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What's Old in the Big Volcano?


December 22, 2021 Updated  Eco Lodges, Nature Retreats, Rainforest accommodation, Removed outdated links, added a new option, free listings updated, including Solitude Retreat at Natural Bridge, also in  Wilderness Retreats and Conference Venues and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  Updated editorial, removed outdated descriptions and accommodation links, and added new links for Tomewin and Currumbin Valley.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  Also removed outdated Wotif tour booking links from those categories.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.

August 25, 2021  Updated  Fig Tree Retro Studio listings description updated to include A "Welcome Hamper" is provided for your enjoyment, and we're also pet friendly with any medium breed pet welcomed*. From $125 pn midweek 3-night minimum..

Boutique Accommodation, Cottages, Holiday Houses and Bungalows, Pet Friendly Accommodation - Pets Welcome, and Couples Only Accommodation listings updated.

Bed and Breakfast- B&B, Value Accomodation : $80 - $150 per night  and Mid Range Accom: $150 - $250 per night listings updated.   See also Big Volcano Visitor Guide - Accommodation Index

Localities including Brunswick Heads, Byron Bay, Cabarita Beach/Hastings Point/Pottsville, and  Kingscliff - Fingal variously updated with new Booking .com listings, new attractions, and some editorial updated.

August 3, 2021 NEW  COVID-19 Advisories Farmers Markets and Weekend Markets.  SEQ Markets, except for food and farmers markets only selling food, are currently not permitted. See QLD health advice:

July 20, 2021 Updated  COVID-19 and other Advisories NSW and QLD National parks on Campgrounds directory, National Parks page,  and Nature Reserves page.

Updated Campgrounds NSW NPWS checked and details updated where necessary.

Updated Weekend Markets and Farmers Markets Uki Farmers Markets Saturday hours 8am to 12.30pm, updated from Saturday 7am - 11am. Other markets checked for COVID updates etc.

Updated Dining: Restaurants & Bistro's, licensed and BYO, New listing Tweed River House south Murwillumbah.  Removed listings for venues no longer in business.

June 26, 2021 Updated Various accommodation category listings off peak tariffs for Fig Tree Retro Studio.  Tucked away on 6 acres not far from the coastal town of Pottsville, Northern NSW, the studio has a gorgeous vintage theme which creates a unique and quirky space making it ideal for couples who can take advantage of the fluffy bathrobes, and slippers; relaxing hammock; and cosy feel.

Private and self-contained, the studio is located just 9 min from Pottsville Beach and 25 min from the iconic Byron Bay. A "Welcome Hamper" is provided, and we're also pet friendly with any small breed pet welcomed.  Short term stays of 1-3 months available with applicable discounts.   From $125 pn midweek 3-night minimum.

May 17, 2021Updated Various accommodation category listings off peak tariffs for Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat. Designed with romance in mind, this couples only, national and international award winning rainforest retreat is set in old growth rainforest with World Heritage national park on three sides.

Just 13 private architect-designed luxury bungalows, all with gourmet kitchens, fireplaces, double spa baths and rainforest views, are placed discreetly for complete privacy, in a spectacularly pristine Australian rainforest.

Ideal for a relaxing getaway for two, we have loads of extras and packages to make your experience with us absolutely perfect.  From AUD $470 p.n. to $895 per couple p.n. midweek, 2 night min.

April 15, 2021 Updated Farmers Markets & Weekend Markets directory updated.

March 29, 2021Updated  Honeymoons, Anniversaries, Romantic Holidays and Special Occasions Byron Bay, Tweed Heads, Kingscliff, Tweed Valley, Gold Coast hinterland and Tamborine Mountain regions of NSW and QLD, Australia.

March 29, 2021Updated  Mount Jerusalem National Park description updated with Tweed Byron Hinterland Trails outline.

March 9, 2021Updated  Farmers Markets & Weekend Markets directory updated.  New listing for Tamborine Community Country Markets, Tamborine Memorial Hall grounds, 3rd Sunday, 8am to 1pm.  Other Tamborine Mountain markets checked and listings updated where needed.

March 6, 2021Updated listings in Cottages, Holiday Houses and Bungalows updated.

March 5, 2021Updated  Farmers Markets & Weekend Markets directory updated.  Tabulam Community Farmers Market - Tabulam Hall Grounds, now 2nd Saturday.  Visit page for additional information.

February 9, 2021  UpdatedSpeed on Tweed community event.  "Started by Roger Eland in 2002, and overseen by him each year until 2008, Murwillumbah in the Northern Rivers of NSW, hosted "Speed on Tweed", which was widely regarded as the premier historic motor sport classic event in Australia." Updated the editorial, YouTube links, and added links to historical and current news.

January 23, 2021 Updated  Museums, Historic Places and Heritage Buildings and Tourist Attractions updated with listing for  Evans Head Heritage Aviation Museum.

January 20, 2021 Updated  Boutique and Heritage Accommodation, Accommodaiton Packages, Couples Only and Bed & Breakfast Accommodation directories with new listing.

January 13, 2021 Updated website for Pigeons and Ferals with a new resources page added, including links to local government, state and federal resources for feral animals, feral birds, pest and and nuisance birds, and other useful information for land holders, business, industrial and farming enterprises, regarding bird control measures.

For prior updates, see What's Old in the Big Volcano? - 2020

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