Murwillumbah

Murwillumbah is a town of approximately 7,500 people in far north-eastern New South Wales, Australia in Tweed Shire Council. It lies on the Tweed River, 848 km north-east of Sydney, 13 km south of the Queensland border and 132 km south of Brisbane.

Murwillumbah sits on the eastern foothills of the McPherson Range and is quite hilly. Many of the buildings are Art Deco in style and there are plenty of good cafes, clothes and antique shops to explore. A diverse range of people coexist peacefully and celebrate each year with the Tweed Banana Festival, the second oldest festival in Australia. Murwillumbah was also nominated one of the top 10 sea/tree change towns in Australia.

The name Murwillumbah derives from an Aboriginal word meaning "camping place" - from Murrie, meaning "aboriginal people", Wolli, "a camp"; and Bab, "the place of".

The town was bypassed by the Pacific Highway. There is an inland road that passes through the towns of Chillingham, Numinbah and Natural Bridge which has tremendous scenic value.

Another road, equally as scenic goes to Kyogle via the town Uki, and also passes near the town of Nimbin.

The first people to live in the area were Bundjalung people. Nearby Mount Warning and its attendant National Park are known as Wollumbin, meaning "Cloud Catcher", in the Bundjalung language.

The major industry of the area, apart from tourism, is sugar cane growing. There were numerous tramways in the area surviving the sugar mill at Condong. There is also some dairy farming in the area. There are a number of alternative lifestyle retreats nearby as well, notably one belonging to the Hare Krishna religion.

 

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Last update: 23 Jun 2021 @ 01:17

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