2020 kicked off with a pearler accolade for Northern NSW with Cabarita Beach hotly named the best beach in Australia in the Top 20 beaches from the 101 best Australian beaches book produced by renowned ocean advocate Brad Farmer in conjunction with Tourism Australia.
Whilst some of the more famed beaches like Bondi didn’t make the top 20 cut, there appeared to be a focus on regional beaches that frame this great southern land-including a surprise inclusion of an inland beach in Wagga Wagga.
A (not so) hidden gem, Cabarita Beach offers long stretches of untouched beaches, crowning headlands and world-class surf breaks. Northern NSW is home to some of the most glorious coastal towns and the Tweed Coast is becoming one of those must see destinations on the East Coast.
Hideaway is the quintessential Aussie (luxe) camping experience reminisce of a time gone by, when beach cricket went all day and bathers were worn at dinnertime. The name Hideaway is historical to Cabarita and was once a retro motel on the beachfront, which has been re-invented into the award-winning boutique hotel Halcyon House.
Cabarita village boosts an array of eateries from Japanese to Thai to good ol fish’n’chips at the aptly named Stunned Mullet next door to bangin espresso bar Kartel. With wellness spas on offer, plantation tours at local Tea maker Madura and a rum tour of Husk Distillery -its easy to see why Cabarita was voted number one.
But it’s the allure of the natural beauty of this region that entices all, whether you land in the Gold Coast Airport and drive 15 minutes south or drive 30 minutes north of Byron Bay– one thing is certain you will be barefoot, beachside and chilled out when you spend time on Cabarita Beach.