About Tumbulgum, NSW, 2490

Located about 15 kilometres north of Murwillumbah, and 20 kilometres south from Coolangatta, Tumbulgum is a picturesque village with views over cane farms and to the foothills of the caldera, conveniently located just off the Tweed Valley Way.

Originally called the “Tweed Junction”, or just “The Junction”, the name was changed to the aboriginal derivation of “Tumbulgum” in 1880 at the behest of residents, whose petition said the name meant “meeting place of the waters”.

Popular with locals who come for the riverside picnic facilities, visitors can stretch their legs with a stroll along the heritage shop fronts or to partake of the enormously popular lunches and evening meals at the Tumbulgum Tavern.

A plaque monument to well known local Faith Bandler is a feature on the river bank opposite the tavern.

Local cruise and tours operator, Mt Warning Tours, offers river tours & cruises from the jetty, and you can browse for gifts and souvenirs at local arts and antique outlets.

A visit to the nearby historic Tumbulgum Cemetry, the first in the Tweed Valley, and resting place of many of the area’s European colonists from 1887 to 1947, is an intersting side trip, while Ilnam Estate Winery at Carool, and Tropical Fruitworld at nearby Duranbah will whet your whistle and tastebuds – depending on your preferences.

Piggabeen Valley Market is held on the 3rd Sunday from 9am – 1pm (NSW) Febraury to November, with live music, arts, crafts, food, coffee & local produce.

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Tweed Marina.  Photo © Big Volcano® Tourism

A handful of seasonal private weekly holiday rentals come and go, but most holiday accommodation is available at larger settlements nearby.

Alternatively, why not experience Tumbulgum, and the Tweed river upstream as far as Murwillumbah, as many visitors do, from the water, with a houseboat holiday?

Ideal as a day trip, driving options include the Tweed Valley Way via Murwillumbah, and the Bilambil and Terranora scenic ridge drives via Tweed Heads and the Gold Coast from Queensland.

For more information see Big Volcano Visitor Guide – Tumbulgum.

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Tumbulgum circa 2002 Photos © Big Volcano® Tourism

About Tomewin, NSW, 2484 and Currumbin Valley, QLD, 4223

Border Crossing

Straddling the Queensland/New South Wales border about 20 kms inland from Tweed Heads and Coolangatta, the European history of Tomewin and the Currumbin Valley dates from the mid 19th century when the first settlers engaged in timber getting, cattle grazing and banana growing.

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Currumbin Valley.  Photo © Big Volcano® Tourism

Connecting the Currumbin and Tweed valleys, the steep terrain of the route was a feature of any travel along Tomewin Road.

The road now offers an exilerating ride for motor cyclists who need to be paying attention to the road conditions, while car passengers can enjoy alternating mountain views and valley vistas.

Present day Tomewin has seen the general demise of farming with only a few holdings of bananas remaining and the area given over to smaller subdivided lots where hobby farming is practised.

Unfortunately, there are few licensed accommodation providers currently operating on Tomewin Road, (check out “The Luxury Eco Rainforest Retreat“), and just one or two small providers along Currumbin Creek Rd, with most places to stay located on the coast at Currumbin Beach.

Disclosure: “The Luxury Eco Rainforest Retreat” and “Currumbin Beach” links are Big Volcano Tourism Booking.com affiliate links.

However, Tomewin Mountain Road is a popular Sunday drive or midweek day trip, and provides the chance to “discover” a few local attractions, including Freeman’s Organic Farm Stall.

The place to be on Sunday, Freeman’s has live music from 10 am to 2 pm, adding to the atmosphere as you enjoy organic coffee and the delicious cakes on offer.

At other times, you can pick up your organic fruit and veggies as you take time to admire te sweeping views from Mt. Cougal to the ocean, and perhaps even get a brief history of the farm from David Freeman, 4th generation descendant of Arther Freeman, who is credited with establishing Australia’s banana industry in the early 1900s.

Keep driving up the mountain, and hop across the border into New South Wales, for a lovely scenic drive into Murwillumbah.  A thiving alfresco cafe scene and some of the best baristas in the business, won’t disappoint.

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Cougal Cascades.  Photo © Big Volcano® Tourism

In the valley proper, Currumbin Valley Rock Pools are a long time local favourite for a dip on long, hot summer days, with rock “slides” worn smooth by generations of coasters’ enjoying the refreshing waters, and where kids can spend hours exploring the pools and rock formations.

At the headwaters of Currumbin Creek, the Mt Cougal section of Springbrook National Park has a day picnic area at “Cougal Cascades”, with car parking, picnic tables, public toilets and a sealed walking track suitable for wheelchair access, leading to a number of viewing platforms, along the creek.

For more information see Big Volcano Visitor Guide – Tomewin and Currumbin Valley.

 

 

 

 

 

About Pottsville and Hastings Point, NSW 2489 

Family Friendly Seaside Villages

The Tweed Coast and the seaside villages dotted along it are famous for beaches, surfing, fishing, reserves and beachside parks.

Fingal Head, Kingscliff, Cabarita, Hastings Point, Pottsville Beach and Wooyung share the more than 25 kilometres of beaches and coastal reserves, from Tweed Heads to the north to Brunswick Heads in the south.

Located on the coast due east of Mt Warning, Pottsville offers a variety of mainly budget accommodation including caravan parks, cabins, holiday flats and a motel, while Hastings Point and Cabarita just to the north, provide a more diverse range of lodgings, including caravan parks, holiday apartments and holiday resorts.

