From ocean view coastal roads to the winding country byways of the Valley, the Tweed offers the perfect destination for driving escapes.
The Tweed is a region that’s made for driving. A journey by car is one of the best ways to discover the spectacular natural beauty, art, food, history and culture of the region. From the scenic roads of the Coast, to the winding country trails of the Valley there are plenty of themed options to choose. Here we’ve featured 6 of our favourite drives. For more detailed information you can download a brochure from our website or pick up a copy from our Visitor Information Centres at Tweed Heads, Murwillumbah and Kingscliff.
#1 Wollumbin Mt Warning Circuit – Half Day Tour – 79km
The Tweed Valley is home to one of the world’s largest eroded volcanic calderas. Explore this ancient region by car and discover the quaint towns and villages of the Tweed Valley. Start at the Visitor Information Centre in Murwillumbah to pick up a map. Stop for morning tea in the main street and explore the art deco architecture of the 1940s. Make your way out to Crystal Creek, Chillingham and Limpinwood where you can experience stunning views of the western rim of the caldera. Journey to Tyalgum for a lunch break then make your way through Eungella. From here you can head back to Murwillumbah or journey a little further to explore the charming village of Uki.
#2 Border Ranges Circuit – Full Day Tour – 191km
Border Ranges National Park is one of Northern NSW’s best kept secrets. An unsealed road takes you along the western rim of the ancient caldera. Here you will experience World Heritage rainforests, Antarctic beech forests dating back 2000 years and bushwalking tracks with spectacular lookouts. Start your journey at the Visitor Information Centre in Murwillumbah, travel to Uki before stopping for a picnic at Crams Farm Reserve. Visit Mt Burrell and journey to Border Ranges National Park. On your way home drop into the Guinea’s Farm Stall (just past the Mount Warning turn-off).
The scenic beauty of the Tweed Valley has inspired and attracted many artists. On this trail, you can see their work in local galleries, watch them create new pieces in their studios and step back in time at some fascinating historical sites. Start your journey at Tumbulgum, the Tweed’s oldest village. Visit the Tumbulgum Gallery, historic Tavern and at North Tumbulgum you’ll find the historic cemetery. Visit Red Rattlers Gallery at Dungay. Journey to Murwillumbah for the Caldera Art Gallery, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Tweed Regional Museum. Murwillumbah is also popular for its art deco building. Stokers Siding is home to Moo Moo Stitches and the old railway station. Finish your journey with a visit to The Old Butter Factory at Uki which is now an artistic hub.
Drive the Coastal Art Trail to take in beautiful beaches, rolling surf and lively coastal villages that are the inspiration for some of our most iconic local artworks and photography. Start at the Tweed Heads Visitor Information Centre to pick up a map. Visit the Captain Cook Memorial at Point Danger and Café D’Bar Art Gallery. In Tweed Heads visit the Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Tweed Maritime Museum. Travel south to Fingal Head and explore the unique rock formation of the Giant’s Causeway and the Sheoak Shack Gallery Café. Chinderah is home to the Curious Art Cooperative Gallery. Get hands-on in Kingscliff and take an art class at Artable. A little further south in the creative village of Cabarita Beach you’ll find Coastal Visions Gallery & Café. Complete your day with sunset views from the top of Norries Headland.
Murwillumbah is home to a number of providores who use local produce in their cafes and restaurants. Stroll the main street to take your pick of cafes and restaurants. On your way to Mount Warning stock up on fresh produce at the Guinea Farm Stall and stop for lunch at Mavis’s Kitchen or the Rainforest Café. Visit the charming shops and cafes at Uki. Continue around the Caldera for a scenic rainforest drive via Byrrill Creek Road (partly unsealed) or head back towards Murwillumbah for the alternative turn off to Tylagum (sealed) where you can enjoy afternoon tea at Flutterbies Café. Experience a hands on farm tour at Chillingham Bush Tucker before heading to Tumbulgum Tavern to watch the sunset over the river.
#6 Tweed Coast Eats & Treats Trail – Full Day Tour 84km
Begin with breakfast in Kingscliff. See, taste and learn about fruit from around the world at Tropical Fruit World. Enjoy a scenic drive to Madura Tea Estates, Australia’s first sub-tropical tea plantation. Take a break by the river at the Tweed’s oldest village, Tumbulgum. The scenic drive to Carool climbs the lowest foothills in the McPherson Ranges. There are two options to get to Carool from Tumbulgm, take the scenic rainforest route via Hogans Road or travel along Terranora Road. At Carool visit Ilnam Estate winery and Wirui Estate coffee plantation. Journey to Tweed Heads for a seafood feast and hop on board a crab catching or rainforest river cruise. Treat yourself to dinner at Salt Village or Casuarina, home to award winning restaurants and celebrated chefs.
*The Tweed is home to many small, family-run business and as such opening times vary. To avoid disappointment, it is recommended that you check individual operating hours prior to setting out on your journey. These trails are intended to be a guide only. Some roads are unsealed and whilst suitable for the average family car special care should be taken especially after rain. Please drive slowly and with caution on country roads.