On our way to Murwillumbah after a lovely day trip to NATURAL ARCH, we decided to pop into Clarrie Hall Dam, just for another look, as this time there had been a lot of rain in recent weeks.It was only 1km inland, off the main Kyogle road, so not far to the Dam wall and overflow.This isn't the prettiest area of the Dam, but we did get to walk...more
The Minyon falls is a good chance to see some wildlife. The Goannas (Lace Moniters) hang around the picnic tables, and if you look, you should see plenty up trees, they like to climb. We saw quite a few big ones.Also, A Lizard that you don't often see that we saw here, was the "Land Mullet"A nice area for Birdlife as well, and you will probably see...more
A day trip to the Nightcap national park and Minyon falls is a chance to see wildlife and do some bush walking.These beautiful falls plunge 104 metres into the deep palm-shaded gorge below. The top of the cliffs is forested with Blackbutt and Scribbly Gum while subtropical Booyong Rainforest and Brush Box occupy the gully beneath. Beginning at...more
This is a pretty town located in the Tweed Valley, about 30mins drive from the Gold Coast, in Queensland.Travel past sugar cane fields alongside the Tweed River to reach the town if coming from Queensland. There are quite a few small villages, hobby farms, Banana plantations and Sugar Cane farms.Other tourist attractions in area are the...more
You will find the Information Office on the bank of the Tweed River in Alma St, near the intersection of the former Pacific Highway linking Murwillumbah with Tweed Heads to the north and Byron Bay to the south. It combines with the World Heritage Rainforest Centre, established to provide basic rainforest education and run by the National Parks and...more
Back in 1770, when Captain Cook became the first known European to visit and map the east coast of Australia, he gave names to the more prominent features. Because of the presence of dangerous offshore reefs, Mount Warning was an obvious name for this peak of nearly 1200 metres. With its distinctive peak and rounded prow, Mt Warning must be one of...more
Although this area is in the state of New South Wales, in many ways it has strong resemblances to similar areas in Queensland – not least in the ‘traditional’ architectural style of older wooden farmhouse buildings. A few km out of Murwillumbah, as you head towards the little hamlet of Chillingham on the road toward Queensland, you will find this...more
We were fortunate to be visiting Murwillumbah in the jacaranda season. These trees, with their lovely mauve coloured flowers (also intro page heading photo) are native to South America, but are very popular in the coastal areas of eastern Australia. Some 150km or so down the road from Murwillumbah, the city of Grafton even has a well-known...more
As I noted in my introduction page, this country town (population about 8,000) is the administrative centre for the district. Life in the area revolves around agriculture and the town is there to provide the necessary support services, although there are plenty of cafes, motels and other services to meet your needs. Ecotourism is becoming...more
If you follow our route, continue across the Tweed toward the centre of Murwillumbah, then take the first right across the bridge then immediately turn left into Wharf Street, which becomes Main St. As you climb the small hill, turn right into Queensland Road. You will find the local history museum Photo 1 on your right near the corner of Bent St,...more
If stay at the Murwillumbah hostel for more than two nights, Tassie the affable owner will give you free return transport to the foot of the mountain in the hostel minibus. Do take the chance if you’re in the town for a few days because it’s a brilliant day-trip. The walking itself is easy to moderate, but as long as you’re relatively fit you...more
I was quite amazed, as we drove into the carpark at the Springbrook National Park, to see an official sign erected by the Parks Service warning of people breaking into cars to steal items. Pauline commented that, to warrant such a sign, it must be a common problem. This was soon confirmed. As we left our car, some other people came down the carpark, telling us and several others who had just arrived that they had just returned to their car and found the window smashed. Everyone hastily double checked that nothing was left in the cabins of our cars. Later, Pauline and I both wondered about a man we saw standing idly with a mobile phone near a large camper van, but not going anywhere and not appearing to be holding a conversation.
In general, theft from cars is not a common problem in Australia. This made me wonder if it might be more rife in areas more heavily frequented by tourists.
The Springbrook National Park covers a large expanse of rugged country to the east of the road, on the Queensland (northern) side of the state border. It probably deserves a VT page in its own right but for the moment let’s just focus on the western public entrance to it, a short distance after you cross into Queensland. Here, a short walk takes...more
Still in the Springbrook National Park, you will see many large trees such as this one. With its strangely convoluted trunk, not to mention a butressed base, it looks somewhat like the arboreal version of a gothic cathedral -well, I think so, anyway!The reality is equally unlikely. It is a strangler fig, of which there are several species in...more
This little fellow is an Eastern Water Dragon (Physignathus lesueurii lesueurii if you must be formal). Despite the impressive appearance they are harmless. Their main defence is to sit motionless and blend into the background ….well, that’s the theory! This one was surrounded by a group of walkers with cameras, who hadn’t followed the same script....more
Murwillumbah obviously has a strong bicycle racing fraternity. As we stopped to take photographs outside town, we were passed by this group of cyclists involved in a road race. Apparently the race must have had several divisions based on fitness (or age), because subsequently we saw at least two other groups racing on the same route. This first group appeared to be the fittest and gave broad smiles as I took their photo while they cycled by.