School holidays activities Big Volcano Activities & Attractions Directory

Looking for Holiday activities, attractions, and things to see and do in the Ballina, Byron Bay, Tweed Valley, Gold Coast hinterland region of New South Wales and Queensland, Australia?

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Photo courtesy Casino Mini Railway, Casino

Whether it’s sport and recreation, natural attractions, or things to see and do, our extensive Big Volcano Activities & Attractions Directory, has local directories listing all known tours, attractions and places to go.

You’ll find a different place to visit every day!  Some are free, others have excellent family tickets, others offer special holiday tickets.  Our directories also include personally selected tours and attractions in the region, as well as an extensive telephone directory of all known local opportunities.

See the Big Volcano Tourist Attractions directory in particular, for the more popular local attractions, and to book direct via their web site or online.

Our national parks, state forests and natural and scenic tourist attractions are also popular during the school holidays, especially on the weekends, so you might prefer to schedule a visit to these during the week, and soak up the country atmosphere at nearby towns and villages on the way back to your Big Volcano accommodation.

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Photo by Big Volcano:  Wollumbin (Mt Warning) National Park, Lyrebird walk.

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Tweed Regional Museum showcases recent additions

An original record of the daily happenings at Condong’s sugar mill in 1880 is just one of the ‘old but new’ acquisitions of Murwillumbah’s Tweed Regional Museum, on display now.

The Museum collection includes thousands of individual items gathered over more than 50 years, but history doesn’t stop, and new items are continually being added to the collection.

Museum Director Judy Kean the exhibition, titled What’s New?, showcases these artefacts.  TRMfamily976EL50
Photograph by David Palmer

“Each new addition to the collection brings with it a glimpse into our past,” Ms Kean said.

“We’re very aware that in 20 years’ time and sooner, people will be curious about what was going on in the Tweed in 2015.

What’s New? gives us the opportunity to feature just some of the many significant donations to the Museum over the past couple of years. The oldest ‘new’ acquisition currently on display dates back to 1880, and the most recent to 2013,” she said.

“We’re particularly grateful to those who have parted with treasured items, generously donating them to the Museum so they can be preserved and shared with future generations.”

Ms Kean said the first selection for What’s New? included the original ledger recording the activities of the Colonial Sugar Refining Company (CSR) mill at Condong from its establishment in 1880, alongside a model of the first 747SP (Special Performance) aircraft purchased for the QANTAS fleet in 1981, named City of Gold Coast Tweed.

“We have also included tools from the studio of well-known Stokers Siding potter Bob Connery who passed away in 2013,” she said.

“Only a small portion of the collection can be on display at any one time and a lot of work goes on behind the scenes to get things ready, so we’ve put together a short sequence of images featuring objects being prepared for display.”

Behind the scenes at the Museum Store

“If visitors enjoy seeing this little bit of what goes on behind the scenes, and the diversity of the collection, they may enjoy a tour of the Museum collection store. We are often asked about where everything not currently on display is kept, and our store is something of an Aladdin’s cave.”

Free tours of the Tweed Regional Museum store are available on the third Thursday of every month at 11am. The next tour will be held on 21 January 2016.

Each tour is led by a Museum staff member and takes about an hour. Bookings are essential Tel: (02) 6670 2493 or trm@tweed.nsw.gov.au

What’s New? is part of the summer season of displays now open at Tweed Regional Museum Murwillumbah.

Tweed Shire Council Newsroom

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See also  Tweed Regional Museum – Murwillumbah at Big Volcano