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Tyalgum, NSW, 2484

Place of Tall Trees

by Jo-Ann Palmer.

Tyalgum aerial view © by John Van Den Broeke

Tyalgum aerial view © by John Van Den Broeke,
with permission.

Tyalgum (proun: TALgum) is an old cedar getting village, located virtually under the rim of the caldera due west of Mt Warning.

This agricultural community produces mostly beef catte, but many new settlers are diversifying into alternative crops and enterprises such as coffee.

Tyalgum is famous for its hall, renowned for its acoustics.  This is remarkable, as the hall is constructed of wood with an iron (tin) roof.  The acoustics are said to be superb as long as it doesn't rain!

Each September, the hall and surrounding locations come alive with music as local performers and international musicians offer master classes, concerts and recitals, at the Tyalgum Music Festival.

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Hikers and cyclists with strong legs (to handle the many hills) can stay at the Tyalgum Hotel and other nearby accommodation, including renovated farm cottages and homes.

After extensive renovations in 2022, the Tyalgum Hotel has refurmbished accommodation, with doubles, queen and family rooms available, along with ample shared bathroom facilities, an enclosed balcony guest lounge, and complimentary tea and coffee.

Facilities include a bistro open Wednesday to Sunday for lunch and dinner, as well as a sports bar, outdoor undercover tables adjacent to a swimming pool, a bottleshop, and a quiet snug room ideal for reading.

Tyaglum Camping Ground is located at the Tyalgum Showground, and is managed by the local volunteer committee.  Powered and unpowered camping sites are available, with modern toilet, shower and laundry amenities onsite.  An extensive covered camp kitchen is also available.  Phone 0490 780 181 or (02) 6679 3569.

It's popular with camping and caravanner groups, and booked out during the Tyalgum music festival weekend.

Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat This couples only award winning rainforest retreat is located at Crystal Creek via Chillingham, just 20 minutes scenic drive from Tyalgum.

Set in old growth rainforest with World Heritage National Park on three sides, Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat offers just 13 private, architect-designed luxury bungalows, all with fireplaces, double spa baths, and rainforest views, placed discreetly in a spectacularly pristine Australian rainforest. 

Limpinwood Lodge is set on 9 acres of woodland and rainforest, between the villages of Tyalgum and Chillingham. With couples in mind, the fully equipped and secluded chalets allow you to relax, unwind and recharge, surrounded by rainforest. Wake up to birds singing, and enjoy freshly baked bread for breakfast with fresh home grown eggs.


A now well established and popular option for day trippers, is the Tyalgum Gelato Shop (open Saturday and Sunday only), located next to the hall.

Stroll along the arts and crafts shops dotted along the main street, and browse for local handicrafts and homewares, or enjoy fresh from the oven treats with your coffee at Flutterbies Cottage Cafe, a coffee and gift shop situated in the "Old Bakery" building.

Behind Flutterbies, at the delighfully hidden Le Markette Lane, you'll find a variety of boutique shops including second hand and collectible books and music, local arts and crafts galleries, a bespoke jewellery maker, fashion boutiques from around the world, eco friendly home wares, and more.

The Tyalgum Village Market, held on the last Saturday of the month, adds to the village atmosphere, and provides visitors with the opportunity to meet local artisans, farmers and producers.

Stall holders set up colourful stands in the grounds of the former croquet club, where you can wander through the linked back yards of the shop fronts, while sampling tasty homemade treats and picking out a souvenir or two created by local artists, as the sound of live music echoes in the air.

The Garden of Light is a favourite Autumn and Spring attraction, with many gardens including a Cottage Garden, Tuscan Garden, Wisteria Arbours, and more. Tours are offered every Spring and Autumn season.  (Requires advance booking).

For visitors staying in the area for more than a few days, you can top up with fresh local produce and general supplies at the Tyalgum General Store.

Or you can enjoy a freshly brewed coffee or tea with a selection from yummy locally made treats.

Enjoy the local atmosphere with a BBQ picnic at Norco Park, opposite the pub, or let the kids run free at the Skate Park opposite the Hall, overlooking the surrounding countryside.

Upgraded with skate facilities and a playground in 2017, the skate park has day picnic facilities with free electric BBQs, picnic tables, public toilets, and needless to say (but we will anyway), a stunning view to Mount Warning/Wollumbin.

Norco Park, across from the pub and adjacent to the Oxley River, has a more cosy, peaceful feel, with older, but still serviceable picnic facilities.

Tyalgum has road access to Mebbin National Park, and very steep access on foot (not recommended), via private properties to Wollumbin (Mt Warning) National Park, the Border Ranges and Lamington National Parks.

Getting to Tyalgum


Getting here. Tyalgum is approximately 845 kilometres - about 11 hours drive north from Sydney, via Murwillumbah, and approximately 145 kilometres - about 90 minutes drive south from Brisbane, via the Pacific Motorway.

Driving options include the Pacific Highway in New South Wales, and from the Pacific Motorway in Queensland, via Murwillumbah.

Tyalgum Road Advisory signPlease note that a small section of Tyalgum Road is a traffic controlled single lane at a large road reconstruction site, as a result of a major slip caused by the 2022 floods.  There is electronic signage advising current status located at the Murwillumbah - Kyogle road turnoff, and in Tyalgum village, just before the bridge on Tyalgum Road.  Access to Tyalgum via this road may occassionally be closed for reconstrunction work or due to weather conditions.  When this happens, Tyalgum and Murwillumbah are accesible via Chillingham.

Alternative scenic routes are also available using the Summerland Way via Grafton to Kyogle in NSW, and the Nerang - Murwillumbah Road through the spectacular Numinbah Valley from Nerang in the Gold Coast hinterland, through the village of Chillingham.


Domestic flights operate from all capital cities to Ballina/Byron Gateway Airport and Gold Coast Airport at Coolangatta.  A number of international carriers servicing SE Asia, New Zealand and the Pacific fly into Gold Coast Airport.

Charter flights may also available to Lismore Airport.  All airports have 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 to Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, and daily or overnight train service is available from Sydney to Brisbane via coach transfer at Casino.

Connecting Translink train services to Brisbane are also available from the Gold Coast.  (See Tweed Heads locality guide for more information.)

Getting Around

Tyalgum transport options are limited to school bus runs during school terms, with taxis, private coaches and private transport the main options.  As access is currently via Chillingham, the road is rather slow going, so take your time, and enjoy the country pace. (And if you see traffic beginning to build up behind you, pull over at a safe place and let the parade pass by, before continuing on your way.)

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