Big Volcano® (Wollumbin) Visitor Guide

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What's New in Wollumbin?


May 17th, 2022 Updated  Farmers Markets and Weekend Markets with weather and COVID-19 updates.

April 20, 2022 Updated  Activism: Australian Political Parties - Policies  Links checked, a couple updated and policies descriptions updated where needed for the Australian Federal Election to be held on May 21st 2022.

March 22 2022New Added road and National Park closure notice advisory popup to selected pages.

March 7, 2022 Updated Towns and Villages index pages with links to Emergency and Disaster dashboards for Local Government Areas (LGA), plus Rural Fire Service, SES and Bureau of Meteorology links for NSW and QLD services.

March 7, 2022 Updated  All Northern Rivers localities Transport Service Information links updated for regional "Going Places" transport information web site, which provides Bus Timetables, Taxi & Other Transport Service Information for Ballina, Byron Bay, Casino, Kyogle, Lismore Grafton, and Tweed Shire local government areas, and their surrounds.

February 26, 2022Updated Alstonville locality guide, with new attractions, including a mountain bike park and public park with extensive community facilities.  Also checked and updated available accommodation.

February 15, 2022 Updated  Community Groups, Associations, Government Services updated with new listing for Earth Learning Inc., other listings and links checked and updated where needed.

February 7, 2022 Updated  State Forests directory listings, Camping Grounds public reserves description, and state forest free camping listings, and Rainforest Types of Australia links and editorial checked and updated.

January 31, 2022 Updated  General Information about Australia for Visitors - Country  Updated information about location of Australia, added "extremities" info, links checked and updated, new external links added. Affiliate link to Redbubble shop for Antique Map of Australia, Patriotism and Resources also added.

January 15, 2022 Updated  Museums, Historic Places and Heritage Buildings updated to include new listing for Ballina District Museum listing, check other  links and update where needed.

January 10, 2022Updated  Bicycle Rides and Bushwalks of the Tweed Valley  Note re Glengarrie Rd, checked extrenal links and added Northern Rivers Rail Trail.  Camping & Outdoor Equipment Hire updated. 

January 9, 2022Updated Farmers Markets and Weekend Markets  Salt Village Market - Salt Village.  Confirmed back in operation.  3rd Saturday 8am - 2pm, rain or shine.

January 7, 2022: Lennox Community Market - Williams St Reserve Updated  2nd and 5th Sunday.  back in operation under Byron Community Centre management.

January 7, 2022 Farmers Markets and Weekend Markets Lennox Community Markets details updated.  NSW and QLD Covid advisories links checked and updated.

January 3, 2022Updated  Nightcap National Park details for Minyon Falls visitor facilities, walking tracks and other general descriptions.  National Parks closures and other advisories also checked.


December 22, 2021 Updated  Eco Lodges, Nature Retreats, Rainforest accommodation, Removed outdated links, added a new option, free listings updated, including Solitude Retreat at Natural Bridge, also in  Wilderness Retreats and Conference Venues and Corporate Retreats categories.

December 20, 2021 Updated  Budget Accommodation ~ Under $80 per night.  "Budget conscious travellers looking for cheap accommodation, can find a wide range of overnight, weekend, weekly and longer stay accommodation with off peak prices and cheap rates in the Byron Bay, Kingscliff, Tweed Heads and Gold Coast hinterland region of New South Wales and Queensland, Australia." Removed links for Nimbin accom no longer operating, and included Coolangatta and Surfers Paradise hostels.

December 13, 2021 Updated Big Volcano Places - Tomewin locality.  Updated editorial, removed outdated descriptions and accommodation links, and added new links for Tomewin and Currumbin Valley.

December 9, 2021 Updated Artists, Designers and Studios with new listing for Beauty in Everything (Professional photography) based in Uki.  Organisation links also checked.

