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Kingscliff, New South Wales: Top 8 things to see and do in a day or weekend trip.

Updated: Mar 20, 2021

Looking for a picturesque coastal escape within an hours drive of the Gold Coast, Ballina and Byron Bay airport or only two hours drive from Brisbane. Pack your bags and head down to Kingscliff in Northern New South Wales, one of the states best beachside escapes.

Top thing sto see and do in Kingscliff New South Wales
A day trip or weekend guide to Kingscliff, New South Wales

Here's our list of everything you need to know to plan your weekend visit to Kingscliff including all of the top things to see and do:

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Top 8 things to see and do in Kingscliff, Northern New South Wales:

1. Shop local at the Beachside Community Markets on Saturday morning:

Head to the community markets, located right on Kingscliff Main Beach next to the Bowls club. The markets operate every 2nd and 4th Saturday morning of the month from 8am to 1pm. Shop through a range of fresh local produce, plants, snacks, coffee and clothing.

2. Visit the Sunflower fields of Farm & Co:

Sunflower field Farm and co kingscliff
Farm and Co Kingscliff, Sunflower field
Farm and co kingscliff sunflowers

For even more fresh local produce, take a drive out to the family owned Farm & Co, where during the spring and summertime you can wander through their tall and bright sunflower fields and open natural spaces.

3. Eat greek feast for lunch at Taverna:

Be sure to reserve a seat in advance at the quaint white and green seaside restaurant, Taverna, on the main street. Don't miss trying the slow-cooked lamb.

4. Sip cocktails at the Kingscliff Beach Hotel:

Next, head for cocktails along the esplanade at the Kingscliff Beach Hotel. For something tropical try the Cabarita Colada or a frosty glass of Frose.

5. Take a swim at Cudgen Creek:

While Kingscliff has stunning beaches, we always love a swim in Cudgen Creek for its protected calm and clear waters. Surrounding the creek is loads of small parks and picnic areas to pull up and relax on.

6. Walk the Cudgen Creek Boardwalk to Kingscliff Main Beach and esplanade:

Kingscliff Main beach
Kingscliff Main Beach
Kingscliff main beach
Views of Kingscliff main beach from Cudgen creek boardwalk

While at the Creek be sure to take the boardwalk right down to the main beach of Kingscliff to take in all the scenery.

7. Have dinner at the Kingscliff Surf Club:

Located right on the beach is Kingscliff Surf Club. Book an outdoor table and enjoy a local meal. Don't miss the Chicken Parma.

8. Have breakfast at the Salt Mill:

Salt Mill Cafe Kingscliff
The Salt Mill, Kingscliff Main Street

One of the Gold Coast's most popular little hole in the wall cafes originally located in Currumbin now has a branch open at the Southern and of Kingscliff. Grab a morning coffee or Acai bowl from Salt Mill to start the day.

We hope you enjoyed guide to Kingscliff in Northern New South Wales. To see more of our other Australian destination guides click here.



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WE ARE: An Australian and British married couple living in Australia, which we recently moved back to after 7 years exploring Asia. By week we manage data forecasting and engineering projects. By the weekend we wander. This is the story of our weekend travels. We are passionate travellers who love taking photos, eating and going on adventures.  We hope you enjoy our travel blog.


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