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Take a drive to unlock the Tweed’s Hinterland Gems

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Take a day trip or a driving holiday close to home, to discover the Tweed’s inland villages where you’ll find an abundance of things to see and do, or simply a peaceful surrender to the fresh air, friendly ambience and unhurried pace of life. 

Read on for some Tweed Hinterland Gems of holiday inspiration, with a series of themed drives to help you immerse in the region’s food, art, culture and nature offerings.

Drive 1: Savour our Country Flavours

Take a food-lover’s journey from town to town to get a real taste of the Tweed’s hinterland essence, from high teas and kitchen gardens to farm-fresh cheeses and locally distilled drinks. Visit cafes and restaurants set on farms, get the low-down on bean-to-cup at a coffee plantation and tour a gin and rum distillery set right on the Tweed River. There are also pop-up roadside stalls packed with produce, bush tucker picks and cakes for days.

Did you know

The Tweed Hinterland was recently awarded Outstanding Region (jointly with the Gold Coast Hinterland) at the Delicious Produce Awards 2021.

Drive 2: Immersive arts and inspiring makers

Inspired by the Tweed’s dramatic landscapes and abundance of good life, creative people have been drawn here for years to live and work. With so many makers, musicians and artists on hand, it’s easy to get your fix of the arts here. Visit a working artists studio hub in Murwillumbah, spend time in one of Australia’s leading regional galleries, take home local art from country markets, and browse galleries in small villages that are big on talent.

Don’t miss

A visit to the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre – also put the month of May in your trip plans when the Murwillumbah Arts Trail is on.

Drive 3: Step back in time

Learn more about the people, places, events and stories of the Tweed and discover how past moments have shaped the present. From a proud Indigenous culture to the drama of ancient landscapes, and from heritage towns to evolving trades, there are tales aplenty to be told and heard in the Tweed. Follow a trail to Tweed cultural enlightenment that takes you deep into bygone days and a lush and ancient landscape. 

Learn all about it

Visit the Tweed Regional Museum to learn about the region’s past and present at the Land|Life|Culture exhibition.

Drive 4: Back to Nature

Home to the majestic Wollumbin (Mount Warning) and comprising part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia’s World Heritage area, the Tweed hinterland is naturally a place for immersing in green forests and fresh air. Chart your nature journey around gardens, nature reserves and must-visit National Parks for hikes, biking, a picnic, birdwatching or simply breathing in the Tweed’s innate restorative energy.

Hike here

The Border Ranges NP is a stunning day trip or overnight hike-and-camp option, with a network of trails and panoramic views from the Pinnacles Lookout.

Stay the night

Retreat to a forest villa, check-in at an art deco hotel, step inside a cosy glamping tent, or get amongst local life with a farm-stay experience. Whatever your choice, you’re sure to rest easy in the Tweed.

For information on what to see and do, and where to stay in the Tweed, head to visitthetweed.com.au

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