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1. Makers & Finders Market | 2. Belle M Boutique | 3. Tweed River House | 4. Tweed Regional Gallery |5. Mayberry Meldrum Anderson | 6. Bowerbird Emporium | 7. Tweed Regional Museum | 8. The Regent | 9. Tweed Creative Studios | 10. The Foundry | 11. Chantilly Lace Boutique | 12. Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat | 13. Murwillumbah Wreckers | 14. Ben’s Patisserie | 15. Tweed Regional Aquatic 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.


Murwillumbah Makers Finders Market

1. Makers & Finders Market

If you’re a lover of all things handmade, vintage, and ‘flea’ come and experience this vibrant hub, spread across two unexpected and quite remarkable areas, on the 3rd Saturday of each month.
Inside the M-Arts Precinct is the curated Makers Market, a place where artisans come together to showcase their unique handcrafts. Chat to resident ceramicists, illustrators, and painters in their shipping-container studios throughout the day.
Across the road, the outdoor Finders Market is set in the family-friendly Knox Park and is a great place to find pre-loved goods and let the children play in the new adventure park.
In a world filled with mass-produced items, a trip to the Makers & Finders Market is refreshing and inspiring.
Knox Park & M-Arts Precinct, Murwillumbah
@makersandfindersmarket
makersandfindersmarket.com


Belle M Boutique

2. Belle M Boutique

Women’s fashion to suit all ages and occasions up to larger sizes.
Large range of leather shoes sizes 36–42.
Great underwear range with bras up to G-cup and their experienced staff do fittings.
114 Main Street, Murwillumbah


Tweed River House

3. Tweed River House

Tweed River House is a stunning new bistro located on the banks of the Tweed River with sweeping views of Wollumbin and hinterland ranges.
Winners of a Chefs Hat in the 2022 Australian Good Food Guide Awards, they invite you to come and delight in the flavours of their curated prix fixe menu, showcasing the very best seasonal 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 and enjoy the panoramic views from the River Terrace, or inside under the elegant, pressed tin ceilings.
131 River Street, Murwillumbah
tweedriverhouse.com.au


Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre

4. Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre

In conjunction with the newly established Wollumbin Art Award, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre is excited to announce an art prize for the young artists – the Wollumbin Youth Art Award (WYAA).
Now open for entries, the biennial Award is open to young artists aged 5 to 18 years living in the Tweed, Byron, Ballina, Kyogle, and Scenic Rim shires as well as Lismore and Gold Coast cities.
The WYAA offers an incredible range of sponsored prizes and cash prizes,
courtesy of the Friends of the Gallery, across four age categories, 5–8 years, $100; 9–12 years, $150; 13–15 years, $250; and 16–18 years, $500.
Artists can submit visual artworks of any subject matter and medium.
Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
2 Mistral Rd, Murwillumbah South
6670 2790
gallery.tweed.nsw.gov.au


Mayberry Meldrum Anderson

5. Mayberry Meldrum Anderson

Mayberry Meldrum and Anderson have been servicing the Northern Rivers region for over 37 years. From their custom built office with stunning views of Murwillumbah, they offer accounting assistance and business consultancy.
They have helped local clients grow from an entrepreneurial idea into large national and international 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 floods, they have helped their community by offering free up-to-date information and details for the ongoing NSW Flood 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.
eepurl.com/g-9KAz
315 Tweed Valley Way, Murwillumbah
02 6672 4044
Email: [email protected]
mmaacc.com


Bowerbird Emporium

6. 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 in and outside the home. 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


Tweed Regional Museum

7. Tweed Regional Museum

Ever thought about taking a school group to the Museum? They have exhibitions and hands-on learning covering:

  • Geology
  • Natural history
  • Native and pest species
  • And so much more!

The Museum can offer customised guided tours and all the resources needed for teacher-led discussions and hands-on activities, making it a valuable resource for both primary and high schools.
Visit museum.tweed.nsw.gov.au/visit/group-school-bookings for more details and to book a visit.
2 Queensland Rd, Murwillumbah
(02) 6670 2493
museum.tweed.nsw.gov.au


The Regent

8. The Regent

The Regent is more than just a cinema… it’s an experience. In the heart of the M|Arts Precinct, soak up the history of showbiz, steeped in Art Deco style, enjoy the latest films with Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, live music, beautiful balcony, and licensed bar and cafe.
Stay tuned!
5 Brisbane Street, Murwillumbah
02 6672 8265
the-regent.com.au


Tweed Creative Studios

9. Tweed Creative Studios

Tweed Creative Studios is your one stop music and entertainment shop. Established in 2013, proprietors Chantal and Kevin Waters built this business from the ground up, servicing the Tweed Shire and Northern Rivers. They specialise in music sales and hire, tuition, service and repairs, restrings, vinyl records, podcasting, digital lessons, and Zoom meetings. They’re thrilled to be introducing their new ground floor ‘easy load’ rehearsal room, which is excellent value and suitable for local and national touring bands.
1/19 Buchanan St, Murwillumbah.
02 6672 5556
tweedcreativestudios.com.au


The Foundry

10. The Foundry

This ‘News, Lifestyle & Gift Emporium’ boasts a carefully selected range of luxurious and versatile gifting options for the entire family – all within a restored 1908 building.
Seeking gifting inspiration for someone special? Your senses will be engaged and excited as you enjoy browsing the beautiful range of giftware, home fragrances, gardening accessories, cards, magazines and books, diaries and journals, toys, games, confectionery, local tourist mementos and more.
There has never been a better time to explore The Foundry Murwillumbah.
The Foundry Murwillumbah – News, Lifestyle
& Gift Emporium
90 Murwillumbah Street, Murwillumbah
Facebook | Instagram: @thefoundrymurwillumbah


Chantilly Lace Boutique

11. Chantilly Lace Boutique

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
+61 02 6672 3221
chantillylaceboutique.com


Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat

12. 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 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
ccrr.com.au


Murwillumbah Wreckers

13. 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


Ben's Patisserie

14. 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 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]


Tweed Regional Aquatic Centre

15. 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
trac.tweed.nsw.gov.au

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