Mullumbimby (don’t) you love the name was once, now part hippy community. Mullumbimby is encounted when visiting the Brunswick Heads of the NSW Northern Rivers region. Mullumbimy and Nimbin are the last remaining fully Hippy communities in Australia. Be prepared to smell the incense.

Originally occupied by the Bundjalun people, by the 1850s a British camp site was established at the junction of the three arms of the Brunswick River. This grew to become a village and later the township of Mullumbimby. The name was given to the district by Aboriginal people possibly because of the proximity of Mount Chincogan. It is alternatively believed to refer to a small round hill on Goonengerry Rd (and not referring to Chincogan, the local landmark). The name of this small round hill is derived from the Bandjalung-Yugambeh dialect 'mulubinba' (pertaining to a native fern which grew there).

 It was an excellent site because the river was tidal and could be easily navigated to that point. Its central location gave access to all areas 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.

The Mullumbimby town and surrounding area became a centre of alternative or counter culture in the 1970s and 1980s, alongside existing mainstream society, as did nearby Byron Bay and remains so today.

Mullumbimby is also a somewhat ‘new’ community; with the exception of the 100 year plus Cecil Hotel there are very few old buildings that have survived.

The Mullumbimby Hotel is now a tavern type pub.

Mullumbimby has two museums, the main heritage museum on the north western fringe of the town.

The Mullumbimby War Memorial is near the RSL.

The Catholic Church proved elusive to locate. The Anglican Church is quite a grand building and is over 70 years old. The other congregations are in modern buildings.

Mullumbimby is an interesting place to visit; allow plenty of time to enjoy.

Heritage diary

Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
  Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery Whitewater Rafting
  Surfing   Skydiving
  Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
  Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
  Hang Gliding Golf Course