Originally occupied by the Bundjalung people, by the 1850s Europeans had established a camp site at the junction of two arms of the Brunswick River. This grew to become a village and later the township of Mu
llumbimby. Mullumbimby was originally a centre for the timber industry. Notably, red cedar was collected in great quantities from around the area, a part of the far northern New South Wales'
The town was a logical site for settlement by the timber hunters, as the Brunswick River is tidal in the town and navigable to that point, allowing logs to be floated down the river to its mouth at Brunswick Heads. The town's central location gave access to most of the catchment area, and it provided the best position for bullock teams to cross the river with their wagons loaded with timber. At low tide it is still possible to see the shallow region where the bullocks made the crossing of the Brunswick River, under the current "Federation Bridge" on Murwillumbah Road.
Mullumbimby is located on the Brunswick River 773 km north of Sydney via the Pacific Highway, 19 km north-west of Byron Bay and 156 km south of Brisbane via the Pacific Motorway and nestled at the bottom of Mount Chincogan.
Now known as the 'Biggest Little Town in Australia', Mullumbimby is quieter and more laid back than the very popular Byron Bay. It's a place worth exploring with excellent subtropical bushwalks and a genuine ambience of peace and tranquility. In the main streets you'll find plenty of shops, pubs and cafes.
Just up the road is Crystal Castle consisiting of botanical gardens, crystals (including the Worlds' largest) and a cafe. Minyon Falls is also accessed via the back of Mullumbimby.
There's also the local farmers market and the annual Mullumbimby Music Festival (usually around November).