A Visit to Murwillumbah

It was on my “bucket list” to visit Murwillumbah and go to the Tweed Regional Gallery. I especially wanted to see the Margaret Olley Gallery.  While living in Beachmere it would have been a two and a half hour drive to get there, so I kept putting it off.

When my son decided to go overseas, and I was asked to mind his unit, tropical fish and occasionally his children.  This means I was much closer to Murwillumbah, at Southport.  As well, I know someone who lives in the town.   I made arrangements to meet her, and yesterday set off to meet her and visit the Gallery.

Around 9 am yesterday, I set off along Smith Street, Southport and on to the M1.  Traffic was a little slow but after Nerang it improved and I had a good run to New South Wales.  I had been to Tweed Heads at the weekend for a soccer game (granddaughter plays soccer).

Soon I was travelling across the Tweed River and on to Murwillumbah.  I do recall travelling through this area – but it would be more than 20 years ago.  Some of the scenery was vaguely familiar to me, but of course, there were many changes – including of course the roads.

The Tweed Valley Gallery

On I went and followed the directions to the Tweed Regional Gallery, which is in such a lovely spot.  I was soon joined by my friend and we had coffee and cake in the Gallery Cafe.

Mt Warning from the Tweed Regional Gallery

Looking towards Mt Warning









Below the Gallery
















The Gallery itself is on the southern part of the town, high on a hill looking over the Tweed River and towards the mountain range, which includes Mt Warning.

There is parking underneath the gallery, with a life up to the Gallery, and plenty of parking in the surrounding area.


The Gallery is huge – allowing for a number of exhibitions, with a huge cafe at one end with indoor and outdoor tables, and a wonderful menu.

There’s a busy shop with a wide range of books, cards, and other items for purchase.  (I bought some cards and book marks.)

There’s a long wide corridor from the entrance to the Margaret Olley Gallery, with a range of exhibitions on the walls, and galleries on the side.  One gallery was being set up for an exhibition.  Current exhibitions are listed here.

The work of artist Joshua Yeldham, is worth seeing too.  Different, amazing.

Margaret Olley’s exhibition is most interesting.  Her art work was still life, which she worked on from her house in Sydney.  It was a house overflowing with flowers, vases, and a wide range of objects that appeared in her work.   The Gallery is actually a recreation of her house/studio – and shows the visitor the surroundings in which she worked, usually with a cigarette hanging out of her mouth!

There was so much to see!!!  Worth another visit.

The Dining Table












Beautiful with many of the items in her artwork remaining.

Afterwards, we went into the town for lunch at the Austral Cafe.  A huge cafe, much like old ‘cafeterias’ of days gone by.

A safe trip back home but this time I ventured from the Motorway to Tugun and travelled through the busy Gold Coast Highway trying to keep my eyes on the road and checking out the changes since my last visit there.

One day I will go back to Murwillumbah – perhaps with my campervan so that I can stay a bit longer.


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