Cabarita Beach

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Cabarita Beach is a coastal gem

Almost completely encircled by a nature reserve, lake and beautiful beaches, Cabarita is a little pocket of paradise midway along the Tweed Coast.

In recent years, luxury low rise beachfront apartment complexes have upped the ante for holidaymakers who enjoy their creature comforts but the village vibe of quality cafes, surf shops and casual take-aways has remained blissfully untouched.

The beaches here are a surfing hot spot thanks to a series of bays and Norries Headland. The short coastal walk from the main patrolled beach at Cabarita around to Norries Headland is a real favourite with locals.

The view from Norries Headland

The view from Norries Headland

The scenery changes every couple of minutes as you head through a tunnel of remnant coastal rainforest, down along the popular surfing pointbreaks framing Diamond Beach and up onto the headland where you get uninterrupted views to the north and south.

It’s interesting to learn that Norries Headland was originally an island with waves sweeping between the rocks and the mainland in bad weather. The rock wall that now protects the spit and forms the cove was installed by the sand miners who mined the Tweed Coast’s beaches for rutile and other minerals in the 1950s and 60s.

not to mention providing great viewing points on the walk to Norries Headland.

Throughout the year, Cabarita Beach plays host to numerous surfing carnivals as well as the annual Greenback Tailor Fishing Competition. Check out the event calendar and see what’s on.

The annual Greenback Tailor Fishing Competition is a popular event for locals and visitors alike

The annual Greenback Tailor Fishing Competition is a popular event for locals and visitors alike

All around the village, Cudgen Nature preserves significant remnants of littoral rainforest, subtropical rainforest and wallum heath, as well as woodlands, fernlands and mangroves. A number of endangered wildlife species make their home here including glossy black cockatoos, the wompoo fruit dove and ospreys.

Cudgen Lake lies at the heart of this wilderness, offering endless opportunities for birdwatching, bushwalking, photography, nature study, kayaking and picnicking in the lakeside recreation area.