Discover Tweed Valley
Northern Rivers Region
By TRACY PARKER
Tweed Valley in the spectacular Northern Rivers region of tropical New South Wales is very much undiscovered country as far as the majority of tourists go.
Which is surprising, as Tweed Valley along its coast boasts some of Australia's best beaches (without the risk of stinging jellyfish in summer, as in northern Queensland).
Here, too, you find the southern hemisphere's largest extinct volcano, the Tweed Caldera, with rivers and creeks meandering through lush green valleys and towering rainforests.
And the Tweed Valley region's 250,000 acres of World Heritage national parks lush in their greenery are a delight to discover.
Geographical and cultural diversity
Nestled right up against the NSW-Queensland border and stretching down the coast and hinterland to Byron, Tweed Valley is famous not only for its unsurpassed beauty, but equally for its geographical and cultural diversity and terrific climate.
The Tweed Valley summer mean temperature range is 18° to 30° Celsius (64° to 86°F), and winter from 7° to 22° C (45° to 72°F), which means log fires at night and T-shirts and shorts during the day.
International travelers disembark at either Sydney or Brisbane. If disembarking at Sydney, they take a one-hour connecting flight to the Gold Coast airport at Coolangatta and hire a car for total freedom to enjoy the area. From Brisbane it's an hour's drive to Coolangatta.
Let's start at Tweed Heads
For those who wish to see more of the countryside than is possible from a plane, there are coach and train connections from either Brisbane or Sydney straight through to Murwillumbah, where hire cars and taxis are readily available.
We begin our Tweed Valley journey at Tweed Heads, which shares a main high street with Coolangatta, the southernmost tip of Queensland's Gold Coast.
Due to their close proximity, Tweed Heads and Coolangatta are often referred to as the Twin Towns and are considered a major regional centre, with Coolangatta airport a hub for domestic carriers.
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