In the Area

Macadamia Castle

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Macadamia Castle animal fun Park is a child friendly environment with something for everyone!

Play the 18 hole mini-golf course, while others take the train ride. Learn from our hands on keeper talks or pet the baby animals.

Try our Cafe. We do great breakfasts, pancakes and a healthy selection of lunch options. Our local coffee is prepared by our Barista’s to your liking. The kids can play in our giant tree house while you relax under our shady terrace enjoying a macadamia baked cheesecake.

We specialize in local produce and have the widest range of locally made gourmet items. Or bring your own picnic and make use of our free gas barbecue facilities.

www.macadamiacastle.com.au

 

Crystal Castle

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Wander the magical gardens of mystic statues, walk the ancient labyrinth, and marvel at the exquisite jewellery, crystals, books and treasures on offer. Winner Best Tourist Attraction 5 Years!

A lifetime of passion has seen the magical grounds transformed into an inspirational, tranquil and breathtakingly beautiful landscape like no other. Mystical statues, amazing crystals, exquisite jewellery and delicious delights await visitors, etching fond memories in the minds of all who pass through its gates.

A sacred escape, the Crystal Castle offers a unique place to Enrich your Spirit. Walk the ancient labyrinth, discover the gardens and rainforest, and wander the famous Buddha Walk. Lined with rose quartz and hand carved statues behold the awe inspiring presence of the blessing Buddha. At almost 4 metres high and weighing 14 tonne it offers a place of reflection and peace.

www.crystalcastle.com.au

 

The Channon Craft Market

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The Channon Markets are held on the second Sunday of each month at Coronation Park. First held at the Channon Hall in 1976, The Channon is the longest running market on the North Coast of NSW. People from all over Australia and all over the world make their way to our famous market.

A recent winner of a Tourism award, expect to find a vast array of local craft, (too many types to list here!), fantastic food, native plants, bands, street performers and buskers, as well as all things native to the alternative lifestyle of the NSW North Coast.

Set on the sports oval, the market is two concentric rings of stalls, some under the trees, with open space in the centre, which is often the scene of live music and other performances.

Make a day of it, there is much to see and do, or make a weekend of it and come and stay at the Channon, the Gateway to the Nitecap National Park.

www.thechannonmarket.org.au

 

Byron Bay

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There are plenty of activities for visitors to do in and around Byron Bay such as; nature walks, day spas, surf schools, sea kayaking, (sky and scuba) diving, yoga, day trips massage and more…

www.byron-bay.com

 

Minyon Falls

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The view from Minyon Falls lookout is simply stunning; not only of the falls themselves, but on a clear day you might be lucky to see all the way out to the coast.

From the lookout, watch as the flow cascades over Minyon Falls to a deep palm-shaded gorge roughly 100m below. The tops of the cliffs are forested with Australian eucalypts, like blackbutt and scribbly gum and at the base is a beautiful natural pool that was made for swimming.

Minyon Falls is a great place for a quick stop, but if you’d like to spend longer at this pretty place, there’s a picnic area with plenty of shady trees, barbecues and picnic tables. There are also a couple of bushwalks that leave from the picnic area, including Boggy Creek walk, which takes you to Rummery Park campground, and Minyon Falls loop walk, which takes you down to the base of the falls.

www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/nightcap-national-park/minyon-falls-lookout/lookout

 

Nimbin

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Tucked away in the hills west of Byron Bay, Nimbin was once a sleepy little dairying village in a lush setting of farmland and forest. Today, Nimbin is known the world over as Australia’s most famous hippie destination and alternative lifestyle capital.

Nimbin shot to fame when it hosted the 1973 Aquarius Festival, attracting students, hippies and visionaries from all over Australia. Once the bands left and the dust settled, a few intrepid souls stayed on to live the dreams and ideology of Aquarius and sow the seeds for today’s vibrant, sustainable community.

This internationally famous village is intriguing and quirky with its unique mural streetscape of indigenous, rainforest and psychedelic facades and colorful local characters.

With an amazing array of cafes and shops and the extraordinary Nimbin Museum, the village also features fascinating places like Djanbung Permaculture Gardens, Rainbow Power Company and the Nimbin Candle Factory.

