Here you’ll find a growing list of places worth seeing in the Tweed, whether you’re a local or a visitor. How many of these can you tick off your list?
You can easily while away an afternoon in this quaint little village. Drop into the Old Butcher Shop which is now a gallery filled with local hand-made pottery for sale. A bit further down the Murwillumbah-Nerang Road is the Chillingham Bush Tucker Farm where you can try native finger limes and other bush tucker. Stock up on locally made lemon myrtle products, Davidson Plum jam, Chillingham honey and fresh fruit and veg from their roadside store.
If you fancy a nice pot of tea, wander next door to the Chillingham General Store and try their delicious home-made carrot cake. Then head across the road to walk it all off along the Rous River. The village markets are held on the 2nd Sunday of the month.
The Pinnacle Lookout – Tweed range scenic drive
Mount Warning – it’s our landmark and the very heart of our region. Maybe you’ve already climbed it. But there are other ways to take in the majesty of this ancient rock and surrounding caldera. Have you seen it from the Pinnacle Lookout? The views are stunning. Get the Tweed Range scenic drive map then pack a picnic (lovely local produce, of course) and go see the region from a new perspective.
Do you know how this charming village got its name? Some say it comes from the once-prolific magnificent red cedars which were logged in the late 1800s, the finest of which were exported to the United Kingdom and marked UK1. According to Wikipedia, it’s also local Bunjalung dialect for ‘small water plant (like a fern) with a yellow flower and edible root’. However other references claim it is Bunjalung for bandicoot. This picturesque village is well worth a visit to view historic buildings such as The Buttery, where you’ll find a range of local arts and crafts; and Mount Warning Hotel, built in 1916. You’ll see spectacular views of Mount Warning too. Take a walk along the river to the platypus viewing area. Read a guide to the river walk here. Find details of the weekly farmers market and monthly Bazaar here.
This pretty village is worth a visit to check out the Stokers Siding Pottery and Gallery housed in a 1921 building. The old railway station has been converted into a General Store and Post Office with a tea room on the verandah. Read more about the history of Stokers Siding here. Since 2011, local artisan markets have been held at the old community hall every three months, featuring hand-made goods and home-cooked foods. See the local markets guide for details.
It’s the oldest public building in the Tweed, completed in 1879. There used to be a cottage on the site for the lighthouse keeper, but it was demolished in 1923 when the lighthouse was converted from kerosene to automatic acetylene operation. You can read more about it when you visit the site. There’s a stunning view of Cook Island from the headland too. To get to the lighthouse, follow Main Road through Fingal Head and at the end, turn left into Lighthouse Parade. The walking track to the lighthouse is clearly signed.
Tucked away in the Big 4 North Star Holiday resort at Hastings Point, the Marine Museum has a fascinating collection of over 200 preserved marine specimens. Run by local marine biologist Ted Brambleby, the museum hosts education sessions for schools but is also open to the public on Saturday afternoons from 1.30-3.30pm. Get there by 1.45pm latest so you don’t miss the presentation. Entry fees apply but it’s well worth it to learn more about the local marine life with insights from a knowledgeable and experienced marine educator. Phone 02 6676 3384 or see the Marine Museum website for details.
Tweed Shire has some delightfully character-filled historic pubs, including Tumbulgum Tavern, the Imperial Hotel at Murwillumbah in all its salmon-pink glory, The Victory Hotel at Mooball, Mount Warning Hotel at Uki and more. Tweed Tourism has provided a free historic pubs tour map which includes pubs in neighbouring Byron Shire. Download the Historic Pubs tour map PDF and get yourself a designated driver for a day!
Crystal Creek Miniature Animals
A working stud farm that breeds miniature horses, cattle and donkeys. They conduct Tractor Train tours of the farm and you can meet and pat the animals, but you need to book in advance for the tour. They also have a gift shop and plant nursery with ‘unusual’ plants for sale. Enjoy a freshly prepared home-cooked snack or light lunch at the Rainforest Veranda Café, overlooking beautiful Crystal Creek where you can spot native fish, tortoises and eels – maybe even a platypus. Location: Corner Numinbah Rd & Upper Crystal Creek Road, Crystal Creek. Phone: 02 6679 1532. Email email@example.com. Details on the Crystal Creek Miniature Animals website.
More things to see:
- Whale watching
- Rainforest scenic drives
- World-heritage national parks
- Climb Mount Warning (Wollumbin) – be the first in Australia to see the sun rise
- Mooball – quirky cow town on Tweed Valley Way
- The World Heritage Rainforest Centre
- The Regent Cinema (classic art deco building, screening various films – see Things to do)
- Captain Cook Monument and the lighthouse at Point Danger
- Blackbutt Lookout
- Tropical Fruit World
- Chinderah Tavern crab races
- Full moon rise over the ocean from Norries Headland
If you’re a local, you probably have some suggestions on great things to see in the Tweed. We’d love you to share your knowledge by leaving a comment. Or get in touch.