Set against a dramatic backdrop formed by the towering western wall of the Wollumbin Mt. Warning Caldera, the historic village of Tyalgum oozes country charm. What was once a remote timber town is now one of the Valley’s most popular day-trip destinations. Over the past ten years, Tyalgum has blossomed into a vibrant village thanks to the quaint old buildings that have been lovingly restored and transformed into country cafes, art galleries, gift stores, a bookshop, silversmith studio, an eco store, country furniture and decorative art supplies shops.
While you are in town, be sure to visit the historic Tyalgum Hotel at the entrance to the village, in operation since 1926. The town’s most famous historic building is undoubtedly the Tyalgum Hall, built in 1908 from local timbers felled in the area. In the early 1990s, two classical violinists, travelling through the region, noted the Hall’s incredible acoustics and invited some of their colleagues to join them and perform. That initial gathering of musicians turned into the annual Tyalgum Music Festival, which celebrates its 23rd anniversary in 2014.
Over the years, this three day series of concerts held now over the second weekend in September has attracted some of Australia’s – and the world’s – finest musicians, and is now rated as one of the premier classical music events in the country. Throughout the year, the Hall also hosts seasonal music and dance spectaculars presented by Hearts Aflame Productions.
In the front room of the Hall you will find Viridian Arts, which showcases works of art from members of the Tweed Valley Artist’s Cooperative. The display houses some unique textile art, featuring the iconic Wollumbin Mt. Warning “Wullumbini Momoli” ceramics and local landscapes. While you are up that end of town, be sure to pop in next door to Kenita’s Decorative Arts for some art supplies, handcrafted gifts or a craft class.
The Tyalgum General Store and Post Office celebrated 100 years of trading in 2008. Brimming with historic artefacts and local curios, it is a delightful building to visit. Each building in the main street has many a story to tell, and if you are lucky enough to have achat with one of the locals, you are sure to hear delightful anecdotes about the history of the town.
Flutterbies Cottage Cafe is a gorgeous place to stop and enjoy organic barista coffee. You will discover an in-house coffee micro roaster and elegant High Tea Room. Locals pop down on horseback for a cuppa, and visitors have been known to drop in by the occasional helicopter! Vintage care groups regularly roll out for a Sunday drive, lining up their prized beauties down the main street, while they tuck into a hearty lunch. Every Friday night Flutterbucks hosts a Pizza Night, showcasing great local musical talent in a relaxed and laid back, family environment.
The Tyalgum Village Market is on the last Saturday of every month. It is a wonderful, festive day where the villagers come out together and share their handmade and artisan wares, amidst music, food and festivity. Make a weekend of it and stay in one of the many fine local guesthouses and b&bs. The local camping facilities are also very good for the outdoor lovers.
For a small country town, there is so much to enjoy here. Walking to the local weir is a treat, you can sit and listen to the crescendo of the waterfall amongst the ducks, cows, turtles and even the odd platypus! You can catch a round or tow of tennis, go have a luxurious facial or massage at the Wellbeing Centre, or simply sit back in the sun on the front porch of the cafe or pub, and enjoy the uninterrupted rural views. At various times of the year you can visit local organic farm Summit Organics and enjoy guided tours of the Garden of Light. For craft lovers, there are many art workshops and craft classes available, so be sure to check our monthly Calendar of Events!