Towns in the Tweed
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offers a nature based, rural experience with five world heritage
listed national parks, abundant bird life and sub tropical vegetation.
Long stretches of white, unspoilt beaches, rivers, lakes, streams and
a mild temperate climate ensure this is an outdoor holiday-makers
dream destination. With a variety of towns and villages to suit all
tastes from the coast-line to the beautiful Tweed hinterland.
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Turning west off the Tweed Valley Way south of Murwillumbah, the traveller will
find the small village of Burringbar. Refresh yourself at the cafe,
chat with the local artists at the salon, get your hair done or enjoy a BBQ in
the Park amongst the trees.
Named after a housing estate developed in the 1960's, the original, and
postal name for this small township is Bogangar, an Aboriginal word
meaning 'place of many pippies', which refers to the ancient ceremonial
shell middens in the area. With large areas of protected wetlands,
Cabarita has only limited development, creating a quiet, relaxed holiday
atmosphere where the main activities are surfing (with a long right hand
point break), swimming, beach and estuary fishing and canoeing. The
shopping centre is small, but well-equipped. Lake Cudgen, around behind
the Cabarita Ski Gardens site is a particularly good area for children and
families enjoying boating as the water is only about 1.2m deep at most.
Bounded by Nature Reserve to the north and west and the Pacific Ocean to
the east, this typical coastal village of some 3000 residents boasts bike
tracks and coastal walkways.
Traditionally a soldier settler area where bananas were the
main crop, it's now a pretty tourist drive well known for wine and coffee.
which sits on the edge of the McPherson Ranges and boasts magnificent views,
close proximity to Tweed beaches and Gold Coast Airport. Visit Ilnam Estate
Winery where you can sit on the verandah and enjoy the view, a local coffee or
sample the wines.
Chillingham, the first of the Volcano Villages, nestled inside the erosion
caldera of the Mt Warning Shield Volcano. Follow Tourist Drive 36 as it winds
its way along the tree-lined Rous River through subtropical and ancient
Gondonawan rainforest clinging to rhyolite rocks from the 240 million year old
Chillingham Volcanics. Enjoy a coffee at the Bushtucker Gardens, lunch at
Chillingham Store or walk by the river along Beantree Walk past the Pioneer
Wall. A few minutes from Chillingham you'll find a variety of accommodation at
Upper Crystal Creek.
Chinderah is an small village on the wide lower reaches of the Tweed River. Here
you'll find a boat ramp, great fishing from the old Barneys Point Bridge and numerous riverside picnic spot,
Art Gallery, Antique Shop, relax in the Cafe or have a cool drink in the Hotel
beside the river. Two historic cemeteries contain the graves of original
pioneering families and the South Sea Islander immigrants who were used to
establish the sugar cane industry in the Tweed.
Crabbes Creek is a quiet rural village at the very
southern tip of the Tweed Shire a few minutes drive from Wooyung beach, where
you can see north to Tweed Heads and south to Byron Bay lighthouse. The beach
is an ideal place to whale watch mid-year.
The valley road ends in open pasture and working banana plantations. The General Store, opened in 1890, invites
you to remember a bygone era. The old Community Hall was the first Macedonian
Church in Australia. A Chinese market garden existed and in the 1950s the
area was farmed by many Italian families. Today the Community Hall is the
social focus for locals.
A few minutes from the Natural Village of Chillingham and only ten minutes from the centre of Murwillumbah is beautiful Crystal Creek.
Upper Crystal Creek is considered one of the most picturesque areas in the Tweed, with spectacular views from Mt Warning to the Springbrook Range.
Named for the semi precious stones found in the creek that runs through the area, Crystal Creek was first settled by Europeans searching for Red Cedar in the mid 19th Century. Nowadays it's well known for the broad range of available tourist
accommodation. Offering everything from an internationally awarded eco-tourist retreat, B&B's and self contained cottages to a family friendly
B&B with residential French lessons by arrangement and a 4WD Camp School, as well as miniature animal farm and cafe, you're sure to find something to your taste in
beautiful Crystal Creek.
A hundred years ago, the now sleepy village of Cudgen was the busiest place on the Tweed River. Set amidst the rich red volcanic soils Cudgen
is now famous for its valuable farming land. Once over 500 men were employed at
a sugar mill built in the 1880's and the Tweeds first church, St Marks was built
in 1882. Stroll down the Memorial Lane, an avenue of pines and fig trees, each one named in memory of
a soldier who did not return from war. Anzac services are held here each year at the cenotaph made from the bricks of the original school and dedicated to the Cudgen veterans.
In this sleepy coastal fishing village at the mouth of the Tweed River
you will find a general store, dinghy boat hire, art gallery, and a caravan park adjacent to a quiet pristine sandy beach. The Fingal lighthouse can be reached with a short walk through remnant coastal rainforest to the headland. Cook Island and its' marine reserve can be seen just offshore and the area attracts a variety of bird species and is a favourite with birdwatchers.
