Northern Rivers, Tourism New South Wales

Population 7954

Murwillumbah is located on the banks of the Tweed River near the Queensland border. It is a centre for sugarcane, banana and cattle farms. In 1907 Murwillumbah was almost completely wiped out by fire. The town was rebuilt and many of those buildings can still be seen on the main street today.

Visitor Information

World Heritage Rainforest and Information Centre, Corner Alma St and Tweed Valley Way; (02) 6672 1340 or 1800 674 414

Nearby national parks

  • Springbrook National Park

    A winding drive up into the Gold Coast hinterland leads to a pristine landscape of deep valleys, plunging waterfalls and dense rainforest in...more

  • Wollumbin National Park

    The looming presence of iconic Mount Warning is at the heart of this national park, a lush rainforest environment on the state’s far...more

  • Lamington National Park

    The World Heritage–listed Lamington National Park, cresting the McPherson Range, is renowned for its natural beauty, panoramic views,...more

Nearby towns

  • Tweed Heads

    Tweed Heads is the state's northernmost town and – along with its twin town Coolangatta over the Queensland border – is a popular holiday...more

  • Burleigh Heads

    Burleigh Heads is a suburb of the Gold Coast and is situated between Coolangatta and the tourist mecca Surfers Paradise. It is known for its...more

  • Mullumbimby

    When Mullumbimby's economy, based on local agriculture, started to flag in the late 1960s, the town was saved by becoming an...more

In Town

Tweed River Regional Art Gallery This gallery displays a variety of paintings, portraits, glasswork, pottery, ceramics and photography. The two main themes are Australian portraits (nationwide subjects in all mediums), and depictions of the local area by regional artists. It is also home to the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, the richest portrait prize in the world. Past winners are on display along with changing exhibitions. Mistral Rd; (02) 6670 2790.

Escape Gallery: sculpture, glass and fine arts showcasing local and regional artists, exhibitions changing constantly; Brisbane St.

World Heritage Rainforest Centre: visitor centre with displays on local vegetation and wildlife, local Aboriginal and European history, and World Heritage regions; Cnr Pacific Hwy and Alma St.

Tweed River Regional Museum: war memorabilia, genealogy documents, and domestic items and clothing through the ages; open Wed, Fri and 4th Sun each month, or by appt on (02) 6672 1865; Cnr Queensland Rd and Bent St.


Wollambin National Park World Heritage–listed Mt Warning is the rhyolite plug of a massive ancient volcano left behind after surrounding basalt eroded away. The local Bundjalung nation calls the mountain Wollumbin. It is a traditional place of cultural law, initiation and spiritual education, so visitors are requested not to climb the mountain. For those who ignore this advice, it is steep in places and the return trip takes 4–5 hours, so take plenty of water and make sure there is enough time to return before sunset. The National Parks & Wildlife Service conducts regular tours in the park; contact visitor centre for bookings. 17 km SW.

Lisnagar: historic homestead in lush surrounds; northern edge of town just past showgrounds; open Sun.

Stokers Siding: historic village at the foot of the Burringbar Ranges, includes pottery gallery with resident potter; 8 km S.

Madura Tea Estates: tea plantation with tastings and tours by appt; bookings (02) 6677 7215; 12 km NE.

Banana Cabana: garden and shop with over 20 bush-tucker species and exotic fruits; Chillingham; 12 km NW.

Mooball: small town with a cow theme that has painted almost anything that stands still in the style of a black and white cow, including buildings, cars and electricity poles; 19 km SE.

