Murwillumbah is the Tweed Valley's main town. A pioneer first noted the name in 1863 and recorded the name of the local Aboriginal tribe and tribal lands between the Rous and Tweed Rivers.
It was not until 1868 that the first vessel appeared on the Tweed and a year later, sugar cane was planted. The river provided transport for settlers, timber and produce. The arrival of rail in 1894 gave the town a huge boost until a fire wiped out almost the entire area in 1907. Rebuilding took place and many of those fine old buildings still remain in the heritage streets.
Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat enjoys the best the beautiful bush area has to offer. It is secluded in 100 hectares of pristine rainforest adjoining World Heritage listed national parks on the northern New South Wales/Queensland border. It is tranquil and luxurious and designed for couples. To reach the Retreat you snake through a valley of green paddocks and that sets the scene for a wonderful escape.
It is an eco-tourist's delight there are giant strangler figs, fern-lined gorges and loads of wildlife. Hammocks over crystal pools allow you to lie back and soak it all in the shadows, the bush smells, sunlight peeking through the animal noises and the sounds of silence.
There are just seven privately located architect-designed, self-contained luxury bungalows at Crystal Creek. They are crafted from timber and steel and have glass doors opening onto wide verandas. Appointments are of high quality and include double spa baths with uninterrupted rainforest views.
Beds are king size and you can self-cater in the gourmet kitchen or barbecue. You may prefer to have dinner served by candlelight in your bungalow. Breakfast baskets give a delicious start to the day and visitors usually enjoy taking it on the generous deck. There are ceiling fans, television, DVD player and all of nature to be enjoyed through floor to ceiling windows.
Rejuvenating massages can be arranged in the privacy of your accommodation or you might like a swim in a crystal clear stream, trickling from Mt Springbrook's escarpment.