Murwillumbah is situated in The Tweed Valley and is surrounded by some of the most lush and picturesque scenery in Summerland NSW. With only half an hour drive from The Gold Coast in Queensland and about forty minutes drive to Byron Bay and 20 minutes from the Coolangatta airport.
Murwillumbah is one of the most desirable locations for visitors to this region. It is the closest major centre to Mt Warning or Wollumbin, its original native title, once an active volcano now an extinct and majestic mountain surrounded by natural beauty. According to native folklore, you can see the face of the Warrior Chief in the mountain's outline when coming from the North.
The township of Murwillumbah has an interesting history, originally belonging to the indigenous Bundjalung tribe of people. White people only settled in this region in the late 19th century and the name, Murwillumbah is the aboriginal name which means "place of many possums". In case you are wondering, there are plenty of sugar gliders and other possums to be seen at night.
The delightful Summerland sub-tropical climate abounds in this region of rich soil, rainforests and gentle undulating hills. There is a profusion of fresh water creeks, streams, rivers and waterfalls to contrast the coastal environment of untamed beaches and inlets only 15 minutes away.
Murwillumbah is surrounded by World Heritage National Parks and gracious fields of golden sugar cane and banana plantations are dotted around scenic drives surrounding the town. Smaller villages are also within easy reach from the centre of Murwillumbah with plenty of local produce to be found. Several roadside stops provide a range of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables, farm laid eggs, home-cooked conserves and cakes.
In town, Murwillumbah has some interesting Art Deco style architecture. Art Deco was an eclectic artistic design in Paris in the 1920's. It flourished internationally during the pre World War 11 era and some of the buildings in Murwillumbah have retained its charm.
The Tweed River Art Gallery on the other hand is a highly prized contemporary building situated in South Murwillumbah and runs regular exhibitions of local, national and international art. There is also an Agricultural Society Show held once a year at the showgrounds and has been in operation for over a century. Murwillumbah also has a fine services club, a sixty year old cinema and an excellent golf course.
How to get to Murwillumbah
Daily flights from Sydney and Melbourne to Coolangatta airport, with airport transfer services and local buses (Surfside) available. Daily coach services from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne setdown outside the Visitor Information Centre, and CountryLink coaches operate from the (now closed) railway station for transfers to Casino, for the daily or overnight train between Sydney and Brisbane.
Murwillumbah is around 1.5 hours drive from Brisbane and 11 hours by car from Sydney
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