Big Volcano® (Wollumbin) Visitor Guide

From Ballina and Byron Bay to the Gold Coast Hinterland and Scenic Rim, this guide to Australia's natural holiday destination has all the accommodation, tourist attractions, tours and activities info. you'll need!

Tweed Heads, NSW, 2485 - Coolangatta, QLD, 4225

Twin Towns

Coolangatta Beach surfers

Located at the mouth of the Tweed River, the Twin Towns - Tweed Heads (New South Wales) and Coolangatta (Queensland) share a main street that straddles the state border.

They also share some truly beautiful beaches.

Hangin' ten at Coolangatta Beach, Photo © J Palmer, Big Volcano

Just a 30 minute drive from Murwillumbah and the rain forests of Mt Warning and Springbrook National Parks, the area has re-established itself as a family resort destination, with a number of apartment and resort developments taking advantage of its historical popularity.

Visitor Information

Events and Festivals

  • Farmers and Weekend Markets
  • Casuarina Farmers' Market - 1st and 3rd Saturday
  • Kingscliff Lions Beachside Market - 2nd and 4th Saturday
  • Tweed Heads Markets, PCYC - every Sunday
  • Battle of the Border Cycling Challenge - April

Here you will find a cornucopia of places to stay, ranging from 4 star hotels to pensions; from luxury serviced apartments to backpacker hostels and caravan parks.

Whilst the sporting clubs with their gambling and entertainment facilities cater to those who love the nightlife, the beach and ocean are still the primary natural attractions, with water based activities of all sorts easily accessible from here.

Sun, Sand, Surf

Some of the best sun bathing, swimming and surfing in Australia is found at local beaches, with free barbeque and picnic facilities provided by Tweed Shire Council and Gold Coast Council at adjacent beachside parks.

You can rent a tinny (aluminium runabout) or barbecue boat to go fishing in the Tweed estuary and broadwater, or take a river cruise serving gourmet seafood meals aboard.

Fishing charters can take you on day trips "outside" for ocean fishing, or if your sea legs aren't quite up to it, check out the local bird watching walks, with a number of accessible walks around the Tweed River and estuary.

Or if you prefer, take a guided day tour through the hinterland to the the rainforests, or take the kids to the Gold Coasts' famous theme parks.


Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre is a NSW NPWS Historic Site with a mangrove boardwalk and walking track winding through the site to an amphi-theatre, and a free picnic and BBQ area.  The Centre has a fine museum, and a shop offering aboriginal art, crafts and souvenirs.   Indigenous interpretive tour guides are available by arrangement for private tours and group tours to the museum, which is currently open 10am-3pm Monday to Wednesday.

Wal of Rememberance, Point Danger

The Walk of Remembrance and Centaur Memorial is located on the headland at Point Danger, straddling the New South Wales and Queensland state border at the twin towns of Coolangatta and Tweed Heads.

Fingal Head is famous for being named after Fingal in Ireland, because the basalt headland was thought to be similar to the Giants Causeway there.

You can visit the "Giants Causeway", watch dolphins play in the offshore surf, and search for Humpback whales as they travel past on their annual migration each year.

The beach and lighthouse can be reached through remnant coastal rainforest which is being regenerated by the nationally recognised and award winning efforts of the Fingal Dune Care Group and Kingscliff High School.

Cook Island is located just off the Fingal Head coast, and is a popular diving spot.

Tweed Heads Marina Photo © D Palmer, Big Volcano

Tweed Heads MarinaThe Gold Coast stretches north from the Twin Towns for about 30 kilometres. Brisbane, said by some to be the "prettiest little city in the world" and by others to be "the biggest small town in Australia" is about 90 kilometres and 60 minutes away.

It can truly be said that Tweed Heads and Coolangatta stand between civilisation and the wilderness.

Here you can enjoy a Gold Coast stay, the beaches and the nightclubs, the rainforests and the retail therapy, all in the same day if you've got the energy!

Getting to Tweed Heads/Coolangatta


Getting here is easy: Located just a few minutes from the Pacific Highway, Tweed Heads/Coolangatta is about 11 hours drive north from Sydney and about 60 minutes drive south from Brisbane, via the Pacific Motorway.


Domestic flights operate from all capital cities to Gold Coast Airport at Coolangatta, 10 minutes drive to the north. A number of international carriers servicing SE Asia, New Zealand and the Pacific fly into Gold Coast Airport.

Airport transfer services are available.  Some shuttles also go to Brisbane International Airport.  Visit Gold Coast Airport Transfer Services for more information.


Regualr local bus services with Surfside buses, will take you from Murwillumbah in the south, to the Gold Coast and theme parks in the north.  Daily national and interstate coach services are available are available to Brisbane and Sydney, and daily or overnight train connections from Sydney to Brisbane via Sunstate Coaches transfer at Casino.

Getting Around

Visit Tweed Heads - Transport Services Information for more transport information, including trains, coach and local bus schedules, taxis, airport, and transfer services.  Northern Rivers Carpool  provides locals and visitors with the opportunity to share transport in the region.

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