Fishing spots near town

Clarrie Hall Dam - Fishing Sub-region 17 km

Angling is a buzz when you are into a hot bite. It is also a buzz when discovering new territory or out hooking with other anglers, observing their methods and techniques on their home waters. So it was when I fished... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Diving and snorkelling around Byron Bay 41 km

Although there is not much in the way of shore dives or snorkelling around Byron Bay, the nearby Julian Rocks Marine Reserve is a top spot if you can get on a boat, with sea turtles, eagle rays, corals, grey nurse and... Find out more

Golf courses around town

The Glades Golf & Spa 28 km

Ask Greg Norman’s former chief designer Bob Harrison to name one course that makes him feel proud when he sees the final result, and chances are he’ll say The Glades. Upon joining the Gold Coast golfing... Find out more

Lakelands Golf Club 32 km

As a player, Jack Nicklaus was a regular visitor to Australia for more than two decades. He won six Australian Opens and inspired a generation of young Australians to take up golf. When his playing career began... Find out more

The Grand Golf Club 36 km

Think of the Gold Coast and flashing images spring to mind: beaches, theme parks, high-rise apartments, hordes of tourists. The Gold Coast hinterland has none of these, and could be thousands of miles away. The... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

The Modern Grocer

The Modern Grocer brings together a superior selection of gourmet delicacies to take away, sourced locally and internationally. Try the Bangalow sweet pork smoked ham, or perhaps you might like to purchase a whole smoked... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Burleigh Brewing Company 25 km

Queensland has generally suffered from a dearth of craft breweries so the Burleigh Brewing Company is a welcome and relatively recent addition. Co-owner/brewer Brennan Fielding boasts considerable experience as a... Find out more

Stone and Wood Brewing 39 km

The popular coastal holiday destination of Byron Bay is the location for one of the country’s newest and most exciting craft breweries – Stone & Wood. The partners behind the venture include a trio of... Find out more

Campsites around town

Mount Warning Rainforest Park 10 km

Surround yourself with lush and up-tempo rainforest and mountain streams in this verdant mid-north-coast holiday park at the foot of Mt Warning. Accommodation options include deluxe, ensuite and budget cabins, and tent... Find out more

The Settlement camping area 19 km

The 11 well-defined sites at this newly established campsite are suitable for tents and campervans, but the area is not well shaded. Hikers should note that walking tracks near this site lead to the Gold Coast Hinterland... Find out more

Bush camping areas (walk-in camping) 21 km

For experienced, self-sufficient campers with good navigational skills, there are 10 remote camping sites (Bithongabel, Darlington, Echo Point, Illinbah, Lost World Creek, Lost World Saddle, Point Lookout, Rat-a-tat,... Find out more

Cutters Camp camping area 23 km

You’ll find Cutters Camp where Mebbin Forest and Caddell rds meet. Unsealed Mebbin Forest Rd is a 35 km scenic route with wonderful views of the region’s volcanic, forest-clad landscape; you’ll need a... Find out more

Binna Burra camping area 25 km

A south-east Queensland gem, this privately managed mountain-top site has long been a favourite with campers for its stunning panoramic views of the Numinbah Valley. Activities at Binna Burra include guided bushwalks,... Find out more

Burleigh Beach Tourist Park 27 km

Set on a prime location directly opposite Burleigh Beach, this tourist park has 73 powered sites and 16 unpowered sites. Facilities include a modern amenities block, laundry, free wireless broadband access and tour desk.... Find out more

Green Mountains camping area 27 km

Close to O’Reillys Rainforest Resort, this hillside campground in forest surrounds has designated campsites on terraces on the slope and a separate area designated for those doing the Gold Coast Hinterland Great... Find out more

Massey Greene Holiday Park 28 km

This is in a top location, right on the Brunswick River and minutes away from Brunswick Heads town centre. The river offers swimming, fishing, snorkelling and boating, and there’s a surf beach only a 10 min walk... Find out more

Rummery Park camping area 30 km

From this roomy, friendly camping area you can take a short walk following Boggy Creek to the beautiful Minyon Falls in Nightcap National Park. Other activities include birdwatching and car touring. To get here, turn off... Find out more

Forest Tops camping area 33 km

If you enter the national park along Tweed Range Scenic Dr, 30 km north of Kyogle, you’ll see signposted access for this camping area. The medium–difficult 10.5 km Booyong Walk (5 hr) sets out from here and... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

BIG4 North Star Holiday Resort 18 km

This award-winning park has an impressive range of excellent facilities, including a fully licensed restaurant. It is a cut above most and the beach is a short walk across the road and the town centre is just 500 metres... Find out more

