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Tyalgum, NSW, 2484

Heart of the Caldera

Tyalgum aerial view © by John Van Den Broeke

Tyalgum aerial view © by John Van Den Broeke,
with permission.

Tyalgum (proun: TALgum) is 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.

Tyalgum is famous for its hall, renowned for its acoustics.  This is remarkable, as the hall is constructed of wood with an iron (tin) roof.  The acoustics are said to be superb as long as it doesn't rain!

Each September, the hall and surrounding locations come alive with music as local performers and international musicians offer master classes, concerts and recitals, at the Tyalgum Music Festival.

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Hikers and cyclists with strong legs (to handle the many hills) can stay at the Tyalgum Hotel and other nearby accommodation, including renovated farm cottages and homes.

Tyaglum Camping Ground is located at the Tyalgum Showground, and is managed by the local volunteer committee.  Powered and unpowered camping sites are available, with recently upgraded toilet, shower and laundry amenities onsite.  An extensive coverd camp kitchen is also available.  Phone 0490 780 181 or (02) 6679 3569.

It's popular with camping and caravanner groups, and booked out during the music festival weekend.

Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat This couples only award winning rainforest retreat is located at Crystal Creek via Chillingham, just 20 minutes scenic drive from Tyalgum.

Set in old growth rainforest with World Heritage National Park on three sides, it offers just 13 private, architect-designed luxury bungalows, all with fireplaces, double spa baths, and rainforest views, are placed discreetly in a spectacularly pristine Australian rainforest.  CCRR web site.


Stroll into the arts and crafts shops dotted along the main street for local handicrafts and homewares, or enjoy fresh from the oven treats with your coffee at Flutterbies Cottage Cafe, a coffee and gift shop situated in the "Old Bakery" building circa 1926.

A now well established and popular option for day trippers, is the Tyalgum Gelato Shop (open weekends only), located next to the hall.

A fire in August 2019, destroyed three popular local shops; Osiris Jewellery, Paddington of Tyalgum and the Orpheum Bookshop.

The local community rallied around, and these businesses are now hosted in locations inside other businesses at the delighfully hidden Markette Lane.

Just ask - or better yet, use it as an excuse to explore the other shops and discover where they are.

The Tyalgum Village Market, held on the last Saturday of the month, adds to the village atmosphere, and provides visitors with the opportunity to meet local artisans, farmers and producers.

Stall holders set up colourful stands in the grounds of the former croquet club, where you can wander through the linked back yards of the shop fronts, while sampling tasty homemade treats and picking out a souvenir or two created by local artists, as the sound of live music echoes in the air.

The Tyalgum Market at The Stump - next to General Store is a newer community market also held on the last Saturday of the month from 9am-3pm, which focuses on sustainable goods and services, with live music and kid friendly interactive fun.

The Garden of Light is a favourite Autumn and Spring attraction, with many gardens including a Cottage Garden, Tuscan Garden, Wisteria Arbours, and more. Tours are offered every Spring and Autumn season.  (Book in advance and be aware of COVID-19 measures).

For visitors staying in the area for more than a few days, you can top up with fresh local produce and general supplies at the Tyalgum General Store.

You can also choose from a diverse range of fruit trees and local native trees at the plant nursery, after you've decided which yummy sweet treat to indugle with your beverage of choice.

Tyalgum Pub beer garden
Tyalgum pub © J Palmer, Big Volcano

Enjoy the local atmosphere with a BBQ picnic at Norco Park, opposite the pub, or let the kids run free at the Skate Park opposite the Hall, overlooking the surrounding countryside.

Upgraded with new skate facilities and a playground in 2017, the skate park has day picnic facilities with free electric BBQs, picnic tables, public toilets, and needless to say (but we will anyway), a stunning view to Mount Warning/Wollumbin.  Norco Park, adjacent to the Oxley River, has a more cosy, peaceful feel, with older, but still serviceable picnic facilities.

Tyalgum has road access to Mebbin National Park, and very steep access on foot (not recommended), via private properties to Wollumbin (Mt Warning) National Park, the Border Ranges and Lamington National Parks.

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Getting to Tyalgum


Getting here. Tyalgum is approximately 845 kilometres - about 11 hours drive north from Sydney, via Murwillumbah, and approximately 145 kilometres - about 90 minutes drive south from Brisbane, via the Pacific Motorway.

Driving options include the Pacific Highway in New South Wales, and from the Pacific Motorway in Queensland, via Murwillumbah.

Alternative scenic routes are available by way of the Summerland Way via Grafton to Kyogle in NSW, and the Nerang - Murwillumbah Road through the spectacular Numinbah Valley from Nerang in the Gold Coast hinterland, through the village of Chillingham.


Domestic flights operate from all capital cities to Ballina/Byron Gateway Airport and Gold Coast Airport at Coolangatta.  A number of international carriers servicing SE Asia, New Zealand and the Pacific fly into Gold Coast Airport.

Charter flights may also available to Lismore Airport.  All airports have airport car hire or other car rental services available nearby.

Daily airport transfer services between Ballina/Byron Gateway Airport and Gold Coast Airport, are available to selected localities in the region, with some shuttles also going to Brisbane International Airport. Visit Gold Coast Airport Transfer Services for more information.


Daily interstate coach services are available from Murwillumbah to Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, and daily or overnight train service is available from Sydney to Brisbane via coach transfer at Casino.

Connecting Translink train services to Brisbane are also available from the Gold Coast.  (see Tweed Heads locality guide for more information.)

Getting Around

Visit Tyalgum - Transport Services Information for more transport information, including trains, coach and local bus schedules, taxis, airport, and transfer services.

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