Things to do near Pottsville Beach for the laid-back traveller
Updated: Apr 3, 2019
Ok, so you have found this page as you are looking for a more laid back or non-strenuous activities to do while you holiday with friends or family in and around the Pottsville Beach area, or Potty, as the locals call it. Well done!
Pottsville Beach, as you may know, is located halfway between the Gold Coast and Byron Bay, so there are there are heaps of activities that fits that bill, so let’s get started.
1. Relax….and Do Nothing:
Relax, unwind and recharge is, of course, an option if you are after a weekend away with minimal demand on your time. If your accommodation / hotel offers a pamper package, then certainly that is a good way to start off your holiday. If they don’t, then you can always head to a nearby spa, or massage parlour in Pottsville or Cabarita Beach (5-minute drive) to get things started. Or, since you are less than 5 minutes from the beach anyway, why not spend the day alternating between sunning yourself and swimming in the crystal-clear blue waters? Can’t really go wrong with either option!
2. Do a Rainforest Way Country Drive:
Going on a country drive, breathing in the fresh mountainous air, feeling the wind blowing on your skin, is what the country is all about. Imagine doing this on a beautiful sunny day…gold! The main drive of The Rainforest Way leads you through the heart of Australia’s Green Cauldron, linking the towns and villages of Casino, Kyogle, Rathdowney, Beaudesert, Gold Coast, Tamborine Mountain, Murwillumbah, Nimbin, Lismore, and Byron Bay. View and download maps and other helpful information before heading out.
3. Explore Pottsville Markets:
The Pottsville Markets, which is run by the Pottsville Neighbourhood Centre, are on every 1st and 3rd Sunday at the Phillips Street Reserve. Family friendly and pet friendly (pets must be on lead).
4. Sourdough Class:
Even if you have just a vague interest in baking, this sourdough class taught by The Sourdough Kit in Pottsville might peak your interest. The workshop includes a tasting of fresh sourdough baked on-site in their wood fired oven. Each participant will receive full instructions and recipes to take home. No experience with bread baking is necessary.
5. Stone and Wood Brewery Tour:
In just 25 minutes’ drive from Pottsville Beach, you can be at the Stone and Wood Brewery in Byron Bay listening to your tour guide provide you with the history of the business, their philosophy, and a detailed explanation of the brewing process itself. The Brewery Tour goes for an hour, and the cost is $20/person. Bookings are essential.
6. View Exhibits at the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre:
Located in Murwillumbah, just a 15-minute drive from Pottsville, you can explore the various rotating exhibits at the gallery and take in the awesome Margaret Olley (Australia’s most celebrated painter of still life and interiors) installation. The installation features original architectural elements such as windows and doors, relocated from Olley’s home studio at 48 Duxford Street, Paddington, Sydney. The interiors are filled with over 20,000 items Olley collected over many years as subject matter for her paintings. You won’t be disappointed!
7. Whale Watching at Hastings Point Headland:
You don’t have to go further than Hastings Point headland, a 3-minute drive from Pottsville town, to catch dolphins and whales on their yearly migration. This prime spot is well known by locals.
8. High Tea at Flutterbies Cottage Café:
Take a visit out to Tyalgum via Murwillumbah and enjoy high tea at the famous Flutterbies Cafe (home of the famous Flutterbie Cakes). A fantastic country drive awaits.
9. Fishing at Pottsville Beach:
If fishing is more your thing, then you will be at home here in Pottsville as there are numerous fishing spots along the Tweed Coast, from Mooball Creek estuary in Pottsville, Black Rocks in Pottsville, Cudgen Creek at Kingscliff, and Cudgera Creek estuary at Hastings Point. If you need bait, there are 2 Bait and Tackle shops in Pottsville town, and they will provide you with useful information if asked.
The Lions Greenback Fishing Competition hosted by the Lions for Cabarita and Pottsville Beach Inc. is held in Cabarita Beach (5-minute drive from Pottsville) every year.
10. Wine Tasting at Ilnam Estate Winery:
Fancy a refreshing glass of sauvignon blanc or a hearty red? How about an intimate dinner with friends listening to live music by local musos? Ilnam Estate Winery, the only winery in the Tweed Valley, is where you will want to be. Tasting at Ilnam Estate is conducted in their Cellar Door. 7-10 wines are regularly available for tasting including dry whites & reds, semi sweets and fortified wines and you can taste them all for $3 per person.
11. Pottsville Environmental Park:
One of Pottsville’s hidden treasures is the Pottsville Environmental Park, 54 hectares of coastal vegetation set between the two arms of Cudgera Creek, off Centennial Drive just west of town. With over 4km of walking tracks, wetland boardwalks and viewing platforms, on-site camping, kitchen, toilet, and shower facilities Pottsville Environment Park is an ideal location for school and environmental group excursions.
12. Go Antique shopping:
There are heaps of vintage, second-hand, and collectable shops just minutes from Pottsville town. The most well-known of which is Heath’s Old Wares in Burringbar; Clem’s Cargo in Brunswick Heads; The Grainery in Murwillumbah, just to name a few. For a more complete list of collectable shops from as far south as Woodburn, NSW and all the way up north to Chinderah, NSW head over to Heath’s Old Wares page.
13. Play Golf at Pottsville Golf Course:
Enjoy a challenging 9-hole golf course only 2.5 kilometres from the main town centre of Pottsville along Pottsville Road on the beautiful Tweed Coast.
14. Tour the Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre:
Run by the area’s Aboriginal community, it’s a popular meeting place for Goori people and other Aboriginal peoples. You’ll find museum exhibits, informative videos, Aboriginal art, and you may even be lucky to see traditional dance and song on the outdoor performance area. Aboriginal tour guides offer tours through the museum and site, telling you about its relics, plants and animals. Hear how Aboriginal life was when this area was an untouched paradise of natural forest and mangroves, before learning about the cultural significance of Bora Ring, which you can see on Walk on Water walking track.
15. Meet miniatures at Crystal Creek Miniatures:
Just 30 minutes from Pottsville Beach is the Crystal Creek Miniatures where you pat, cuddle, and swoon over miniature donkeys, horses, cows, and other animals on this working stud farm. There is a café, plant nursery, and gift shop as well. Guided tours to meet the animals are from Friday – Monday. Bookings are essential.
So, there you have it – a good selection of activities that will not tire you out and leave you needing a holiday from your holiday. Remember, these activities are all less than 40 minutes drive from Pottsville Beach, so, no need to venture further afar!
If you are after accommodation for your holiday in or near Pottsville, then check out our availability page or if you are wanting a more active holiday, check out our 'Things to do near Pottsville for the active and adventurous traveller' blog.
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