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Published March 25th 2015
The perfect spot for a day by the water - surf or creek
Whilst the surf beach at Kingscliff is beautiful and one of the best places to do that early morning or late afternoon walk, "the creek" at Kingscliff is one of my favourite spots and the reason I'm always happy to visit this part of the coast.
At the southern end of Marine Parade at Kingscliff, you'll find a great little park and picnic area, Faulks Park. Here you'll find tables, chairs, picnic shelters, BBQs, toilet facilities, a great kids' playground which includes a brightly coloured pirate ship and a half-sized basketball court. To top it all off, picnickers enjoy a stunning view of the ocean and the creek.
The most prominent landmark at the creek is the tower that was home to the Kingscliff Coast Guard. The Coast Guard closed in November 2014 and the service is now under the operations of Marine Rescue NSW (a voluntary organisation), with the local unit being situated at Point Danger. Nature lovers may be interested to know that the tower is home to a family of osprey - look up and you'll see their large nest.
At this point you're spoilt for choice - a swim in the ocean, a dip at what our family affectionately calls "Little Beach" (creekside) or a splash in the open water of the creek. "Little Beach" is perfect for families or those who don't want to be knocked around by surf. Extra care does need to be taken at change of tide, no matter which part of the creek you are swimming in. At low tide a sandbank is exposed in the creek and makes a great destination for swimmers or board riders. Snorkeling and kayaking are also very popular here. This area is picture postcard perfect, with clear blue and green water enticing even the most reluctant swimmers to jump in. That being said, after heavy rain the water can become quite brown but a day or so later, it's back to it's usual colour.
Just beyond the park you'll find the entrance to the Cudgen Creek boardwalk. This 300 meter construction along the creek's foreshore allows walkers and cyclists to enjoy the view of the creek and it's marine life as they exercise. At the end of this walkway, cross the bridge and walk along the opposite side of the creek to the headland, which leads onto another beautiful, wide open stretch of beach. It is possible to walk or ride all the way to Salt, using the boardwalk and connecting tracks.
The boardwalk has been built out over the creek and runs in front of unit blocks on the foreshore
From the creek or the bridge, you'll witness the most amazing sunsets as the sun sinks against the backdrop of Mt Warning - have your camera ready! In fact, just keep your camera at the ready the whole time because this area is a photographer's dream!
Sunset over Cudgen Creek, with Mt Warning as a backdrop