Uki village is a hub of arts, culture, organics and alternative lifestyle nestled at the base of Wollumbin Mt Warning.

The name (pronounced ‘yook-eye’) is believed to be derived from the Aboriginal name for a small water fern but some say that it evolved from the early days of timber-getting when the finest cedars were marked ‘U.K.1’ for export to the United Kingdom.

The shops here are housed in historical buildings, many of which date back to the town’s early days as a thriving dairy and timber centre. The old Norco Butter Factory now accommodates a range of galleries and art studios where you can watch local artisans at work, as well as funky bric-a-brac stores, a bookstore and an antique shop.

Giving the village its organic-alternative vibe are outlets like Happy High Herbs which sells a range of local organic herb teas, sustainable body products and healing herbs. Glorious Organics stocks a full range of supermarket products, as well as local fruits and vegetable. There is also a holistic health centre where you can have your mind, body and spirit balanced with a Ka Huna massage or Shamanic hot stone therapy while the Purple Podiatrist realigns your soles.

Maviss KitchenYou can fill the grocery basket with even more organic goodies at the Bio-Organics farm a little way out of town. Or, if you’d rather let someone else do all the hard work in the kitchen, you can relax in a beautiful old Queenslander on a 25ha property at Mavis’s Kitchen where the ingredients are harvested fresh every morning from their bio-dynamic kitchen garden.

Back in Uki village, there are plenty more dining choices such as the Lounge Lizard, Uki Café or the Uki Bakery. And when you need to walk off the indulgences, enjoy a leisurely stroll along the Heritage River Walk where, at day’s end, you might just see a shy platypus family at play in the shallows.

If you have visited the village of Uki before you’d surely be familiar with the historic Mt Warning Hotel. However, in early 2013 the local community was shocked when their historic watering hole was completely destroyed by a fire.

Uki has lots of accommodation in the village and surrounds, including luxury cabins and rainforest hideaways, guesthouses, B&Bs and the Mt Warning Holiday Park.

For more information contact the team at Destination Tweed or to search and book accommodation CLICK HERE to view your options on the interactive map.