Having just started recreation cycling (not the lycra-brigade standard) only a few months ago, and still not confident cycling on roads, I found the perfect cycling route to enjoy just over the border.
Parking at Ed Parker Rotary Park (Sutherland Street, Kingscliff) at the Cudgen Creek bridge, you can start on what is a continuous path all the way to Pottsville.
Kingscliff to Cabarita Beach approx. 40minutes / 12.2km
Although the path follows the coast, unfortunately you do not actually see the ocean (just glimpses through the coastal scrub) outside of the towns, but you certainly enjoy the sea breeze and the first town to cycle past is Casuarina which delivers real-estate envy to look at the entire way.
A nice shaded section of the path through Casuarina
The path is wide and as it is used by the residents of Casuarina to access the beach, there are plenty of drinking fountains and beach showers to cool off with. There are a few sculptural art pieces to spy along the way as well, but the BEST sights, as mentioned, are the houses. If you're like me and could spend hours on realestate.com.au you'll love looking at the beach-style mansions and their envy-inducing outdoor living spaces. All are unique. These are the types of houses you see in art union raffles… one can only dream.
As you pop out the end of Casuarina, the path moves up to follow the Tweed Coast Road for the remainder of the way.
Cabarita Beach to Hastings Point approx. 15 minutes/ 2.3kms
Cabarita Beach is a cute beachside township with shops, cafes and home to the beautiful Halcyon House boutique hotel. I've personally dined at their restaurant for lunch previously and it is divine. Also check out their website to drool over the beautiful interior design.
After the shopping precinct the cycle path does disappear from the western side of the road. You'll need to cross over to the eastern side for the remainder of the journey. Here you will encounter the only hill the entire journey.
Hastings Point to Pottsville approx. approx. 20 minutes / 5kms
Hastings Point is a very pretty little town with some family friendly swimming & fishing in the Cudgera Creek away from the surf.
I thoroughly enjoyed this ride. It took me 3 hours return as it was a VERY windy day and I was riding against strong winds the entire way back which slowed me down, so you could probably do this in less time. It is an easy ride with a flat path the entire way (except 1 hill) so is appropriate for cyclers of all ages and fitness levels.