Kingscliff, New South Wales




Hidden location with a view to kill

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Life is a breeze in Kingscliff

Brief History

After the arrival of the Europeans in 1770s, the changes began to take place in the area at a dramatic pace. The richness of the area in the hinterland, mainly timber were being cut and shipped abroad in 1840s. By 1930s the area further north of Kingscliff – Coolangatta and Tweed Heads were becoming popular holiday destination for Australian and overseas tourists. Eventually, Kingscliff was developed as a quieter destination. Today, it is a popular destination for visitors who prefer laid-back and quieter alternative holidays.

Why Go?

If you’ve been to Kingscliff in New South Wales, just south of Queensland border, you will know what seaside lifestyle is like. It’s what you might imagine paradise to look like. Beautiful and deserted beaches, scrubs and forests perfectly lay along the coastline, rolling sand dunes that give way to long stretches of pristine beaches and the vast blue ocean beyond. Yes, I couldn’t avoid spending sometime on this beautiful part of Australia.

Deserted beach with a thrilling view
Stunning view

Getting there?

Kingscliff is located 820km north of Sydney and only 115km south-east of Brisbane. It is a small coastal beach side town, north of New South Wales nestled between the Tweed River (the mouth lies further north at Tweed Heads) and a run of attractive beaches which stretch from Cabarita in the south to Fingal Head in the north. It is only a short drive away from the Queensland border south of Tweed Heads. 

Getting to Kingscliff is accessible by road from Sydney but can take few days of driving, Alternatively, any visitors may want to fly into Brisbane and take a few hours of driving to GoldCoast. But the easiest option for anyone is to fly direct to Coolangatta, in GoldCoast and take a drive from there. Driving to Kingscliff from GoldCoast takes only 15-20 minutes from the Queensland border.

Kingscliff is all this and much. It is safe and relaxing atmosphere. You will find a near-perfect climate during summer periods where you could enjoy fresh air and sunshine every day. You will be likely to be happier than ever as you will have the world-class and perfect holiday destination are so close at hand. 

Where to stay?

There are various types of accommodations in the area to suit all budget ranging from resorts, backpacker, holiday houses, apartments, B&Bs and camping nearby. Also, this place offers a range of properties throughout the area to fit most holiday styles and budgets.

Popular Attractions

It is entirely possible to get around by foot and visit many attractions in the area, unless you prefer to drive further north to Surfers Paradise. Kingscliff is a beach side town that is connected and accessible to all roads from the south, north or west, driving around made it possible for me to take time and see more of the surrounding areas during my visit. Kingscliff is home to beautiful beaches and relaxed lifestyle by the beach side makes it one of the hot spots for going out to enjoy variety of places wether at the cafes, restaurants or sunbath at the sandy beaches. 

There are numerous walks with well-paved pathways and boardwalks that leads to beaches, amazing views and lookouts. Every surrounding areas are amazingly so beautiful. Simply, take a dip into the cool crystal clears waters without worrying about stingers or crocodiles. Though it only takes 20-30 minutes of drive to GoldCoast’s main tourist hub, surface-Paradise, pristine, many holiday makers come to experience quiet and secluded getaways. This place thrilling everywhere.

Crystal clear waters
Well-paved pathways

Exploring the area

Getting around in Kingscliff is easy and everything you need is within walking distance. This also means that you’re able to leave your car parked at your accommodation for days without using it. With only one main street in the town, it is alive with busy cafes and restaurants. From what I have seen, experienced and spoken to tourists in the cafes, restaurants or pubs, I must say, it is a destination that is favoured by many year after year and without a doubt it is loved by locals.

For those who are taking a drive further south beyond Kingscliff, I would highly recommend to take a detour from the main road as it is tucked away off the Pacific Highway. You have to make sure that you make a right hand turn for a short visit as drive along. Kingscliff is one of the great place to start your journey if you’re travelling further south.

To fully enjoy my stay in Kingscliff and make the most of the town’s attractions, I stayed for a week which gave me enough time to enjoy the sun, sand and surf as well as getting to sample some of the beautiful attractions with a feel of laid-back factor and undoubtedly, this is where the true heart of Kingscliff shines. Staying in one of the apartments just metres away from the beach with private gardens that over-looked right out to the ocean was just a perfect getaway. I certainly, had plenty of space to enjoy the tranquil atmosphere and what an ideal introduction to the area. I can see why locals love it here and many of them had never had the desire to move out of this town.

Well-paved pathways

The township of Kingscliff is within close proximately to a number of beachside towns including Hasting Point and Portsville which have endless attractions on what to see and do. They all have its own unique stunning views of beautiful beaches, lookouts, camping sites, boardwalks and parklands. Many visitors come here to enjoy the sun, sand and surf in a more laid-back relaxing atmosphere.  

For those visitors wanting to explore and enjoy more of the towns lifestyle and surrounding countryside, take time to stay a little longer and you will appreciate what this laid-back beachside town and its surrounding has to offer. Yes, stay longer and enjoy it more.



Papua New Guinean living in Cairns, Australia. Weekend getaway adventurer and Free-Independent-Traveller (FIT). Lover of unique and exotic travel experiences with a touch of luxury. Follow me to my travel world, brining you closer to your destination.

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