Mullumbimby - our favourite local country village - we love the name too.
But it's normally 'Mullum' to the locals.
Mullum is 19 kms drive from Byron Bay but seems a world away with it's laid back country atmosphere and a slight hint of Nimbin's liberalism.
It's 10 minutes drive from the beautiful Beaches of
The name is said to come from the Bunjalung people - 'muli' meaning hill - so Mullumbimby means 'small round hill'
This refers to Mt Chincogan which is just outside the village and stands 308m tall. It dominates the landscape and watches over the town.
The Chincogan Fiesta is held every September.
It's a New Age carnival with it's highlight being a foot race from the Post Office in the centre of town up to the top of Mt Chincogan and back. It's the only time you can climb up the mountain as it's on private property owned by a local farmer.
You don't have to run up - you can be like us - take the easy option and walk.
It's a popular festival with the town's streets being closed off for the day.
There are numerous street stalls and parades.
Pubs and Hotels
There are 2 hotels in Mullumbimby. The Middle Pub on the corner of Burringbar and Stuart St is the oldest and is right in the middle of town...hence the name..
It's a popular local community gathering place and recently underwent extensive renovations so is quite smart but retains it's old world charm as you can see from the photo above.
The Middle Pub is a friendly welcoming place with a great beer garden, good food as well as pool tables and accommodation upstairs.
It normally attracts more locals than tourists so is a good spot to get to meet the locals and feel part of the community.
The other pub in town is the Chincogan Tavern on Dalley St - a friendly spot and popular local drinking hole.
On Thursday nights the Chincogan has live jamming sessions so bring your guitar along and join in.
The local area is dominated by farmland
Mullumbimby is Byron Shire council's administrative centre with the new council building being on Station St - just in case you have any issues..
The Richmond River runs through Mullum and there are some lovely walks and nature areas around the town with great shaded picnic spots.
It's hard to believe
Mullumbimby is great for cyclists being easy to get around and basically flat.
The Markets are held at the end of Stuart St where it meets Myocum St and overlooks the Richmond River. The old Post Office building was moved here and reopened as the Heritage Museum.
The museum only opens it's doors while the Markets are on so take advantage and have a look.
Cafe al dente
Milk & Honey - 'Our Top Pick for Mullum'
Mullum House Chinese Restaurant
Mullum Zest Bar & Restaurant
Getting to Mullum
If traveling on the Pacific Highway, the Mullumbimby turnoff lies between the Byron Bay and Brunswick Heads turnoffs.
When coming from Byron Bay, head out of Byron Bay along Shirley Street which turns into Ewingsdale Road and head north along the Pacific Highway towards Brunswick Heads and Brisbane.
Traveling north along the Pacific Hwy from Sydney or Byron Bay, take the Mullumbimby turnoff about 5 km past the Byron Bay turnoff.
Traveling south from Brisbane and the Gold Coast - the Mullum turnoff is about 2 kms after you cross the Brunswick Bridge.
After turning off the Pacific Hwy, make sure you take the Mullum exit at the roundabout and follow the road for 3 kms on what is actually the old Pacific Hwy, then take the left-hand turnoff for Mullum where the big Pelican Totem Pole and Uncle Tom's Pie factory are. You can't miss it. Mullum is 4 km from there.
So come visit Mullumbimby for a real taste of the Northern Rivers region. You'll need to spend some time here to really get a feel for the place and all it has to offer but it's well worth the effort.
The country roads up through the hills behind Mullum make for a gorgeous drive and you can follow them back into Byron Bay or beyond. You're sure to find a few other interesting stops along the way...be careful round those bends and keep your eyes on the road..