THE NEW TWEED COAST
The Tweed Coast has long been regarded for its natural beauty. Occupying a narrow strip bordered by pristine beaches to the East and nature reserves and natural parks (Mt Warning and the Border Ranges) to the West, this region is increasingly becoming an area where people want to come and live, buy a holiday home or come for a vacation. Unlike its neighbours to the North, the development of the New Tweed Coast, in recent years, has been measured and planned. The planned communities of Casuarina and Salt are testament to the premise that urban development can co-exist without destroying the natural environment.
While walking along the beach from Salt to Cabarita, even at the height of Summer, the occasional surfer, fisherman or dog walker can be observed. One feels a sense of going back in time. Along this stretch, the beach is totally unspoilt, not one sign of human habitation can be sighted. The beach and its adjacent vegetated dune system are totally intact. No high-rises casting shadows and no beachfront homes having to be protected by rock retaining walls, before they ultimately erode into the ocean.
When visitors arrive for the first time, often they are amazed by what they experience. A visit to Kingscliff or one of the neighbouring coastal villages of Salt, Casuarina, Cabarita or Pottsville, will find an array of high quality restaurants, cafes, retail stores, hotels, surf clubs and plenty of other entertainment venues available.
The New Tweed Coast is far enough away from mass tourism and urbanisation, yet close enough if other amenities are required. Byron Bay is 35 minutes away, the central Gold Coast is 30 minutes away and Brisbane is 90 minutes drive to the North. The Gold Coast Airport, with regular flights to Asia, is quickly becoming an international airport. Many residents drive to the Gold Coast for employment, preferring to live and raise their families here.
The new Tweed Hospital, planned for Kingscliff, will attract further residents to the area. Buyers from the Southern capital cities continue to be attracted to the area where real estate prices, by comparison to where they live, still represent outstanding value.
Given the attributes of the region, the New Tweed Coast will grow and changes will be noticed. However, mass urbanisation and suburban sprawls will not eventuate. The lack of available coastal land will put limits on future growth, which will in turn increase values over time. Our real estate market is driven by a wide range of factors that will undoubtedly continue for many years.
If a study was undertaken to find the most liveable place in the world, the New Tweed Coast would certainly be in contention.