Updated Bicycling Tours and Bicycle Hire.  Removed businesses no longer in opertion, and added new E-bike, mountin bike, cruiser hire and sales, and bicycle tour operators.

Updated School Camps and Outdoor Education Centres.  Removed listings no longer in business.

Updated Accommodation Packages.  Removed listings no longer in business.

Updated Canoeing Safaris, Kayaking and Fishing Tours, Day Tours and Cruises, and Adventure, Outdoors, Thrillseekers Activities   Removed listings no longer in business and updated Mt Warning Tours listing to reflect change to Tweed Escapes.  Also removed outdated Wotif tour booking links from those categories.

November 26, 2021 Updated  Minjungbal Museum and Cultural Centre  Contact details updated and new external links added.  Contact phone number updated for tourist attraction listings.

November 14, 2021 Updated  Farmers Markets and Weekend Markets New Farmers market included, two markets no longer operting, deleted.  Covid advisories checked and updated.

November 4, 2021 Updated Motels directory for the Northern Rivers of New South Wales and southern Gold Coast region of Queensland.  Free listings entries checked and updated where needed, and affiliate links also checked and updated with new information, or entry removed and replaced.

September 13, 2021  Updated COVID-19 and other Advisories checked/updated: 10pm, 13th September, 2021.  Click here for more NSW and QLD national park COVID-19 info.  A pop up window will appear.

See also blog post COVID-19 restrictions Northern NSW and SE QLD for lockdown restrictions and Tweed / Gold Coast border pass details.

Farmers Markets and Weekend Markets Updated Covid advisories and some markets operating hours updated.

September 10, 2021  Updated  Ecotourism Papers and Articles Existing links checked and updated, with some deleted as no longer available.  New links added for COVID-19 coverage, including How to practise responsible tourism during COVID-19   An excellent review of how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted global travel and tourism, with resources for UK based travellers and travel operators. It includes Essential Advice for UK travellers, Statistics for 2021, useful for students and travel trade, and useful UK link resources.

August 29, 2021  Updated  Tyalgum locality page updated with new aerial photo, with details checked and updated where needed.  An old cedar getting village, located virtually under the rim of the caldera due west of Mt Warning, this agricultural community produces mostly dairy and beef, but many new settlers are diversifying into alternative crops and enterprises such as coffee.

Famous for its hall, renowned for its acoustics and the attendant Classical musical festival each September, and the many hills, hikers and cyclists with strong legs can stay in the Tyalgum Hotel and other nearby accommodation.

All other localities also had Northern Rivers Carpool link removed, as it is no longer operating.

August 28, 2021  Updated  Julian Rocks (Nguthungulli) Marine Reserve, Byron Bay NSW.  "An Outstanding Marine Reserve Not To Be Missed.  Established as a marine reserve in 1982 after 10 years of lobbying by local users, Julian Rocks is one of Australia's top dive spots, and forms a most unique marine reserve, providing shelter and food for more than 500 tropical and temperate fish species."  Name up dated, external links checked and updated, new YouTube video added.

Updated Museums, Historic Places and Heritage Buildings listings and links.

August 27, 2021  Updated  Artists, Designers and Studios in the Ballina, Byron Bay, Tweed Valley, Northern Rivers of NSW and Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. Directory listings checked and updated, new listings added, and old listings removed.

New listing added for Byron Waves.  Photos of waves and surf photography and around Byron Bay and the North Coast of NSW, by Mike Egan.

August 26, 2021  Updated  The Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre has been renamed Minjungbal Museum and Cultural Centre.  It is dedicated to maintaining & preserving Aboriginal history on the Tweed Historical site.  Story titles updated, external links checked and social media links added.  Open hours and admissions fees updated, and COVID-19 conditions included.

Ships sunk off the Australian Coast 1939 - 1945, Walk of Remembrance and Centaur Memorial Article external links checked with defunct links removed, new links added, and others updated.

For prior updates, see What's Old in Wollumbin? - 2020

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