Cycle Queensland, Sightseeing Ride, Tweed Coast
This short ride starts and finishes at two of the more popular beachside towns on the Tweed Coast; the road in between hugging the coastline, providing almost constant ocean-views. The road is not of the best quality but for large stretches there is a great cycle path; there are just a few kilometres in the middle without an on or off-road option.
Pottsville is best reached off the Pacific Highway. Head south past the Kingscliff and Bogangar turn-offs and just follow the signs.
Food and Drink
There are numerous options all the way along this ride.Kingscliff has a few good cafés lined up along Marine Parade. There is also a great bakery for tasty pastries on the go. Why not buy something nice from here and go and sit on the beach or in one of the parks directly behind the beach.
Take your time to investigate all these small towns that are dotted along the Tweed Coast. Take with you a fishing rod or wander around the many headlands, stopping to paddle in the water or sit on the quiet beaches.
Leave from the main car park in the centre of town, heading north along Tweed Coast Road. Until recent times, Pottsville was known as a budgetaccommodation location. Today, development has begun with new houses springing up as city dwellers look for their ‘sea change’.
It is a pleasant town and you will find it easy to spend an hour or two walking about, enjoying a coffee and exploring the beach and creeks. Continuing north, you pass through a number of the smaller beachside towns; Hastings Point and then Bogangar. Pull in at the headland at Hastings Point. On a clear day, the view is stunning to both the north and south. All along this stretch of coast, narrow inlets attract locals with a fishing rod and bait.
To this stage of the ride, there is an off-road cycle path that runs parallel to the road. Use this where you can as the road is a little narrow in places and you will find the ride to be just that bit more comfortable. Once past Bogangar, the path ends and it is on to the road for a short while. Approximately 4.1km later, turn right on to Dianella Drive, into the town of Casuarina. A quick left turn at the roundabout and it is straight all the way to Kingscliff. Take extra care crossing over the wooden bridge; if you are on a road bike, the gaps between the wooden planks over the bridge are too inviting for your narrow tyres to ignore! Heed the warnings and follow the signs to the right of the road and use the path over the bridge.
With 1.4km to go until the finish, there is the one and only short climb of the ride. Take care on the descent as you need to turn right at the bottom on the roundabout; 100m further and you are right in the heart of Kingscliff. Turn left to ride down the main strip. Alternatively, turn right where there is a smaller selection of eateries but there is better access to the lovely beach here. Spend some time relaxing, watching the local surfers cutting up the Pacific waves.
16.899 km / 10.501 mi
77 m / 252 ft
77 m / 252 ft
26 m / 86 ft