A Laid-back and Quieter Holiday Destination

Kingscliff, New South Wales

Kingscliff in Brief

To many holiday makers to this beautiful part of Northern New South Wales will tell you that “life is a breeze in Kingscliff”. Kingscliff, a small coastal beach side town is located, 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 stretched from Cabarita in the south of Fingal Head in the north. Kingscliff was once an epic centre for timber cutting and shipment in 1840s because of its richness of the area in the hinterland. Today, it is a popular destination for visitors who prefer laid-back and quieter alternative holidays. The changes began to take place in the area at a dramatic pace and the area further north of Kingscliff – Coolangatta and Tweed Heads became popular holiday destination for many Australian and overseas tourists. Eventually, Kingscliff was developed as a quieter destination.

Why Go?

HastingPoint2If you’ve been to Kingscliff, you will know what seaside lifestyle is like.  It is 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.

After living in northern Queensland for many years, I was well and truely due for a visit to this quiet, laid-back and sunshine place, south of Queensland border, just 15 minutes from Goldcoast airport in the Northern Rivers Region. It was time to investigate this beautiful part of Australia. This great coastal town of Kingscliff has everything to suit all budgets, tastes and holiday types.

Getting there?

 After landing in Brisbane airport, without any delay, I packed my rented car and took on the “Freeway” down to Goldcoast. Just few kilometres past the Goldcoast’s main hub of Surfers Paradise, I stopped for a delicious takeaway fish and chips by seaside before conitnuing my very short drive to Kingscliff, just 15 minutes from Tweed Heads crossing the Queensland border south of Tweed Heads.

My Highlights

The following day, it was time to investigate this tiny tourist hub which I heard so much about. Kingscliff is a small beach community as well as tourist destination for sun, sea and surf lovers that provides beautiful ocean beach and fantastic estuary access for swimming, fishing and all water sports. Kingscliff is all this and much. It is safe and relaxing atmosphere. It was a near-perfect climate during summer periods where I had to enjoy fresh air and sunshine every day. I have found that it is one of the hot spots which is loved by caravanners, campers and motor-homers with everything within walking distance. This was a holiday where I had to park my rented car and not have to use it again, Kingscliff is the spot.

It was entirely possible to get around by foot and I visited many attractions in the area. Since I came for a laid-back and quiet getaway, it didn’t appeal to drive further north to Surfers Paradise. The main attraction in Kingscliff, is the beach and the town is connected and accessible to all roads from the south, north and west. 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. It offers something for everyone and I had to stroll along the beach on any given day, I could see all the activity from sunbathing, fishing to surfing. As I love taking the time out of a stressful day, I had to sit back and admire the surfers. Yes, each time I stroll along the beach, there were plenty of locals displaying their talents on surf boards, booggie boards and stand up paddle boards. At times, it was a little overcast and windy but it didn’t stop the tourists from enjoying this pocket of paradise just Iike I was.

There are numerous walks with well-paved pathways and boardwalks that leads to beaches, amazing views and lookouts. Every surrounding areas were amazingly so beautiful. I took a stunning walk along Cudgen Creek, with fantastic views along the way where I conitnued on through Faulks Park then back along Cudgen Creek. It is nice and easy walk and I took my time as there were many other people riding bikes and walking too. I stopped and checked out the local estuary with activity going on which every way I looked. I simply enjoyed a quick swim into the cool crystal clear waters to cool off without having to worry about stingers or crocodiles.



Exploring the area

Getting around in Kingscliff was easy and everything I needed was within walking distance.  I had to leave my car parked at my holiday apartment for days without using it. With only one main street in the town, it is alive with busy cafes and restaurants. When it was time for dinner, there were plenty of options for me but fish and chips was the perfect end to a big day.

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. I simply came here to experience quiet and secluded getaway. This place thrills me everywhere I went to.

To fully enjoy my stay in Kingscliff and make the most of the town’s attractions, I stayed for ten-days 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. Undoubtedly, with this holiday style, 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 leave or even move out of this town.


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. Remember to stay longer and enjoy it more.




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No need to be sorry. Enjoy your trip back. I know you have other committments as well, my communication with you was just one part of it. Cheers


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