Experience the clean white beaches of Tweed Heads and the tranquil waters and bird life around the inlets, bays, broadwaters and islands of the Tweed River. You can wet a line and try to catch dinner, get active and go swimming, take the dinghy to a local village and soak up the atmosphere, or you can relax and just let the world drift by. Meandering through the prehistoric Tweed Caldera, the Tweed and Rous rivers boast majestic views of spectacular Mt Warning (where dawn greets Australia each day) and the surrounding ranges. Surrounded by five World Heritage listed national parks, you will get a very different view of the lowland subtropical rainforest, massive ancient trees, dramatic mountain ranges and secluded estuaries.
Along the 60 or so kilometres of sheltered waterways there are riverside taverns, eateries, stores, antique stores and art galleries to enjoy. From our Tweed Marina base you can venture up Terranora Creek towards the Terranora Broadwater, stopping around Womgin Island (before for the waterway becomes too shallow). Most people head out towards the main river and discover the delights of sandy beaches near and on Ukerebagh Island Nature Reserve to the intersection with the main river, taking in the skyline of Tweed Heads. Journey south (upstream in boating terms), and you can explore the beautiful Tweed River, including Chinderah, a favourite spot for fishing, Stott’s Island Nature Reserve and historic Tumbulgum village.
For the longer houseboat adventures, you can journey upstream past Condong, a community based around the Condong Sugar Mill. You can’t miss the huge smoke stack, which emits only water vapour from the co-generation plant which opened in 2008.
We are proud to have the only 12-berth houseboat on the river that can travel all the way to Murwillumbah.
By far the most popular activity on a Berger Houseboat holiday is the chance for fishing.
Fishing on the Tweed offers anglers the opportunity to experience great fishing year round, with calm water fishing in the estuaries regardless of prevailing winds and weather.
No fishing licence required to fish from our houseboats or our tenders.
Berger Houseboats includes the publication, "Fishing the Tweed River", which has maps of the river and estuaries, tide charts, fishing spots, boat ramps, NSW Fisheries information on sizes and bag limits and more, for keen fishers. And we hire fishing rods, just check the option on our enquiry/booking form. Bait and ice are available to purchase from us at the marina.
Fishing guide available – local guru Brad Smith
For the ultimate fishing experience why not book in a private fishing charter with our local guru Brad Smith. Learn everything you need know to hook the perfect catch! It's also a great chance for the kids to get some great local knowledge and fishing experience. For more information or to book your fishing experience please just ask or visit https://www.bradsmithfishingcharters.com.au/.
For a more detailed outline of exploring the Tweed River, please have a look at our Story Book. Each of our houseboats has a copy of the Story Book onboard to assist with planning your adventure.