Murwillumbah is a surprise, insofar as this is a quite sizable and very progressive town and community. Murwillumbah is encounted by making the effort to visit. For most travellers, in the past Murwillumbah has been a by-pass town where the Gold Coast or Ballina have held sway as stop over preferences.
The name Murwillumbah derives from an Aboriginal word meaning "camping place" – from Murrie, meaning "aboriginal people", Wolli, "a camp"; and Bab, "the place of". Nearby Mount Warning and its attendant national park are known as Wollumbin, meaning "Cloud Catcher", in the Bundjalung language.
Timber-getters were drawn to the region in the 1840s. The river port at Tumbulgum was initially the main settlement. In 1902, a local government municipality was declared with Murwillumbah as its centre.
Most of the town's business district was destroyed by fire in 1907. Murwillumbah is the location for Australia’s largest-ever bank robbery which occurred in 1978 and has not been solved.
The major industry of the area, apart from tourism, is sugarcane growing. There are a number of alternative lifestyle retreats nearby as well, notably one belonging to the Hare Krishna religion.The Murwillumbah Hotels are over 100 years old
For those with a sense of history Murwillumbah is a recommended visit and stop over location.