Over-worked and feeling burnt out, we decided to pretend we weren’t self-employed for a day and actually take a Saturday off to smell the roses. Or more specifically, go smell them in Tyalgum, NSW.
Random? A little. However, I’d been hearing all about this magical place from my mum for months and thought it was time to check it out. Luckily (for her!) we weren’t disappointed.
Tyalgum is a microscopic town – west of Murwillumbah – with a population of 300. Yep, “main street” was about 50m long. But what it lacked in size, it made up for in personality. It was extremely cute and the few shops it sported were impressive enough to attract visitors from all over Australia. Pretty impressive if you ask me!
Lunch at Flutterbies
We’d specifically been told to visit Flutterbies so we headed there for a late lunch (thanks to the giant queue at the polling booths) before exploring. It wasn’t quite what we expected – we sat out the back in the garden which was very “fairy” themed and a little less luxurious than inside which had quite an elegant (yet pink) high tea feel to it.
Despite being a little pricier than we’d hoped, the food – in particular the dessert – was delicious and the staff, attentive. We certainly got our money’s worth with the Devonshire tea which came in a HUGE pot with at least 7 cups worth inside. D drank 4 and was quite distressed about wasting what was left. I was more concerned about our bladders surviving the trip home.
In case you were wondering, our meals included the chicken schnitzel burger with chunky wedged (everything homemade – I had massive food envy), pumpkin soup with sourdough (only one piece of bread, but turned out to be plenty), New York baked cheesecake & Devonshire tea with scones (pictured below), and I also got the warm (super hot, actually) spiced apple cider… Omg, apple pie in a glass. Soooo good.
The Orpheum Bookshop
After lunch we popped into The Orpheum Bookshop to exchange a book that my darling mum had bought me, not realising I already had it. She’d told the owner we’d come in “at some point” and he was more than happy to let me switch it over for anything else in his quaint little store. No receipt of course – this is a proper country shop.
When we got there – despite a month or two passing since my mum’s visit – he remembered her and the book. Worried I wouldn’t find anything, he explained he was extremely low on stock and would be heading to the book fair the next day so we could come back another time if need be. Loving all books in general, and the freedom of being able to pick anything that caught my fancy, I wasn’t worried.
Sure enough, I found a couple of great picks (he even gave me a $1 discount!) and we headed out, our mission accomplished. The sun was starting to go down by now, so rather than walking around, we decided to drive home and take pictures along the way. Of course, I managed to run into technical difficulties with my new camera and took less than hoped, but got a few gems before that happened. Feel free to take a look at the gallery below and thanks for reading! 🙂
Have you been to any other tiny towns like Tyalgum worth visiting? I’d love to hear about them so please comment with your recommendations (or places to avoid!) — Kat x