WHY TWEED HEADS IS CARVING OUT A NAME FOR ITSELF

If you’re lucky enough to live on the Gold Coast, or you’re making plans to visit this stunning, sun-drenched place we call home, build in some time for the GC’s unlikely little sister - Tweed Heads. We uncover why ‘Tweed’ and its surrounds, on the cusp of Queensland and New South Wales, is the ultimate untapped destination for food, hotels and Mother Nature.
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BAKED AT ANCORA


Baked at Ancora is simply a must-eat for breakfast. Grab the most impossibly dreamy, flaky, fluffy croissant and park yourself at one of their divine swing-seated tables. On the banks of the Tweed River, and neighbour to Marina Park, the area is crying out for a picnic rug. Takeaway some post-breakfast treats, breathe in the salty sea breeze and let the day melt away under a glorious fig tree.


PAPER DAISY


Paper Daisy, located in the fabulous Halcyon House, has created a cult following for a reason and is easily one of my favourite lunch spots on Coast. This neat little fine-dining restaurant, sprinkled with Hamptons decor you could only dream about, boasts an insanely delicious menu. You’ll be talking about the prawn sandwich and lemon meringue cone for weeks on end. Heck, I’m still talking about them months later.


NEXT DOOR ESPRESSO 


This unassuming little cafe, Next Door Espresso, is the perfect pit stop for coffee. But don’t leave just yet  - you’ll miss out on all the pastry goodness, delicious homemade cakes and an abundance of insta-worthy opportunities. Located across from the Tweed River, with melt-in-your-mouth produce and surrounded by relaxed, friendly locals, you’ll be hard pressed to ever leave.


HUSK DISTILLERS


Husk Distillers is consistently fully-booked for a reason (or ten). With a picturesque outlook, relaxing vibes, warm and friendly staff, delicious ink gin cocktails and an assortment of grazing boards, what’s not to love? Grab your girlfriends for an afternoon well spent, or bring the little ones so they can run free in the gorgeous green landscape while you sip on a Strawberry Caipirinha.


CUBBY BAKEHOUSE


With epic burgers, a drool-worthy creme brulee tart and quite possibly the world’s best smashed avo, Cubby Bakehouse is well worth a visit. If you’re not there for the food (gasp!) then you’re there for the ambiance. Located on the Tweed River in Chinderah, the setting is magic and untouched. Oh and grab a BIG BICKY. Um, YUM!


THE BREAD SOCIAL


It would be wrong not to mention The Bread Social, an iconic hotspot for locals and visitors alike. Just another reason why Tweed is absolutely killing it in the food scene. Promoting sustainability, local produce, and an ethos of giving back to the community, you can feel good knowing that your meal was made with love.


THE PINK HOTEL 


Where to rest your head with a belly full of goodness? The Pink Hotel is exactly as you imagine it to be - a pink hotel. That is, a 70s surf dive motel peppered with Palm trees, but reinvented with uber cool rooms. This lovely lady is not only a photo opportunity, she’s a piece of history and everyone from this neck of the woods is in love.


THE SALT MILL


If you haven’t eaten enough already and you’re still up for a good time, head to The Salt Mill in Kingscliff, also known as God’s Country (well, it is now). Don’t mistake this old timber shed - she’s beautiful on the inside, as all good things are. Once you’ve eaten a bowl full of acai, grab a bunch of dried flowers and beautiful homewares to take home with you. Situated directly across from the world’s best beaches, good vibes will undoubtedly be felt by all.