Tweed Coast

People on the Catch a Crab cruise and tour - Photo Courtesy Tourism NSW

Tweed-Coolangatta is the premiere tourist destination on the Gold Coast, Australia - This tropical region offers nature based, rural experiences with five world heritage listed national parks, abundant bird life and sub tropical vegetation, state forests, kilometres of unspoilt, clean beaches, rivers and lakes abundant in bird and marine life, wetlands and crystal clear streams, marine reserves and offshore natural resources combined with a sub tropical climate with year round mild temperatures all in close proximity to the attractions and theme parks of the Gold Coast.

A wealth of Tweed & Coolangatta visitor information is available on the popular web site.

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Underwater Recommendations

The main attractions of the area are the abundance of pelagic fish attracted to the marine sanctuary of Cook Island, and the surrounding coral reefs situated at a variety of depths.
Try diving mouth of Tweed River, an estuary with some pleasant surprises with many juvenile fish, loads of smaller rays and octopus everywhere.
Nine Mile Reef off Tweed Heads on the Gold Coast is known as a "sharky" spot by the locals. Year-round residents include wobbegongs, blind sharks, bronze whalers with leopard sharks in summer; grey nurse sharks in winter; and occasional hammerheads and whale sharks. Reef fish are ever-present, and pelagic fish sometimes circle in large numbers. Turtles, stingrays, eagle-rays are regulars as well as the occasional manta-ray. The rocky reef here drops from 10-30 metres and is covered with numerous corals.

Getting There

Only an hour and a halfs drive South of Brisbane. Closest airport: Coolangatta/Gold Coast. Gold Coast International Airport is the most convenient gateway to the Tweed. It is the seventh busiest airport in Australia, with around 2 million passengers each year.

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SeaLife DC1400 Pro Video Set - Digital CameraSeaLife DC1400 Pro Video Set - Digital Camera
This Pro Video set includes the SeaLife DC1400, LED Photo/Video Light with baseplate as well as a soft lightweight travel case.


Diving with a propeller - Seadoo Supercharged ScooterDiving with a propeller - Seadoo Supercharged Scooter
My first opportunity to use the Seadoo Supercharged Seascooter was recently on a dive in the Tweed River, northern NSW. Visibility was quite good (15m) and water temperature was warm (24 degrees).
Clean-up of the Tweed River 2008Clean-up of the Tweed River 2008
The PADI Project Aware International Clean-up Day activities up at the Tweed River went well.
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