Welcome to Northern NSW, one of the best regions to explore. Come discover Murwillumbah and see why this small town is booming.
Discover and Explore
I have been back in Northern NSW for a few weeks now after a 9-week adventure through 15 states of America. One of the joys of coming home is seeing the seasonal changes and re-exploring old haunts and discovering new ones. Murwillumbah is a fabulous town to discover!
Tweed Regional Gallery Murwillumbah NSW
Progressive Traveller Admiring the Gallery’s Prize Winning Art
Galleries and Museums
My go to ‘happy’ place is the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre in South Murwillumbah. The gallery and Mount Warning are the two greatest assets of the Tweed Valley Region. Surrounded by beautiful gardens and lawns and offering panoramic views of the Tweed River. Tweed Regional Gallery is the perfect destination to view first-rate exhibitions. Click here for the current and here for the coming exhibitions.
Margaret Olley Art Centre celebrates the career, life and legacy of its namesake. Olley was one of Australia’s most celebrated painters of still life and interiors.
Incorporated into the gallery is a recreation of Olley’s home studio at 48 Duxford Street, Paddington, Sydney. The recreation features original architectural elements such as windows and doors. The studio rooms are filled with over 20,000 items Olley collected over decades and were subject matter for her paintings. The home studio recreation is on permanent display while exhibitions of artworks in MOAC change twice a year.
Daily Gallery Tours
Daily guided tours of the current exhibitions are hosted by trained volunteer gallery guides at 11.30am, Wednesdays to Sundays. The tours last approximately 45 – 60 minutes and provide a glimpse into the history of the gallery, exhibitions on display and Margaret Olley Art Centre.
Opening Hours: Open Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm.
Address: 2 Mistral Road (Cnr Tweed Valley Way) Murwillumbah South NSW 2484 Google Map
Gallery Downtown | M-Arts Precincit
Murwillumbah is regarded as the creative and cultural hub of the Tweed Valley. Gallery Downtown Murwillumbah, an annex of the Tweed Regional Gallery is open in the M-Arts Precinct on cnr Proudfoot Lane and Brisbane Street, Murwillumbah, NSW. Map
M-Arts Precinct has been created within an art-deco building and industrial warehouse in the small town of Murwillumbah in Northern NSW.
Shipping containers have been converted in to quirky studios, workshops and shopfronts. The artists hub is a place where talented and creative minds come together with art lovers and visitors looking for new and exciting pieces of art to buy and admire.
Regional and visiting artists host exhibitions and workshops, where you can explore your creative side. Bacaro, an Italian restaurant has brought the art deco building back to life with great coffee and food created from local produce grown in the region.
Tweed Regional Museum Murwillumbah NSW
Tweed Regional Museum takes you on a journey into the places and history of the pioneers and communities that helped create towns like Murwillumbah, Tumbulgum and Uki.
The Museum is located in the original 1915 Tweed Shire Council Chambers which was tastefully renovated in 2014, in-keeping with its heritage.
Today, the Museum showcases both permanent and changing displays. Glimpses into past settlements and development of the Tweed communities.
Address: 2 Queensland Rd, Murwillumbah, NSW 2484
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 4pm
Small towns were once the lifeblood of most countries. Before highways and motorways most small towns were thriving communities throughout Australia. Today, small towns are much more isolated and often struggle to survive the competition that larger cities provide. The success of small towns generally relies on the loyalty of its residents and tourism. Small town living may not be for everyone, but for those who choose a small-town life know there is no better one!
The Promise Of Small Towns
Tumbulgum A Riverside Village
Since moving to Tumulgum, Northern NSW in 2012, I am learning the importance of buying local, supporting local businesses and being part of a community.
The small riverside village is located approximately 10k from Murwillumbah and is also a popular tourist destination. Click on the links for more information on Tumbulgum and Husk Distillers creators of Tumbulgum’s famous Ink Gin and Spiced Bam Bam Rum.
Murwillumbah or as the locals fondly call it ‘M’bah or Murbah’ is a small town that I have watched change considerably over the last 6 years.
It is a tight-knit community of approximately 10,000 residents with many Art Deco style buildings, cafes, pubs, boutiques, antique, op shops and much more.
It is also the commercial centre for the smaller towns and villages in the valley.
The café and coffee scene has played an important part in the survival of small towns. Other drawcards to small towns are the small boutiques – awash with local handcrafted treasures that have been hand selected and are displayed with love.
Murwillumbah’s New Arrival !
A newish addition to the Murwillumbah business district is ‘Each to Own’, a small store of exquisite handmade jewellery and homewares made and sourced within Australia. The flagship store located on Commercial Road, Murwillumbah is both bright and beautiful.
Kirsten Devitt, a local Northern NSW gal has been operating a home-based business from her Stokers Siding workshop since 2009. In 2011, Kirsten opened her own Etsy shop of handmade laser-cut wooden and acrylic jewellery pieces incorporating fun patterns and bright colours. (Etsy is an online marketplace of thousands of handmade, vintage, and one-of-a-kind products and gifts.
Well known for her eye-catching ‘Each to Own’ ranges of earrings and accessories, Kirsten has also created a deceptively simple solution to display your favourite things. Keep-Oh is a colourful easy to assemble art hanging system consisting of magnetic sectional frames. There are a number of designs and multiple colour themes to suit ever décor.
Keep Oh Framing System
Opening a retail store today comes with no guarantees, many responsibilities, challenges, stock and staff costs. The continued success of small town shopping strips like Murwillumbah, very much depends upon local support as well as visitors.
Hardwork & Success!
From Hotel to Homewares
Opposite ‘Each to Own’ on Commercial Road, Murwillumbah, MaddisonBea Home has created an exciting quality homeware and furniture specialty store in the historic Australian Hotel since 2015. The Australian Hotel has had a checkered past. The hotel in its new site was rebuilt after burning down in 1981. The hotel once was the hub of the live music scene until its closure in 2013. The premises remained vacant for a couple of years until MaddisonBea Home opened its doors. The stylish white and black exterior shows no evidence of its hotel years.
Fashion & Gifts
Facebook Queen | Trish Webster
Trish Webster, the creator of ‘Murwillumbah Matters’, a community Facebook Group since 2016. Trish has lived her entire life in the region. Being part of a growing community and sharing information was the main motivation behind Trish’s decision to establish a Facebook Group. To date over 13,500 people follow Murwillumbah Matters. A place where members can connect with other people in their local area for information on services, community events and notices.
Joining a local group provides an opportunity to meet your neighbours and share experiences. It’s often the first-place new residents visit and a forum where they can ask advice on any topic or service.
Today, small town businesses rely on social media platforms to provide opportunities and to spread the word. Murwillumbah Matters is helping people to connect. Members share and meet new friends while opening doors to discussions within the community. The village of Tumbulgum also relies on their Facebook Group to connect and share local information.
The Tweed – Find Your Moment!
Everything you need to know about the Tweed. Mountains, surf, art, music, culture, fun, food, markets, events and adventure can be found in the Tweed Visitors Guide 2018
For further information on the Northern NSW region contact Destination Tweed, the official tourism office marketing and promotional body for the Tweed region.
Border Ranges National Park is a great place to explore the beauty of the Australian Bush.
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