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Remembering those who served, July 11 

The Byron Bay war memorial has witnessed its fair share of commemorations over the years – from ANZAC Day ceremonies to Vietnam Veterans Day services and many in between.

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. Flannerys | 2. Echora | 3. Mavis’ Kitchen & Cabins | 4. World Environment Day Festival | 5. Northern Rivers Property Group | 6. Pulp Fiction | 7. McGuiness Funerals | 8. The Regent | 9. Tweed Regional Gallery | 10. Tweed River House | 11. Bolt + Buckle | 12. Jet Real Estate



1. Flannerys

Flannerys Murwillumbah celebrates one year as the go-to organic hub for the local community.
They pride themselves on sourcing the best locally produced and sustainable wholefoods, vitamins, supplements, bulk foods, fresh produce, meat, seafood, bread and pantry staples. Their produce is Certified Organic, and locally sourced where possible.
You’ll also find qualified naturopaths in-store seven days a week, headed up by much-loved local Colleen Cheketri. Pop in for herbal liquids and see the friendly team for free wellbeing advice. Plus, members can save 20 per cent off all vitamins once a month – it’s free to join.

66 Murwillumbah St, Murwillumbah


2. Echora

If you want to feel warm as the days get cooler, Echora’s beautiful, sumptuous woollen jumper range is designed for comfort and a relaxed look. There are merino, cotton and mohair styles in a range of earth tone colours, all made in Australia. They feature roll top, crew and v-necks, a modern loose hem and overall design that will become your new winter favourite. Echora also has a wide range of linen tops, pants, and dresses, as well as a complete range of luxurious beechwood base layer clothing.
Open Mon–Sat from 10am until 4pm and 10am to 2pm on Sunday.

7 Prospero St, South Murwillumbah

Mavis' Kitchen Cabins

3. Mavis’ Kitchen & Cabins

Mavis’ Kitchen is a restaurant, eco-accommodation, organic produce garden and providore located at the base of Wollumbin.
Immerse yourself in nature in their lush gardens and rainforest setting, whether you’re visiting for lunch, a seven course degustation, a picnic by the creek, or staying in their cabins admiring the views from your private deck.
Picture waking up to breakfast on the veranda of this 100-year-old beauty, looking out over manicured gardens and stunning views of the mountain.
Stroll through the produce garden to see what the chefs are harvesting;
always a new experience, changing with the seasons.
Go for a dip in the natural swimming holes and bring your fur babies along for the ride.
Romantic getaways and events are crafted by The Mavis’ Kitchen team to create cherished memories for families, lovers, and friends.

02 6679 5664
64 Mt Warning Rd, Uki

World Environment Day Festival

4. World Environment Day Festival

Caldera Environment Centre’s World Environment Day Festival this year focuses on the UNEP theme of #BeatPlasticPollution. Anthony Hill will join other environmental speakers to discuss this global issue and provide insights into the ‘big picture’ behind the problem – and how it is being solved locally. Other topics on the program include native forest destruction and what is to be done, glossy black cockatoos and their significance, earth building and its manifold benefits, forensic insect and fungi photography of the weirder kind, and native stingless bees for your garden.
Entertainment includes Mudjai and Kids Caring for Country dancers, Luna Junction Gypsy-folk and the power and energy of Taiko Drumming troupe, Kazuna.
There will be food and hot drink vans and sustainable goods stalls. This year’s festival will also focus on EVs and the surprising ways they will power our future.

Date: 16 July, from 10am to 3.30pm
Knox park, Murwillumbah
[email protected]

Northern Rivers Property Group

5. Northern Rivers Property Group

6 week market snapshot:
Qualified buyers – 60
Written offers – 23
Sold properties – 10!
If you are considering coming to market, reach out to Paul on 0448 191 351, or Adrianna on 0422 265 871 for strategic advice, premium marketing planning, five-star service and a sale result worth celebrating!

Suite 2A Warina Walk Arcade, 114 Murwillumbah St, Murwillumbah

Pulp Fiction

6. 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. 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 per cent of market value. Rare and valuable book collection available on request.

