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Murwillumbah NSW Australia Information and Accommodation

Murwillumbah NSW Australia Information and Accommodation

Murwillumbah NSW Australia Information and AccommodationMurwillumbah is a town of approximately 7,500 people in far north-eastern New South Wales, Australia in the Tweed Shire.

It lies on the Tweed River, 848 km north-east of Sydney, 13 km south of the Queensland border and 132 km south of Brisbane.

At the 2006 census, Murwillumbah had a population of 7,952 people. The town’s name is often abbreviated to M’bah or Murbah.

Murwillumbah sits on the south eastern foothills of the McPherson Range in the Tweed Volcano valley. The area is hilly. Many of the buildings are Art Deco in style and there are cafes, clothes and antique shops in the town.

Murwillumbah was nominated one of the top ten sea/tree change towns in Australia.

It boasts a wonderful climate, is 15 minutes to a number of pristine beaches, 20 minutes to a busy domestic and international airport, is surrounded by world heritage-listed national parks and is one of the most affordable places to live between Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

The first people to live in the area were Bundjalung people. The name Murwillumbah derives from an Aboriginal word meaning “camping place” – from Murrie, meaning “aboriginal people”, Wolli, “a camp”; and Bab, “the place of”.

Nearby Mount Warning and its attendant national park are known as Wollumbin, meaning “Cloud Catcher”, in the Bundjalung language.

Timber-getters were drawn to the region in the 1840s. The river port at Tumbulgum was initially the main settlement. In 1902, a local government municipality was declared with Murwillumbah as its centre.

Murwillumbah is protected by a series of levees, but they do not protect all parts of the town in major floods. The major industry of the area, apart from tourism, is sugarcane growing. There were numerous tramways in the area serving the sugar mill at Condong. There is also some dairy farming in the area. There are alternative lifestyle retreats nearby, notably one belonging to the Hare Krishna religion.

Murwillumbah weather online here.

The Bob Whittle Murwillumbah Airfield adjacent to the town’s industrial estate is popular with light and classic plane enthusiasts

Gold Coast Airport at Coolangatta is less than half an hour away.

Murwillumbah Tourist Information Centre – Corner Tweed Valley Way and Alma Street and World Heritage Rainforest Centre operated by Tweed Tourism is situated in Budd Park on the eastern bank of the Tweed River. It is conveniently located just before the bridge entry to Murwillumbah’s CBD.

The centre is a one-stop shop for all tourist-related inquiries including houseboat hire, river cruise, guided tours, accommodation, cruises, gemstone fossicking, maps and souvenirs. Telephone (02) 6672 1340

Murwillumbah Services Club 10 Wollumbin Street, Murwillumbah 2484 offers a wide range of fun daily activities and excellent facilities are available for members, their guests and visitors alike. Every week there’s something new to experience at the club, from live bands, world class acts to huge raffles where everyone’s a winner.

Rainforest Way Drive – Explore the scenic wonders of the lush, World Heritage-listed rainforests of northern NSW on this meandering drive. You can depart from Murwilllumbah, Lismore, Casino or Kyogle, following short, half-day loops between 80 and 95 kms.

The world’s most extensive area of subtropical rainforest forms part the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia which encompass the major rainforest parks and reserves of northeast NSW and southeast Queensland. These include Mount Warning (also called Wollumbin – Mount Warning National Park, Mount Warning Road, Murwillumbah, NSW 2484)

the Border Ranges National Park, Washpool National Park  and the adjacent Gibraltar Range National Park.

National Parks provide enough hiking tracks to keep you busy every weekend and for a real challenge, you can’t go past a climb up Mt Warning – the highest most easterly peak in Australia.

Tweed River Regional Museum located on Queensland Road in Murwillumbah but also in Uki and Tweed Heads.

Tweed River Art Gallery – 2 Mistral Road there are many other galleries and artists studios in town and the nearby villages

Red Rattlers Gallery – 385 Tomewin Road Dungay Murwillumbah, NSW 2484 offers unique gifts, local art and craft, stained glass, coffee and cake 

Tweed River Jockey Club at Tygalgah just out of town has regular race meetings throughout the year but the big events are Melbourne Cup Day in November and Murwillumbah Cup Day in June.

Condong Sugar Mill, Madura Tea Estates on Clothiers Creek Road and Tropical Fruit World at Duranbah are other local attractions.

Crystal Creek Miniatures, Corner of Numinbah Rd and Upper Crystal Creek Rd, Murwillumbah, New South Wales, Australia (02) 6679 1532.

Lisnagar Homestead located close to town is open for tours on Sundays.

Chillingham Bush Tucker Farm and Banana Cabana 1292 Numinbah Road
Chillingham, NSW 2484 The farm grows native bush tucker as well as Asian and unusual exotic fruits. Banana Cabana is your one-stop shop for tropical fruit and exotic local speciality foods. Produce is grown on their farm, in rich red volcanic soil and can be purchased at the produce and gift shop. Kids will love the frozen chocolate coated bananas.

Clarrie Hall Dam is located west of Murwillumbah, go through Uki and turn south on the Doon Doon Road, to Kyogle Road Murwillumbah, NSW 2484.

Banana Festival Criterium is one of the feature cycling events for Tweed Gold Coast cycling community held on the last Sunday in August.

Annual Events around Murwillumbah

Clarrie Hall Dam Bass Fishing Competition (May)
Festival of Performing Arts  (June/July)
Tyalgum Diggers Sports Day & Rodeo (July)
Tweed Valley Banana Festival (August)
Tyalgum Festival of Classical Music (September)
Unity Festival (October)
Speed on Tweed Motor Racing (September)
Tweed River Festival (October)
Tweed River Agricultural Show (November)
Tweed River Swim Classic

Murwillumbah Showground Markets are held on the fourth Sunday of the month and feature food, produce, plants, arts and crafts, collectibles, antiques and tools.

Murwillumbah Cottage Market in Knox Park is held on the first and third Saturday of the month and features produce, plants, food, arts and craft and an array of bric a brac.

Tweed Tavern is known as the Round House because it is a 12 sided pub. Located on the Corner of Tweed Valley Way and Alma Street Murwillumbah

Murwillumbah Golf Club

Nearby local villages include Uki, Tyalgum, Stokers Siding, Tumbulgum, Chillingham

More suggestions for things to do online at http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/Australia/State_of_New_South_Wales/Murwillumbah-1872238/Things_To_Do-Murwillumbah-TG-C-1.html

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