Words by @travellingsenorita
We head from the Tweed Coast into the Tweed Valley, a picturesque 30-minute drive to Wollumbin National Park. Also known as Mt Warning the trek into the national park is thriving with the rainforests abundance of flora and fauna.
There is a lyrebird track to wander at the your leisure, located at the base of the mountain with a plethora of swimming holes and slides dotted along the way.
The quaint town of UKI is a further 10 minutes into the valley and is currently undergoing a cultural resurgence with new coffee spots and gallery spaces popping up along the way.
The picturesque Mavis’s Kitchen is conveniently located along Mt Warning Road and offers a farm fresh breakfast and lunch with pop up dinners and events to suit the seasons.
The Tweed Valley is one of Australia’s (not so) best kept secrets, discover hidden hamlets, local food producers, a gin and rum distillery and boutique breweries along the way.
MAVIS’S KITCHEN – Secret Cabin
A dreamy cabin that is perched on top of the hill adjacent to Mavis’s Kitchen. Self-Contained you can literally drop and flop and watch the mountain change colour as the sunsets over the valley.
Room service is available from Mavis’s Kitchen and a hamper filled with local goodies compliments your stay. Wander down the mountain in the morning for a fresh breakfast on the deck of the stunning old Queenslander that adorns Mavis’s gardens.
This little beauty popped up earlier this year and is a renovated dairy bales, contemporary in design with the charm of a farm cottage.
Meander the sprawling 300-acre property with a gigantic bamboo walk, bush tucker garden and private access to the Tweed River.
A Tweed fresh breakfast hamper is provided along with a fully stocked mini bar, open fire both inside and out. The crowning glory is the outdoor claw foot bath with views across to Wollumbin Mt Warning, delicious.
The newest Airbnb on the block Studio 34 is a stylish, open plan studio with lush surrounds and views across the ranges to the mountains over yonder.
The Studio is adjacent to the owner’s house but has complete privacy; Mavis’s Kitchen deliver to your door and a tasty breakfast is provided in room. There’s also an open fireplace, supersized bath and dreamy day bed with the most picturesque views.
Meander the rainforest track at the base of Wollumbin Mt Warning, with an array of tributaries to dip in along the way.
Wollumbin is a sacred site and respected by the Bundjalung nation, look but don’t climb.
BREAKFAST CREEK SLIDE
To avoid climbing the sacred rock of Wollumbin there are a few easy tracks that lead to watering holes.
Take the Breakfast Creek trail and you’ll find a natural waterfall slide, surrounded by an ancient rainforest in the natural vegetation of the shield volcano- this place is truly magic.
UKI BUTTER FACTORY ARTS PRECINCT
The arts precinct of UKI is alive and kicking in the disused butter factory building. There’s an array of fair trade artisans, silversmiths and antique merchants. The UKI Bazaar is held monthly and is a fusion of local artists works and vintage wares.
The famous UKI pies takes pride of place at the rear of the building and is not to be missed, a taste of the Tweed region in every pie.
The iconic Mavis’s Kitchen has been going strong for over a decade. Formerly Mavis’s was a renowned restaurant on the Northern Gold Coast, relocated ten years ago to its current home in the Tweed Valley.
Wander down Mt Warning Road and you’ll discover this stately white Queenslander that is surrounded by a kitchen garden, old dairy shed, wedding barn and cottage accommodation.
Mavis’s is well known for its themed events like Faulty Towers, Mexican Fiestas and Opera in the Garden.
The newest kid on the UKI block, the old post office has had a facelift whilst retaining its original charm. A working post office the owner has added an espresso bar and roasting house.
A meeting place for the town you can pick up a tasty raw treat, brew of the day and of course your parcels.
The historic country hotel has been rebuilt after a devastating fire and is now a thriving meeting place for local and tourists alike.
With sprawling decks, open plan dining and locals front bar the hotel is a bustling place on the weekends with live music and outside gardens.
Mount Warning Hotel is the ideal place to stop for lunch on your road trip into the Tweed Valley.
Make sure you get Wollumbin, Mt Warning on your road trip list!
Words by @travellingsenorita