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5 Reasons To Book A Tweed Holiday

The Tweed region is rich in foodie delights, with an alternative edge and an enviable art scene, plus plenty of facilities to ensure a stay is accessible to all.

I’ve ventured up and down the East Coast of Australia many times, and while I’ve stayed at Byron Bay and hopped across the border to the Gold Coast, I’d totally overlooked the Tweed Region – until last year. Over several days, I discovered that the Tweed is rich in foodie delights, has an alternative edge, an enviable art scene, and plenty of facilities to ensure a stay is accessible to all. My visit was all too short, but here’s what delighted and excited me about the Tweed.

1. The Tweed Coast

Boasting an abundance of long stretches of golden sand, it’s impossible to resist the lure to get down to the water’s edge and dip your toes in the ocean.

With four beach wheelchairs available to borrow for free, the Tweed Coast offers locals and visitors a chance to do just that.

Planks for accessibility and a wheelchair access sign at a beach on the Tweed coast
Borrow a beach wheelchair and get down to the water on the Tweed Coast.

The beach wheelchairs are located at Fingal Head Beach Surf Lifesaving Club, Cabarita Beach Surf Lifesaving Club, Tweed Holiday Park, and Tweed Heads Community Centre. Visitors can also request the Tweed Heads-based chair be transported to any Tweed Coast beach.

For enquiries and bookings, call (07) 5569 3110.

2. Tweed Aquatic Centre Murwillumbah

Whether you like to swim laps, leisurely float, or do some rehab, the Tweed Aquatic Centre Murwillumbah offers an all-weather facility with excellent accessible features.

The indoor aquatic centre is well-equipped for visitors with mobility restrictions, offering ramp entry into the pool, water wheelchairs, and a hoist for transferring. An adult-size change bed and unisex bathroom are also available.

The Centre accepts the Australian Companion Card, so a family member or carer can lend assistance without charge.

Ramp leading down into a therapy pool at the Tweed Aquatic Centre Murwillumbah
The Tweed Aquatic Centre Murwillumbah is the perfect place for leisure and rehab.

3. Tropical Fruit World

Boasting more than 500 tropical fruits from around the world, Tropical Fruit World is where your taste buds will be tantalised and your knowledge of exotic fruits will grow.

With an orchard filled with produce, you can be assured that morning tea or lunch at the Plantation Cafe is created using the best seasonal produce from Tropical Fruit World and the neighbouring farms. If you’re inspired to create your own culinary magic, stop in at the Plantation Market to stock up on fresh produce. The market is open every day (except Christmas Day).

Tropical Fruit World offers a farm tour of the orchard and property. Participating in this tour does require some mobility, to negotiate the steps to access the tractor train. Contact Tropical Fruit World prior to booking to ensure your needs can be met.

Flat barrier-free entrance to the Plantation Cafe at Tropical Fruit World
Nothing will make you feel more like you’re on holiday than munching on exotic fruit at Tropical Fruit World.

Accessible parking, step-free access (entry to the store and cafe is a little steep), and a unisex accessible bathroom are available.

4. Husk Farm Distillery

On the drive to Husk Farm Distillery, located in the town of Tumbulgum, you’ll see fields of sugar cane. It’s the not-so-secret ingredient in the unique rum produced at Husk Distilleries.

Using a farm-to-bottle process, Husk grows the sugar cane, distills, and bottles its product all on the property. While I don’t drink rum, I did indulge and savour the Husk Ink gin, infused with Butterfly Pea flower. Whether you are a rum or gin drinker, Husk Distillery is also a beautiful location for a meal.

Husk offers accessible parking, barrier-free access throughout, and a unisex accessible bathroom.

A tray of cocktails in martini classes with a man wearing a Husk Distillery t-shirt visible in the background
Relax with a home-grown tipple at Husk Farm Distillery.

5. Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre

This regional gallery serves up more than a little culture, while offering stunning views of Wollumbin (Mt Warning) and the surrounding countryside. Showcasing art from local and international artists the gallery provides ease of access throughout.

The Margaret Olley Art Centre is not to be missed. The centre is a wonderful celebration of the artist’s life and work. Visitors to the centre can see a range of Olley’s art works and a recreation of her Paddington studio. Each piece of furniture, and her many knick knacks, were taken from her home studio and painstakingly recreated in the Art Centre.

A wall with several paintings hung in a row at the Tweed Regional Gallery
Easy access art to capture your imagination at the Tweed Regional Gallery.

I didn’t leave the exhibition feeling any better about my own artistic endeavours, but I did feel quite satisfied with my housekeeping skills. Let’s just say Margaret believed in devoting herself entirely to her art, and is quoted as saying “who wants to chase dust all their life?”.

Free guided tours are offered at 11.30AM on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.

The Tweed Regional Gallery also offers a fantastic Art & Dementia program. Accessible undercover parking, lift access to the gallery, and a unisex accessible bathroom are all available at the gallery.

More Tweed Delights

For an old-school, bigger-than-you-can-handle burger and a ’50s style milkshake, stop in at The Austral Cafe and Bakery in Murwillumbah. Some mobility is needed to negotiate the two stairs at the entrance, but the delicious hearty meal is worth it.

Animal lovers won’t want to miss a day trip to Hosanna Farmstay to hold a baby chick and feed the goats and cows. Pathways lead around the property, but guests should prepare for rustic farm conditions (like uneven surfaces and inclines). Farm tours are offered for visitors who have the mobility to climb into the tractor.

This story first appeared in Travel Without Limits. Subscribe to the magazine here.

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