Things to do in and around Tweed Heads for kids

Paradise that’s perfect for family adventure!

The spectacular Tweed Coast and its beautiful hinterland in Northern NSW are fast becoming a travel destination on the tops of bucket lists the world over.

And it’s no wonder. With crystal-clear coastlines and inlets to lush tropical rainforests the Tweed region is simply paradise.

The best Tweed Heads activities for kids

However, it’s the kid-friendly activities on offer in the region that are a major drawcard for families. From farm fun at Tropical Fruit World, surf schools and watersports, play centres, great accommodation and fun on the waterslide at the Tweed Regional Aquatic Centre … there’s no shortage of entertainment options for thrill-seeking kids on the Tweed Coast!

We’ve shared some of our favourite things to do with kids in the Tweed below …

Tweed Rail Trail

We can confirm the newly opened Northern Rivers Rail Trail is worth the hype and is a fantastic experience for families.

The newly built trail follows the old, disused North Coast railway line. Right now it runs from Murwillumbah to Crabbes Creek as it winds through Stokers Siding, Burringbar and Mooball and eventually it will go further, reaching 132km through some of the area’s most beautiful countryside ????

The completed Tweed section is 24km and includes 18 historic railway bridges, including five that are heritage listed and two two tunnels.

The free and accessible trail is perfect for walkers, bikers and joggers alike. You can do the whole lot, or choose to do just a section, joining it or hopping off at any of the old railway stations.

We recommend trying the section that has the Burringbar tunnel which runs for just over 500m and is home to glow worms and micro bats. Its does get dark in the very middle though, so bring some light!

Tweed Rail Trail is a must-do for families (Image: Supplied)

Tropical Fruit World

More than 500 fruits from all around the world are grown on this 200 acre family farm, and every season brings exotic, unusual and delicious fruit varieties for you to discover.

On a Tropical Fruit World farm tour you’ll also:

  • Journey through the orchards by tractor train on a Plantation Safari
  • Relax and enjoy the beautiful waterways on a Wildlife Boat Cruise
  • Meet farm animal friends, kangaroos and emus in the Fauna Park
  • Sample and learn about Tropical Fruit World’s seasonal fruits during a delicious Fruit Tasting Session
Small boy holds up berry at Tropical Fruit World
Learn all about the fruits of the world at Tropical Fruit World (Image: Supplied)
Small boy feeds Kangaroo at Tropical Fruit World
The friendly farm at Tropical Fruit World is a fave among kids (Image: Supplied)

Swim and slide at Murwillumbah Pools

With an outdoor 50 metre slide, a kiddies leisure pool and 50 metre outdoor pool, the aquatic centre at Murwillumbah is a great way to spend a summer day.

Murwillumbah regional Aquatic Centre
Swim and slide at Murwillumbah Pools (Image: Murwillumbah Regional Aquatic Centre)

Enjoy Cudgen Creek with Watersports Guru

Beautiful Cudgen Creek is one of the jewels of the Tweed coast crown, and making the most of everything on offer in this beautiful waterway, is Tim and co. from The Watersports Guru.

You’ll them set up by the bridge  at Cudgen Creek between 9 – 4 daily (depending on the weather).

Families can give paddle boarding a go, jump in a kayak for a mind-clearing and scenic row down the creek, or get the kids smiling with their range of water-fun activities including snorkelling with turtles!

Never tried these thing before? No worries, they also offer lessons to teach you all you need to know about having fun on the water so you can learn to surf with them, or become a paddle board pro!

Families kayaking in Cudgen Creek Tweed Heads
Cudgen Creek is one of the jewels of the Tweed coast crown. (Image: Supplied)

Family fun at North Star Holiday Resort

The multi-award-winning North Star Holiday Resort on the spectacular Tweed Coast in Northern NSW is a must-do family holiday spot and for good reason.

Surrounded by National parkland, North Star spreads over 10 hectares of manicured, sub-tropical gardens with palms, pools and playgrounds, nestled between a pristine beach and crystal clear tidal estuary.

