Winter Day Trips – Mullumbimby
15 June, 2017
Well, what a dismal wet week it’s been. Last Friday my son and I were saying “Please just don’t rain for this morning” and we were fortunately very much obliged as the rain didn’t kick in until we had done our trip and gotten safely home! Sooooo glad we did it too as the rest of the weekend was a write off with all that rain!
Anyway, here’s this week’s Winter Day Trip for you. This time we hit Mullumbimby – The Biggest Little Town in NSW. We managed a bush walk, 2 fantastic playgrounds plus we made it to the Friday Farmer’s Markets and The Ponciana. We didn’t make it to the skatepark or the library but we will include that on our route and have photos from a previous trip.
As always – you can do as much or as little as you like depending on your family requirements.
Please note The Mullumbimby Farmer’s Markets operates every Friday – Rain Hail or Shine which means that you can only include this in your day trip if you go on a Friday. So, if your kids are at school but you really want to include it in the mix, it can be done on a Friday in the upcoming Winter school holidays (NSW: Mon 3 – 24 June 2017)
As the route is just around Mullumbimby itself I decided to include a screenshot of a Google Map with a route to show you all the different locations to stop off – see below.
If you go on a Friday, you can start with a warming cuppa and some super tasty food at the Mullumbimby Farmers Market which runs from 7am to 11am on Friday morning. We enjoyed some outrageously delicious dumplings from Radiance Kitchen (they come in dairy free, sugar free, and a vegan option) and how could we not partake in a yummy fruit rainbow – 100% pure fruit, gluten free, with no added sugar or preservatives from Rainbow Fruit Flats.
There is a dedicated Kiddies Plot located just off the central eating area which offers a different activity each week to keep the children entertained. Offering FREE creative, hands-on activities from gardening to permaculture, nature craft to face-painting and in the school holidays there’s often fun with Spaghetti Circus!
Depending on what time you arrive… and what time you leave the markets you have a couple of choices.
If you’ve got little ones who need some sit-down quiet activity time, you could head on over to Storytime at Mullumbimby Library which runs from 10.30 to 11am – including during the school holidays.
Or, if they’ve got energy to burn and you’ve promised they can carve it up, head on over to the skatepark located within the recreation grounds opposite Mullumbimby High School. If you haven’t got shredders, the awesome new playground Tuckeroo Park at Tallow Ridge Estate with its super fun flying fox is an absolute winner and offers many other great playground treats for big and little kids.
Alternatively, park the car at the local swimming pool (closed for winter) on Jubilee Ave and follow the Byron Shire Trail Walking Track Saltwater creek. This walk follows the creek on a wide level pathway which is suitable for prams, strollers balance bikes or trikes and comes out at the entrance to the Mullumbimby Sculpture Walk. From here follow the pathway until you come to the crossing at Federation Bridge where Brunswick Terrace intersects with Murwillumbah Road and Tincogan Street.
This is the only part of the walk I am not keen on as it can be a difficult road to cross at such an intersection so there’s also the option to start the walk from the opposite side of the road at the tennis courts, where there is plenty of parking and public toilets – always a good thing to have when you start and end a walk with kids!
Across the road and following what is now The Brunswick River, you will see the tennis courts and public amenities just ahead and just after this is the entrance to Heritage Park – one of Mullum’s best kept secrets. A simply delightful botanical park, with an idyllic walking trail that winds alongside the Brunswick River. Along the way are plenty of shady picnic tables both covered and uncovered to sit for a rest or a feed. This park is home to over 326 species of trees and shrubs, eight of which are endangered, the park represents the rainforest, eucalypt forest, and heathland ecosystems of the area. Most are labelled and include the date planted.
As you can see from the photos, you are still on a pathway through the park except for one large grassy green expanse which we still found perfectly fine to ride balance bikes on.
And it is across this green expanse that you can not only see the enormous fig tree but glimpses through that of a recently upgraded children’s playground which includes cool activities such as the digger and swathes of netting to navigate – as well as your usual climbing frame, swings and slippery dip.
After some fun in the playground, we were ready to walk back to the car and after that… we were ready for a sit down in a family friendly venue for a well deserved feed. And so we made our way to The Ponciana at the top of Station Street. Chosen, because I’d heard it had a boat for kids to play in…
It’s not a boat… it’s an awesome shipwreck – I mean how cool is it! As we had already cheekily stuffed ourselves at the Mullum Markets – I just had to have those dumplings; we ordered babycino’s and brownies – Gluten Free Pistachio and Fig – yummo!!! – An excellent choice!
However they do have an extensive brekkie and lunch menu and they are licensed too!
Breakfast is from 8am to 1pm Monday to Friday and all day on the weekend. Offering porridge to pancakes and a range of big breakfasts with heaps of side options.
Lunch is from 12noon to 3pm with GF, Vegetarian and Vegan options in Quesadillas, Burgers and Salads. Or if like us you wanted a little something sweet they have a selection of muffins, friands, brownies and cakes.
Although we didn’t quite fit in the skatepark or storytime at the library – simply too much fun was being had in the playgrounds – we enjoyed a really lovely morning sampling the many delights and treasures that Mullumbimby has to offer.
In case you’re umming and ahhing about where to start or what to do first or indeed if you go on a day when the markets are not on; I’ve put together a little idea of various options to enjoy this day trip. We hope you have as much fun as we did!