THE quiet village of Tumbulgum has long been considered one of the Tweed River's best kept secrets but not for long, with residents preparing to mark its 150th anniversary with a bang.
On November 12, the town will throw a big birthday bash to mark the milestone with a host of festivities including a street party to be held as part of the annual Tweed River Festival.
Originally named "The Junction", the village which was originally settled in 1866 on the northern side of the Tweed River, becoming the first European settlement in the Tweed.
It changed its name to Tumbulgum in 1881 after residents petitioned the government, with lots to the village's current site subdivided from Baker's Farm in 1883.
Tumbulgum's 150th anniversary project manager Robert Budd said the celebrations would highlight all of the past, present and future achievements of the village's rich history.
"We wanted to not just have it as an historical thing but to celebrate all that has happened in the 150 years and to celebrate the current residents as we look forward to the future," Mr Budd said. The organising committee, along with Tweed Shire Council, launched the 150th celebrations on Tuesday at the Tumbulgum Tavern.
"Since the Tweed Valley Way now takes traffic down the road behind the village we've become an historic and contemporary hidden gem of a village," said Tumbulgum Community Association president Jenny Kidd
"1866 wasn't just one day in the year, it was a process over time and we want to build enthusiasm in the community."
Celebrations will include the Tweed River Festival's annual lantern parade, food trucks and live entertainment.