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Tyalgum, NSW, 2484

Heart of the Caldera

Tyalgum Hall imaging copyright by David Palmer Tyalgum 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 Hall © 1996. Courtesy of Tyalgum Classical Music Festival. Optimised by D Palmer, Big Volcano

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 (aka Tyalgum Classical Music Festival).

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Accommodation

Hikers and cyclists with strong legs (to handle the many hills) can stay in 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 basic amenities onsite.  Phone (02) 6679 3569 or (02) 6679 3416.

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

Attractions

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 Kenita's Decorative Arts and Cafe looking out over the nearby fields, or Flutterbies Cottage Cafe, a coffee and gift shop situated in the "Old Bakery" building circa 1926.

The Tyalgum Village Market, held on the 4th Saturday of the month, adds to the village atmosphere, and provides visitors with the opportunity to meet local artisans, farmers, producers, stalls with old wares, new wares and recycled wares, in one of the more unusual weekend markets on offer in the region.

Stall holders set up colourful stands along the main street and 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.

And whether you're a local or a visitor to the region, there's something for everyone at the annual Tyalgum Australia Day celebration, with funds raised in support of local community groups and volunteer services.

Tyalgum Pub beer garden

Tyalgum pub © J Palmer, Big Volcano

Top up with fresh supplies at the Tyalgum General Store, and enjoy the local atmosphere with a BBQ picnic at Norco Park, which provides day picnic facilities with a free BBQ, picnic table, public toilets and a stunning view to Mount Warning.

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. Hikers heaven!

Getting to Tyalgum

Road

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.

Air

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.

Intrastate flights are also available to Lismore Airport with REX airlines.  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.

Coach/Rail

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. Northern Rivers Carpool provides locals and visitors with the opportunity to share transport in the region.

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