In the Tweed River valley, long open beaches and quiet secluded coves fringed by forest are perfect for swimming, and a wealth of estuaries and lagoons offer shady picnic spots and opportunities to relax. Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat is an idyllic section of the lush Far North Coast of New South Wales – and you can explore further without venturing too far from your romantic rainforest retreat.
A few minutes from the village of Chillingham and only ten minutes from the centre of Murwillumbah is beautiful Crystal Creek. Upper Crystal Creek is considered one of the most picturesque areas in the Tweed, with spectacular views from Mt Warning to the Springbrook Range. Named for the semi-precious stones found in the creek that runs through the area, Crystal Creek was first settled by Europeans searching for red cedar in the mid-19th century.
Located at the mouth of the Tweed River is coastal rainforest leading to the headland and Fingal Lighthouse. Cook Island and its marine reserve can be seen just offshore and the area attracts a variety of bird species and is a favourite with birdwatchers. Whales can be easily seen from Fingal Head as the ocean is very deep and the whales can come in very close.
Cudgera Creek estuary is a safe place to swim, snorkel, hire a kayak and explore the estuary. Fish from the beach or estuarie or explore the wonderful and marine protected rock pools on the seaward side of the headland at low tide. Humpback whales can be seen from the Hastings Point Lookout during their annual migration.
Cycle on our mountain bikes amongst the farmlets on the roads leading to our Rainforest Retreat, taking in the fresh air of the beautiful Tweed Valley. This has to be one of the most beautiful parts of Australia, with picturesque mountains, rivers, forests, green rolling hills and stunning beaches.
To borrow our mountain bikes, please ask at Reception.