Watched over by the awe-inspiring majesty of Mt Warning, and surrounded by five World Heritage National Parks, the countryside around Murwillumbah is a blend of rolling green hills and gently flowing rivers, punctuated with pockets of sugar cane, banana plantations, hobby farms and small village communities. There are a number of alternative lifestyle retreats nearby, perhaps most notable belonging to the Hare Krishna.
The indigenous people are of the Bundjalung nation. Nearby Mount Warning and its attendant National Park are known as Wollumbin, meaning Cloud Catcher in the Bundjalung language. Due to Mount Warning`s proximity to the Australian continent`s eastern most point at Cape Byron, Mount Warning is believed to be the first place on the Australian mainland to see the sunrise. In 1770, the peak was named Mount Warning by Lieutenant James Cook.
Murwillumbah has a lot to offer visitors; from some of the best examples of Art Deco architecture to be found anywhere in Australia to the award-winning Tweed River Art Gallery. Murwillumbah has a range of eclectic shops, dining for all tastes and sporting facilities for all followings. Murwillumbah has over 18 galleries and artists` studios in town and the nearby villages.