure. Before you head back home from your holiday, renew the moisture in your skin by getting a facial. No matter what option you choose, the day spas in Kingscliff allow you to return home feeling like a whole new person.
Kingscliff harbours a number of pristine beaches, many of which are less-frequented and provide plenty of privacy and room to spread out. The sand is ideal for building sandcastles, and the clear blue waters make a great playground. Snorkel in the waters surrounding Kingscliff to catch glimpses of colourful fish and of sea turtles. Head out a little further to snorkel among the coral reefs. Surfing is always an option, as Kingscliff is known for its world-class surf breaks. For a low-key way to get in the water, try swimming or fishing in the local estuaries. The main beach in Kingscliff is patrolled on weekends.
Use Kingscliff as your home base to explore the surrounding region. Because Tweed Heads is located in the crater of an extinct volcano, the land is rich and plays host to lush rainforests and green farmland. Tropical Fruit World is a fun family destination; while there, jump on a train ride, taste locally grown fruit, take a cruise on the waterways, walk through the fauna park and sample organic beauty products. Another family-friendly destination, Cudgen Nature Reserve, to see koalas and other wildlife in their natural habitat, to camp and barbecue near a glistening lake and to take in the scenery, which includes mountains, heaths and the hinterland.
Kingscliff’s city centre is booming with life, although this town has a small population. The main street, Marine Parade, is so iconic that a scene in the 2007 movie, Aquamarine, was shot here. Cafes and high-end dining establishments alike line the streets, and many of them offer outdoor seating to allow you to take in the salt-scented air while you dine. With the surrounding farmlands, only the freshest produce is used, making Kingscliff a gourmet food lover's playground.
Also downtown, there are many boutique shops and all of the conveniences and amenities you need while on holiday. Twice-monthly farmers markets allow you to take fresh ingredients back to your rental to create meals of your own. Festivals and events are also regular occurrences in the downtown area.
Hot sunny summers, which run from December to February, and cool, mild winter months make Kingscliff an ideal destination throughout the year. This family-friendly holiday hotspot offers plenty to do no matter the season and gives you the opportunity to explore the water and the inland alike while enjoying a relaxing break.