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1. Tweed River House | 2. Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat | 3. Cabin Life | 4. Murwillumbah Wreckers | 5. Belle M Boutique | 6. Mayberry Meldrum Anderson | 7. BP Murwillumbah | 8. Bowerbird Emporium | 9. Mavis’ Kitchen | 10. Tweed Regional Aquatic Centre | 11. The Regent Cinema Theatre Bar | 12. Ben’s Patisserie | 13. Tweed Regional Museum | 14. The Foundry Murwillumbah | 15. Cicada by Ayliah | 16. Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre

Murwillumbah is the heart of the Tweed Shire.  With a population of over 8,000 people, it is an historic art deco town with many buildings dating back to 1920.
Located on the banks of the Tweed River and nestled in the volcanic caldera of Mount Warning, Murwillumbah is renowned for its picturesque setting.

Earlier industry focused on cedar getting and dairy farming. However more recently the focus is on sugarcane farming, tourism, light industry, and the creative arts.
Murwillumbah is the commercial capital of the region, with a hospital, medical and health services, banking facilities, accounting professionals, a variety of interesting shops, and several art galleries.  A major draw card to the town is the Tweed Regional Art Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre.

Small and medium businesses are the backbone of the Murwillumbah economy.  We have a well-established light industrial area on the outskirts of town, made up of many very successful businesses, some distributing their products both nationally and internationally.  The CBD of Murwillumbah has a wide variety of shops and interesting places to eat.
Murwillumbah and the surrounding villages are renowned for their creativity with the region having the largest number of artists per capita in Australia.

Tweed River House

1. Tweed River House

Tweed River House is a stunning new bistro located on the lush green banks of the Tweed River with sweeping views of Wollumbin and the Hinterland ranges.
Come and delight in the flavours of their curated prix fixe menu, crafted by their chef to showcase the very best of each season’s produce from the region’s fertile farmlands, riverways and ocean.
The magnificently restored century-old, grand, River House evokes the gentler pace of the Northern Rivers, where you can dine enjoying the panoramic views from the River Terrace, or inside under the elegant, pressed tin ceilings.
Reservations and information: www.tweedriverhouse.com.au
131 River Street, Murwillumbah

Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat

2. Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat

Relax. Luxury. Rainforest.
Seclusion, privacy, and an exquisite natural backdrop make Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat the ideal setting for a weekend escape, a romantic getaway or honeymoon. Nestled at the base of the World Heritage Listed Springbrook National Park, on the NSW/Qld border are just 13 luxurious private cabins, bungalows and lodges, hidden amongst 250 acres of stunning rainforest. Each bungalow contains a king-sized bed, fully equipped kitchen, stereo, and a luxurious double spa-bath or solid marble bath overlooking the rainforest.
201 Booker Road, Upper Crystal Creek
02 6679 1591

Cabin Life

3. Cabin Life

‘Cabin Life’ timber cabin kits are the best quality, most affordable and most attractive ‘Cabin Kits’ in today’s market.
Kits are made from 44mm or 70mm thick solid timber with double glazed windows and are well insulated.
Kits are easy to DIY (with over 88 YouTube videos showing the various kits) or one of their expert teams can construct your cabin for you. They choose not to have expensive displays so that they can pass on those savings directly to customers.
Whether you need a backyard cabin, she shed, man cave, art studio or a guest room – the options are endless.
Over ten years in the business.
Please go to www.cabinlife.com.au for detailed information.

Murwillumbah Wreckers

4. Murwillumbah Wreckers

Established in the early ’70s, Murwillumbah Wreckers has been serving the local community under the current owner for over 20 years.
They have a courier network that can transport your much needed car part to all corners of Australia. For local customers they have fast and reliable couriers servicing the Northern Rivers.
They dismantle all makes and models, specialising in post-2005 model vehicles. They can source and supply any part through their network of over 250 members, Australia wide.
With over 60 years of combined automotive experience, they look forward to your call.
02 6672 2869
11–15 Lundberg Drive, Murwillumbah.

Belle M Boutique

5. Belle M Boutique

Belle M Boutique love natural fibres and stock a great range of women’s clothing suiting all ages and sizes, comfortable leather shoes in popular brands, available in sizes 36–42, as well as a wide range of underwear, with some bras up to G-CUP and briefs sizes 8–20.
Eight week lay-by available.
114 Main Street, Murwillumbah
02 6672 1224
Instagram @belle_m_boutique
FB @beverleysonmainst

Mayberry Meldrum Anderson

6. Mayberry Meldrum Anderson

Mayberry Meldrum and Anderson have been servicing the Northern Rivers region for over 37 years. Their custom built office overlooks the stunning views of Murwillumbah, where they offer accounting assistance and business consultancy. They have helped local clients grow from an entrepreneurial idea into large national and internal businesses. ‘We believe in delivering excellent advice at a fair and reasonable price, and we don’t just see our clients as customers, but take a genuine interest in their financial and business lives.’
Since the recent lockdowns, they have continued to help their community by offering up-to-date information and details for the ongoing COVID-19 Grants. If you are interested in keeping up to date with the grants, tax tips and much more, register for their monthly MMA newsletter using the link below!
315 Tweed Valley Way, Murwillumbah
02 6672 4044
Email: [email protected]

BP Muwillumbah

7. BP Murwillumbah

If you could dream up the ultimate service station stop then this place is it! So much more than a fuel stop, their shop pretty much has it all. They not only have amazing coffee and a great range of delicious, healthy, fresh food on offer, as well as pantry items and freshly made take home meals (including gluten free, organic and vegan options) – they even stock a range of eco friendly gifts. If you’re looking for a yummy healthy treat, you’re sure to find one to recharge and refresh you. Don’t feel like cooking? This is the ideal place to pick up a healthy snack for your drive or take home a delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner for your family.
216 Tweed Valley Way, Murwillumbah
02 6672 8355
Facebook: bpmurbah

