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Locals Guide to The Tweed

Visited The Tweed for the weekend and moved a month later! Dazzled by sunny skies, luxe accommodation and divine dining, what’s not to love about The Tweed.

Offering plenty to discover from coast to country, I hope this laid-back Northern Rivers region will charm you too.

Here are a few of my favourite things…

Best Coffee:
Bastion Lane, Uki
Ground Control, Tweed Heads (available at Baked at Ancora)
Nectar, Cabarita Beach
Keith, Murwillumbah

Best Breakfast:
Black Drop Café, Pottsville
Tucker, Casuarina
Shiny Brew, Kingscliff
Corner Stop Espresso Bar, Pottsville
One to watch, newcomer - Teakwood Café, Burringbar

Best Lunch Spots (with a view):
Tweed River House, Murwillumbah
Husk Distillers, Tumbulgum
Baked at Ancora, Tweed Heads

Best Bars:
The Burrow, Cabarita Beach
Paper Daisy, Cabarita Beach
Earth Beer Co, Cudgen
The Pot & Pint, Kingscliff
One to watch, newcomer – Sunfall Tapas Bar, Kingscliff

Best Casual Eateries:
Mercardo Juarez, Burringbar (currently closed)
Barrels Pizza, Murwillumbah
Izakaya Potts, Pottsville

Best Mid-Level Restaurants:
No35 Kitchen & Bar, Cabarita Beach
Xenia, Casuarina (sadly, currently closed)
Lolita’s Mexican Cantina, Casuarina
Taverna, Kingscliff

Best Upscale Restaurant:
Tweed River House, Murwillumbah
Gallura Italian, Tweed Heads,
Pipit, Pottsville
Paper Daisy, Cabarita Beach
Recently awarded best new regional restaurant in NSW Bistro Livi, Murwillumbah

Best Destination Restaurants:
Tweed River House, Murwillumbah
Flutterbies, Tyalgum
Mavis Kitchen, Mt Warning
Potager a Kitchen Garden, Carool


Best Bakeries:
Cubby Bakehouse, Chinderah
Bread Social, Tweed Heads
Baked at Ancora, Tweed Heads
Sourdough Crumpet Co – available at various locations

Best Ice cream:
Tyalgum Gelato, Tyalgum
Get the Scoop, Cabarita Beach
Piccolo Mondo Gelateria, Pottsville 

Best Cheese:
Kat Harvey Cheese, Murwillumbah
Deb Allard Cheese, available at selected markets or Brooklyn Tasting Room
Tweed Valley Whey, Burringbar

Best Attractions:
Husk Distillers, Tumbulgum
Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Murwillumbah
Cabarita Beach & Norries Headland, Cabarita Beach
Northern Rivers Rail Trail

Best Wine/Deli Emporiums:
Brooklyn Tasting Room, Burringbar (now known as Natural Wine Shop)
Emmanuels Wine Shop, Kingscliff
Rob Roy Deli & Drinks, Tweed Heads
Pasta Bah, Murwillumbah

Best Markets:
Pottsville Beach Markets, Pottsville
Murwillumbah Farmers Markets, Murwillumbah
Duranbah Farmers Market, Kingscliff


Best Art Galleries:
Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Centre, Murwillumbah
M|Arts Precinct, Murwillumbah
Mist Gallery, Cabarita Beach
N.B. Murwillumbah Arts Trail with open studios biennially in May.

Best Boutiques/Shops:
Bowerbird Emporium, Murwillumbah
Meraki Blu, Salt at Kingscliff
Sorella, Kingscliff
Oxley & Moss, Kingscliff
Tulum Home, Cabarita Beach
Bolt & Buckle, Murwillumbah

Best Locally Made Produce:
Soltera Rum, Cabarita – online and various outlets
Stoken Gin – online and various outlets
Tweed Real Food – online and various outlets

As The Tweed is a regional area, opening times vary. Please check the businesses website/social media for opening days/times and plan ahead.

For the best places to stay in The Tweed, see alluxia's handpicked collection of Tweed accommodation.


Images: Kara Rosenlund, Ground Control, Visit Murwillumbah, DNSW and supplied.
Updated: February 2023
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