Now Queenslanders will be able to visit south of the border (and vice versa for many more New South Wales residents). Here’s a few places we recommend and would appreciate your support around the NSW/QLD border.
1. Bread Social
You’ll find this newish cafe/bakery at Bay Street, Tweed Heads, NSW. It’s a great thing to return to, when I visit mum nearby.
You just need to check out the photos below to see why. I am not one for custard – maybe the odd vanilla slice – but their Portuguese tarts are divine. I’m salivating just remembering!
I have to eat at least one chorizo, egg, harissa and tomato foccacia for breakfast (if you arrive early enough they are still warm and the egg yolk a little gooey) and collect a traditional organic sourdough for our stay. They say it takes 72 hours to handcraft their breads.
I’m normally there early after my walk, but I’ve just read their lunch menu – and I’ll think i’ll have to make an extra trip next time! The ciabatta with slow-braised lamb shoulder and salsa verde? Or the “Old School Chicken” with avo and herb aioli? Maybe a flat bread with roasted celeriac, pumpkin, green bean and orange vinaigrette? The Ploughman’s Butty sounds delicious, too.
Just read they have a lemon meringue tart, as well. My all time favourite.
They have another shop in Byron Bay. Find out more: www.thebreadsocial.com.au
2. Coolangatta Tweed Tenpin
Lots of lovely memories here for me – not so for the owners right now. Border restrictions have caused them so much grief (as it has many border businesses and ten pin bowling rinks). They are only metres from the state line, and really relied on Queenslanders to support their business once they were allowed to operate again after COVID lockdown measures. Of course, residents north of the border weren’t allowed too.
The owners are lovely folk, and friends of ours – so if you are in this part of the world, treat yourself to a bowling game or too. Great for families, and just a fun way to spend an hour or so.
It is at 55 Wharf Street, opposite Tweed Mall. Visit: https://tweedtenpin.com.au/
3. Lighthouse walk
Definitely my favourite walk in Coolangatta/Tweed. Hills, beaches, boat harbour, even the bakery we mentioned above! It circuits through Coolangatta – up to the lighthouse, down to Tweed Heads and includes four beaches and three surf clubs, so you could time this one quite strategically (wink, wink), or tackle it early morning where’ll you’ll finish at our next stop….
4. Jays Food Emporium
Breakfast at Jays Food Emporium is super cheap. Not fancy, but you can purchase more elaborate brekkies there as well. Best of all, if you are feeding a crowd – you can eat out and it is still economical. Jays also produce a range of condiments and sauces. You’ll find it at 3/102 Griffith St, Coolangatta.
5. Twin Towns RSL
Now you can’t get much closer to the border than Twin Towns RSL – it is just a hop over to the border monument where you can take a photo with a foot in each state.
How easy is it to find a place with live music and dance floors, shows, restaurants plus views? Seven eateries, in fact. After their million dollar makeover, it is better than ever. It’s at 2 Wharf Street, Tweed Heads, you cannot miss this local icon!
More to see and do
As we visit Tweed-Coolangatta A LOT, (I grew up here, and mum still lives here) we do have some more locations to camp and visit near the border.
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