Situated by the crystal clear waters of Hastings Point, this iconic family-friendly holiday park is equal parts peaceful and relaxing, and fun-filled and action-packed for the kids.

Not only is the waterpark at North Star the stuff that lifetime memories are made of (for all ages!) there’s plenty to appeal to the grown ups too.

While the kids are having the time of their lives, it’s time-out for mums and dads. Seascape retreat at North Star has a day spa, hairdresser, heated lap pool, gym, spa and sauna.

Yes please!

Two Small Boys enjoying water fun at North Star Holiday Resort
The waterpark is a big drawcard at North Star Holiday Resort (Image: Supplied)

Inside playtime at Tabatinga!

Looking for some soft play fun? Head to Seagulls Club in Tweed Heads West and enter a world of fun at Tabatinga.


  • Toddler Play Area (0-3yrs)
  • Multi-Level Climbing Structure (0-12yrs)
  • 6 Hole Glow-In-The-Dark Mini-Golf Course
  • 4 Car Bumper Car Arena
  • Chill-Out Movie Area
  • 150 Seat Cafe
  • 3 Party Rooms
  • FREE Wi-Fi
  • Air Conditioned
Tabatinga Tweed Heads
Kids will love climbing at Tabatinga! (Image: Tabatinga)

Get your farm on at Hosanna Farmstay

Hosanna is a 100-acre campsite located in the Tweed Valley in a rustic rural setting that celebrates “good old fashioned fun.”

Whether you’re just up for a day visit or want to stay a little longer, this gorgeous farm has you covered.

Hosanna is country camping at its best, with plenty of campsites for campers, and huts and cabins for glampers.

Enjoy the fresh air, explore in nature and celebrate life with family and friends … and a whole bunch of animals!

Family enjoying Hosanna Farm Stay
Get your farm on at Hosanna Farmstead! (Image: Hosanna Farm Stay)

Get creative with Kakes & Biscuits Kids

Super creative and super fun, Katie Tucker has created a world of magic for kids on the Tweed Coast with her exciting classes and parties that allow kids to get messy in the best kind of ways.

Katie’s created a beautiful space Just behind Kiosk and Lolilta’s at Casuarina, offering:

  • Holiday Workshops
  • Birthday Parties
  • Baby Showers
  • Mini Crafters
  • Child Minding
  • Ladies Nights
  • Work Parties
Small children doing arts and crafts at Kakes and Biscuits Tweed Heads
Kids can get creative at Kakes & Biscuits (Image: Kakes & Biscuits)

Visit the sunflowers at Farm & Co

Former avocado farm turned sunflower heaven, Farm & Co. at Kingscliff is is harvesting a variety of crops, and you’re invited to come visit.

Enjoy a feed at the cafe, hang out with the friendly chooks and see what this organic farm is all about.

Sunflower at Farm & Co Kingscliff
Sun is always shining at Farm & Co (Image: Farm & Co)

Try an epic shake from Coconut Coffee House

Coconut Coffee House offers fabulous wholesome food and full bodied, quality coffee as well as fun super shakes for kids.

Located in Terranora, the decor and cuisine are an Insta-worthy day out.

Milkshake at Coconut Coffee House
Fill their bellies at Coconut Coffee House (Image: Coconut Coffee House)

Have a roll at Coolangatta Tweed Tenpin

Whether you are young or old, a local or a visitor to the Tweed, Tweed Tenpin offers the good old fashioned fun that only a bowling alley can!

Small boy and girl bwling at Tweed Coolangatta TenPin Bowling
Rainy day fun is on offer at Tenpin bowling! (Image: Coolangatta Tweed Tenpin)

Get creative at the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre

A must-do when you’re in the region.

Located amongst the rolling hills of Murwillumbah, this modern, family friendly gallery is a beautiful way to spend a relaxing day with busy kids!

Two small boys enjoying the facilities at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
(Image: Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre)


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