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The Beach Resort, Cabarita.  Photo © Big Volcano® Tourism

During the Xmas school holidays only, the public reserve at Hastings Point Headland is also open to visitors for camping, with bookings managed by the Tweed Coast Hastings Point Holiday Park.

And while the Cudgera Creek estuary is a popular family location to cool off and enjoy the water during summer and autumn, please be aware that Tweed Shire Council has designated a dog exclusion area, including all foreshore areas of the Cudgera Creek estuary, and the beach north of Cudgera Creek mouth to the shoreline adjacent to the Peninsula Street beach access walkway.

The closure of this area to dogs, is to protect significant shorebird and beach nesting bird habitat and reduce disturbance, so please don’t walk your dog on-leash or let it loose off-leash in this area, tempting though it may be, and even if you see other dog owners who may be unaware of the exclusion zone rules.

This estuary is now for people, birds and marine life only!

You can find more information about Gold Coast, Tweed and Byron Shire Councils’ off leash and pet exercise areas here.

Located at Pottsville, Tweed Bicentennial Environmental Park is an ideal spot for a stroll through coastal wetland and remanat heath.  Recreation facilities include walking trails (also suitable for bicycling), a large grassed area, free electric barbecues, picnic tables and an amenities block.

The walking tracks are well developed, with boardwalks through wetland areas and viewing platforms by the creek.

Keeping with the water theme, at Cabarita to the north, Cudgen Lake and the foreshores, which has picnic facilities, is hidden away and available via an easement adjacent to Cabarita Lake Apartments.

This section of Cudgen Nature Reserve is open seven days a week from 8am to 4pm.  There are excellent views of Mt Warning from its eastern shore on a clear day.  The reserve contains a variety of vegetation types which are home to a number of threatened plant and animal species, and also supports a dwindling coastal koala population.

for the energetic, an off-road bicycling and walking path connects the villages from Pottsville Beach to Kingscliff, with the ample picnic areas along the coast providing free electric B.B.Q.s and amenities.

Pottsville Beach Markets are held on the 1st Sunday and 3rd Sunday of the month, while the Pottsville Beach Sports Greenback Fishing Competition (aka Greenback Tailor Fishing Competition) at Cabarita, is held on the Queens Birthday weekend in June.

Held since the 1980s, and proudly staged by  Cabarita Beach & Pottsville Lions Club since 2006, the competition raises funds for local surf rescue clubs, the VRA squad and local primary schools.

For more visitor information see Big Volcano Visitor Guide – Pottsville Beach, Hastings Point and Cabarita.

Tucked away in a secluded bush retreat just 5 minutes drive to Pottsville Beach, Mango Tree Cottage is an idyllic couples or family retreat.  Sleeping 6 comfortably, it is a dog friendly, self contained holiday cottage with all the mod cons.

Or if you’re looking for something a little different, Fig Tree Retro Studio is ideal for a couple or solo adventurer, looking for a secluded location, but still just 5 minutes drive to Pottsville Beach.

Disclosure: Mango Tree Cottage and Fig Tree Retro Studio are Big Volcano Tourism customers.

About Kunghur and Midginbil, NSW 2484

Northern Rivers Countryside

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Clarrie Hall Dam at Crams Farm, photo © Big Volcano® Tourism

Like most rural settlements in the region, Kunghur and Midginbil were established when timber getters harvesting the sub tropical rainforests, cleared the way for dairy and cattle farmers.

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Dairy and cattle farming remain the primary industries, with outdoor activities like bushwalking and birdwatching available at budget camping grounds, and affordable retreats dotted around the district.

Attractions include Crams Farm Recreation Area via Midginbil.

The catchment for Clarrie Hall Dam, the primary water supply for the Tweed Valley, Crams Farm is a “local secret”.

The entry gate is open from 7.30am – 5.30pm, and extensive facilities include under-cover free electric B.B.Q.s, picnic tables, amenities block and shelter shed.

An all weather cricket pitch and kiddies playground near the main BBQs, provides family fun in stunning scenery.  Or you can enjoy an open air fireplace, dotted around the wide open spaces, under the trees.  Even with a large number of people using the facilities, it will seem deserted.

Crams Farm is also becoming popular as a wedding location, with Wollumbin/Mount Warning providing a stunning backdrop across the dam waters.

Nearby Midginbil Hill EcoResort which specializes in 3 day weekend weddings, also offers its own spectacular location for wedding ceremonies, with on-site accommodation and the reception venue included.

The Mt Burrell General Store, with a petrol bowser out front for those low on gas, serves the Mount Burrell and Kunghur communities, and is well stocked with groceries and food basics.

Next door, the Sphinx Rock Cafe offers alfresco dining while you admire the magnificent rural views, or groove out at their very popular Sunday arvo gigs, showcasing local talent.

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Rural view from Kyogle Road, photo © Big Volcano® Tourism

Three World Heritage Gondwana Rainforest listed properties are within easy drive.

Wollumbin (Mt Warning) National Park is less than 30 minutes drive north, with the road following the meandering path of the Tweed River, while Nightcap and Border Ranges National Parks make for a pleasant full day driving tour to the south and west.

For more information see Big Volcano Visitor Guide – Kunghur and Midginbil.

Disclosure: Midginbil Hill EcoResort is a Big Volcano Tourism customer.

Crams Farm, NSW, 2484

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Crams Farm, Tweed Valley, NSW, © Big Volcano® Tourism

Crams Farm, Tweed Valley, NSW.

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