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Curving through the undulating landscape of the Tweed Valley, alongside the clear waters of the Oxley River, we are rewarded with ever-changing views of Wollumbin Mount Warning as we round its many sides. All this peace has prepared us well for the tranquillity of Tyalgum, but don't be fooled - there is a lot going on in this tiny town, for all ages. There are so many local enterprises and experiences it takes us all day, and then some, to explore all that awaits on the main stretch of Coolman Street, just a 4 minute end-to-end stroll.
First up, we hit Marketta Lane, a vibrant art and retail precinct that is home to a bounty of food, drink and retail stores. We each find our own stores to browse, from a hand-crafted jewellery store and a nook filled with book shelves to a children's corner alive with fairy gold, toys and cosy armchairs for reading.
All this browsing and buying has built an appetite so we head to Flutterbies Cottage Cafe and settle in to enjoy their awardwinning high tea - a must-do on any Tyalgum visit. Flutterbies also serves up sumptuous meals in an elegant heritage building or under dappled light in the gardens. Just down the way, the Tyalgum General Store is also in our sights, packed with locally made artisan foods and fresh-picked produce, along with breakfast and lunch tastes.
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Within this remarkable tiny town, there's also a gin bar, gelateria, coffee roaster, bakery, beer brews and Friday night artisan pizzas, served with a side of live local music.
On top of all this, we've timed our visit to be here for the popular Tyalgum Village Markets., with stalls selling handmade wares in a green garden setting, sprawling throughout the town. It's all about shopping local to support small business here, with vendors ranging from fine artists and craftspeople to artisan small-batch food and drinks crafters, fresh produce, garden plants and eco products. An added bonus for us is the children's storytelling time.
Highly recommended for a visit is also the remarkable Garden of Light, a vast 25 acre garden grown from the ground up over 18 years by Tyalgum locals, with a Cottage Garden, Tuscan Garden and Monet inspired gardens, as well as vegetable, fruit and herb patches.
We've booked ahead to stay overnight so we can enjoy the Friday night pizza and music night and were excited to discover a range of brand new stays in the area, from luxury cabins and cottage stays to the recently refurbished Tyalgum Hotel, a 1926 pub that has upstairs stays, great food, a pool and plenty of place for kids to play.
With events right throughout the year, from theatre, music, dance, food, sport, wellness and sustainable living, Tyalgum is a town that is ideal for a visit any time of year.
Major events include the Tyalgum Music Festival, featuring over 30 musicians performing in 8 concerts over 3 days, and the Tour de Tweed, which brings Tyalgum to life with road cyclists from all over Australia enjoying the country ambience and hospitality.
Embraced by towering mountains that once encased volcanic energy, the Tweed's valley vibe is still today like a big hug around sweet villages like Tyalgum that are surrounded with inspiration and filled with vitality – in food, art, nature and true community spirit.
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