Tweed Heads is the northern most coastal town in New South Wales, sitting on the south side of the state border with Queensland at Coolangatta on the famous Gold Coast.
Despite being within different states, Tweed Heads and its Queensland counterpart of Coolangatta share many characteristics, both being popular holiday destinations with beautiful beaches and coastline framed against a mountainous hinterland backdrop. While Coolangatta tends to be much more commercialised with towering apartment buildings overlooking the beach in typical of Gold Coast style, Tweed Heads is more modest and makes use of the network of scenic waterways which come off the Tweed River. Although with commercial development continuous between both towns, it's easy to step across the state border without quite realising it. Visitors should be aware that Queensland does not operate daylight savings time, so there is a time difference of one hour when crossing the border between October and April.
The most significant monument at the state border between Coolangatta and Tweed Heads is the Captain Cook memorial at Point Danger, where scenic coastal views can be enjoyed. The Razorback Lookout at the peak of Mount Toonbarabah, just south of the state border, provides panoramic views over the rivers and inland waterways of Tweed Heads.
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