The Tweed is a wonderful place full of various places to explore and spend time.
While working remotely and staying home due to COVID-19, we all sat and had a thought about the places we most wanted to visit and rediscover. Here are the First National Murwillumbah staff top picks:
Mount Warning National Park
Mount Warning stands at the backdrop of most places in the Tweed. The core of a volcano, it is a major attraction for visitors to the area. Mount Warning is known as Wollumbin and is a sacred place for the Bundjalung people, and while you are able to climb the mountain, they ask that you do not.
Instead, there are creeks and picnic areas to visit, swim and explore. These are all accessible by car and do not require extensive walking.
You can find out more at the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
Located at North Tumbulgum, 15 minutes away from Murwillumbah, Husk Distillery is known for their famous Ink Gin. With food and drinks available against a backdrop of green farmland, you can have a picnic on the lawn, take a tour of the distillery or taste a signature cocktail.
There are bottles of Ink Gin and Husk Rum for purchase to take home.
Husk Distillery is open 11am – 5pm Wednesday to Sunday. Husk is kid-friendly, but children need to be supervised.
You can find out more at the Husk Distllery Website
Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre
As soon as you enter the carpark of the Tweed Regional Art Gallery, the caldera spreads out as far as you can see. Relocated to its present position in 2004, the gallery opened the Margaret Olley Art Centre in 2014, and celebrates the life and legacy of Margaret Olley, one of Australia’s most celebrated artists.
While at the Art Gallery, not only can you enjoy the work of some of the best regional, national and international artists, you can also sit for a meal at the Art Gallery café, or shop in the gallery shop.
The gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday, and has accessible features. Tickets can be booked through the Art Gallery website.
The Makers and Finders Markets
Held the 3rd Saturday of every month, the Makers and Finders market brings together the best of artists, creators, collectors and curators.
Hosted between Knox Park and across the road in the industrial M|Arts Precinct, the market is open for all to come enjoy local foods, listen to local musicians and shop handcrafted and upcycled wares.
You can bring a blanket and sit on the grass, enjoy the entertainment or take the kids to the playground, making for an enjoyable Saturday morning.
For more information, visit the Makers and Finders Market website
Cram’s Farm Reserve
This sprawling reserve and picnic area is just past Uki, and the scenery alone makes the trip worth it. Out at Cram’s Farm, rolling fields of green meet Clarrie Hall Dam, where Mount Warning reflects onto the water.
Out at Cram’s Farm you can pack a picnic, use the barbeques to make lunch, explore the reserve, go out on the water in kayak or go fishing. This is a popular place for weddings and birthday celebrations, with undercover picnic areas and Doon Doon Hall also available for function hire. If planning on holding an event, book with Tweed Shire Council.
Cram’s Farm is open 7.30am – 5.30pm year round.
To book for a function, or find out more, visit the Tweed Shire Council website
Tropical Fruit World
First opened to the public in 1983, Tropical Fruit World is a fully operational farm for visitors to explore and gain an understanding of farming and our environment.
A whole family activity, Tropical Fruit World offers farm tours, animal experiences and fruit tasting sessions. There is a Plantation Café to dine at, fruit market and so much more to explore. Tropical Fruit World now offers fresh fruit and vegetable boxes for home delivery in the local area.
The Locals Club offers discounts to local residents and is free to join. Open to the public 10am to 4pm everyday (Queensland Time) except Christmas Day. You can book at the Tropical Fruit World website
One of the main attractions of Northern New South Wales is the proximity to some of the world’s most stunning beaches and with 37 kilometres of beaches spanning the Tweed Coast, there’s no shortage of sand and surf.
To the North, Duranbah Beach is a popular surfing beach, with quiet stretches at Kingscliff and Cabarita perfect for a family visit. Most beaches are located near cafes and shops, with access to shower and washing facilities close to most.
Several beaches on the Tweed Coast are patrolled for safety during times of the year, and several beaches such as South Cabarita beach allow off-leash dog exercising where signed.
Don’t forget to Slip, Slop, Slap!
For a quieter beach experience, take a trip to Cudgen Creek at Kingscliff. Where the river meets the sea, this peaceful stretch of sand and water is a beach experience without waves and safer for young children and weak swimmers.
Popular for kayaks and stand-up-paddleboards, trees lining the shore offer plenty of shade, picnic tables and grassed areas make this the ideal place to set up for the day or for a quick trip to cool off on a summers afternoon.
When visiting be mindful of incoming tides, as the sandy areas can submerge quickly, and always keep an eye out for little ones.
Stone and Wood Brewery
While the Murwillumbah Stone and Wood Brewery is not open for tours just yet, you can take a day trip down to the Byron Bay brewery and book a tour. With a tasting tour and snacks available, make sure you book in advance and drink responsibly.
Alternately, grab some takeaways from a local stockist, and sit back to watch the Stone and Wood virtual tour of the facilities.
There is an annual Open Day for the Murwillumbah Brewery, and this is a great opportunity to help raise funds for Tweed Palliative Support & Wedgetail Retreat, and enjoy a great local event. To find out more, visit the Stone and Wood Brewery website
Those are our top choices for places to visit, and the wonderful thing about the Tweed is that there are so many more places to visit and explore.
Which one is your favourite? Let us know on our Facebook page or send us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll add them to the list!