A town under the administration of the Tweed Shire local government area in northern New South Wales, Tumbulgum is located 11 kilometres northeast of Murwillumbah, 18 kilometres southwest of Tweed Heads, 46 kilometres south of Gold Coast in Queensland and 820 kilometres northeast of Sydney. In the 1840s, timber-cutters headed to the Tumbulgum area for the Australian Red Cedar growing in abundance in the area, and by the 1860s, a small village and river port were established along the banks where the Tweed River and Rous River met. Originally called Tweed Junction, settlers petitioned to change its name to Tumbulgum. This name came from an Aboriginal word that is said to mean “meeting place of the waters” but some also claim that it also means “wild fig tree” or “a large fig” in some translations. Today, Tumbulgum is a historic village that boasts of several buildings that were given the National Heritage classification, some made using the local Red Cedar. Among these is the historic Tumbulgum Hotel, which is also called Tumbulgum Tavern, the first pub and hotel in the area that was licensed in 1887. The town is also a popular fishing town and boating destination.
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