Tyalgum is a gorgeous little village in the heart of the Wollumbin or Mt Warning caldera. Its historic background and country charm endear it to all visitors, as do the friendly and welcoming locals. It is within an hour of the Queensland – New South Wales border and lends itself very nicely to day visits. It forms the hub of the Tweed Valley circuit, a touristic country drive full of interesting places to see.
From logging to crafts
Tyalgum was once a logging town in the 1850’s. In recent times however it has developed into a vibrant picturesque historic town.
As you enter the town you will see the historic Tyalgum Hotel, dating back to 1926.
The famous Tyalgum Community Hall is reputed to be one of the most acoustically sound buildings in Australia, no mean feat since it was built in 1908.
It is very popular with music groups all over the country and holds the popular annual three-day Tyalgum Music Festival in September each year.
Many of the commercial buildings have been beautifully restored to house attractive small businesses.
Cake and coffee
Flutterbies Cottage Café is one such renowned building.
You simply must visit this quaint café and taste their amazing cakes and in house ground and roasted coffee.
Popular with Sunday vintage car rallies or motorbike clubs, it is a must stop.
The Flutterbie tea cake is their signature dish, but for a change we tasted their lovely carrot cake and a Persian love cake. Neither disappointed!
High Tea is held in the afternoon in their amazingly decorated interior rooms which were still dressed as a Santa Wonderland, but were about to be changed to an Easter theme.
Outside seating has different areas from French cottage style to industrial décor.
Evenings or weekends host local live bands or with music recitals, intimate cabaret shows or the more classical Hearts Aflame presenting the summer ‘Shakespeare in the Garden’ events.
Enchanting or organic?
At the rear of the property was an enchanting garden which led to the Earthbeat eco-store.
This was filled with local crafts or organic produce, from Soul Fire Cocoa Genesis chocolate to organic skin care.
Next door is The Little Shop Next Door which overflowed with locally made, high quality crafts displayed in a colour scheme which varied daily.
Take at least an hour to look around as there is so much to see or buy.
REST AND RETREAT
Celestial Dew of Tyalgum is a serene day spa and retreat if you want to rest up for a while and thoroughly enjoy this beautiful area, and the relatively new Anthropocosmic Apothecary complements the Guest House.
Artworks and jewellery can be seen at Tyalgum is My Tuscany, and art and craft supply is a specialty of Kenitas Decorative Arts set back from the main road.
The 100yr old Tyalgum Village General Store and Post Office has been well restored and still maintains much of an original interior appearance.
Vegetables are uniquely displayed in old iron baths or wooden crates.
Tyalgum is home to renowned musicians, art works, giftware, vintage clothing, jewellery, locally grown coffee and organic skin care.
The endearing and friendly locals are very proud of their village and will entertain you for hours with anecdotes of their history and creative talents. Oozing old world charm, Tyalgum is a historic village not to miss.
Irene Isaacson travelled at her own expense.