CREATIVE AND CULTURAL HUB OF THE TWEED VALLEY
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Aerial photo of Murwillumbah Golf Course and Wollumbin Mt Warning

As the creative and cultural hub of the Tweed Valley community, Murwillumbah is a vintage country town. Art deco shopfronts and historic federation-style buildings house a selection of cafés, restaurants, boutiques, homeware stores and gift shops, while a modern shopping centre includes a supermarket and national chain stores. It is in Murwillumbah that the Tweed’s artistic community really thrives.

The best way to explore Murwillumbah is on foot. Paved walkways stretch along either side of the Tweed River or you can pick up a brochure for the self-guided historical walk at the Visitor Information Centre. Pop in and say “hello” to the team of friendly staff and helpful volunteers, they can offer you a wealth of history and information on the Tweed region. A model of the Wollumbin Mt Warning caldera will give you a bird’s eye view of this unique geographical landform. The team of volunteers are always happy to share their local knowledge of where to go and what to see.

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Explore the Caldera Art Gallery at the Murwillumbah Visitor Information Centre

The Visitor Information Centre is also home to the Caldera Art Gallery – a showcase of world-class local artists whose work is inspired by the magnificent caldera. You can view (and purchase) the latest artworks on display in the Gallery. The pièce de résistancse is a 360° panoramic mural of the view from the summit of Wollumbin Mt Warning. The work is a total of 20m and took 12 months to complete.

The art trail continues along Tweed Valley Way to the Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre where stunning views of the Tweed Valley and Wollumbin Mt Warning vie with the outstanding permanent collection and touring exhibitions. The Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre is arguably one of the best regional art galleries in Australia. In early 2013 a sum of $1 million was bequeathed to the Art Gallery by the Trustees of the Margaret Olley Art Trust to establish the Margaret Olley Art Centre (MOAC) as an extension to the gallery. The MOAC is a the purpose-built centre that honours the express wishes of the late Margaret Olley that her artist’s studio and elements of her home and collections be re-created in a suitable venue. The MOAC at the Tweed Regional Gallery is a repository of a large number of the artist’s own works, including works in progress, ephemera and correspondence, currently in the possession of the Margaret Olley Estate. The Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre is open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm.

The Murwillumbah Art Trail  is a week-long event that showcase over 60 established and emerging artists of the Tweed Valley and surrounds. The town and shops become the gallery and visitors are invited to follow the exhibition trail which includes established galleries, artists’ studios, pop up galleries and public art.

The Treasures of the Tweed mural is a public mural along the Murwillumbah flood levee wall that was painted to celebrate the Tweed Shire’s cast biodiversity. The flood wall itself stretches for almost 2km. The mural stretches 700m and is possible one of the longest of its kind in Australia.  From the bridge, walk south along Commercial Street to view the mural. You can also join celebrated local artists Andy Reimanis and David Adams for one of their monthly guided walks that takes in the Treasures of the Tweed mural, along with the Caldera Art Gallery, Green Cauldron Panorana and Budd Park. Bookings essential – 02 6672 1340.

On the opposite side of the flood wall (river side) you can see the second longest, legal street-art wall in the world!

History buffs and culture lovers will enjoy a visit to the Tweed Regional Museum. The Murwillumbah branch is one of three (the other two are in Tweed Heads and Uki) and incorporates the original 1915 Tweed Shire Council chambers. The Murwillumbah branch reopened in August 2015 following extensive redevelopment to restore the historic building to its former glory and now flows into a spacious and modern exhibition area. Displays showcase the patterns of settlement, industry and agriculture that have shaped the Valley and provide insights into contemporary life. Admission is free and the Murwillumbah branch is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm.

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Shop for fresh local produce every Wednesday morning at the Murwillumbah Farmers Market

Murwillumbah is also the hub of the Tweed’s thriving farming industries and every Wednesday morning, local growers, producers and providores sell their fresh harvest at the Murwillumbah Farmers’ Markets in the local showgrounds.

For all of these reasons, and many more, Murwillumbah is a great base from which to explore the quaint villages and scenic countryside of the Valley and there is a wide range of accommodation to choose from, including motels, historic pubs, caravan parks, cottages, B&B and backpacker hostels.

For more information contact the team at Destination Tweed or to search and book accommodation using the interactive map.