The verdant Tweed Valley landscape

I had planned 4.5 hour cruise along the Tweed River as a surprise for my daughter, from New Zealand. We would be drifting slowly through the lush, farmlands. Surrounded by the gentle green landscape of this area.

Embrace the soothing surrounds of the resource-rich Tweed River, the lifeblood of an ecologically diverse former volcanic region known as the Green Cauldron, with the riverbank lined with sugar cane fields and lush rainforest. Under the watchful gaze of the ruggedly imposing Mt Warning, you’re treated to a sumptuous on-board seafood or BBQ lunch.

That does sound so good, and I was looking forward to the leisurely cruise.

Unfortunately they rang and cancelled the trip at the last-minute.

So we went for a road trip instead.untitled-6-6_5184x3888Following the Tweed River, across the Queensland border and into New South Wales. In the heat of the day the distant Border Ranges rise above the landscape in a blue haze.

Nestled on the banks of the Tweed River is the charming village of Tumbulgum. The historic Tumbulgum Tavern is the perfect place to stop for lunch. Established in 1887 it is now the oldest pub still in operation in the Tweed district.untitled-2-2_5184x3888The food was delicious and across the road was a glimpse of the imposing Mount Warning.

At 1156m, Mount Warning dominates the Byron Bay hinterland landscape. As Byron Bay is the most easterly point of Australia, Mount Warning is the highest point in the region and this is where the sun first hits mainland Australia. Named by National Geographic as one of the 10 Best Mountain Climbs in Australia, a Mount Warning climb is a must-do for visitors to the Byron Bay region. Whether you choose to climb the 9km, four-hour return hike at sunrise or during the day, the experience is guaranteed to be unforgettable with the summit offering 360 degree panoramic views. Here, the mountain’s volcanic origins are apparent with Mount Warning the central vent of an ancient volcano.



The landscape in this part of Australia is not dramatic or even awe-inspiring. It is soothing scenery, tranquil and a calming vista to drive through.untitled-9-9_5184x3888untitled-8-8_5184x3888Red Rattler murwillumbah jc 059sunset tweed river-3

This week it is Amy’s turn to host the “Len’s-artists photo challenge” and with a theme of “landscape” the world is wide open.



  1. Aaah – how wonderful to see photos of Mt Warning. I was talking to my son who lives in Uki on the weekend and wishing I could see that mountain again sometime soon. I shall feel content having seen it virtually for now. Not sure when I’ll get there ‘in the flesh’. Your road trip sounds great.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Mount Warning looks so big in the pictures, but it is not so big as Mount Hamilton, and is not much bigger than Mount Umunhum. Things look so much more impressive in Australia, and in your pictures. However, I have no doubts that wallabies are as dangerous as they look.

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Tumbulgum could only be in Australia 🙂
    Lovely scenery, I must have seen that mountain, but not knowing what it was as we passed through the Tweed valley and stopped overnight in Currumbin. Australia has such diverse landscapes, you could spend a lifetime exploring. A shame that many Australians don’t seem to bother.

    Liked by 2 people

I would love to hear from you, leave a comment and we can start a conversation

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s