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Murwillumbah is a town of approximately 10,000 people in far north-eastern New South Wales, Australia. It is located in a scenic area 848 km north-east of Sydney, 13 km south of the Queensland border and 132 km south of Brisbane. Murwillumbah sits on the eastern foothills of the McPherson Range and is quite hilly.
The name Murwillumbah derives from an Aboriginal word meaning "camping place" - from Murrie, meaning "aboriginal people", Wolli, "a camp"; and Bab, "the place of".
The first people to live in the area where Aboriginal Australians of the Bundjalung tribe. In fact, nearby Mount Warning and its attendant National Park are known as Wollumbin in the Bundjalung tongue. The mountain and the national park are 20 km west.
The major industry of the area, apart from tourism, is sugar cane growing. There is also some dairy farming in the area. There are a number of alternative lifestyle retreats nearby as well, notably one belonging to the Hare Krishna religion.
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