A beautiful sunny, beginning of Winter’s, day dragged me out of my listlessness and forced me on the road for a day trip…. well an afternoon trip! I headed south just a spit down the road (about 10 kms) on the way to Murwillumbah. I stopped off at Tumbulgum, one of my favourite places to visit. It sits on the juncture of the Tweed and Rous Rivers and is picture perfect. Its a small village of approximately 400 people and means “meeting of the waters” in aboriginal terms. Today there were a lot of people sitting by the water picnicking and fishing. I always dream of one day living here but the flood sign which says “this is where the flood of 1956 came too” puts me off, being way over my head. It has been known to flood, that’s why most of the houses are double storey, but hasn’t done so for quite a long time.
After Tumbulgum I drove along the river to Murwillumbah (the metropolis head of the Northern Rivers, population ~9,000, and then headed down the other side to see what I could discover. Around the Murwillumbah area it is predominantly a sugar cane growing region which is at its peak at present.
Such a wonderful area to discover things. Its full of contrast, drive south west and you are in the country with sugar cane up around your ears, rolling green hills and cows. Head straight south from the Gold Coast and its all about the beautiful beaches, surfing and dining..!
Where to go next?……