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Letters – 1 February 2023

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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

1. Bolt + Buckle | 2. Belle M Boutique | 3. Echora | 4. Northern Rivers Property Group | 5. Mavis’s Kitchen and Cabins | 6. Makers & Finders Market | 7. Lightbulb Crystal Healing | 8. The Foundry | 9. The Regent | 10. Tweed River House |11. Tweed Regional Museum | 12. Pulp Fiction | 13. Chantilly Lace Boutique | 14. Ben’s Patisserie | 15. BP Murwillumbah


1. Bolt + Buckle

Bolt + Buckle has quickly established itself as the ‘go to’ shop for men’s gifts and fashion in the Tweed

It’s an accepted fact that men are hard to buy for. Well… it used to be… until Bolt + Buckle came along and they are now the self-professed ‘men are so hard to buy for’ store.

Opening nearly a year ago, Bolt + Buckle has quickly established itself as the ‘go to’ shop for men’s gifts and fashion in the Tweed, all presented beautifully with a rustic industrial fit-out in the art-deco Austral building. 

People far and wide have fallen in love with this store, and it’s easy to see why, the moment you walk through the door. A warm, welcoming vibe, a feeling of quality and a wide, eclectic range that creates a sense of discovery with every step. You’ll find quirky gifts, the latest fashion and a range of rustic leather goods.

Bolt + Buckle is a must-visit store on your next trip to Murwillumbah. 

11 Commercial Road, Murwillumbah
02 6608 3645
www.indepal.com.au


2. Belle M Boutique

Their European made shoes are of highest quality leather, sizes from 36 to 42.

Great deals throughout December, with a fabulous new offer each week and a chance to win a $250 instore gift voucher when you spend $100 or more.

Beautiful colour, cool fabrics and styles to suit most occasions.

Their European made shoes are of highest quality leather, sizes from 36 to 42. 

3 vouchers to be won!

114 Main Street, Murwillumbah
02 6672 1224


3. Echora – Simply Natural

Visit Echora this festive season to find beautiful, simply natural gifts for the special women in your life.

Echora is one of the Northern River’s most beautiful stores. A lovingly restored riverside commercial building, it is adorned with creative recycled timber and copper fittings against old brick walls and stocked with a thoughtfully curated range of high quality, luxurious, natural and sustainable women’s clothing, accessories, homewares, bodycare products and local ceramics. 

Visit Echora this festive season to find beautiful, simply natural gifts for the special women in your life. Echora’s range is home to many unique gift ideas such as handcrafted ceramic mugs and homewares, divine natural wellness gift boxes and stylish beach accessories.

7 Prospero St, South Murwillumbah
Facebook / Instagram @echora.life
echora.com.au


4. Northern Rivers Property Group

Paul and Adrianna have a combined 25 years of real estate sales experience

‘Murwillumbah has always been home for us. There’s just something so special about the Northern Rivers that really captures the heart and we love sharing this beautiful lifestyle with our clients.’

Paul and Adrianna have a combined 25 years of real estate sales experience and over the years have fine-tuned what they do to be the primary market shareholders in the area and successfully continue to achieve exceptional results selling the Northern Rivers lifestyle.

So if you’re looking to buy or sell in our stunning area, contact Paul or Adrianna to help guide you through the process.

Suite 2A Warina Walk Arcade,
114 Murwillumbah St, Murwillumbah
m: 0448 191 351 / 0422 265 871
www.northernriverspropertygroup.com.au


5. Mavis’s Kitchen

The 25-acre former dairy farm is home to modern country restaurant.

Nestled at the base of Mt Warning is Mavis’s Kitchen & Cabins. The 25-acre former dairy farm is home to modern country restaurant, a bountiful organic kitchen garden, eco-friendly B&B accommodation and highly sought-after weddings and events venue.

Surrounded by World Heritage rainforest and the lush Tweed Valley, the focus is all about sustainability.

Mavis’s Kitchen was thrilled to take home Gold as the number 1 Tourism Restaurant Australia at the recent Restaurant & Catering Awards for Excellence! Thanks go to all of their team, customers and suppliers who have supported them this year. 

Pictured accepting the award are owners Tindal Magnus and Sam McCormack.

64 Mt Warning Road, Uki
02 6679 5664
www.maviseskitchen.com.au


6. Makers & Finders Market

This market in the heart of Murwillumbah is almost a mini festival

This market in the heart of Murwillumbah is almost a mini festival. It brings together makers, growers, recyclers and vintage collectors. Throw a blanket on the grass and enjoy the live music, delicious eats and good vibes while the children play in the huge adventure and skate park. 3rd Saturday of each month.

Knox Park, Murwillumbah
www.makersandfindersmarket.com


7. Lightbulb Crystal Healing

Jedda Winkworth is a certified Crystal Bodyworker

For a deeply nourishing and soothing experience that will take your vibration to the next level, look no further. Jedda Winkworth is a certified Crystal Bodyworker who embodies feminine earth magic passed down her family line. She offers personalised sessions that include powerful crystal grids and body layouts, healing touch, energy medicine, and sound healing through voice. Choose from a uniquely designed menu that encompasses a full spectrum of healings, from your essential ‘Grounder’ right up to a Moldavite infused ‘Tektite Ascension’. Take a journey with the stones, and turn on the light!