0403 169 616
309 Tweed Valley Way, Murwillumbah

McGuiness Funerals

7. McGuiness Funerals

McGuiness Funerals is a traditional funeral company serving the Murwillumbah, Tweed, Ocean Shores and Billinudgel communities.
Libby Varela, an experienced Funeral Director/Supervisor with nine years in the industry, is highly regarded and respected within the local community.
Recently joining their team, Kellie Lesleighter is an exceptional funeral director, receiving heartfelt praise from the families she has assisted.
Katriina Mansbridge is a familiar face in town and has been a valued member of McGuiness for two years, showing care, empathy, and a vibrant personality.
The McGuiness Funerals team deeply value the service they provide to grieving families, delivering a professional, compassionate, and detail-oriented experience.
They understand that the funeral day holds great significance, and they strive to make it perfect for every person they serve.
Their staff will treat you like family, and their ultimate goal is to alleviate some of the burden on the worst day of your life.

02 6672 2144
19 Wollumbin Street, Murwillumbah
16 Mogo Place, Billinudgel
[email protected]

The Regent

8. The Regent

Located in the innovative M|Arts precinct The Regent is a community-focused venue providing a broad range of films and live entertainment. The 250-seat theatre has been at the heart of culture in Murwillumbah since 1947 and was recently refurbished to its authentic Art Deco glory.
The live program includes theatre, comedy, and concerts by local and touring artists, with great sightlines from traditional tiered seating. Khanthaly’s Kitchen serves vibrant Asian fare, and the licensed bar features a range of classic cocktails. The covered balcony hosts live music every Friday and Saturday and is a great spot for a party.

02 6672 8265
5 Brisbane St, Murwillumbah

Tweed Regional Gallery

9. Tweed Regional Gallery annual community picnic & artist paint out

Sunday 18 June, 2pm–5pm
Bring the whole family to the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre’s annual community picnic. Throw your picnic rug down for an inspiring day of creative connection, art, and community within the picturesque grounds of the Gallery. There will be live music, free activities for kids and the opportunity to create art with the stunning views of Wollumbin / Mount Warning as backdrop.
For more information see Gallery website.

02 6670 2790
[email protected]

Tweed River House

10. Riverside dining at Tweed River House

Celebrate the best of the Northern Rivers’ seasonal produce when you dine at the chef-hatted Tweed River House.
Dine in the magnificent century-old plantation style house, located on the banks of the Tweed River with sweeping hinterland views.
The riverside Lawn Bar is ideal for a drink and lighter bites.

02 6672 5269
131 River St. Murwillumbah South

Bolt Buckle

11. Bolt + Buckle

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.

02 6608 3645
11 Commercial Road, Murwillumbah

Jet Real Estate

12. Jet Real Estate

Jason Dittmar, Elizabeth Hickey and Tania Sheppard are JET – a group of experienced real estate professionals who have come together to deliver an ethical and personalised service to clients in Byron Shire and Tweed Valley.
They work as an enthusiastic team, so their clients get the benefit of all three JET directors working collectively for you. As well as their combined knowledge base and huge network of contacts, they bring extensive local experience that comes from working for a combined 70+ years in the region.
They all live and work in the beautiful Northern Rivers and are serious about doing right by their community. They value the relationships they form with their clients, potential buyers and tenants, and personally communicate all the way through the sales and property management process. After all, you’re going to be neighbours.

Contact JET today to find out how they can help you.
02 6672 2499
Shop 1/41-45 Murwillumbah Street, Murwillumbah
[email protected]
Jason Dittmar – 0477 711 858
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Elizabeth Hickey – 0474 908 555
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Tania Sheppard – 0438 446 578
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Tweed boating trip turns fatal

A boating venture on the Tweed River ended in tragedy on Saturday when the vessel capsized and a passenger died.

Two in hospital, including officer, after perilous arrest

A Northern Rivers man wanted for arrest and an officer trying to arrest him are both in hospital after a disastrous encounter in the early hours of the morning.

Federal Labor funds Mullum hospital site masterplan  

A $263,000 federal grant has been awarded to Byron Shire Council for a masterplan and development strategy for the former Mullumbimby Hospital site.

Paddle-out for innovative shaper, Geoff McCoy

There are shapers and there are shapers.  Geoff McCoy was our local eminent, and world-recognised, master surfboard shaper. I call this gaggle of exclusive surfboard...