"Kingscliff Australia- a hidden gem along the East Coast of Australia and certainly a tourist free haven!"
We spent a lovely relaxing weekend in Kingscliff and loved the long stretch of breach, cycle tracks and friendly shop/restaurant owners. This place could make a great stop off destination for an east coast road trip between Brisbane and Sydney.
Or simply enjoy a relaxing weekend away to escape the husle and bustle of city living.
Getting Here and When to Come
This really is beach heaven so during the summer months of November to March is probably the best time to come.
February was when we went and it was perfect weather. The benefit of February is that the prices on accommodation really drops post the January school holidays (peak season)
We left a rainy Sydney behind and enjoyed glorious hot sunny weather for our 4 day stay.
Kingscliff is located approx 40km south of the Gold Coast and about 80km north of Byron Bay. Both are basically less than an hours drive away.
It is this location that makes it a perfect place for a long weekend as you can easily combine a relaxing holiday with some great day trips
The nearest airport is Coolangatta (also known as the Gold Coast Airport) and Kingscliff NSW is only about a 20 minute drive from the airport in a northerly direction.
I purposefully say here Kingscliff NSWas the airport is in Queensland where as Kingscliff is in NSW. This is certainly something to take into consideration if you are here during the summer time. This is because there is an hour time difference. Certainly something to consider for airport check in times or going out for dinner.
Things To Do In Kingscliff Australia
Kingscliff Australia has two well know resort chains - Mantra and Peppers which are both right next to each other and just outside the town.
Now you either like resorts or you hate them. We stayed at the Peppers resort and loved being able to enjoy both the pool and the beach. Whilst we didn't visit Mantra resort, I think you are able to use both pools if you so wished.
There are tennis courts, a gym, restaurants (see further down this page for eating out suggestions) and of course a beautiful pool and stunning beach.
There is also a lovely cycle/running path that is at least 4km long. You can hire bikes or enjoy a stroll. All the locals seem to own a bike and use the cycle paths to get around - it was so nice to see.
You can easily fill a couple of days of resting and chilling out at these resorts.
Kingscliff Australia itself is a small Aussie town with really friendly people. It is certainly not touristy (yet) but there is a sprinkle of lovely cafes offering coffee, cakes breakfast and more. This is a real contrast to the likes of Byron Bay and the Gold Coast which are well and truly on the tourist trail.
If you want to do more then a trip to Byron Bay is a good idea. You can find more information on my East Coast Australia road trip page. Or enjoy a Gold Coast holidays.It is definitely easy and manageable to get to both places in less than an hour.
You could even explore behind the Gold Coast and head into the mountains. It took us just over an hour to get Gallery Walk in Mount Tamberine where there is an array of lovely cafes and craft shops - a bit touristy but still worth a trip.
Where to Stay
The resorts - Mantra Kingscliffand Peppers Resort Kingscliffare clearly a good choice. They are small but well equipped apartments with modern layout, tasteful interiors and a small kitchen.
But if you don't like resorts I would try www.stayz.com.au for holiday homes in this area. In fact, we found a privately owned apartment inside the Peppers resort on this website. It meant paying less than the Peppers rate but we got to use all the same facilities.
The area surrounding the resorts is under development. There are rows of plots of land for sale just waiting for houses to be built. I'm sure therefore that you will find a holiday home here if you look.
We found the restaurants at the resort a little on the expensive side. That said, there was a nice choice and range of offerings
The Pizza place on the corner was good and there is Fins which is a fine dining experience run by a well known chef.
We really enjoyed eating out at the restaurants actually in Kingscliff Australia itself.
Red Hot Thai was probably one of the best Thai's I've had in Australia - apart from the Satay chicken starter which was a little on the small side.
George's, a little further up the strip with pristine blue and white table cloths outside, was another good evening out. The menu was large and very reasonable. It had a greek theme but don't let that put you off if you don't like greek food - there were plenty of Aussie and Italian choices on the menu.
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