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Kunghur and Midginbil, NSW, 2484

Tweed Hinterland Countryside

by Jo-Ann Palmer.

Rustic barn with rainbow © Midginbil Eco Resort

Like most rural settlements in the region, Kunghur and Midginbil were established when timber getters harvesting the sub tropical rainforests, cleared the way for diary and cattle farmers.

Photos © courtesy of Midginbil Eco Resort

Dairy and cattle farming remain the primary industries, with outdoor activities like bushwalking and birdwatching available at budget camping grounds around the district.


Crams Farm Recreation Area via Midginbil, is the catchment for Clarrie Hall Dam, the primary water supply for the Tweed Valley.

Clarrie Hall Dam © Midginbil Eco Resort

The entry gate is open from 7.30am - 5.30pm, 7 days, and extensive facilities include under-cover free electric B.B.Q.s, picnic tables, amenities block and shelter shed.  Or you can enjoy an open air fireplace, dotted around the wide open spaces, under the trees.

An all weather cricket pitch and kiddies playground near the main BBQs, provides family fun in stunning scenery.

A jetty and launch ramp (non motorised water vessels only) offers easy access to the upper reaches of the dam for canoeing enthusiasts and catch and release fishing.

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Bird watchers will be suprised by the number and variety of bird species they can spot on a leisurely stroll around the vast open space and along the shore of the upper reaches of the dam. 

The Mt Burrell General Store, with a petrol bowser out front for those low on gas, serves the Mount Burrell and Kunghur communities, and is well stocked with groceries and food basics, including a wide range of wheat and gluten free products.

A fruit and vege barn is adjacent to the store, and offer a welcome place to stop and stretch your legs as you stock up on fresh local fruits and veges, and admire the magnificent rural views.

Enjoy yummy food at the Music Mountain Cafe, open to 2pm Thursday to Saturday, and "Secret Sunday" live entertainment from 2-4pm.

World Heritage national parks

Three World Heritage Gondwana Rainforest listed properties are within easy drive. Wollumbin (Mt Warning) National Park is less than 30 minutes drive north, with the road following the meandering path of the Tweed River, while Nightcap and Border Ranges National Parks make for a pleasant full day driving tour to the south and west.

Getting to Kunghur


Getting to the region is easy: Visitors can reach Kunghur and Midginbil by road, with air services available at Gold Coast Airport, Ballina/Byron Gateway Airport and charter services into Lismore Airport.

Kunghur is about 10 hours drive north from Sydney via Kyogle, Lismore - Nimbin, on the Summerland Way, or via Murwillumbah and about 90 minutes drive south from Brisbane, on the Pacific Highway.

For the road less travelled from Brisbane, take the Mt Lindesay Highway - Beaudesert/Rathdowney option, and scoot across the border via Lions Road (not suitable for large RVs, caravans or trailers).

Be sure to stop at the Border loop lookout in the Western Border Ranges National Park.


Domestic flights operate from all capital cities to Gold Coast Airport at Coolangatta with a number of international carriers servicing SE Asia, New Zealand and the Pacific flying into this hub.

Intrastate flights are also available to Lismore Airport, with all airports having airport car hire or other car rental services available nearby.

Daily airport transfer services between Ballina/Byron Gateway Airport and Gold Coast Airport, are available to selected localities in the region, with some shuttles also going to Brisbane International Airport. Visit Gold Coast Airport Transfer Services for more information.


Daily interstate coach services are available from Murwillumbah and Lismore to Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, and daily or overnight train service is available from Sydney to Brisbane at Kyogle.

Tweed hinterland view, Kyogle Road between Kunghur and Cawongla.
Five World Heritage National Parks in view, Tweed hinterland, Kyogle Road between Kunghur and Cawongla.
© by David Palmer, Big Volcano Tourism

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