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Things to Do in Tumbulgum

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by Therese B (subscribe)
Working in the travel industry & having shared some of my overseas adventures in the blogging world, I look forward to also sharing my experiences of what Brisbane & it's surrounds have to offer.
Published June 26th 2013
No matter how it’s pronounced, it’s a lovely place for a day
Not having originally come from Queensland, I still have to sometimes be prompted in how to pronounce certain small town names – Tumbulgum being one of them.

It looked quite simple to me: Tumble-Gum. However, when mentioning to a friend who came from the Tweed Coast that I was going there for a Sunday drive, I was quickly corrected – not Tumble-Gum Therese – it's pronounced Tum–BUL-gim.

So on a beautiful sunny Winter's day we set off from Brisbane for the 1hour and 20 minute drive (approximately 20minutes South of Coolangatta if residing on the Gold Coast), safe in the knowledge that if we needed to ask for directions, we at least wouldn't sound ridiculous in mentioning the name of the town.

Tumbulgum is a tiny town with only a couple of small shops/galleries a handful of restaurants/eateries and of course the Tumbulgum Tavern, all situated across the road from the quiet and picturesque Tweed River. There are also a few places to have a leisurely picnic and take in the breathtaking scenery.

Tweed River, Tumbulgum
Picturesque views of the Tweed River


We stopped in at House of Gabriel for morning tea – a gorgeous little café situated in its own pretty garden area surrounded by statues of cherubs.

House of Gabriel, Tumbulgum
Lovely garden at House of Gabriel


House of Gabriel, cherub, Tumbulgum
House of Gabriel garden statue


After enjoying a delicious light and fluffy piece of lemon citrus tart and one of their homemade scones, we had a wander through the gallery behind the outside eating area. Giftware, clothing and artwork by locals were all on display for sale.

House of Gabriel, gallery, Tumbulgum
Gallery at House of Gabriel


Just up the road, we came to the Tumbulgum Gallery, again filled with woodwork, paintings, arts and crafts by local artisans. If you're after something a little bit different from everyone else, this gallery is a great place to have a look.

Tumbulgum Gallery
All sorts of interesting artworks at Tumbulgum Gallery


Tumbulgum Gallery
Tumbulgum Gallery - beautiful woodwork


Lunch was next on our list, which meant time for wining and dining at the Tumbulgum Tavern, just a few doors up. This is a beautiful old pub built in the 1880's, filled with character and exuding a warm and relaxing atmosphere with seating both inside and outside. It has a well priced menu with the usual pub food. We found the servings were generous and therefore good value. My only warning would be that if dining on a weekend, you may need to be prepared for a wait due to the crowds that flock here as it's very popular. If dining with a group as we were, definitely call ahead to make a reservation. Then again, with the view on offer, there's no need to hurry.

Tumbulgum Tavern
The historic Tumbulgum Tavern


Tumbulgum Tavern, meal
Well sized meals at the Tumbulgum Tavern


Although Tumbulgum is maybe not a large enough town to spend the full day here, it is definitely worth a visit for a weekend lunch and could maybe combined with a Tweed River cruise or a visit to one of the other nearby attractions in the Tweed Valley and Tweed Coast area. It's a beautiful part of our country worth exploring. Just remember how to pronounce it.

Tumbulgum, Tweed River
Quiet and breathtaking scenery at Tumbulgum
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Why? Escape the rat race for the day in this quiet and picturesque spot
When: Anytime - especially when the weather's great
Where: One hour & 20 mins south of Brisbane in the Tweed Valley
Your Comment
A good review, that says it all.
Anniko
by Anniko (score: 0|4) 2180 days ago
I used to live there - Lovely spot
by cazz (score: 0|4) 2180 days ago
Looks like a great place to have a picnic with family and friends. Thanks Therese.

Jimmy Bee
by J.P. Birmingham (score: 0|9) 2179 days ago
Tum BUL gum is a fantastic place for a peaceful and relaxing day
by anne_ (score: 0|3) 2177 days ago
I spent the weekend at Coolangatta and because of this review, went to the Tumbulgum Tavern for lunch. The spot they have right on the river is gorgeous and the food was really good. They have a varied pub menu and the meals were really good value. It was a bit rainy the day I was there so I'd like to go back on a fine day. Definitely worth visiting.
by Karen K (score: 1|53) 2098 days ago
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