We discovered the appeal of the Twin Towns on the Queensland/New South Wales border by accident when I planned a surprise 30th wedding anniversary weekend away with my wife. A colleague had suggested that I look at going to Coolangatta/Tweed Heads. So I contacted a travel agent in the area explaining what I wanted to do. She booked us into a resort on the beachfront at Coolangatta and suggested I take my wife to see a show in the Showroom at the Twin Towns Services Club. It was a Neil Diamond Tribute show with an eight piece orchestra. The seats were in the fourth row dead centre of the auditorium. It was fabulous.
That was the start of our love affair with the Twin Towns. You might say the Twin Towns have become our second home as we holiday there several times a year for short stays. Let me explain why.
You can swim on three patrolled beaches, Coolangatta, Greenmount and Rainbow Bay. You can surf at Snapper Rocks, Duranbah, Greenmount or Kirra points. Walking and Bike paths abound along the beaches and the Tweed River. You can fish in the river, off the beach or go ocean fishing. You can indulge in whale watching from Point Danger or go out in a boat from the Tweed River. You can even take a scenic cruise up the river.
In the winter you can be part of the “Cooly Rocks” Festival that features Rock and Roll of the fifties and sixties era and marvel at the restored cars of that era that are paraded during the festival in the local streets.
If you are into Lawn Bowls that the Tweed Heads Bowls Club is the place for you during the wonderful winter sunshine. Bowlers from all over Australia make the Twin Towns their home over many weeks during the winter. For the golfer, there are a number of courses within driving distance with the Coolangatta/Tweed Heads course worth a look.
If dancing is your passion then the Twin Towns Services club is for you. Several different dancing vogues are available each week. They include Line Dancing, Rock and Roll as well as different versions of Ballroom Dancing. Live entertainment occurs daily at Twin Towns Services Club and late in the week at the Bowls club.
The Twin Towns club have a large showroom where live shows are staged each week on Friday or Saturday. Mid-week shows, called Morning Melodies, are performed on most Tuesdays or Wednesdays at a small cost. Most shows are aimed at the Baby Boomers and their taste in music.
All the clubs provide a variety of dining opportunities. The best value for money is the buffet at the Coolangatta/Tweed Heads Golf Club. If you like to play the poker machines there are five big clubs in the areas providing a great variety of machines to play with various promotions on most days.
If Bingo is your “go”, the Tweed Heads Bowls Club has the best selection of games. Their Thursday night game has much to recommend it. If you want a game that stretches your concentration, then go to the Benora Club in South Tweed on a Tuesday night for their Novelty Bingo.
There is a great variety of accommodation available from caravan parks, to apartment and resorts. We stay at the Twin Towns Resort, adjacent to the club. It is managed by Mantra. We do this because of its central location; the cost is very competitive and there is a variety of accommodation from a hotel room to one and two bedroom apartments with direct access to the club. Although not on the beach front, there are views of the beach, the Tweed River Mouth; the Harbour as well as stretches of the river to the south and the ocean beyond.
Lastly, for interstate and overseas visitors, the Coolangatta airport is about five minutes’ drive away. Interstate and overseas flights arrive in great numbers daily to make it one of the busiest airports in Australia. With all these advantages you might think that this area is one of the busiest on the Gold Coast. But, in comparison to Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach and Burleigh Heads it is a quiet retreat most of the year. The Roxy Pro Surfing contest in March, Easter, “Cooly Rocks” festival in June, any long weekend and the Christmas/New Year period are the only times you need to avoid if you want a quiet, relaxing holiday.