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Published July 20th 2021
Just about a magic store
The Foundry Murwillumbah is located in the rural town of Murwillumbah in the north area of New South Wales. Murwillumbah is an arty town in the lovely Tweed Shire with Art Deco buildings.
The Tweed area is dominated by the presence of Mount Warning, an ancient volcanic plug, part of the giant Tweed Caldera. Mount Warning is known by the Aboriginal people as Wallumbin , meaning Cloud Catcher.
The smiling Tweed Valley and Mount Warning in the background. Photo by Author.
The soil of the Tweed area has volcanic origin and it is very fertile to support cattle farming and vast sugar cane fields. When you drive to Murwillumbah, you see the ever-present Mount Warning and fields and fields dedicated to sugar cane.
Driving from Tweed Heads, the Pacific Motorway and the Tweed Valley Way run almost parallel to the Tweed River. In the locality of Condong, there is a sugar mill with the same name processing the local sugar cane.
Murwillumbah is a pleasant town lying on the banks of the Tweed River. It is self-sufficient with many services and things to do and to see.
Taking a stroll in town is quite pleasant, particularly on Murwillumbah Street. There are different kinds of shops and businesses. The Foundry Murwillumbah windows in the historical building stand out with remarkable items, collectables and unique gifts. The Foundry Murwillumbah provides also newsagency services, stationery, lottery, news and lifestyle items.
The Foundry Murwillumbah is right for people who are looking for original presents for special occasions. The store has an amazing collection of beautiful baby toys ideal for baby showers or for your own babies.
Beautiful Living Textiles toys, 100% cotton, whimsical knitted toys. Photo by Author.
The Living Textiles Company is an Australian family-owned business located in Sydney. Living Textiles produces premium quality baby bedding and toys with a strong focus on sourcing only the best materials, since 1963. The Living Textiles beautiful, high quality and durable products are design in Australia.
Angie Ting is the founder of the brand Apple Park, a collection of luxurious and environmentally friendly products for babies. Only the finest eco-friendly and organic materials are used to create fantastic children's unique and stimulating toys.
Artiwood is the exclusive Australian distributor since 2014. Artiwood sources and supplies only eco-friendly products.
Snuggle Buddies toys, Apple Park and Nordic Kids nursery toys. Photo by Author.
Making connections with an array of beautiful cards. In particular, Henderson Greetings cards are printed in Australia using vegetable-based ink on sustainably sourced boards.
Handmade journals by NERO. These journals are designed in the Adelaide Hills, Australia. The journals are made from natural canvas and feature Australian wildlife. The pages in the journals are eco friendly and are wood free. Photo by Author.
Red Tractor designs originally were called Rachael Flynn Art, today the brand name is Red Tractor Designs. The creator of the beautiful designs is still Rachael taking inspiration from the Australian farming life. Dogs, horses, cows, sheep and everyday items get translated into beautiful images on cards, mugs, magnets, sticky notes, porcelain dishes and greeting cards.
Gifts at their finest! Presents for dad, mum and friends. Photo by Author.
Earth Greetings talented artists create beautiful designs inspired by Australian native flora and fauna. Only environmentally friendly material is used to create colourful and gorgeous cards, Vegetable-based printing ink is used to support sustainability. Plastic packaging is completely avoided and where it is possible the products are manufactured locally.
Chocolate, different types of nougat, brittles, salted caramel, white chocolate, rocky road and many other sweet products are made in Newstead, Brisbane. Photo by Author.
The New Farm Confectionery idea was born in France, dreaming of creating great amounts of exquisite and luxurious sweets in Brisbane. Originally starting in the home kitchen, New Farm Confectionery is renowned for gourmet, contemporary, handcrafted chocolate, honeycomb, chocolate bark, nougat, heaps of marshmallow and many other decadent products.
Fine floral cups, wallets, artwork by Amanda Brooks. Photo by Author.
Knox Park is very central in Murwillumbah, 24 Brisbane St, Murwillumbah NSW 2484.
It is a very pretty park, with an awesome playground for children, a large grassed area and a pond with water fountains. There are a few facilities in the park like bubblers, barbeques, seated areas and toilets.
In the middle of the pond, there is a little island with a few trees colonised by a group of ibis. Despite being in full winter the ibises were looking after chicks and rearranging their nests. In particular, the nests were really big, to host at least three couples.
The ibises built a nest more than one metre of diameter for a few couples. Photo by Author.
Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
From Knox Park is five minutes drive, 3.2 km to the Tweed Regional Gallery.
There are many exhibitions in the Tweed Regional Gallery, in particular, there is a great collection of Margaret Olley paintings. Also, her house has been reconstructed inside the Art Gallery bringing in thousands and thousands of original items belonging to Margaret Olley of her original house.
Detail of one of the reconstructed rooms with all the items of Margaret Olley. Photo by Author.
After admiring and learning about the exhibitions in the art gallery and the fatigue setting in, it is time for some refreshments.
Bacaro Cafe is located in the same building as the art gallery and offers breakfasts and lunches, hot and cold drinks. There is a very attractive sitting area on the verandah with beautiful views of the green Tweed Valley with Mount Warning in the background.
The magnificent views from Bacaro Cafe verandah. Photo by Author.