Tweed Coast Holiday Parks, NSW

By: CAMPER, Photography by: Supplied


Built on Crown land and managed by regional council, Tweed Coast Holiday Parks offer a chance to holiday in some of Australia’s most spectacular coastal locations.

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Quite unlike the cloth used to make snooty bespoke custom suits on London’s Savile Row, the tweed in Tweed Coast on New South Wales’ north coast is distinctively egalitarian.

It’s a region borne from the sweat and oil-stained labours of cane-farming families and, as such, retains a welcoming and open atmosphere, inviting visitors to feel quickly at-home and relaxed — a rare and welcome phenomenon of being able to arrive and begin valuable holiday time, without fuss.

Often, when arriving somewhere new or unfamiliar, there’s the necessary ritual of having to spend time getting a feel for the way things are before beginning the pre-holiday unwind. The Tweed Coast is so naturally laid back, the way things are promptly become apparent and understood, so the all-important unwind can commence forthwith — which is no small thing if you ask us here at Camper. Less time faffing about, more time holidaying!

We think the key to a good beachside holiday is the amount of time you can comfortably spend without footwear. All six (the are seven in total) of the Tweed Coast Holiday Park's we visited rated highly on the 'no-need-for-shoes' scale. Soft sand is nearby and plentiful — as well as the sound of breaking waves, everywhere inside the ear canal.

Here's a rundown on the choice of sites available. We’ve checked them all out and wholeheartedly endorse the lot. You couldn’t buy the land they’re built on with all the money in the world.

BOYD'S BAY

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Handily located a stone’s throw from Tweed Heads town centre, the Boyd’s Bay property is probably the most centrally located of the six Tweed Holiday Park properties we visited. It features an on-site boat ramp or, should you fancy — you can cast a line from shore, mere paces from where you’re based.

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Facilities include

  • Unpowered Tent Sites
  • Powered Tent Sites
  • Tourist Sites
  • Tourist Sites with Ensuites
  • Cabins without Ensuites
  • Luxury Cabins with Ensuites
  • Luxury Riverfront Cabins with Ensuites
  • Swimming Pool with Waterslide
  • Recreation Building
  • Children’s Playground
  • Outdoor Gym Equipment
  • Wi-Fi
  • Sheltered Barbeques
  • In Park Boat Ramp
  • Kiosk
  • Offsite Storage Area
  • No Pets
  • Recreation building with fully accessible amenity

FINGAL

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The beach out front is an absolute gem. In fact, we here at Camper reckon it’s up there with the best on the coast. When we visited, the time needed to boil and brew a cup of tea and be out on the beach, barefoot, for a morning stroll, was less than five minutes — and that includes the three or four minutes it took to make the tea!

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Cook Island is less than a kilometre from the shore and makes for an almost mesmerising presence on the horizon line. It truly is idyllic and, despite being about ten minutes from Tweed Heads town centre, when you’re on the beach or relaxing in your beachside accommodation, it seems you’re miles from anywhere. Pure escapism awaits.

Features include

  • Unpowered Tent Sites
  • Beachfront Powered Tent Sites
  • Tourist Sites
  • Beachfront Tourist Sites
  • Tourist Sites with Ensuites
  • Luxury Cabins with Ensuites
  • Luxury Beachfront Cabins and Villas
  • Surfari Tents
  • Sheltered Barbecues
  • Children’s Playground
  • Fully Accessible Amenities
  • Wi-Fi
  • No Pets

POTTSVILLE NORTH

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Pottsville is a gorgeous, sleepy yet spectacular town, unassuming but just as beautiful as many of its more well-known neighbours. You’ll probably find yourself pondering, like we did, why it doesn’t get the same hyped-up rap that other nearby places do, and then it dawns on you: "Shhhhhhhhh.."

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Pottsville North is a delightful secret; a sleepy yet energetic location with miles of glorious and largely empty Pacific beach awaiting your questing toes, only a lazy stroll from your front door.

Facilities include

  • Unpowered Tent Sites
  • Powered Tent Sites
  • Tourist Sites
  • Tourist Sites with Ensuites
  • Luxury Cabins
  • Surfari Tents
  • 2 Swimming Pools
  • Children’s Playground
  • Basketball Court
  • Volleyball Court
  • Wi-Fi
  • Offsite Storage
  • Sheltered Barbeque Areas
  • Camp Kitchen
  • Fully Accessible Amenities
  • No Pets

POTTSVILLE SOUTH

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Pottsville South Holiday Park is set up in probably the perfect family-friendly location, right on Mooball Creek inlet. The crystal-clear water straight out the back, protected from the rolling ocean swell, is perfect for the kids yet the full Pacific magificence and all its powerful majesty is right there, too.

Facilities include

  • Powered Tent Sites
  • Powered Waterfront Tent Sites
  • Tourist Sites with Double Wide Slabs
  • Tourist Sites with Ensuites
  • Waterfront Tourist Sites
  • Luxury Waterfront Villas
  • Fully Accessible Amenities
  • Wi-Fi
  • Waterfront BBQ’s
  • No Pets
  • Camp kitchen

HASTINGS POINT

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When Camper rolled into Hastings Point, Hollywood was in town for the filming of Aquaman. The carpark near the Hastings Point headland had been roped off and a temporary lighthouse — Aquaman’s house, apparently — had been erected by a squadron of film crew carpenters. "Well," we thought. "If it’s where Hollywood reckons Aquaman, King of the oceans, would hang his flippers, then it must be pretty good".

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But you don’t need Hollywood and a gaggle of red carpet-treading movie celebs to know the place is stunning. Anyone with eyes could tell this to be the case, just by standing there.

The Surfari tents at Hastings Point Holiday Park are next level. We’d have even prefered them to Aquaman’s lighthouse, but he’s half fish, so maybe that counts against him.

Facilities include

  • Unpowered Tent Sites
  • Powered Tent Sites
  • Tourist Sites
  • Surfari tents
  • Surfari tents with ensuites
  • In-park creek access walkway
  • Wi-Fi
  • Sheltered Barbeque area
  • Kiosk
  • No Pets
  • Headland primitive camping open during school holidays

KINGSCLIFF NORTH

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A compact and cosy holiday park smack bang in the dunes behind magnificent Kingscliff beach, only two kilometres from Kingscliff town centre. You can pull on some shorts and a tee shirt, don a straw hat, grab your purse or wallet and wander into town along the beach, barefoot, without once stepping on bitumen.

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There’s also a sister property in front of Kingscliff town centre right on the beach near the Cudgen Headland surf club, closed temporarily for major refurbishments, but due to re-open in March 22 2018.

Facilities include

  • Powered Tent Sites with Astroturf
  • Tourist Sites with Double Wide Slabs
  • Tourist Sites with Ensuites
  • Luxury Cabins with Ensuites
  • Luxury Beachfront Cabins and Villas
  • Beachfront surfari tents with ensuites
  • Fully Accessible Amenities
  • Wi-Fi
  • Sheltered Barbeque Areas
  • No Pets

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