0402 535 113
Facebook/Insta: @lightbulbcrystalhealing
1/114 Murwillumbah St / Upstairs – Wholehearted Collective
www.lightbulbcrystalhealing.com


8. Summer into The Foundry

Brighten up your Christmas at The Foundry Murwillumbah.

Brighten up your Christmas at The Foundry Murwillumbah. 

The Foundry Murwillumbah is packed full to the brim with Christmas gifting inspiration for all the family. From the young – to the young at heart – browse luxurious and versatile gifting options that will make your loved ones smile with glee (and your Christmas gifting easy).

Excite your senses and be treated to a unique shopping experience in a lovingly restored 1908 building. Doors open at 6am every day (including weekends) so you can get in early and start ticking off Santa’s wish list!

Complimentary gift wrapping is available on all giftware purchases. 

90 Murwillumbah Street, Murwillumbah
Facebook / Insta: @thefoundrymurwillumbah
www.thefoundrymurwillumbah.com.au


9. The Regent

Adults are covered with a pre-Xmas gathering of the Country Witches Association for their Summer Solstice celebration

The Regent Cinema showcases the biggest summer hits these School Holidays, including Avatar 2, with a special preview on 14 December, for those who just can’t wait! Strange World + Puss in Boots 2 (from January) plus awesome live events, including the dynamic band, Bunny Racket for kids who love to rock!! (8 January)

Adults are covered with a pre-Xmas gathering of the Country Witches Association for their Summer Solstice celebration. The Magic Bus will be available for Byron Shire Covens. Book your stop with your ticket – beats a broomstick! More movies await – check the website to book ahead!

5 Brisbane Street, Murwillumbah
02 6672 8265
www.the-regent.com.au


10. Summer dining at Tweed River House

Celebrate the best of the Northern Rivers’ fine produce on a seasonal journey as the chef recreates the great nouvelle cuisine classics of the provinces of France.

Celebrate the best of the Northern Rivers’ fine produce on a seasonal journey as the chef recreates the great nouvelle cuisine classics of the provinces of France.

Dine in the century-old Dining Room under elegant, pressed tin ceilings, or the River Terrace, overlooking the Tweed River with sweeping hinterland views. 

The riverside Lawn Bar is ideal for a drink and light bar food.

131 River St. Murwillumbah South
02 6672 5269
www.tweedriverhouse.com.au


11. Capturing Summer at Tweed Regional Museum

Tweed Regional Museum

The Museum’s latest exhibition, Capturing Nature, is from the Australian Museum and explores early nature photography from 1857 to 1893. A lively program of events and summer holiday fun accompanies this exhibition, for both adults and children.

While you’re there, check out the new pop-up shop! Natural history specimens, great books and Capturing Nature merch are all available for some Christmas shopping with a difference.

museum.tweed.nsw.gov.au
2 Queensland Road, Murwillumbah
(02) 6670 2493


12. Pulp Fiction

Pulp Fiction Murwillumbah is a treasure trove for the daringly darling, the romantically rebellious, and anyone who loves a far-out-and-funky find.

Pulp Fiction Murwillumbah is a treasure trove for the daringly darling, the romantically rebellious, and anyone who loves a far-out-and-funky find. Filled wall-to-wall with an extensive, eclectic pre-loved book collection and forever-loved designer and vintage clothing, Pulp Fiction has your holiday season covered with gift cards and deals in store. Find them at 309 Tweed Valley Way from 10am  to 4pm, seven days a week. Cash and Card welcome. Book exchange 50% of market value. Rare and valuable book collection available on request.

309 Tweed Valley Way, Murwillumbah
0403 169 616


13. Chantilly Lace Boutique

A unique collection of Australian and European labels

A unique collection of Australian and European labels, with timeless and statement pieces for all occasions.

Azure & Indigo, Banana Blue, Desigual, Joseph Ribkoff, King Louie, Lulu Soul, Naudic, Noa Noa, Odd Molly, Olga De Polga, One Season, POM, Ruby Yaya, Totem. 

Visit for a personal shopping experience with in-house Stylists. 

4 Wharf Street, Murwillumbah
02 6672 3221
chantillylaceboutique.com


14. Ben’s Patisserie

Established in Murwillumbah in 2016, Ben’s Patisserie is an authentic little food lovers.

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 five 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]


15. BP Murwillumbah

The cafe has really taken off with home style food for breakfast, lunch and dinner

BP Murwillumbah, aka the newly established Gourmet Garage & Co, has been transitioning for many years from your typical service station to a must-visit family owned and operated BP, doing things a little differently. 

Independently managed by a few local girls with a vision to create a unique one-stop shop, it’s driven by dreams to continue expanding, with a focus on locally sourced eco products, healthy alternatives, vegan options, gourmet produce and boutique gifts. 

The cafe has really taken off with home style food for breakfast, lunch and dinner, all made onsite alongside fresh juices, smoothies and quality barista made coffees.

Open 365 days, 5am–10pm
216 Tweed Valley Way, Murwillumbah
02 6672 8355

 

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