Bowerbird Emporium

8. Bowerbird Emporium

Situated in the Art Deco town of Murwillumbah, Bowerbird Emporium is a beautifully curated destination homewares store, established in 2001, offering a carefully selected range of well made, eclectic, useful giftwares for inside and out. If you're looking for something different, come and visit.
Open Mon–Fri 9am–5pm, Sat 9am–3pm and the occasional Sunday.
9 Wollumbin Street, Murwillumbah
0400 167 391
Instagram: bowerbird_emporium

Mavis’s Kitchen

9. Christmas Holidays @ Mavis’ Kitchen

This year the team at Mavis’ Kitchen have put together a few menu options for delighting teams of people to share in their locally sourced, Mavis made produce and dishes.
Visit their beautiful property and host your crew with a private long table and private fire cooked feast around the custom fire pit in their kitchen garden.
Or just watch the kids, in the new play area, from the famous verandas of Mavis’ Kitchen, with views of Wollumbin, Mt Warning.
Call them to create the perfect event, making memorable moments in a very special place!
64 Mt Warning Road, Uki
02 6679 5664

Tweed Regional Aquatic Centre

10. Tweed Regional Aquatic Centre

Tweed Regional Aquatic Centre in the heart of Murwillumbah offers pools to suit everyone.
They have:
- A warm hydrotherapy pool to help ease those aches and pains.
- A heated 25 metre indoor pool for laps and aqua programs.
- A wonderful teaching pool for learning to swim and family play.
When you walk into this centre you will be astounded as to what it has to offer:
- Learn to swim
- Squads for all ages
- Aqua programs for all levels
- General swimming
Everyone is welcome!
6-8 Tumbulgum Rd, Murwillumbah
(02) 6670 2750

The Regent Cinema

11. The Regent Cinema Theatre Bar

The Regent has been at the heart of the arts in Murwillumbah for over 70 years. Recently refurbished to its Art Deco glory, this majestic cinema provides state-of-the-art projections and surround sound in air-conditioned comfort. The alfresco Balcony offers live music every Friday to Sunday. Taste the world with Mexican, Byron Bay Pizzas, authentic SE Asian food, sweet treats, and tea and coffee on offer. Organic wines, local craft beers and spirits, and new alcoholic “Sloshies”, are available from the Bar. The Regent is part of the M-Arts Precinct, a dedicated space for artists and the arts, in the creative heart of Murwillumbah.
5 Brisbane Street, Murwillumbah
02 6672 8265

Bens Patisserie

12. Ben’s Patisserie

Established in Murwillumbah in 2016, Ben’s Patisserie is an authentic little food lovers’ joint, spreading the love for freshly made, artisanal pastries and patisserie for 5 years. Renowned for their award winning macarons and croissants, they create everything ‘from scratch’ with selected and mostly local ingredients. Celebration cakes available.
5 Brisbane Street, Murwillumbah
0415 570 808
[email protected]

Tweed Regional Museum

13. Tweed Regional Museum

Visit Tweed Regional Museum’s latest exhibition, Fight for the Right, which explores the Tweed’s long history of activism and protest, targeting political, environmental and social change. The exhibition highlights the community’s response to issues which united and, at times, divided the Tweed. It includes social justice campaigns of the 1960s, right through to current issues, and reflects the passion shown by the community on a wide range of issues, including protection of the local environment.
Image: Byrrill Creek Blockade, 1987. Photographer Hugh Kearney.
2 Queensland Rd, Murwillumbah
(02) 6670 2493

The Foundry

14. Brighten up your Christmas at The Foundry Murwillumbah

The Foundry Murwillumbah is packed full to the brim of Christmas gifting inspiration for the whole family – all in the one location.
Toys catering to all ages, from babies, toddlers and up, quality wooden toys and popular brands – including Kinderfeet and Janod – will nurture their creativity and imagination, educating them as they play. And for mum, dad and the teenagers, the gift ideas just keep on flowing. The Foundry offers luxurious and versatile gifting options that will be sure to brighten up their Christmas.
Purchase more than $50 in gifts and go into the draw for a chance to win a fantastic ‘Summer Style’ gift, valued at more than $250. Terms and conditions instore.
Complementary gift wrapping is also available on all giftware purchases.
90 Murwillumbah Street, Murwillumbah
Facebook | Instagram: @thefoundrymurwillumbah

Cicada by Ayliah

15. Cicada by Ayliah

Cicada by Ayliah stocks a lovely range of ladies’ clothing comprising linen and other natural fibre products. They choose to stock a range of independent clothing labels created in small batch production for a more individual selection. Their beauty and bodycare range is sourced from women in business creating their own individual ranges, all made and produced in Australia.
31 Wharf Street, Murwillumbah
0438 041 695

Tweed Regional Gallery

16. Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre

Experimenta International Triennial of Media Art returns to Tweed Regional Gallery this summer with the new exhibition Life Forms.
Featuring 26 contemporary Australian and international artists working across diverse artforms – including robotics, bio-art, screen-based works, installations and more – this is a great exhibition for all the family, with interactive displays and free drop-in activities for children and adults. Booking is essential for ticketed workshops.
Whether its sharing stories with artist Helen Pynor while you sew into anatomical images, or creating a robot character with illustrator Michelle Dawson, or children’s and teen author Tristan Bancks, these workshops are sure to sell out – so book now to avoid missing out. Visit the website for more details about this playful and challenging exhibition!
2 Mistral Road, Murwillumbah
6670 2790
email: [email protected]

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