The Perfect Spot For Toddlers on the Tweed Coast: Hastings Point
If you’ve ever tried taking your toddler to the beach, you know it inevitably becomes an exercise in making sure they don’t get knocked over by waves and keeping them out of the deeper water. Hastings Point will give you a break from this with it’s shallow clear pools as well as beachfront, and great spots to stay for the family.
The main reason Hastings Point is so great for toddlers and small children is that it has clear water that comes in a makes a little lagoon (Cudgura Creek). It’s too shallow for big creatures (like sharks) and when the tide is right, you can make your way across to a little sandy island. (The other side of this sandy island is too deep for little ones.) There is lots of sand to build with and you will get shade here at certain times of the day.
Hastings Point is about 20 minutes south of Kingscliffe, NSW and around a half hour north of Byron Bay. It is a beautiful stretch of beach here with squeaky white sandy beaches, swimming and surfing spots that make for a holiday that can be on the quieter side.
Day trips from Hastings Point include Byron Bay with it’s great lighthouse, Mullumbimby with it’s great “hippy” culture, and Lennox Head where you can find a freshwater lake on one side and the ocean on the other.
In the area is Tropical Fruit World. It’s a great spot for trying different and unique fruits, has a boat ride, miniature train ride, plantation tour and a number of other activities. This area is also great if you love markets. There is a market for nearly every day of the week somewhere and it’s a great place to find organic and specialty food and this area has a strong healthy living focus.
Where to Stay
A great place to stay here, especially with kids, is North Star Holiday Resort. It’s a Big 4 park and has a kids club, an indoor playground (which our little one talked about for months afterward), outdoor playground, waterpark and pool. If you stay here outside of school holidays, it is very reasonably priced. Kids under 2 are free. It’s a 5-10 minute walk to the beach from here (depending on the speed of your little ones) or a quick 1 minute drive. Not counting getting them into car seats.
There is another caravan park directly across from the lagoon beach called Hastings Point Holiday Park. It is directly on the road but has a little shop right there.
There are of course a number of other options that don’t involve tents or caravans. Hastings Cove Holiday Apartments are great. You may also want to take a look at On the Beach at Hastings.
Hastings Point doesn’t have much in the way of dining or supermarkets. There’s one restaurant a Northstar Caravan Park and when we visited, it wasn’t great. Pottsville to the south is closest town and has an IGA supermarket, butcher, shops, and little restaurants. Kingscliff to the North has a Woolworths and a variety of restaurants and we’ve eaten the Thai food there on a number of occasions.
Hastings Point is a great spot for you and the kiddies and we hope you make it there some day!