Named by explorer John Oxley in 1823 after the River Tweed, the boundary between England and Scotland.
Name recorded by Joshua Bray on his arrival in 1863 as the Aboriginal name for the local tribe and lands, the Moorung Moobar. The name has been transcribed with various meanings : ‘place of many possums, many people”, or ‘good camp site’ or 'big nose (referring to rocky headland opposite Budd Park). Gazetted as a town in 1879.
Aboriginal name for Mt Warning. A spiritual place meaning 'cloud catcher' or 'fighting chief of the mountains'. Not to be confused with Mt Wollumbin, now officially an unnamed peak, 2km to the north east of the summit. Wollumbin was declared a sacred place (above 600 metres in elevation) for the Bundjalung people in 2015.
In 1770, sighted by Lieutenant James Cook (as he was then) when sailing past (and naming) Byron Bay. Subsequently naming it after having escaped dangerous reefs off Pt Danger (or possibly Cook Is.) and hence serving as a warning to future mariners.
*Source: Place Names of the Tweed and Brunswick Regions - Richmond Tweed Regional Library 1984