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The Tweed provides the perfect location for your business and a desirable lifestyle destination. Convenient access to national and international transport networks, a skilled labour force and a business friendly Council, The Tweed provides the ideal setting for your business to thrive. With a choice between our coastal villages for those desiring a sea change, the idyllic rural villages in the Tweed Valley attractive to tree changers, or for those seeking the more metropolitan lifestyle of Tweed Heads, the Tweed Shire is an ideal place to settle enjoying lower housing costs than our neighbours in Gold Coast and Byron.

Location, Location, Location

The Tweed Shire is at the top of the State in northern NSW and adjoins the City of Gold Coast. The Tweed offers more relaxed lifestyle options than our northern neighbours and benefits from convenient access to facilities and activities offered by the more populous metropolitan regions of the Gold Coast and Brisbane.

Access to Markets

Access to Markets Map Located on a major transport corridor, The Tweed is a major population centre for the Northern Rivers Region and is adjacent to the South East Queensland Region, providing The Tweed with strong links to a potential market of 3.56 million people within a three hour radius by road.

The combined population of Northern Rivers Region and SEQ Region is projected to reach approximately 4.9 million in the next twenty years.

Regional City

Identified as a Regional City, Tweed is a centre of economic activity and population growth. A number of growth precincts have been identified in the Shire which includes business centres, employment land and sport precincts as well as future education and knowledge precincts. For further details on projected growth and development of the Shire, refer to the Draft North Coast Regional Plan (external link).


Enjoying a temperate to subtropical climate with a mean average annual daytime temperature between 20oC and 30oC, The Tweed’s climate offers a very moderate year round climate making it a very pleasant place to work, live and play. For more information about Tweed’s climate refer to (external link). Reliable rainfall of approximately 1600mm per annum ensures abundant water supplies that are rarely affected by drought. For more information refer to our Rainfall page.

Desirable Lifestyle

Lifestyle is reflected by opportunities to establish appropriate work life balance, leisure opportunities, and affordable housing options all within desirable and beautiful surroundings. The Tweed delivers all this as it is one of NSW’s premier tree change and sea change destinations being the third highest in the state for relocation from other area of the State. The Tweeds largest coastal village, Kingscliff has placed fourth in a list of the best Australian seachange towns of 2016 (external link).

Enjoy exploring unspoiled beaches, picturesque villages, pristine bushland and national iconic landscapes all within easy access. Experience local creative and cultural events, a vibrant café culture, boutique retail shopping and endless entertainment and leisure activities all whilst living in an area that provides high access to employment opportunities.

Whilst The Tweed enjoys a high level of employment self-sufficiency, residents of the Shire have easy access to employment opportunities of the Gold Coast which is projected to experience the second highest employment growth for the five years to November 2019 Australia (Source: Department of Employment).

For more statistical information regarding working and living in The Tweed visit the Community Profile (external link) page.

For more information regarding the extensive range of experiences The Tweed has to offer, head to (external link).

Affordable Housing

The Tweed generally enjoys lower housing costs than our northern and southern neighbours and significantly lower costs than Sydney making it an attractive location to resettle. For current information regarding Tweeds housing market go to Tweed Shire Council’s Economic Profile (external link).

There are a number of major residential developments approved to ensure that housing demand keeps up with projected population growth ensuring that the range of affordable coastal and hinterland accommodation options is maintained. Refer to the Major Development section below for more information on future residential developments.

Affordable Housing Graph

Skilled Workforce and Access to Education Facilities

The Tweed boasts a skilled workforce with a higher percentage of employees with a trade or vocational qualification than the NSW average. Additionally approximately one third of the population holds a Diploma, Bachelor or higher degree. For detailed information regarding The Tweed’s workforce visit the Economic Profile (external link).

Workforce Qualifications Graph

The high accessibility of the region results in a significant proportion of workers accessing employment opportunities in neighbouring Northern Rivers Shires and in the City of Gold Coast. Similarly, a significant number of workers travel to The Tweed daily for work.

The Tweed’s workforce is becoming more qualified with a steady increase in the proportion of the workforce holding vocational or university level qualifications in recent years. The local labour force has access to a network of education and training providers operating in the Northern Rivers and Southeast Queensland regions including:
  • North Coast TAFE with campuses at Kingscliff and Murwillumbah;
  • Southern Cross University with a campus at Bilinga on the Tweed/Gold Coast border;
  • Bond University at Robina within 30 minutes of The Tweed; and
  • Griffith University Gold Coast only 36 minutes from Tweed Heads.


For those with families wishing to relocate to The Tweed, the Shire is home to numerous quality education and child care providers including:
  • 5 community run and numerous private facilities for pre-school age children
  • 25 state primary schools
  • 10 private primary schools
  • 5 state high schools
  • 4 private high schools
For more information on local schools, visit Council’s Community Directory.
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