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A weekend travel guide to Cabarita Beach NSW: Top things to see, do and eat!

Looking for a relaxing and picturesque coastal escape within 1.5 hours drive from Brisbane and less than 1 hour from the Gold Coast, Ballina and Byron Bay airport. Pack your bags and head down to Cabarita in Northern New South Wales, one of the states best kept beachside escape secrets.

Follow our guide for all of the top things to see and do and find all of the best places to eat including bars, restaurants and cafes.

Cabarita Northern NSW: Top things to see and do in a weekend
Cabarita Northern NSW: Top things to see and do in a weekend

Take a short drive south of the Queensland Border along the Tweed Coast to Cabarita. We love this spot as a quiet and local alternative to Byron Bay.

Where to stay in Cabarita Beach, NSW:

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Top things to see and do, plus where to eat in a weekend in Cabarita Beach:

Cafes - Have breakfast at Caba Social:

Start your morning with breakfast at Caba Social, located on the main street of Cabarita, Tween Coast Road. Enjoy outdoor dining in a relaxed atmosphere at this super casual spot for a morning fuel up.

Cafes - Try the coffee from Nectar:

Once you've finished your breakfast, pick up a takeaway coffee from Nectar just a short walk down the street on Tweed Coast Road.This is also a perfect breakfast spot for your next day in Cabarita. We loved the boho vibes of this cafe. They do online orders too if you want to skip the wait.

Walk to the top of Norris (Cabarita) Headland:

If there's one spot you can't miss during your time in Cabarita it's the views from Norris Headland. Park at the carpark at Lions Park, then look for the timber boardwalk which will take you to the top of Norris Headland, it's an easy walk which is less than 500m and should take no longer than 10 minutes to reach the top. Enjoy sweeping views over Cabarita Beach and the clear blue ocean waters below. Be sure to keep an eye out for whales and dolphins.

Take a swim at Cabarita Beach or Picnic at Lions Park:

While you're at Lions Park, stop for a picnic at the grassy area near the carpark or take a swim at Cabarita Beach. After taking the walk along Norris Headland and seeing that water glisten, it might be too tempting to resist.

Cabarita Beach, Tweed Coast, Northern NSW
Cabarita Beach, Tweed Coast, Northern NSW

Get pampered at Halcyon Spa, Halcyon House:

Don't miss a visit to Halcyon House while you're in Cabarita, this spot has 5 star beachfront luxe vibes. If you want to be pampered, book one of Halcyon Spa's luxurious massages or spa sessions to feel totally disconnected.

Halcyon House Spa, Cabarita Beach, NSW
Halcyon House Spa, Cabarita Beach, NSW
Halcyon House Boutique Hotel, Cabarita Beach, NSW
Halcyon House Boutique Hotel, Cabarita Beach, NSW

Enjoy lunch or cocktails at Paper Daisy Restaurant:

Treat yourself to an award-winning fine dining meal and a few colourful cocktails at Cabarita's Paper Daisy Restaurant. Part of the beachside boutique hotel Halcyon House. Enjoy a beachfront walk after your meal.

Take a drive down to Kingscliff:

Why not take a drive down to Kingscliff, just slightly further south of Cabarita. Start the morning at the weekend markets or Farm and Co, Kingscliff, where you can pick up some fresh local produce and walk outside through fields of bright yellow sunflowers towering well above your head. Enjoy a Greek lunch at the quaint Taverna along Kingscliff's esplanade overlooking the beach before having an afternoon swim in the calm waters of the Cudgen creek.

We hope you enjoyed our travel guide to Cabarita, Northern New South Wales. For more blog posts on weekend getaways and travel itineraries check out the destinations section of our blog.

Try the baked goods from Cubby Bakehouse, Chinderah and explore the region from Tropical Fruit world to Husk Distillery:

Head north on a short drive to to Chinderah, get their early to stop for a morning coffee and some delicious sweet treats from Cubby Bake House. Take your goodies and picnic along the Tweed river across the road from Cubby. If you want to spend more time in this region, you can continue with an afternoon of Gin Tasting at Husk Distillery, sit out on the grassy green lawn, enjoy some lawn games and take in the fresh air over a cocktail. Finally, make your way through the countryside for a farm tour of Tropical Fruit world.



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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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