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Hastings Point, where the rivermouth speaks to the ocean

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Hastings Point, where the rivermouth speaks to the ocean

Easy to see why they call if the 'Jewel of the Tweed'

Hastings Point - the Jewel of the Tweed

Hastings Point is located in the Tweed Shire of Northern NSW around halfway between Byron Bay and Surfers Paradise. The area is known as the 'Jewel of the Tweed' as it is surrounded by what's known as the big 4 - the ocean, a national park and reserve, a beautiful estuary and a large stretch of native vegetation. Not coincidentally, the main place to stay in the area is the Big4 caravan park ideally located between the beach and rivermouth.

Good surfing can be found at Hastings Point NSW

Good waves are common at Hastings Point

Looking north towards Norries Head from Hastings Point NSW

Looking north towards Norries Head

Let the river take you away

The calm waters of Cudgera Creek make it a hugely popular holiday destination for families with young children and the soft flowing tidal waters provide a relatively safe place for the kids to swim. The area is also popular for surfing, fishing, paddleboarding and general watersports and as a result gets pretty crowded on some days. But definitely a place worth checking out regardless as the waters are crystal clear and usually warm and inviting.

Rock channel ideal for swimming at Hastings Point

This rock channel is ideal for swimming when the ocean's calm

A popular summer surfing location

Due to the headland at Hastings Point protecting the waves from prevailing NE winds, the 600m long beach is popular with surfers during summer months and there is an excellent left running off the point as well as a righthander that breaks towards the rocks along the inside gutter. Hastings Point is somewhat of a swell magnet and thanks to the headland there is usually something to surf here regardless of which way the winds are blowing.

Unique boulder formation at the northern end of Hastings Point beach

Unique boulder formation at the northern end

Birds of a feather...

Hastings Point is a spectacular place for bird-watching and bush walking, the two going hand in hand with each other. Here you can see a large variety of bird species including Indigo Buntings, Albatross, Australian finches and fragile shore nesting birds such as the Little Tern, Beach Stone Curlew, Red-Capped Plovers and both the Sooty and Australian Pied Oystercatchers. 

Fish species and bag limit sign at Hastings Point NSW

A popular rock fishing spot when the swell's small

Immerse yourself in an aquatic wonderland

Being almost completely surrounded by water, Hastings Point is a fishermans paradise of sorts with every type of fishing on offer right next to each other. You can fish off the rocks at the headland, drop in a line straight off the beach on either side of the rocks or jump in a kayak or fish from the shores in the estuary system. Its rare that you can catch almost every type of fish you see on those big signs (like the one above!).

Looking south from Hastings Point along the beach

A nice place to go for a walk along the beach

Aquaman movie at Hastings Point?

An upcoming Hollywood blockbuster movie, Aquaman, recently won a bid to commence filming at Hastings Point despite the concern of locals who fear the negative impact it may have on the fragile headland. Hastings Point was previously used as a filming location for Pirates of the Caribbean, however locals do not want to open the flood gates to production companies and have been trying to protect the headland for over 30 years. The area is a special place and deserves to be protected, and is already under pressure from thousands of people who descend on the area each holiday period.

Sunny day at Hastings Point

A typical sunny summer day at Hastings Point

The headland at Hastings Point NSW

The heaadland gives you a good view north and south

Stay and play

The Big4 Caravan Park dominates the coastline here and is the most popular place to stay, offering a variety of accommodation options and north facing (think warmer) campgrounds. If camping's not your thing there's a variety of other options in the area to suit every budget from budget stays to million dollar holiday homes. Regardless of where you stay you won't be far from lovely walks and parklands, great views and a relaxed vibe. The area is extremely popular during school holidays, especially the warmer months so you'll need to book well in advance to secure your accommodation.

Looking south along the beach at Hastings Point NSW

The northern corner of the beach is protected in northerly winds

Something for the whole family

So if you're looking for a beach holiday that has something for everyone you should definitely visit Hastings Point for a few days. You'll be rewarded with unforgettable, sweeping coastal views, great surf, a beautiful estuary system, parklands, coastal walking trails and bike paths, plus a huge array of things to do in nearby towns to keep you busy.

Good surfing can be found at Hastings Point beach

A popular summer surfing wave, consistent and offshore

Looking south from Hastings Point headland

Popular spot to sit and watch the world go by

Getting to Hastings Point

Situated about halfway between Byron Bay and the Gold Coast, Hastings Point is a great place to visit for the day or even longer. If you're on the Tweed Coast Road simply follow the signs to Hastings Point.

Map of Hastings Point

 

What is the next beach north from Hastings Point?

Cabarita Beach is the next beach north from Hastings Point

What is the next beach south from Hastings Point?

Pottsville Beach is the next beach south from Hastings Point

Current weather at Hastings Point

 

Thanks for reading

I hope you enjoyed reading this article as much as I enjoyed writing it. Hastings Point is a hive of activity all year round and is adored by both locals and visitors alike. There's something special about a beach holiday with family or friends and the area around Hastings Point is both beautiful and relaxing. Come for the day, however you may find yourself staying for a lifetime.

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Cheers,

Adam