Kingscliff NSW

About Kingscliff

With a sad inevitability worthy of the less attractive and overcrowded destinations on the shores of the Mediterranean (think Costa del Sol or north coast of Crete) the Gold Coast, like some huge and all-consuming monster, is slowly heading south. It crossed from Coolangatta to Tweed Heads decades ago and now, inexorably, it is moving further and further south. Fortunately the local councils are not enthusiastic about high rise – there is a limit of three floors on buildings – and consequently Kingscliff has a similar ambience to Coolangatta fifty years ago. Kingscliff is nestled between the Tweed River (the mouth lies further north at Tweed Heads) and a run of attractive beaches which stretch from Cabarita in the south to Fingal Head in the north (sourced from the Aussie Towns website – click for more).

Kingscliff Caravan Park

Arrived in Kingscliff today to settle into the Kingscliff Beach Caravan Park for 4 days (maplink). Wow, what a great spot! Our site is looking straight at the beach which is only a few steps away. One great advantage with our Bailey Caravan is it’s large front windows give us the best views and this is one of them.

The sunset on our first night was pretty awesome with massive black clouds overhead (but no rain) and the sun going down behind them.

Kingscliff Surf

There is some great surf here and I got some nice shots of some young guys ripping a few waves.

Fingal Head

We caught up with Neil’s old school mate Greg and his wife Denyse, who live in Kingscliff and they took us out for the day. We began at Fingal Head with it’s tiny lighthouse and views over the ocean to Cook Island (maplink).

The waves at Fingal Head were pretty spectacular with a massive backwash colliding with the waves coming into the shore. I tried to capture some on my camera but missed the best ones.

We had lunch at the Chinderah Tavern with views over the Tweed River.

Snapper Rocks Surf

I first visited Coolangatta in 1974, staying in the (then famous) 77 Sunset Strip Guesthouse and surfed the legendary “Green Mount” for hours – best waves ever!. Some 46 years later we ventured over the border from Kingscliff to check out the surf at Snapper Rocks and found the old guesthouse is still there, but we did notice that it’s about to be torn down for a new development, which is a bit sad.

Back to Snapper Rocks – in 2007 a surf “superbank” was developed, using sand pumped out of the Tweed River estuary. This has created a surf break of about 2kms long with multiple take off points. The main break begins at the rocks on the southern end – more in Wikipedia

The surf today at Snapper Rocks was great and you can check out the photos below. We then chilled for a while in the Rainbow Bay Surf Life Saving Club sinking a few quiet beers with our friends Greg & Denyse while the sun set over the Surfers Paradise skyline.

Summing up…

  • Accommodation – Kingscliff Beach Caravan Park is a fantastic park
    • Cost per night – $48.75 (@ 13-Jul-2020)
    • Facilities – Absolutely beautiful
    • CP Location – right in town – shops & beach on opposite sides (maplink)
    • Our rating/score 9/10
  • Was it a nice town to visit? Yes
    • Activities & places of interest – Lots to do herehave a look at TripAdvisorx
    • Tourist info centre?81 Marine Parade, Kingscliff (website)
    • Would we return? – Definitely
    • Overall Score – 10/10
  • Summing up – This is a fantastic caravan park and location providing access to lots of activities etc. The park itself would rate as one of the best we have stayed in. There is a lot of concrete so may not be suitable to all, but you have direct access to the beach and heaps of restaurants etc opposite.

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