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Best Things To Do In Kingscliff NSW

Aerial over Cudgen Creek break walls, Kingscliff in the Northern Rivers region of NSW.

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Kingscliff is a sleepy beach side town on the northern NSW coast, only a fifteen-minute drive from the Queensland border. Although it’s small in size, there are plenty of things to do in Kingscliff.

There is only one main street in the town, and it is alive with busy cafes, and restaurants. It’s a destination that is favoured by many year after year and loved by locals.

Aerial over Cudgen Creek break walls, Credit: Ryan Fowler; Destination Tweed

It’s tucked away off the Pacific Highway so make sure you make that right hand turn for a visit.

If you like a holiday destination where you can keep your car in park, Kingy is the place. Everything you need is in walking distance, and there is plenty on offer.

We tend to visit a lot as my friend Woody relocated to Kingscliff, NSW several years ago, and is now one of those locals who loves Kingy! It does seem very livable.

If you’re planning a visit but not sure what to do in Kingscliff, here are the top attractions!

Where is Kingscliff?


Kingscliff is located on the sunny New South Wales coast in the Northern Rivers region. The nearest town is Tweed Heads, which is just 13km away.

Kingscliff is 112km South of Brisbane and takes 1.5 hours to get to by car. It’s also 60km North of Byron Bay, and takes 50 minutes to reach by car.

It makes the perfect stopping point for anyone on an East Coast Road trip in Aus and needs somewhere to rest between Brisbane and Byron Bay.

Getting there: From Sydney you can fly one hour to Coolangatta Airport and then it’s just a 20-minute drive south. If you’re driving from Sydney it’s approx. 9 hours up the north coast.

Top Things to do in Kingscliff

Whether you’re looking to explore the beaches, walk through amazing nature sites or check out cultural landmarks, don’t miss these exciting Kingscliff attractions!

1. Play at Cudgen Creek

cudgen creek winding through kingscliff

Cudgen Creek just overshadows the beach as the local’s favourite water playground. It’s probably the best local attraction in Kingscliff because it’s so beautiful and peaceful.

waves rolling into cudgen creek

The water is crystal clear and perfect for stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, canoeing and swimming for the kids.

There’s also a great playground next to the creek for when, or if, the kids get sick of swimming.

2. Walk from Salt Beach to Kingscliff

people walking on paved trail

It will only take you about 40 minutes to walk from Salt Beach…

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