About Uki, Mount Warning, NSW, 2484

Photos © D Palmer, Big Volcano® Tourism

Founded on timber getting and dairying, Uki (pronounced yook-eye) is a beautiful and peaceful village located virtually at the foot of Wollumbin / Mt Warning, with the village name believed to be derived from the aboriginal name for a water fern with edible roots.

Uki is a community based on dairying, with a base of tourist accommodation and residential small acreage.

The village has been a listed Conservation Area since 1987, with heritage buildings including the old Convent, the old Bank Building and the old butter factory, now known as “The Buttery” and converted to art and craft galleries and artisans workspaces.

While the historic Mt Warning Hotel burned down in 2013 and has now been rebuilt, visitors recovering from a Wollumbin (aka Mt Warning) climb, or on a scenic weekend drive, looking for a friendly country pub to enjoy a break, can soak up the ambience and admire the rural views there.

Or if alfresco is more your style, there are a couple of cafes where you can relish your caffeine hit.  Or find your way to the rear of The Buttery to Uki Pies, where they’re “made with love”, and you can savour a pie, sitting at a nearby riverside picnic table.

The weekly weekend farmers market and monthly market bazaar fill the area surrounding The Buttery with fresh produce stalls from local farmers and local traders.

Just about anywhere in Uki will provide you with stunning views of Mt Warning and ring dykes commonly known as “the 3 Sisters”, while Mount Warning Road leads to the World Heritage listed Wollumbin National Park.

Lodgings in the village and surrounding area, including Mount Warning Road, include both affordable and luxury B&Bs, campgrounds and motel style accommodation.

Hosanna Farm Stay Offers a range of affordable accommodation options including comfortable cabins, “safari huts” to suit families, couples and singles, and a camping ground with powered and unpowered sites.

Facilities include communal lounge, kitchen and dining area, laundry, internet access, and a wood fired sauna next to our swimming and kayaking dam.

Kids can help with feeding the animals, collecting eggs, and try milking the cows.  They’re also dog friendly (in the camping area only). From AUD $12 pp pn. camping to $160 pn. for cabins.

For more Uki accommodation options check out the listings on Booking.com.  (Booking.com affiliate link)

Disclosure:  Hosanna Farm Stay is a Big Volcano Tourism customer.

For more information, please visit the Big Volcano Visitor Guide – Uki, Mount Warning, which has short descriptions of other local attractions and national parks, additional information about accommodation, and transport options for getting there.

About Mt Tamborine, QLD, 4271-4272

A World of National Parks


Photos © courtesy Ed Jobson

As the Blue Mountains are to Sydney, so Tamborine Mountain is to Brisbane and the Gold Coast, for escapees, holiday makers and day visitors from the “big smoke”.


Actually three small settlements comprising North Tamborine, Eagle Heights and Mount Tamborine, many residents cater to visitors with cottages, guesthouse inns and B&B style lodgings.

The quaint villages are famous for arts, crafts and antiques, with markets held on almost every weekend, making the area a very popular weekend and midweek getaway destination.

A flourishing boutique winery industry taking advantage of the soils and climate, is also a favourite attraction for visitors, while plentiful vantage points and picnic spots provide magnificent views to the Gold Coast to the east and the national parks of the Scenic Rim to the west.

Other attractions include Tamborine Mountain National Park, which is made up of nine national parks, including Queensland’s first declared national park, Witches Falls.

A world of subtropical, eucalypt and cycad rainforests, three of the four largest parks have picnic facilities and walking tracks to lookouts or waterfalls.

Or you can take a walk through the rainforest canopy at Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk.

Set in 30 acres of privately owned rainforest the complex includes an interpretive Centre, gift shop, and cafe.

For a more cosy experience, the annual “Springtime on the Mountain” garden festival held each September, throws open private home gardens to the public, with a trail pass to view 8 inspiring gardens.

