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.
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.