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Published October 20th 2013
Be tempted with a sea change
Just south of the Queensland-New South Wales border on the Tweed Coast is the laid back coastal village of Hastings Point. Cudgera Creek flows under the traffic bridge and forms a lovely estuary before meeting the ocean. This sleepy village of around 600 residents swells with holidaymakers in peak seasons.
Hastings Point is around 120 kilometres or a 1.5 hour drive south of Brisbane via the Pacific Highway depending on traffic. Take the Tugun Bypass near the border to avoid Gold Coast congestion.
Hastings Point beachfront across rocks near the estuary
This area is a drawcard for surfers, body boarders and swimmers. The beach is not patrolled all year round by lifesavers. All swimmers need to beware of strong currents or rips.
The estuary with its calm water is a haven for families with young children. It is ideal for kayaking, swimming and building sandcastles. Rock pools create their own natural playground to explore, and there is a park with swings and climbing bars nearby.
Hastings Point is a good base for exploring the region. Byron Bay with its famous lighthouse is about a half hour drive to the south via a recently built stretch of the Pacific Highway. Call in at picturesque Brunswick Heads on the way.
The hinterland is rich with attractions including Mount Warning, rainforest, beautiful rolling countryside and cute villages with antique shops and cafes.
Rainforest at the base of Mt Warning an easy drive from Hastings Point
Private houses and units perched on the ridge above the dunes are prime position here. The house we rented several times has stunning ocean views from upstairs and down. The back (oceanfront) deck is a fabulous place to greet the day, or to watch the changing colours of twilight drink in hand after a relaxing day. Grassed steps lead down to the walkway directly onto the beach and the short walk to the estuary.
View from the deck of holiday accommodation at Hastings Point
On the western side of the bridge, accommodation backs onto Cudgera Creek. Houses and units are priced from around $600 per week in low season. Peak times of school holidays, Easter and Christmas are much more expensive. Accommodation options can be found through local real estate agents or online. A good source is here. Camping is also available. More accommodation options are at North Star Holiday Resort shown here.
The village has a shop, takeaway and service station. More services are available a short drive away at Pottsville to the south or Cabarita Beach or Kingscliff to the north. Kingscliff has many dining venues including Thai and Italian cuisine or the local bowls club bistro on the beachfront.
If driving from Brisbane it can be a good option to pick up your groceries on the way through at Woolworths at the Kingscliff Shopping Village in Pearl Street.
Many a holiday here leads to dreams of selling up in the city and making a seachange. And why not?