Surrounded by three World Heritage Listed rainforests, including Protester Falls the site of Australia’s first successful anti-logging campaign. The 1979 campaign, known as the Terania Creek Battle, lasted 4 weeks and assured the survival of NSW’s rainforests today.

Nimbin is the perfect place to rest a while, to relax, rejuvenate and let Mother Nature work her charms. You can stay in luxurious cabins on the edge of the rainforest, in a B&B or backpackers, or perhaps in a teepee with mountain view.

www.visitnimbin.com.au

 

Rocky Creek Dam

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Patient nature lovers may spot a platypus at Rocky Creek Dam. The dam wall is 27 metres high, 187 metres above sea level and, when full, the dam holds 14,000 mega litres of water. The 29 square kilometres of catchment area include sections of Nightcap National Park, Whian Whian State Forest and revegetated farmland.

The dam has a platypus viewing platform, elevated boardwalk and pontoon bridge. There are picnic and barbecue facilities with wood supplied, benches, tables and children’s play equipment.

Four walks are available, ranging from 1.2 kilometres (20 minutes) to six kilometres (two hours) in length. Water Dragon Walk takes you up the hill to the lookout. Platypus Walk goes alongside Rocky Creek and back across the dam wall. Cedar Walk takes you towards the edges of the Rous Water Rainforest Reserve. Scrub Turkey Walk passes through tall a variety of forest environments.

www.visitnsw.com/destinations/north-coast/lismore-area/lismore/attractions/rocky-creek-dam

 

Lennox Head

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Lennox Head is a lively seaside village with great dining, shopping, swimming, fishing and surfing. Lennox Head provides activities and attractions to suit all ages and interests.

www.lennoxheadnsw.com.au

 

Boarder Ranges National Park

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Border Ranges National Park, part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area is a large area of wilderness that protects untouched rainforest and unique plants and animals connected to the ancient supercontinent of Gondwana.

There are countless opportunities to explore the abundant wonders of the rainforest hidden throughout this rare haven. You can travel around Border Ranges National Park along the Tweed Range Scenic Drive touring route (part of the Rainforest Way) – stopping wherever you like for a closer look at this special landscape. Try the short Palm Valley loop walk through subtropical rainforest or take the more difficult Booyong walk that leaves from Sheepstation Creek campground. You’re bound to find a beautiful spot for a picnic or barbecue lunch and be sure to stop off at some of the park’s lookouts along the way to enjoy magnificent views of the spectacular crater escarpment. Photographers will love capturing billowing waterfalls, views of Wollumbin-Mount Warning and lush rainforest plants.

The park is easily accessible from Kyogle and Lismore; however if you’d prefer to sleep under a blanket of stars and be woken by birds, head to one of the park’s campgrounds.

www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/Border-Ranges-National-Park

 

Protestor Waterfalls

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Located in World Heritage Nightcap National Park, Protesters Falls is a must see while exploring the Lismore Hinterland. The easy walk from Terania Creek Picnic Area winds its way through the bangalow palm forest to the base of the falls.

Swimming is not permitted in the area as it is home to the endangered Fleay’s barred frog.

Protesters Falls and Terania Creek is home to the first successful anti logging protest in 1979. For more information please call The Lismore Visitor Information Centre.

www.visitnsw.com/destinations/north-coast/lismore-area/lismore/attractions/protesters-falls

 

Bangalow

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Bangalow is one of those country gems: a picturesque, largely nineteenth-century streetscape of tall verandahed buildings, shady trees and quiet parks. Despite the Pacific Highway running directly through the town until its bypassing a few years ago, Bangalow never succumbed the way so many other once-pretty villages did. No huge service stations, fast highway food or semi-industrial ugliness.

On the fourth Sunday of each month, Bangalow comes alive to the market in the showgrounds, just behind the primary school at the end of Market Street. Perhaps the most popular market on the north coast, Bangalow is famous for its shady trees and grassy enclosure showcasing yet more of the region’s art, craft and produce. A shuttle bus operates on market days from Byron Bay, a twenty-minute drive away.

www.visitnsw.com/destinations/north-coast/byron-bay-area/bangalow