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Tweed Shire Geography

5 world heritage listed national parks in the tweed regionThe Tweed Shire lies in the north eastern corner of New South Wales on the east coast of Australia. It has an area of approximately 1,303 square kilometres, and is encircled by three mountain ranges - the McPherson Range in the north, the Tweed Range in the west and the Nightcap Range in the south. 

The Pacific Ocean forms the eastern border of the Shire. The two dominating landscape features of the valley are Mount Warning (1,156m high) - named by Captain James Cook in 1770 - and the Tweed River which flows into the sea at Tweed Heads. Mount Warning is the remnant core of the (long extinct) Tweed Shire Volcano and is where the dawn sun first touches eastern Australia. The steep rim of the caldera surrounds Mount Warning at a radius of approximately 15 kilometres. The eastern side of the volcano’s rim has been broken by the Tweed River, whose tributaries have carved out the hills.home to a high number of rare and threatened species

A broad range of wildlife is found throughout the Tweed Shire, a result of the area’s bio-geographic significance and the variety of habitats occurring in the region. In addition, the area is home to a high number of rare and threatened species of fauna and flora. 

The Tweed has the highest level of biological diversity in Australia.

Strategies have been set in place to protect and enhance the natural wonders of this region. The prevailing attitude is one of protecting the environment, while allowing for sensible, ecologically sustainable growth and investment.

The rolling hills, river flatlands and sub-tropical climate of the Tweed Valley lend themselves to a wide variety of agricultural pursuits. There is an increasing trend towards agri-business - including eco-tourism, agri-tourism, fruit and vegetable production, small acreage forestry and so on - as well as the opportunities for more traditional businesses and lifestyle enhancement.


The Tweed covers an area of 1,303 square kilometres. The climate is classified as sub-tropical maritime - meaning that it is rarely too hot and doesn’t get too cold.

In summer, the mean maximum shade temperature is 29.6 degrees celsius and the mean minimum shade murwillumbah north coast nsw temperature is 18.3  degrees celsius.  This makes the weather ideal for water sports.  The wetter summer of the Tweed also ensures ideal growing conditions leading up to the winter.

In winter, the mean maximum shade temperature is 22.0 degrees celsius and the mean minimum shade temperature is 7.2  degrees celsius. The Tweed has the highest average rainfall in NSW with an annual average of 1,706mm. January  and February are usually the wettest months and September the driest.ideal climate for water sports

Some inland areas of the Shire are subject to frosts in winter - an advantage for those plants that require cold to set fruit or flowers.  Coastal areas of the Tweed, however, are much less likely to experience the colder weather and winter is generally regarded as a perfect time in the Tweed.

Getting There

Although the Tweed Valley is in NSW and Sydney is that state's capital city, the Tweed is approx nine to ten hours drive North, so international travellers disembarking at Sydney would be better advised to take a connecting flight to Gold Coast airport which is literally 5 minutes over the border to Tweed Heads; or fly directly to Brisbane International airport (less than 80 minutes drive). 

Hire cars are readily available from both airports. Alternatively, coach connections go from both Brisbane and Sydney straight through to Murwillumbah, where hire cars and taxis are available. Find maps to help you HERE.

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