If you’re holidaying on the Gold Coast, you can opt for a day tour to the plateau, or use a “hop on – hop off” tour operator, to enjoy your own pace and interests.

Check out the Big Volcano Visitor Guide – Tamborine Mountain, for more information, accommodation options, local tours & attractions, and how to get there.

Wollumbin view

View from the north. @Regran_ed from @travellingtype – View of Wollumbin (Mount Warning) from the treetops of Chillingham, NSW.

Free community breakfast to celebrate Razorback reopening

Celebration to highlight Joongurrabah’s significance

A free community breakfast will be held at Tom Beatson Outlook this Friday at 7.30am (NSW time), to celebrate the popular Tweed Heads park’s reopening following its upgrade late last year.

The refurbishment included construction of new safety railing along the walkway up to the outlook, as well as a minor facelift for its shelters, tables and seating.


The outlook, commonly known as Razorback, was closed in April because of safety concerns about the existing railing and reopened to the public in time for Christmas.

“While people have been enjoying renewed access to the outlook during the holiday period, we wanted to have a community celebration because of Razorback’s importance to so many people,” Council’s Director Community and Natural Resources, Tracey Stinson, said.

“Community consultation during the outlook’s closure showed how many people regularly visit Razorback for recreation, to show visitors to the area or for major milestones in their lives.

“A special breakfast seemed the best option for the celebration because the outlook is a popular destination for a lot of people on their morning walks.

“We’re also inviting people who have never been to Tom Beatson Outlook to come along and see why Razorback means so much to so many people,” she said.

“Importantly, Friday’s celebration will recognise and explain Razorback’s great significance to the local Aboriginal community, which knows the location as ‘Joongurrabah’.”

Joongurrabah is listed as a place of cultural significance in the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act.

Ms Stinson said Council was highly conscious of the lookout’s importance to many members of the community and found a safe and cost-effective option to reopen the walkway as soon as possible.

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Courtesy Tweed Shire Council Newsroom.

See also Big Volcano Natural and Scenic Attractions guide and Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre

Razorback Lookout reopened

New handrails and facelift for culturally significant landmark

Tom Beatson Outlook at Tweed Heads reopened to the public last week, following construction of a new safety railing along the walkway.

The outlook, commonly known as Razorback, had been closed since April because of safety concerns about the existing railing.

Community consultation revealed high demand for public access to be restored and Council designed a cost-effective option to replace the railing, utilising the existing concrete path.

Razorback_TomBeatsonLookout_160225_660 Photo caption: TURSA trainees worked with Council officers to give Tom Beatson Outlook a facelift before the reopening of the park.

Job Active trainees from TURSA, working with Council Parks and Gardens staff, have mowed the park and repainted the benches and shelters in preparation for the reopening.

“Razorback is an amazing scenic location for Tweed Heads and is also a place of cultural significance for the Aboriginal community,” Mayor of Tweed, Councillor Katie Milne, said.

“With our region being recognised as a National Iconic Landscape, it’s important to invest in and celebrate beautiful locations such as these to maintain the integrity of our shire’s natural and cultural heritage.”

Council’s Community Development Officer – Aboriginal, Rob Appo, said it was a particularly important cultural site for the local Aboriginal community, which knows the location as ‘Joongurrabah’.  “The plateau is connected to a very old Aboriginal story about the place where the pelicans played,” he said.

“Joongurrabah is listed as a place of cultural significance in the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act.”

Director Community and Natural Resources Tracey Stinson said Council was highly conscious of the lookout’s importance to many members of the community and found a safe and cost-effective option to reopen the walkway as soon as possible.

“Razorback means a great deal to a lot of Tweed residents, either because of a landmark moment in their lives or simply as a destination for walks or to take visitors to the area,” Ms Stinson said.  “That was evident by the number of residents who attended an information stall we held at Razorback soon after the walkway was closed.

“The outlook also offers one of the most spectacular 360-degree views of our stunning district.”

Courtesy Tweed Shire Council Newsroom