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.


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.

About Nimbin, NSW, 2480

Nimbin  exploded on Australia’s psyche in the 1970’s when it hosted the Aquarius Music Festival.

The unofficial capital of the “Rainbow Region” and Australia’s alternative lifestyle capital, old shopfronts have been converted to eateries and retail shops are gaily decorated in indigenous and new age motifs.

Accommodation has grown to include caravan parks, B&Bs, motel, backpackers and a pub, with a farmstay and cottage presence scattered in the hamlets around the village.

Look out for the Nimbin Rocks, particularly beautiful in the early morning sunlight, about 3 kilometres south of town.


Nimbin Rocks as seen from a road lookout on the way to Mount Nardi.

Nimbin also provides convenient access to Nightcap National Park, one of the five World Heritage sites in the region.

Mount Nardi picnic area offers a starting point for walks of various lengths, or you can just enjoy a picnic and the views.

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

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?

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.

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

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


See also  Tweed Regional Museum – Murwillumbah at Big Volcano