Take the children to the Cudgera Creek estuary where they can
swim in safety. snorkel, hire a kayak and explore the estuaries, or enjoy the
network of walking and cycle ways that link the surrounding villages. Fish from
the beach or estuaries or explore the rock pools on the seaward of the headland
at low tide . Humpback whales can be seen from the Hastings Point Lookout during their annual migration. Accommodation ranges from a variety of beachfront units, holiday apartments, holiday homes, caravan parks, and beachfront camping during school holidays.
Unlike so many traditional beachside communities, Kingscliff has blossomed into a vibrant little beachfront township without losing its wonderful local identity.
An abundance of local eateries and cafes offer a global cuisine, using the freshest local produce, in a beachside alfresco setting.
When you start seeing black & white spots on the telegraph poles you know you have reached the unique country village of Mooball. The warm & friendly residents of this small community have created some unique experiences that shouldn't be missed when driving along Tweed Valley Way. With antiques & collectables at the Moo Moo Cafe freshly picked local produce and a great local pub this is a spot to relax and enjoy good old country style hospitality. But when you leave don't forget to say Hooroo to the Moo Moo!
In the heart of the Tweed Valley, Murwillumbah is a vintage
country town which delights and inspires. Dozens of historic buildings in Art
Deco and Federation styles, form the main Street and central business district.
With an interesting variety of shop fronts and buildings, the town is a great
contrast to modern shopping centres. An agricultural base and newly arrived
local artisans provide a cultural mix rich in diversity. Rural activity provides
incredibly fresh and diverse produce that makes its way to the tables of a
successful dining precinct, where al fresco cafes, eateries and world class
restaurants provide relaxing and enjoyable ambience of a unique country town. A
diverse range of accommodation from cottages,
caravan parks, B&B's, motels, pubs and backpackers encourage weekender or
A quiet village situated on the banks of Mooball Creek with pristine beaches, a safe swimming creek, great fishing and ample walking tracks in the Environmental Gardens.
Enjoy BBQ and picnic spots under shady trees by the river, caravan parks and a motel.
Just off Tweed Valley Way, about 8 km South of Murwillumbah,
the historic railway village of Stokers Siding features a pottery gallery, general store and post office.
The gallery features pieces by the resident potter, as well as a range of works from other local artists including other pottery, craft items and cards.
Enjoy afternoon tea at the general store, which is housed in the original railway station built in 1894.
Right on the banks of the Tweed River, one of the first settlements in the Tweed valley and with a It's name is
an aboriginal word meaning "meeting of the waters", Tumbulgum was originally a cedar loggers settlement.
Nowadays activity centres on the river ~ a popular spot for water skiers and hire
boats available. Fuel and marine facilities are available. The village has a
General Store, Newsagency and Commonwealth Bank branch catering for most needs.
A popular lunch spot is the historic Tumbulgum Hotel.
Tweed Heads & Tweed River
Tweed Heads began to grow from 1870 after a pilot station was opened on the Tweed River. Today, beautiful golden beaches, a wide range of
eateries and spectacular lookouts make the Tweed Heads/Coolangatta region a popular holiday destination. One such lookout Point Danger, is situated on the New South Wales/Queensland border. High on a a peak overlooking Duranbah Beach, which is popular for surfing, Point Danger
was named by Captain James Cook as he sailed up the east coast of Australia to warn of dangerous coral reefs off the coast.
Located virtually under the rim of the caldera due west of Mt Warning, Tyalgum has spectacular views with plenty of open spaces to enjoy a picnic or a stroll along the creeks. An old cedar-getting village, Tyalgum is famous for its hall
which is renowned for its acoustics and the annual
Classical musical festival each September.
Relax at 11:1 coffee and gift shop situated in the "Old Bakery" building or check out the local arts, crafts and home-wares. Tyalgum has convenient access to Wollumbin State Forest and Mebbin
National Park. With views of Mt Warning and the Pinnacle.
Founded on timber getting and dairying, Uki (pronounced yoo-Ki) is a peaceful village located virtually at the foot of Mt Warning. Situated on the southern arm of the Tweed River.
If you look up from just about anywhere in to see Mt Warning towering over
you. Heritage conservation buildings in the town include the Mt Warning Hotel,
the bank building and an old butter factory. Today it is a community based on
dairying, with a developing base of tourist accommodation and arts and crafts in
the expanding residential small acreage. Lodgings in the village and surrounding
area include B&Bs, guesthouse and motel style accommodation.
Upper Crystal Creek
Just off tourist drive 36 on the way from Murwillumbah to Chillingham, after
passing through Crystal Creek you come to Upper Crystal Creek Road. Home to a
variety of different kinds of accommodation, this is
arguably the most beautiful part of a very beautiful valley offering the most
spectacular panorama to Springbrook and the Cougal Mountains as well as a direct
view to Mt Warning.
If you want to "get away from it all" then this may be the place for you. Fishing and surfing are the main attractions at this long stretch of isolated beach. A motel and caravan park tucked away amongst the coastal vegetation will look after your accommodation needs.
Wooyung beach is an ideal Whale-Watch spot.
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