Tour the small towns of the Far North Coast
If exploring the picturesque settlements of a lush, historic region is your thing, the Tweed Valley will not disappoint. As well as the main town of Murwillumbah, Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat is ideally located for an unhurried exploration of what the Far North Coast of New South Wales has to offer in cosmopolitan culture, home-grown heritage and friendly country hospitality.
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.
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.
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. This is the place to have lunch at the beach in the Tweed Valley.
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 barbecue and picnic spots under shady trees by the river.
Just off Tweed Valley Way, about 8km south of Murwillumbah, the historic railway village of Stokers Siding features a general store, post office and pottery gallery. The gallery features pieces by noted potter Bob Connery, as well as a range of pottery, craft items and cards from other local artists. 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, Tumbulgum was one of the first settlements in the Tweed valley, originally housing cedar loggers. Its name is an Aboriginal word meaning "meeting of the waters", so appropriately, activity nowadays centres on the river – as a popular spot for water skiers, hire boats, fuel and marine facilities are available. A popular lunch spot is the historic Tumbulgum Hotel.
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. Just along from the Tyalgum Store, which has been superbly rejuvenated to emphasise its Edwardian heritage, is the elegant Paddington of Tyalgum, as well as Flutterbies Cottage Cafe. The cafe blends charming shabby-chic homewares and gifts with elegant dining, complete with chandeliers and waitresses in frilled uniforms.
Founded on timber getting and dairying, Uki (pronounced yoo-KI) is a peaceful village located virtually at the foot of Mount Warning. Situated on the southern arm of the Tweed River. If you look up from just about anywhere in to see Mount Warning towering over you. Heritage conservation buildings in the town include the Mount Warning Hotel, the bank building and an old butter factory. Today it is a community based on dairying, with a developing base of arts and crafts in the expanding residential small acreage properties that are common around Uki.