Check out the Tweed’s top swimming creeks
THE Tweed Coast is rightly famed for its pristine beaches boasting powdery sand and dramatic rock cliffs jutting into the ocean.
But lesser known are the picturesque saltwater and freshwater creeks that can offer a refreshing respite from the maddening holiday crowds on the beaches at this time of year.
These hidden gems can also be a great place to escape rough conditions in the ocean.
Blainey Woodham shares his top five favourite Tweed creeks for the family to enjoy this school holidays:
1) Heading just south over the border is the first of our favourites - the saltwater creeks in Kingscliff or Cudgen Creek.
Inland, this waterway is the natural habitat of endangered bird species and a rich variety of marine life.
The water becomes a clearer shade of turquoise as you approach the creek mouth.
Here you will find families, friends and fishermen sharing their days in what is a white sand-bottomed paradise.
The Lateo family was splashing around in the shallows of Cudgen Creek, enjoying a sunny Christmas Eve.
"We moved here six months ago so it is really nice to be close to the water," Lauren Lateo said. "It's our home and the kids love it."
Her two sons, Taj and Jake, were throwing a tennis ball around, taking catches similar to those you would see in the Big Bash league.
"My favourite part of the creek is jumping around in the water for sure," said Taj.
2) Another must-swim location is Pottsville Creek, situated five minutes south of Hastings Point or a five-minute drive from the exit on the Pacific Motorway.
Again this is a salt water tidal creek with clear water and a sandy bottom making for perfect swimming conditions most of the time.
The Hart and Whitehouse families were soaking up the cool shallow water this week, something Michael Hart from Melbourne was keen to do more of in the future.
"It is only the second time we have been up here but we definitely want to make it a more regular thing and the creek here is beautiful," Mr Hart said.
Be aware on big tides as the water rushing out to the mouth can easily knock an unsuspecting swimmer off their feet and out towards the ocean at a rapid rate.
It's ideal if beach conditions aren't great.
3) Just south of Cudgen Creek and past Cabarita is the second protected saltwater creek at Hastings Point, which in itself is a marine park reserve.
Running around two bends from the creek mouth, this waterway is ideal for holiday makers and fishers.
Barbecue areas and shady trees line the banks of Hastings Creek, making it the perfect picnic and swimming spot in summer with its crystal clear green waters.
4) Mount Warning has several small creeks with stunning swimming holes.
Try Mt Warning Rd if the water is running downstream. Currumbin Rock Pools are by far the most popular fresh water swimming destination.
Located about 25 minutes inland from Currumbin, the pools offer clean, cool swimming and even a jump rock or two.
Drive out Currumbin Creek Rd to the very end to find the pools.
5) At the mouth of the Tweed River is a tiny white sand beach on the Fingal side of the waterway. Offering perfect clear water and smooth conditions for kids, this little beach is located at the end of Laticia Rd. Be warned the road is unsealed and can be rough going but it's worth the effort.
Only 10-15 minutes drive or a fast swim across the river from Duranbah if you're game, you've definitely got to experience this gem at least once