Tweed Heads and Coolangatta are twin towns located on the border between north-eastern New South Wales and south-eastern Queensland. Coolangatta is in Queensland and part of the Gold Coast City. Tweed Heads and neighboring suburbs are part of the Gold Coast urban area, but are located in Tweed Shire, headquartered in Murwillumbah.When you cross the wide Tweed River from the south, you remain in New South Wales for around 5km before passing into Queensland. The border is in the built up retail area near the mouth of the river.Where is the border?The border between New South Wales and Queensland winds its way through the towns of Tweed Heads and Coolangatta. With buildings, roads, and other structures spanning the border it is often not obvious which state you are in. This can be important in summer months, when New South Wales operates on daylight savings time, and Queensland does not. If you land at Coolangatta airport from the south, you will touch down in New South Wales, and taxi to the terminal in Queensland. The border is actually the 19th century survey line of the watershed. When surveyor Evans followed the MacPherson range eastwards he was directed to mark the border and terminate it at Point Danger, however the watershed hit the coast at Currumbin headland some distance north. He drew a direct line from the hill behind Currumbin to what was thought to be Point Danger, thus the border runs parallel to the beach for some kms before terminating at the headland north of the Tweed River mouth.Coolangatta is pronounced with the emphasis on the second-to-last syllable, like regatta, and unlike Talangatta.The Gold Coast airport is in Coolangatta, about 5 km from Tweed Heads, and has domestic flights and international flights from New Zealand, Malaysia, and Japan.Gold Coast Tourist Shuttle provides transportation from Gold Coast Airport to hotels & theme parks throughout the Gold Coast. Customer service desks are in the international & domestic terminals.Buses run from Brisbane and points south. The train service from Brisbane to Robina, central Gold Coast, has bus connections through to Coolangatta and Tweed Heads. It is a comfortable 65 minutes drive from Brisbane on the Pacific Motorway. One can exit just after the Brisbane airport to hit the coast near Kirra for the short coastal drive through Coolangatta to Tweed Heads.Frequent Surfside buses run from Tweed Heads northwards towards Coolangatta and Surfers Paradise. Frequent buses (routes 601 to 608) also operate to Kingscliff, West Tweed and Banora Point. The bus to Murwillumbah (route 605) operates hourly on weekdays (every 2 hours on weekends)

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