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With the State of Origin battle well under way, there'd have to be a really good reason for Queenslanders to cross the border. And there is.
In roughly one and a half hours, depending on road works, you can find yourself visiting one of my favourite beaches. Here are 10 good reasons to visit Kingscliff:
1. Great Beach Kingscliff has a beautiful beachfront with a patrolled swimming beach in life saving season. For those who like a good beach walk, you can walk for miles along this lovely wide beach, which does have areas where you can let your four legged companion play.
If you're not a fan of the surf, Cudgen Creek is a very pretty spot to take a dip. There is a small beach area on the northern side of the creek that is perfect for families with littlies. Whilst the creek looks it's best at high tide, it's also lovely when the sandbanks are exposed. The colours in the water are stunning and pelicans enjoy cruising up and down the creek in search of a feed.
The creek is tidal so care needs to be taken, particularly on the outgoing tide. There is a Volunteer Marine Rescue tower at the mouth of the creek keeping watch over the bar. On the southern side of the creek there are picnic tables, barbecues, toilets and access to the surf beach. Don't leave Kingscliff without at least a drive to the creek - it's my favourite part of Kingscliff.
The boaties and fishermen/women are well catered for here too. At the creek you'll find the boat ramp, with parking allocated for vehicles with trailers. There's also a fish cleaning area, where the pelicans hang out, hoping for a free meal.
Not being a surfer, I really don't know what constitutes a good break, but my brother loves to surf and he assures me that there are good waves to be caught at Kingscliff. There are always board riders out there having fun so I guess that speaks for itself.
A good sized shopping centre which includes a Woolworths supermarket, butcher, cafe, cheap shop, fruit shop, bakery, news agent, chemist, homewares and gift shop, and a video shop takes care of the day to day needs. Along the beachfront you'll find an interesting range of shops to tempt you to open your wallet or flash your credit card.
You need never go hungry at Kingscliff as the variety of dining choices here is excellent. Chinese, Italian, Mexican, Thai, fish and chips, Subway, pizzas, ice creamery, several cafés, and others are waiting to soothe the grumbling tummy. The surf club also serves meals at reasonable prices, as does the Kingscliff Bowls Club.
You're spoilt for choice when it comes to dining options
The historic Kingscliff Beach Hotel (affectionately known as "the Kingy") is on Marine Parade, across from the beach and caravan park. It serves meals, but at the moment is being renovated, so a limited menu is available. Check their website for the latest news on the renovations and services available. Cudgen Pub also serves generous meals and has a beautiful view of the Tweed River from it's deck.
If you're a camper, you have two caravan parks to choose from. There's the Kingscliff North Holiday Park at the northern end of the beach (which is away from the hustle and bustle of the main area) and Kingscliff Beach Holiday Park at the southern end (close to the creek, patrolled surf beach, bowls club, surf club, shops and pub). Holiday rental accommodation is also plentiful. As with all popular spots, booking well ahead is advisable for any accommodation, especially in peak season.
Right along the beachfront you'll find walking and bike tracks, exercise stations with great equipment, playgrounds and picnic and BBQ areas. There are several beach access paths, with showers for a quick rinse off after a swim. Toilet facilities are also dotted along Marine parade. At the creek end of the beachfront you'll find Faulks Park which has recently been upgraded and has fabulous facilities. Also at this end of Marine Parade is the boardwalk which takes you on a leisurely and picturesque stroll beside Cudgen Creek.
I always look forward to the Kingscliff markets, which are held on the second and fourth Saturday of each month. You'll find the markets at Jack Bayliss Park, approximately halfway along Marine Parade. They start at 7am and finish at 1pm. There is a car park right next door to the markets, or you could just cross your fingers and pray for a street park.
The Kingscliff markets are popular with locals and visitors alike
What more could you want? Well, there are other reasons I look forward to visiting Kingscliff. The sunsets here are beautiful and if you're a shutterbug like me, you'll be in your element. Fresh seafood is readily available and last but not least, with a lungful of fresh sea air, a good night's sleep is a sure thing.