Mount Warning Tours – Eat, Stay & Play Tweed Valley
Mount Warning Tours – Eat Stay Play is another entry into our series where we recommend things to see and do in one particular area.
At the end of last year, I entered a competition for a 4wd half day tour courtesy of Mount Warning Tours in the beautiful Tweed Valley. To my delight (and surprise!) I won the tour with Mike and his team.
As Mike learned I am a travel blogger he was very keen to showcase the Tweed Valley and surrounds to promote the area as one of NSW destinations. With our trip to Bali earlier in the year and relocating back to the Gold Coast, recently, we finally made it to the Tweed.
Where To Eat Stay and Play in the Tweed Valley
Play – Mount Warning Tours
With the second large storm in as many weekends, we weren’t sure whether our tour with Mike and his team would go ahead the following day. It had bucketed down most of Sunday, however, we held off contacting Mike to see what Monday morning held.
We woke to bright sunshine, packed our car and headed for Tumbulgum in Northern NSW where our first tour commenced.
Tumbulgum is renowned for suffering in storms even experiencing severe flooding and this day was no different. Thank goodness the Tweed River hadn’t risen too much in the storm and no damage done. However, our Kayaking tour was canceled due to the current. (Whew!)
We met Roxie a vibrant, passionate young woman who showed us Fingal Bay. I (embarrassingly) admit in all my visits to the Tweed Valley and even Chinderah and Kingscliff just around the corner, this was my first visit to Fingal!
What a beautiful part of the Tweed Coast Fingal Bay is. With its stunning beaches and lava rock formations from the volcanic activity millions of years ago. Plus it is home to the first Lighthouse on the east coast of Queensland, so do make sure it’s on your itinerary next time you visit!
Next up, a cruise on the Tweed River and a seafood lunch. Some of the freshest seafood we’ve had in a very long time, SO good!
On the way, Mike and Jake pointed out various birds and the history of the townships. Plus how Mount Warning and the surrounding mountains formed.
Millions of years ago the Tweed area was a huge volcano, covering over a 100km’s (62 miles). Now only Mount Warning, a caldera (or crater) exists with dense bushlands and rainforests. Making for some of the most stunning scenery.
The following day we headed out for our 4wding tour up through the Misty Mountain wilderness retreat in the Nightcap Ranges.
Again Mike from Mount Warning Tours narrated as Peter drove the 8 wheel drive, 12 seater vehicle (see main image) easily while it combated the 4wd tracks through the forest.
Stay – Wayelani Bed and Breakfast
Just a short 20-30 minute drive from Murwillumbah at Mebbin Springs, lies Wayelani B & B.
Julie is your hostess and is very passionate about the local surrounds and especially the local Tweed produce.
We were fortunate to sample delicious mushrooms, beef and vegetables for dinner, all grown locally.
Breakfast was a delicious feast of bacon, eggs and Julie’s own signature tea made especially for Wayelani BnB.
Wayelani is a luxurious home nestled in the Tweed Valley, close to the townships of Uki and Nimbin.
If you are fortunate to stay in Autumn or Winter, Julie has a well-stoked fire blazing, the perfect spot to enjoy some pre-dinner drinks.
If it’s luxury, peace, relaxation and serenity you seek, Julie’s Wayelani BnB won’t disappoint!
Eat – Court House Hotel Murwillumbah
I wasn’t sure I’d be ready to eat again after Julie’s breakfast feast, however, 4wding in the bush country develops a hearty appetite!
The Court House Hotel is the classic country pub and if it’s authentic pub-grub you are seeking for a meal then you’ll find it at the Court House!
Again, the produce is sourced locally where possible and the prices very reasonable. In fact, Steve, the publican, and joint-owner, told us some people think the steaks can’t be that great because the price is too cheap!
Not me tho, I ordered a steak as did Mike from Mount Warning Tours with Kevin preferring the locally caught flathead.
With our plates virtually licked clean, it was off to our last stop to the Murwillumbah Visitor Information Centre. Do include the centre to your visit to the Tweed Valley. here you will find a dedicated team, passionate about the area, plus you’ll view a 360-degree painting of the Caldera. The painting took over 12 months to finish and will give you a clear view or the area.
We’ll return later in the year when the annual Tweed Fusion Festival is held and perhaps I can cross SUPing off my bucket list or take that Kayaking tour we missed!
We thoroughly enjoy our two days with Mike and the team from Mount Warning Tours and highly recommend you contact them especially if you are looking for things to do and see throughout the Tweed Valley.
Disclaimer: We were competition winners and guests of Warning Warning Tours, Wayelani BnB, and The Court House Hotel, however, my opinions are my own.