Ask alternative lifestyle folks who travelled north from Sydney in the 1960s and 1970s, and they’ll tell you that Mullumbimby in the twenty-first century is similar to Byron Bay when they first arrived.
“Mullum,” as many locals refer to it, has superb restaurants, a relaxing subtropical atmosphere, and a normalcy (it looks and acts like a small country service centre) that is far far from the overcrowded excitement of Byron Bay or the self-conscious hippiedom of Nimbin.
It is “just right,” as Goldilocks would say. Tourism is vital to the local economy, but the region is mostly agricultural, producing bananas, avocados, pineapples, and other tropical fruit, dairy products, macadamia nuts, cattle, pigs, and lumber.
Crystal Castle is the district’s principal “tourist” attraction, which makes perfect hippy sense. The “castle,” the ultimate embodiment of hippiedom, contains a massive showroom of rare crystals and magnificent gardens where visitors may meditate in the presence of the Buddha. Mullumbimby, beyond the Crystal Castle, is a spot worth visiting, with superb subtropical bushwalks and a true sense of solitude and tranquillity.
Things to do in Mullumbimby
Crystal Castle and Shambhala Gardens
A magnificent retreat awaits a short picturesque drive into Byron Bay’s hinterland. Stand between two of the world’s highest crystals. Sit in an amethyst cave that dates back thousands of years. Explore the peaceful Shambhala Gardens and rainforest. Enjoy a delectable meal and handmade sweets.
The Crystal Castle, with its serene atmosphere and stunning natural magnificence, is a destination of astonishment for everybody.
Stand between two of the world’s tallest crystals, the Crystal Guardians, and be enveloped in the wonder of the Enchanted Grotto, the world’s biggest amethyst cave.
Wander through the peaceful Shambhala Gardens, where you may discover yourself in the ancient labyrinth or take flight in the Wings to Eternity mural. Discover the only Kalachakra World Peace Stupa in the southern hemisphere, a project endorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
The beautiful rainforest trek is followed by a journey through the famed Buddha Walk, which is embellished with hand carved sculptures, tall bamboo, and our four-metre Blessing Buddha.
Every day at 3.10 p.m., take part in guided events, including the iconic Peace Experience.
Take home your personal gift after marvelling at the fine jewellery and magnificent crystals from all around the world.
Relax on the patio and take in the stunning views of the Byron hinterland while sipping fresh local coffee and enjoying a great meal and handmade sweets.
Brunswick Valley Heritage Park
The Brunswick Valley Heritage Park, located between Brunswick Terrace and the Brunswick River, includes a beautiful walking pathway through a reserve where over 200 rainforest flora have been grown and named. Red cedars, coolamons, grevilleas, black apple, gigantic water gum, rosewood, flooded gum, swamp mahogany, and hoop pines are among them. It is an excellent method to recognise many of the magnificent plants that thrive in the nearby rainforests.
The Brunswick Valley Historical Society Museum is housed in the historic Post Office (1907) on the junction of Stuart and Myocum Streets. It is open on Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon and on market days (the third Saturday of each month) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Museum “seeks to collect and conserve material including objects, images, and documents that record the social, economic, and civic history of the Brunswick Valley. The Museum is located in Summers Park along with a Machinery shed, replica slab hut, collection of horse-drawn farm implements, and equipment from the local railway, water supply, and brickworks,” according to its website. More information may be found here.
The Court House
The Mullumbimby Court House on Dalley Street, designed by Government Architect W.L. Vernon, is a basic country courthouse. It is located adjacent to the Police Station, which was also designed by Vernon, and across the street from the town’s Civic Memorial Hall, which was built in 1929.
Mullumbimby Golf Course
Mullumbimby Golf Course is an 18-hole country-style course with a rolling hinterland and rural backdrop. The nearby golf club is usually regarded as Australia’s friendliest.
The Mullumbimby Swimming Pool, located on Jubilee Avenue, is named after local Olympic gold medalist Petria Thomas. The swimming pool has a 50m lap pool as well as smaller children’s pools. During the summer, children may scale the inflatable jumping castle. A modest tuck store serves snacks, hot cuisine, and coffee.
Minyon Falls are 21 kilometres south-west of Mullumbimby, accessible through Goonengerry and the Coolamon Scenic Drive. The Minyon Falls Road runs through the Minyon Grass Picnic Area. There is a 2 km walking pathway from the Picnic Spot to the foot of the falls, or there is a picnic area and leisure site near the falls. The Minyon Falls are breathtaking.
They plummet 97 metres down steep lava cliffs into the picturesque valley below. They are part of the Minyon Falls Flora Reserve, which has been protected from logging because of its great recreational, aesthetic, and scientific importance.
A sign at the picnic area directs visitors to a neighbouring walking-trail complex. The trailhead, which includes a viewing above Minyon Falls, follows the escarpment’s rim for about 2 kilometres around to Quandong Falls. You may either return to the picnic spot or continue on for another 2 kilometres to the valley level at the foot of the falls.
Markets in Mullumbimby
The Mullumbimby Community Markets are held on the third Saturday of every month at Summers Park, near the intersection of Stuart and Myocum Streets. The vendors sell everything from handcrafted home goods and clothes to fresh fruit and unique delicacies.
Farmers Markets in Mullumbimby
The Mullumbimby Farmers Market is held every Friday from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Mullumbimby Showground, regardless of the weather. There is plenty of free parking, as well as farm-fresh local vegetables and excellent coffee.
Mullumbimby Events and Festivals
Mullum Music Festival
Since 2008, the annual Mullum Music Festival has honoured Mullumbimby’s vibrant community spirit. Every year, the festival celebrates local, national, and worldwide music talent, with live performances in a variety of existing locations across town. The festival’s most popular event is the vibrant street procession.
The Mullumbimby Exhibition, which has been running for almost a century, is a traditional agricultural show hosted at the Mullumbimby Showground. The talent show, pet show, cow and poultry displays, and demolition derby are all highlights.
Bringing the flavours of Yemen and the Middle East to the biggest little town in Australia. Their passion for food and the love for the flavours of our ancestors is what makes each dish extraordinary.
Pink Lotus restaurant aims to capture my deep love for Vietnamese flavours. enjoy love, culture and good food in Mullumbimby town.
A delicious range of modern Japanese cuisine that will not only tempt your taste buds but also fill you up.
Home-cooked Iraqi meals. Fresh organic and delicious .
The Middle Pub
The local meeting place in the heart of Mullum. For locals, families, friends and visitors alike. Come and enjoy the warm atmosphere, delicious food, beer + wine selection and entertainment.
A family-friendly pub that caters to all. The place to visit if you are keen to enjoy some live music when you are on your next holiday to the area.
The Empire is where it’s at! Something for all tastes from epic burgers to vegan delights. Enjoy delectable treats and good vibes at this Mullum icon.
The Patch Cafe is a great place to unwind with a cold drink, an ideal place to watch and forget about the hustle and bustle while you enjoy a freshly brewed cup of coffee.
Rock & Roll Coffee Company
It’s contemporary, laidback and friendly. People love that it’s tucked away down the lane – it’s a little taste of Melbourne in the heart of Mullum!
The Other Joint
This cafe offers it all, the friendly staff the amazing food & coffee is best in town, its a must visit.