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Tweed - Tumbulgum to Murwillumbah Kyogle Road

 

From Tumbulgum on the Tweed River, it is ten kilometres up to Murwillumbah. The river is wide, and the full range of powered craft share the river. In the background, a constant presence, is the peak of Mt Warning, that dominates the entire landscape of this far north New South Wales locality. Called Wollumbin by the indigenous people, it lives up to its name of Cloud Catcher, and often traps a small cloud on its point, even on a day when there is no other cloud in the sky.

There is an aluminium floating pontoon at Budd Park on the eastern side of the river at Murwillumbah, that you can launch and pull out at. The town side of the river has high levee walls for flood prevention. Note that small Mayal Creek starts at the first house on the town side of the river as you paddle upstream. Mayal runs four and a half kilometres through to Rous River. The Tweed Valley Way runs beside the river all the way up from Tumbulgum to Murwillumbah..

Five kilometres past Murwillumbah on the Kyogle Road (go across the city bridge and through Murwillumbah city centre) is the Bray Park weir, a tide barrage which is an easy portage. As of December 2006 there were earthworks, and a bypass channel as Council undertook improvements (a fish ladder?) Two more kilometres on, past a small island is the new concrete Murwillumbah Kyogle Road bridge, Byangum Bridge,and a gravel ramp on the western downstream side of the old bridge (photograph far right below). That's seventeen kilometres from Tumbulgum.

 

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Condong Mill seen from upstream   Mayal Creek inlet   Budds Park pontoon   ramp, Murwillumbah Kyogle Road bridge
Condong Mill
Mayal Ck
Budd's Park
Byangum Bridge