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.


Auslan guided tours coming to the Gallery and Museum

New tours to widen horizon for hearing impaired

Tweed Regional Gallery and Tweed Regional Museum will offer Auslan (Australian Sign Language) guided tours this year for deaf and hearing impaired visitors.

Four interpreted tours will explore and provide insight on the Museum’s historical collection, the 1915 ‘Shire Hall’ and selected highlights from the Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre.  

Gallery Director Susi Muddiman said that the Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre had offered interpreted tours in the past that were very popular.   [Big Volcano Visitor Guide: Tweed Regional Gallery]

“We hope that by offering a number of tours throughout the year that take in both the Museum and Gallery, people will be able to plan a visit to the Tweed and to these two wonderful facilities,” Ms Muddiman said.

Museum Director Judy Kean said this will be the first occasion the Museum has offered an interpreted tour for deaf and hearing impaired visitors.   [Big Volcano Visitor Guide: Tweed Regional Museum – Murwillumbah.] Tweed Museum - Murwillumbah, David Palmer, Big Volcano

“Highlights will include a background on the heritage Museum building, which celebrates its 100th birthday this year,” she said.

“We are delighted to be able to collaborate with the Gallery to offer this program.”

The first of the tours will take place on Saturday 4 April with the remaining three scheduled for 6 June, 5 September and 7 November 2015.

The Museum tour will run from 10am to 11am and the Gallery tour from 12pm to 1pm on all dates.

Auslan interpreted tours are free but bookings are essential. To book contact Museum Collection and Program Support Officer Kirsty Andrew on (02) 6670 2493 (this phone number also receives text messages) or

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Courtesy of TSC Media Unit Monday 23 March, 2015

Take a Walk

Murwillumbah treasures old and new

Guided heritage walks of the Murwillumbah town centre will be launched by Tweed Regional Museum in partnership with the Murwillumbah Historical Society on Saturday 7 March.

Big Volcano Visitor Guide : Murwillumbah

This follows the launch of the Murwillumbah Murals Guided Walks by Caldera Arts last year.

Photo by J. Palmer.Levy wall art © Big Volcano

Museum Director Judy Kean said it was the perfect opportunity for anyone who wants to learn more about the town’s history from the experts.

“We’re delighted these walks complement each other and take in a large slice of the history and culture of Murwillumbah,” she said.   “Contemporary Murwillumbah owes a lot to a rich past and visitors can also enjoy a great deal more of this story on a visit to the Museum.”

Murwillumbah Historical Society Vice President Tony Clark said previous heritage walks had been extremely popular.

“Through the long service and dedication of our former President, Ron Johansen, the Murwillumbah Historical Society has led many heritage walks around town over the years,” he said.  “We think there is still a lot of interest out there and I’m looking forward to leading guided walks on the first Saturday of every month.”

Judy Kean is also anticipating a good turnout.

“We hope people will take some time to explore Murwillumbah and the opportunity to relax and refresh in one of the many great eateries and shops in town,” she said.

Tweed Regional Museum is open this Saturday and the first Saturday of every month between 10am and 4pm.

Tweed Regional Museum on Big Volcano

Murwillumbah Murals Walk
Guided by Caldera Arts
First Saturday of each month
8.30am starting in the Murwillumbah Visitor Information Centre, Budd Park
Bookings essential
(02) 6672 1340,

Murwillumbah Town Centre Heritage Walk
Guided by the Murwillumbah Historical Society
First Saturday of each month
1.00pm starting at the Tweed Regional Museum, Queensland Road
Bookings preferred
(02) 6670 2273,

Courtesy of TSC Media Unit Monday 2 March, 2015