The laid back town of Mullumbimby is just a short drive from Byron Bay. Chill out at the farmer’s markets, grab a coffee, and have a natter with the locals.
Ah, Mullum. If Brunswick Heads is Byron’s less-hectic beachy sister, Mullumbimby is its more spiritual, alternative one. An easy 20-minute drive from Byron and just inland from Brunswick Heads, it sits beneath Mt Chincogan, which puts on an impressive display as you drive into town from the east.
Another thing that hits you when you drive in is a sign spruiking Mullum as ‘The Biggest Little Town in Australia’, and it really is: big on experiences and spirit.
Those two things come together every November when the town hosts The Mullum Music Festival, an eight-year-old event that blends homegrown artists with big-ticket international acts.
It’s a festival steeped in community spirit and short on big-city attitude, which is a lot like the town itself.
At other times of the year, if you can visit Mullum on a Friday morning, do. That’s when the weekly Mullumbimby Farmers’ Market swings into action at the Mullumbimby Showgrounds.
As the ‘farmers’ market’ tag suggests, you’ll find plenty of the usual suspects like fresh fruit and veg, but you’ll also have a chance to see Mullum at its colourful best, all in the one place. Spend time mingling with the happy locals, grab some breakfast and enjoy the live music – there’s a different performer each week.
Serving food that’ll make you fall in love with this little town is Punch and Daisy (02 6684 6564). A cafe that’s open every day except Sunday, the menu is bursting with tasty, healthy dishes and whatever you order you’ll want to snap it for Instagram first (if that’s your thing).
Safe to say everything looks as good as it tastes. The coffee’s a stand-out, too, with blends crafted by local roaster Moonshine Coffee Roasters in Federal.