You can have it both ways in the Tweed. Turn right from Brisbane, and you’ll arrive in the lush, rolling green of the Tweed Hinterland. Take a right when heading from Sydney and you’ll hit the seaside village of Kingscliff. In the centre of it all at the beach at Salt Village, Mantra Kingscliff is perfectly positioned for taking in the highs of the Hinterland and the beauty of the beach.
Time-travel is a reality in Kingscliff. Despite some development, it’s retained all that low-key holiday appeal. With three holiday parks, it still has that laid-back charm with some of the country’s best cafes and restaurants just a stone’s throw from the sand. Kingscliff is far from Byron Bay’s bustle but only 30 minutes to the Ballina Byron Gateway Airport.
817 kilometres north of Sydney and a million miles from care, Kingscliff is also an easy drive to Queensland’s Gold Coast theme parks, and big-city feels. Kingscliff family holidays CAN be a little bit country and a little bit rock ’n roll.
Mantra on Salt Beach Kingscliff – with a pinch more
Mantra on Salt Beach Kingscliff catches the balmy breezes right off the Pacific. Only the sand and the boardwalk separates guests from that endless blue. For those who prefer their swim more contained, the combination of sparkling pools is the epicentre for kids and adults from morning through to the early evening. Loungers, cabanas, oversized umbrellas and towels fringe the large lagoon-style pool.
Hotel-style rooms come both with and without a pool view. These rooms have all the basics with the bonus of balconies and windows that open. One-bedroom suites are spacious, and white wood louvres lend a tropical feel. All have a large spa bath for extra splash. Fully equipped kitchens make it easy to stay in and catch a movie on Foxtel. Microwave popcorn, anyone?
The ocean spa deluxe suites at Mantra Kingscliff sit just above the sand with views for miles. Two-bedders are dual-key and ideal for two couples. Two-bedroom spa deluxe suites will sleep up to five with the comfort of a sofa-bed.
There’s two tennis courts, bikes for hire (so easy on the boardwalk), You can park the car and forget it until check-out with restaurants, cafes and bars all a few lazy steps away in Salt Village. But if you do want to explore there are welcoming hinterland villages, bush walks in the shadow of the ever-present Wolumbin (Mt Warning) and an award-winning distillery within minutes of the resort.
Explore one of Mantra on Salt Beach Kingscliff apartments
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The charms of Tumbulgum stretch from the wide banks of the mighty Tweed to the gentle flow of the Rous River. (Tumblugum is Bundjalung for ‘meeting of the waters’). Deep green fields of sugar cane seem more like Far North Queensland than Northern NSW. This cane harvest doesn’t travel far. Husk Distillery known for artisanal gin is also the country’s only producer of Australian Agricole Rum made from you – yes, you’ve guessed it! Sugar. Not Molasses.
The distillery buildings lend a vaguely Tuscan feel to this true blue Aussie landscape. Take the tour to discover the paddock to bottle process. Starting with a vivid, amethyst gin and tonic, the tour takes us behind the scenes and finishes with a rum tasting flight in the Barrel Room.
The entrance to Taverna – a Greek-inspired restaurant is smooth, alabaster white trimmed with eggshell blue with a splashy swathe of vibrant pink bougainvillea. The cool, Mediterranean vibe continues within.
Sunday nights mean Chef’s Table – 4 courses of comforting, flavourful, piquant plates. Smaller plates might be Byron Bay halloumi with a generous squeeze of bush honey or crispy fried baby squid with lime, seaweed and pink peppercorn mayo. Tradition kicks in with sticky, slow-roasted lamb shoulder with Horaitiki Greek village salad.
More coming soon on TML’s Tweed Artisan Food Weekend Adventure – stay tuned.
DISCLAIMER: ThisMagnificentLife were guests of The Tweed Tourism Company, Husk Distillers and Taverna Kingscliff.