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.
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.
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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.
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.