The picturesque town of Murwillumbah is on the banks of the beautiful Tweed River near the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wollumbin National Park. A great base for bushwalking, fishing and boating, the town is the creative and agricultural heart of The Tweed on the far NSW North Coast.
You’ll love exploring the Tweed Regional Gallery, surrounded by splendid gardens. The marvellous gallery is home to the wonderful Margaret Olley Arts Centre, which honours Australia’s most celebrated painter of still life and interiors. The famous artist attended primary school in the town.
Enjoy the rolling exhibitions in the gallery and stop by the gallery shop for gifts and mementos. For more gift ideas, browse the Red Rattlers Gallery in two 1928 train carriages in Dungay, just north of Murwillumbah. In the beautifully restored carriages are lovely creations by local artists and artisans.
Murwillumbah is in a green caldera, the vast crater of the eroded Tweed Volcano covered in rainforest and farmland. The shield volcano last erupted 20 million years ago, and the striking Wollumbin peak – named Mount Warning by Captain James Cook in 1770 – is the remnant core.
The fertile soil supports dairy, sugar cane, banana plantations and hobby farms. At the weekly Murwillumbah Farmers’ Market you can buy a range of fresh seasonal produce. The annualis a fun agricultural show for the whole family, with rides for the kids.
You’ll find plenty more things to do in and around Murwillumbah, which is 30 minutes’ drive from Gold Coast Airport and 20 minutes from ocean beaches. Golfers will be thrilled with the 18-hole course at Murwillumbah Golf Club, and Clarrie Hall Dam is a popular spot for fishing and boating.
On walking trails such as the Lyrebird track discover Wollumbin and other UNESCO-listed wilderness in the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia. The town is within easy reach of the national parks and accommodation includes caravan and camping sites, a riverside youth hostel, motels and retreats.