Cabarita Beach (or Caba), also known as Bogangar Village, grew in the early 1960’s as a popular surfing and holiday spot.
Early beginnings of Cabarita Beach
The Aboriginal Goodjinbura clan were the original custodians of the Tweed Coast.
A large midden remains near Norries Headland as evidence to their existence prior to the arrival of the white man.
Stone tool-making sites are also found at Norries and Hastings Point. Fingal and Pottsville claim Aboriginal ceremonial sites too.
These days, Cabarita Beach is one of the top tourist destinations in Northern New South Wales.
It is 15 minutes from the NSW/QLD border and a five-minute drive to the main motorway that runs along Australia’s east coast.
This makes it very accessible. Yet, Cabarita Beach has a quaintness about it and is relatively unspoilt.
More beaches in New South Wales
Northern New South Wales can lay claim to some of the most beautiful headlands and long sandy beaches. Cabarita is certainly one of those.
From Norries Headland you can see far north to the beaches and skyscrapers of the Gold Coast. Look south and you will find Hastings Point and Pottsville, both are about 15 minutes away.
The headlands are wonderful examples of Littoral Forests and can be accessed by short bush walks and fabulous boardwalks.
From Cabarita Surf Life Saving Club, on the beach, it’s a short walk up Cabarita Hill.
Actually, I think this hill should be called Dragon Hill as we counted no less than 10 Eastern Water Dragons while walking up the hill.
One dragon wouldn’t move off his patch on one of the steps, even when we were within a foot of it. The dragon was so relaxed and confident it reminded me of the Galapagos Islands.
Heading inland are many National Parks perfect for sightseeing and bushwalks.
The most famous site is that of Mt Warning (or Wollumbin – ‘Storm Catcher’), which is 1000m high and surrounded by five National Parks.
From its peak, which is best climbed at dawn, you’ll get a 360-degree view of the Tweed Valley.
A picturesque drive around the Border Ranges provides access to the truly spectacular Pinnacles Lookout.
Head north and you will reach Lamington National Park, which is a beautiful park home to the famous Binna Burra, and Springbrook National Park with the stunning Natural Arch. All this is just across the border in Queensland.
Don’t forget the time difference when travelling either.
There are a number of great cafes and eateries that have sprung up in and around Cabarita.
The local fish and chip shop, The Stunned Mullet, is excellent. The beachside Pandanus and The Beach cafes are also personal favourites of mine.
The new chic white boutique hotel on the beach is Halcyon House, home to Paper Daisy, a top restaurant. And a new local addition with paleo offerings is the Lakes Restaurant on the edge of Cudgen Lake.
There are a number of markets to choose from including Kingscliff, Pottsville, The Lakes, Uki and Murwillumbah. And Byron Bay is only 40 minutes south on the motorway.
From fresh organic produce to quality and innovative crafts to vintage and eclectic clothing, there is something here for everyone.
Popular sightseeing spots in the Tweed Valley
1-Tumbulgum is a great spot for craft shops
2-The Rous River is a lovely spot for a cruise
3-Tropical Fruit World
4-Madura Tea Estate is a fascinating place to learn about tea.
5-Zeta Coffee tours (bookings only)
7-Tweed Regional Art Gallery has fabulous displays of artworks
8-Tweed Regional Museum
Tweed City is a good sized shopping mall and there are smaller malls such as Tweed Mall or The Pines at Elanora. They are all good places to cool down in air conditioning, especially when the sun is blazing in the middle of the day.
10-Of course, when visiting the region you could take up surfing!
Irene Isaacson travelled at her own expense.