Back in the 1880's, Tumbulgum was the principal town on the Tweed, a very busy river port at the junction of the Rous and Tweed Rivers. There was great rivalry with nearby Murwillumbah, but when Murwillumbah gained both the railway to Lismore (1897) and the Murwillumbah Bridge (1901), Tumbulgum slowly settled back into historic village status, with many buildings including the Tumbulgum Hotel protected by National Heritage classification.

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The river remains the focus of the town, with many aquatic activities such as hire boats and fishing from the scenic riverside park. Public boat ramps provide good access for all types of boats, and fuel and bait are available. Waterskiing is also popular. The historic cemetery (1887-1947) is also full of pioneer history.


  • Population - 390
  • Transport Services - Bus
  • Council - Tweed Shire Council