Towns and Villages


Cawongla is an unusual name which combines Campbell, the name of the area’s first white settler and ‘wonga’ an Aboriginal word for hill. The traditional farming community has been boosted by the arrival of new settlers buying into multiple occupancies with many residents forming alternative lifestyle communities. A number of crafty and artistic people live in the surrounding area with the Cawongla General Store and Gallery Restaurant (refer to their entry) proudly displaying their works. This is also a great place for lunch or dinner or just a quick refreshment break. Cawongla is about a 15min drive over the Cawongla Range east of Kyogle.

The World Heritage listed Border Ranges National Park is close by and well worth a visit. Further along the road towards Murwillumbah is Wollumbim/Mt Warning National Park.

If you listen carefully you may hear the sounds, muffled by time, of Italian migrants working their banana plantations, reverberating off the hillsides. Bananas are long gone, replaced by the breathtaking beauty of the rolling hills and it’s understandable that people wish to work, live and play right here.