Pottsville South Holiday Park 18 km

This riverfront park is a popular destination with good holiday facilities. The sites are shallow and big rigs will not fit here. It is just a short walk to the shops. Bookings are required in peak periods and a... Find out more

Tweed River Hacienda Holiday Park 19 km

At the southern end of the fabulous Gold Coast, this park is in a popular year-round holiday region. It has good facilities, access to the highway and is right on the banks of the Tweed River. Bookings are required in... Find out more

Drifters Holiday Village 19 km

This family-run establishment is a popular resort-style place to stay. The facilities are good quality and the park is a good base at the southern end of the Gold Coast, close to the Pacific Highway. Bookings are... Find out more

Kingscliff Beach Holiday Park 20 km

This popular beachside park has good basic facilities and a fabulous position, and is across the road from the shopping strip. It gets busy and bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies in... Find out more

BIG4 Tweed Billabong Holiday Park 20 km

This is a very good quality, award-winning holiday park boasting its own large and popular tidal billabong. It is a great place for the family as it offers a kids club during school holidays and many other appealing... Find out more

Pyramid Holiday Park 20 km

This is a well-maintained, good quality park on the southern end of the Gold Coast. It will suit those chasing the winter warmth but who do not wish to be right beside the beach. Bookings are required in peak periods and... Find out more

Boyds Bay Holiday Park 21 km

This is a large riverfront park, with easy access to the highway. It is well managed, council owned and conveniently located for exploring the Tweed coast and southern Gold Coast. Bookings are required in peak periods... Find out more

Kirra Beach Tourist Park 22 km

Easily accessed from the Gold Coast Highway, this is a spacious, good quality caravan park, popular with beach devotees, backpackers and international travellers. It is very close to some of the Gold Coast’s best... Find out more

Fingal Holiday Park 22 km

The beach is right at your door in this quiet, out-of-the-way spot. The park has good basic facilities and is ideal for a family holiday or a few days at the beach. Bookings are required in peak periods and a... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Ripples on Tweed

Offering absolute waterfront views of the Tweed River, this boutique B&B is well appointed and charms guests with its friendly service. You can enjoy the secluded location from the solar-heated swimming pool and spa... Find out more


This exclusive eco-friendly accommodation nestled in the Tweed hinterland at Mount Warning is a lovely location for a romantic getaway. Six secluded and spacious, architecturally designed double-storey chalets are... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Cottages on the Creek 12 km

This 2-hectare establishment is managed as a Land for Wildlife property and the two, onebedroom spa cottages have composting toilets, protecting Currumbin Creek with its turtles, catfish, platypus and yabbies.... Find out more

Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat 13 km

Located near Murwillumbah and surrounded on three sides by World Heritage–listed national parks, this secluded couples-only resort on the Queensland border has minimal-impact, self-contained bungalows and cabins.... Find out more

The Mouses House, Springbrook 16 km

Set in a beautiful rainforest at more than 800 metres above sea level, this luxury resort has 11 self-contained chalets, hot tub, sauna, tennis court and bikes, a sensible environmental policy and eco-accreditation. It... Find out more

Emerald Valley Villa 32 km

Nestled in the hinterland some 25 minutes drive from Byron Bay, this is way up the high end of ecotourism in this country. You can rent your own five-star palace (they call it a villa), complete with pool, courtyard,... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Sleepy Hollow rest area 16 km

58km N of Ballina (L) or 32km S of Tweed Heads (L)

Just off the highway on both sides.

Yelgun rest area 22 km

50km N of Ballina (R) or 42km S of Tweed Heads (L)

Well off the highway.

Tyagarah rest area 33 km

36km N of Ballina (L)     

Just off the highway. For northbound only.

What's on around town

Market: Knox Park, 1st and 3rd Sat each month; showground, 4th Sun each month.

Tweed Valley Banana Festival and Harvest Week: Aug.

Speed on Tweed: classic car rally; Sept.

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