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The Gold Coast region

The Boyd Bay caravan park at Tweed Heads was a great base to meet up with friends and family around the Gold Coast region. This city straddles the 2 states of Queensland and New South Wales and 2 different local government areas which of course leads to some odd situations – not least when daylight saving kicks in. Our friends Doug and Bruce found a novel way to always know what the time is where by setting two clocks, one upstairs on Qld time and the downstairs one on NSW time!

There are LOTS AND LOTS of people in this region so we tried to balance some frenzied days of glitz and huge shopping centres out with some more gentle jaunts into the country. One day trip to the southwest started at Murwillumbah, a lovely country town and home to the Tweed Regional Gallery  which includes the recently opened Margaret Olley Art Centre.  An absolutely magic tribute! We particularly like the paintings where she repeated the same scene at different times of the day – such a beautiful way to show how light changes the way things look and feel.
Murwillumbah 1 The Yellow room 1 A Margaret Olley room 1
The current exhibition is a recreation of the ‘Yellow Room‘, her favourite room in her Sydney home full of her treasures and nicknacks.
The display is so well done and includes many personal insights. We loved the story of photographer Greg Weight. He was helping Margaret prepare the catalogue for what was to be her final auction at the age of 92. Each day she would finalise several canvases until there was only one left and she told him “See you tomorrow at 2!” That never happened as she died the next morning. As a tribute, Greg prepared a marvellous series of commemorative photos  entitled See you tomorrow at 2 including this one of the artist below.
A Margaret Olley
Another popular feature was an interactive digital painting program to create your own artwork by mixing colours on the screen. Although we picked up some grumbles from locals about the increasing rates required to support the gallery, it really is a marvellous FREE drawcard and has several other permanent and temporary exhibitions. e.g. Deb Mostert‘s exhibition looks at how birds interact with manmade objects, especially those keen on ‘collecting’ like bower birds. It made us wonder about our own collection of ‘stuff’ and how we justify our own decorating habits!  Plus the coffee and cake was A1 as well.
We continued our scenic drive out through Tyalgum and Chillingham to arrive at Tumbulgum, a village once famous for its cedar timber industry but which now appears to be Sugarcane Central.
A Surfers 3
They have a great tavern on the edge of the Tweed river – perfect for a late lunch – and wonderful fresh local vegetables, fruit and eggs. (No, we’re not fixated on food totally but the quality and prices here on the east coast so far have been exceptional)…