Emerald Rock for St Patrick’s Day

In honour of St Patrick’s Day this Sunday March 17th, here’s an emerald rock for you.

This rainforest jewel was found on a damp day in Springbrook National Park – Natural Bridge section, in the Gold Coast hinterland in Southern Queensland.

It was the most impressive of many luxuriant mossy objects: rocks, trees even concrete steps!

If you like this image, you can purchase it in a variety of product formats including wall art, phone cases and skins, and home decor items.



Sunrise Coast n Country Art shop

Welcome to our art and “Product On Demand” (POD) shop at  Red Bubble.

Unity and Botanical Series 1 are the first contributions.

Created by David Palmer, Unity is a fractal digital print commissioned for the Science Art Festival held in Murwillumbah in the year 2000, in the NSW Northern Rivers.


Unity, © by David Palmer.

It’s available in a limited selected range of products including unisex, men’s and women’s T-shirts, as iPhone and Samsung cases/skins, as wall art, an art block (which looks rather trippy), a wall clock and a travel mug.

Given the symbology of the piece, we found the clock product option rather amusing, so we hope you do too.

Botanical Series 1 is a work created by our friend Liz Challis. We already have 3 other works by her, in our private collection.

We bought this art work from her in 2016, and got full reproduction rights with it.

A water colour with floral inspiration, it is available as a wall tapestry, scarf and duvet, and in a range of apparel, device cases and skins, wall art options, drawstring bag, and stationery, with each product having the image carefully positioned for best effect.

The framed print in particular, would look fabulous with a flat white frame and bright white mat.


Botanical Series 1, © by Liz Challis

It’s a beautiful art work, and every time we look at it, we see something new in it. We just love this work, and are so happy to be able to share it.

(Oh, and a bit of scuttlebutt. Liz hadn’t signed it when we bought it, and it took a minute to work out which way was up.  If you purchase the wall tapestry or any wall art option, I’m sure you could hang it in any position, and it would still look amazing.)

For these and other works including original photography featuring landscapes, seascapes, flora and fauna of our region, along with vintage stamps and antique map reproductions, please visit our Redbubble shop at Sunrise Coast n Country.

Whether you decide to put it on a mug, hang it on a wall or wear it down the street, we hope you will get as much pleasure from our selected images, as we have in sharing them.

And be sure to also check out our Redbubble affiliate “Art Shop” at https://www.bigvolcano.com.au/services/arts.htm).


Will you be my Valentine?

If you’re looking for a last minute getaway to a romantic couples only retreat this Valentine’s Day, or an extended weekend, now that it’s “off peak” after the school holidays, then why not check our the Big Volcano Couples Only Accommodation guide?


Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat romance in the rainforest.

With getaway options ranging from an affordable and comfy retro self catering studio just minutes to the beach, to five star luxury retreats in the rainforest, you’re sure to find something to make the mood.

Or how about our Honeymoons, Anniversaries, Romantic Holidays and Special Occasions guide?

And if a getaway isn’t an option, why not go for a date night at a local restaurant, and present a special gift, like this A-Line dress or Drawstring bag?

Oh no!  You’ve just broken out in a cold sweat, because getting back into the work groove has already pushed romance far from your mind?

Then check out these articles:

5 Valentine’s Day-Proposal Ideas That Are Anything but Cliché

Pros and Cons to a Valentine’s Day Proposal

Rules for a Valentine’s Day proposal

Oh, and if you’ve already got a yes, and you’re now hunting for a wedding and reception venue, or you’ve decided to elope, then check out our Big Volcano Wedding Venues Guide and directory.

Disclosure: Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat is a Big Volcano Tourism customer.

Some links in this post are “affiliate or commercial links”.  This means that if you click on a link and purchase an item or make a booking, we may get a commission or payment.

Sharing waves at Snapper Rocks

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When a friend drops in on your wave…. Reposted from @southerngoldcoast – Sharing waves at Snapper 🌊 🐬🏄‍♂️ Photo by @vnsurf

Welcome the New Year with fireworks at Tweed Heads

Jack Evans Boat Harbour at Tweed Heads is the place to be this New Year’s Eve, with Council hosting a fireworks display at the family-friendly time of 9pm (NSW time).

Twin Towns will also be presenting its countdown to midnight fireworks display at Jack Evans Boat Harbour at midnight (NSW time).


Jack Evans Boat Harbour, Tweed Heads, circa September 2014, photo © Big Volcano Tourism.

Meanwhile, Tweed Heads, Kingscliff and Murwillumbah are looking festive in the lead-up to Christmas, with new Christmas displays throughout the main business districts.

This follows the loss of the towns’ Christmas trees in the March 2017 flood, when the sheds where they were stored were flooded.

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year from Tweed Shire Council to all residents and visitors to the Tweed.

Council offices at Murwillumbah and Tweed Heads will be closed over the Christmas and New Year period from Monday 24 December 2018 to Tuesday 1 January 2019.

The offices will reopen again at 8.30am on Wednesday 2 January 2019.

For Council emergencies only during this time please call 1800 818 326.

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To view all media releases online, please visit the Tweed Shire Council Newsroom.

About Woodenbong and Urbenville, NSW

Yowie Country


Mount Lindesay Photo © Courtesy Woodenbong Progress Association

If you make to Woodenbong or Urbenville, then you’re well and truly in the “woop woops” of the Wollumbin Volcano!

This is not to say you’ve strayed “beyond the black stump”, although you’ll see a few of these around as a result of the timber getting of earlier times.

If you want experience Australia’s rugged backcountry and countryside vistas without getting beyond the black stump and into the outback, then you’ve found it here.

Dairying and cattle raising, some timber milling, and a farm tourism presence are the mainstays, with the Scenic Rim food bowl over the border in Queensland, providing an abundance of fruit, vegetables and gourmet products like olives and cheese, with a now well established boutique winery trail also a popular attraction.

A popular inland route for “grey nomads”, the Summerland Way/Mount Lindesay Highway via Woodenbong, traverses Focal Peak volcano series, with the most outstanding features being Mount Lindesay in New South Wales, and Mount Barney in Queensland.

If you’re heading north into QLD, Woodenbong is your last chance to stop, stretch your legs and re-fuel before beginning the climb over the “scenic rim”.

Open your vehicle windows and listen out for the distinct and constant “tink tink” calls of Bellbirds in the forests as you cross the border into Queensland and head for Mt Barney, Rathdowney and country towns of the south east.

Area attractions accessible via Woodenbong and Urbenville, include national parks of the “Focal Peak group”, and for railway buffs, the Spiral Loop section of the Sydney-Brisbane line, which can be viewed  from the Lions Road Scenic Link about 45 km south of Woodenbong, toward Kyogle.

Accommodation is limited to farm cottages, cabins and home stays tucked away on large farms or bush blocks adjacent to nationals parks and reserves, while caravanners can find facilities at Urbenville Forest Park, and Woodenbong Camping Ground.

Community camping grounds are also available at Mallanganee and Bonalbo, while walk-in bush camping is available at some national parks, with rugged bush camping a popular and permit limited feature at Mt Barney National National Park.

Tooloom Falls Aboriginal Place in Tooloom National Park, just south of Urbenville, is a special place shared with permission of the local Githebul/Gidabal and Wurlavul peoples.

For more information, please visit the Big Volcano Visitor Guide – Woodenbong and Urbenville, which has short descriptions of drives and national parks, links to accommodation, and transport options for getting there.