Hastings Point is a laid-back coastal town known for its turquoise water, sandy beaches and flourishing food scene focused on mud crab and tropical fruit. Hastings Point is also part of the Green Cauldron, an Australian National Landscape filled with lush World Heritage-listed rainforests.
Things to do
The beaches in Hastings Point are the area’s biggest draw. The township is steps from Hastings Point Beach, which has golden sand and crystal-clear water. You can also head north to Cabarita Beach, a relaxed stretch of sand bordered by a nature reserve.
Mount Warning Rainforest Park showcases the natural beauty of the Green Cauldron. It stretches from Byron Bay to the Gold Coast and is brimming with ancient Gondwana rainforest. Hike to the summit for sweeping countryside views or drive along the scenic Rainforest Way.
From bananas to mangoes, Tropical Fruit World offers a taste of the state's flourishing orchard industry. You can tour the plantations, meet native wildlife in the animal park and enjoy a rainforest riverboat cruise. Of course, there are also plenty of samples to try in addition to a well-stocked gift store.
Mud crabbing is another booming industry in New South Wales. Catch a Crab Tours offers a unique chance to haul in your own crustaceans from the Tweed River. You'll then enjoy a freshly cooked meal aboard the boat. If you're feeling generous, you can even hand-feed some of your catch to wild pelicans.
Hastings Point is easy to get around on foot, with the walk from the town centre to the beach taking less than 10 minutes. Rental cars let you explore the Green Cauldron at your own pace, while the drive from Brisbane takes around 1.5 hours.
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