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Salt Beach, Casuarina - where luxury and nature meet by the ocean


Salt Beach, Casuarina - where luxury and nature meet by the ocean

Salt Beach on a perfect sunny day

Salt Beach at Casuarina, located around a 20 minute drive south from Coolanagatta airport, is one of the Northern Rivers of NSW's best kept secrets and a much loved destination for holidaymakers and locals alike.

Salt Beach Northern Rivers NSW on a sunny day

For a popular holiday location the beaches are surprisingly empty

From sand mining to sandcastles

Also known as Cotton Beach by locals, Casuarina gets its name from the many Casuarina trees that can be found here, planted after extensive sand mining operations ceased in the 1900s. Since then the beach has undergone an impressive transformation and is now home to prestigious resorts, beachfront houses and a bustling tourism and restaurant scene.

Beach seating at Salt Beach Northern Rivers NSW

Great place to set up for the day

Salt Village Centre

The Salt Village Centre was opened in September 2005 and offers shops, restaurants and a range of services for visitors and the local community. Every Saturday morning at 8am there is a 5km run, the Kingscliff Parkrun, that starts at Bells Boulevard in Salt Village.

Salt Beach NSW is an off leash approved and popular for dog walking

A popular beach for off leash dog walking

Being a planned community, Salt Beach offers a variety of holiday options as well as prestigious homes that sit proudly on the beach. Despite the obvious amount of money here, the place has a relaxed vibe and is home to a vibrant and welcoming community of locals and returning visitors. 

Boardwalk beach access at Salt Beach NSW

Only a short stroll from your car to the beach

Perfect for holidays

The surrounding resort community of Salt Beach is perfectly set-up for holidays and caters well for families with children. Everything you could want is within a short walking distance however you'll feel like you're a million miles from anywhere. There are kilometres of well maintained boardwalks and pathways to walk and cycle on that take you on a journey through heath and grasslands, as well as the usual activities such as surfing, swimming, paddleboarding, snorkelling and other sports. The Salt Boat House offers a simple access point to Cudgen Creek where you can hire canoes and kayaks. For swimmers, there's a constant rip that tends to sweep northwards and the majority of the beach isn't patrolled so proceed with caution. 

Salt Beach is idea lfor walking and has lots of accommodaiton close by

From here to eternity

From Salt Beach, there's easy access to the World Heritage National Parks and Mount Warning - the best preserved and largest extinct shield volcano in the world.

Uncrowded day at Salt Beach on the Tweed Coast of NSW

Keep walking north and you'll eventually hit South Kingscliff Beach 

Regeneration for future generations

Sections of Salt Beach have been revegetated to resemble the coastline heathland that once would have prevailed here. Heathland is the name given to vegetation found on nutrient poor soils and is made up of low growing, hardy plants. The regeneration programs that protect the heathlands can be found alongside the boardwalks that border the beach.

Boardwalks and dedicated community groups help the health lands regenerate at Salt Beach NSW

Promoting heathland regeneration

If you want to bring your pooch along on holidays, Salt Beach is dog-friendly from the Salt residential area northwards to the rockwall at Cudgen Creek.

Sunny day at Salt Beach NSW

Hard to believe there's an exclusive community just through the trees

What are you waiting for?

If the idea of waking up next to a bright sandy beach with the sounds of crashing waves and gentle breezes appeals to you, make sure you visit Salt Beach at some point - you won't be disappointed.

Getting there

To get to Salt Beach, turn off the Pacific Highway and onto the Wommin Bay Road, and follow the signs past Kingscliff. Salt Beach is to the south of Kingscliff Beach along Casuarina Way. You can also access Casuarina Beach at numerous points off the Tweed Coast Road.

Map of Casuarina and Salt Beach

Current weather at Salt Beach


What is the next beach north from Salt Beach?

Kingscliff Beach is the next beach north from Salt Beach

What is the next beach south from Salt Beach?

Norries Head and Cabarita Beach is the next beach south from Salt Beach

Thanks for reading

I hope you enjoyed reading this article as much as I enjoyed writing it. The whole stretch of the Casuarina coastline offers solitude and peace amongst a natural backdrop whilst being close to all the finer things in life. Experience the pleasure of unspoilt beaches as far the eye can see nesteld up against boutique and high-end accommodation that sits upon elegantly landscaped streets, and a variety of gourmet restaurants and dining options. 

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