Tina’s Guidebook

Tina
Tina’s Guidebook

Sightseeing

Enjoy spectacular coastal views along the Cape Byron walking track that takes you on a hike through rainforest, beach, grassland and clifftops to the lighthouse. En route you’ll wander through the shade of bangalow palms and ancient burrawangs, across kangaroo grasslands, along picturesque beaches and up to Cape Byron Lighthouse. Remember to keep an eye out on the water for turtles, dolphins, stingrays and, in season, whales. Stop at the Pass restaurant along the way for a fantastic brekky or lunch. There is also a coffee shop at the top beside the lighthouse, with snacks and coffee. This is one of my favorite walks, the views are just amazing! If you’d prefer an easier walk, the track can be accessed at numerous points and walked in shorter sections. The loop walk can be started at numerous points, including Captain Cook lookout, The Pass, Wategos Beach and Cape Byron Lighthouse. To get there follow Lawson Street (which becomes Lighthouse Road) from Byron Bay town centre and look for the signs. https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/walking-tracks/cape-byron-walking-track
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Cape Byron Walking Track
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Enjoy spectacular coastal views along the Cape Byron walking track that takes you on a hike through rainforest, beach, grassland and clifftops to the lighthouse. En route you’ll wander through the shade of bangalow palms and ancient burrawangs, across kangaroo grasslands, along picturesque beaches and up to Cape Byron Lighthouse. Remember to keep an eye out on the water for turtles, dolphins, stingrays and, in season, whales. Stop at the Pass restaurant along the way for a fantastic brekky or lunch. There is also a coffee shop at the top beside the lighthouse, with snacks and coffee. This is one of my favorite walks, the views are just amazing! If you’d prefer an easier walk, the track can be accessed at numerous points and walked in shorter sections. The loop walk can be started at numerous points, including Captain Cook lookout, The Pass, Wategos Beach and Cape Byron Lighthouse. To get there follow Lawson Street (which becomes Lighthouse Road) from Byron Bay town centre and look for the signs. https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/walking-tracks/cape-byron-walking-track
Right across the street is one of the best look outs for spotting whales, dolphins, birds and watching the surfers. Stop in and grab some food at the Hastings General Store along the ways and sit on the cliff watching the waves crash against the shore and a the buzzing activity all around you!
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Hastings Point Lookout
Yugari Drive
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Right across the street is one of the best look outs for spotting whales, dolphins, birds and watching the surfers. Stop in and grab some food at the Hastings General Store along the ways and sit on the cliff watching the waves crash against the shore and a the buzzing activity all around you!
This is a great little bike shop and you can rent bikes here. There is a beautiful 13km bike ride along a coastal trail that takes you to Kingscliffe, which is well worth a visit. 'Kingy' has a great selection of excellent restaurants, boutiques, coffee shops and beaches.
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Cabarita Beach Cycles
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This is a great little bike shop and you can rent bikes here. There is a beautiful 13km bike ride along a coastal trail that takes you to Kingscliffe, which is well worth a visit. 'Kingy' has a great selection of excellent restaurants, boutiques, coffee shops and beaches.
Relax on vintage lounge seats in the first class carriage or chat to fellow passengers in coach class as you pass through littoral rainforest, endangered coastal wetlands and over the stunning tea tree Belongil Creek, part of Cape Byron Marine Park. The three kilometre coastal track links the Byron Town Centre with the burgeoning North Beach precinct and Byron Arts Estate. The journey takes ten minutes one way or 25 return from North Beach Station.
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Byron Bay Train
Bayshore Drive
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Relax on vintage lounge seats in the first class carriage or chat to fellow passengers in coach class as you pass through littoral rainforest, endangered coastal wetlands and over the stunning tea tree Belongil Creek, part of Cape Byron Marine Park. The three kilometre coastal track links the Byron Town Centre with the burgeoning North Beach precinct and Byron Arts Estate. The journey takes ten minutes one way or 25 return from North Beach Station.
If art is your scene, then the Tweed Regional Gallery and Art Centre is a well recognized local favorite place to visit. Check out the exhibitions and historical displays or head there if you enjoy a country drive, and then enjoy the views and lunch at the cafe. While you're there head over to Murwillumbah town which has become an eclectic, funky and artsy with great restaurants, shops, a cinema and plenty of op shops for those who love a good bargain. The Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre is housed in a large, modern, architecturally award-winning building with views to Wollumbin/Mount Warning. The Gallery was relocated to this site in 2004 and extended in 2006. The Margaret Olley Art Centre opened as a purpose-built extension in 2014.
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Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
2 Mistral Rd
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If art is your scene, then the Tweed Regional Gallery and Art Centre is a well recognized local favorite place to visit. Check out the exhibitions and historical displays or head there if you enjoy a country drive, and then enjoy the views and lunch at the cafe. While you're there head over to Murwillumbah town which has become an eclectic, funky and artsy with great restaurants, shops, a cinema and plenty of op shops for those who love a good bargain. The Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre is housed in a large, modern, architecturally award-winning building with views to Wollumbin/Mount Warning. The Gallery was relocated to this site in 2004 and extended in 2006. The Margaret Olley Art Centre opened as a purpose-built extension in 2014.
A great little spot to head to if you love a country drive and the tranquility of the rainforest. For the physically active and fit, stop for lunch at Mavis's Kitchen after a rigorous 3 hour return trip up and down Mount Warning (be prepared for sore calves afterwards!). Nestled at the base of the majestic Wollumbin-Mt Warning, this 25-acre former dairy farm is home to a relaxed country-style restaurant with a rich organic kitchen garden. Surrounded by World Heritage rainforest and the fertile farmland of the lush Tweed Valley, it’s no wonder the focus here is all about sustainability.
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Mavis's Kitchen and Cabins
64 Mount Warning Rd
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A great little spot to head to if you love a country drive and the tranquility of the rainforest. For the physically active and fit, stop for lunch at Mavis's Kitchen after a rigorous 3 hour return trip up and down Mount Warning (be prepared for sore calves afterwards!). Nestled at the base of the majestic Wollumbin-Mt Warning, this 25-acre former dairy farm is home to a relaxed country-style restaurant with a rich organic kitchen garden. Surrounded by World Heritage rainforest and the fertile farmland of the lush Tweed Valley, it’s no wonder the focus here is all about sustainability.
A short scenic journey into Byron Bay’s hinterland lies a magical sanctuary. Stand between two of the tallest crystals on earth. Sit in an ancient amethyst cave. Wander through the tranquil Shambhala Gardens and rainforest. Indulge in a delicious lunch and homemade desserts.
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Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens
81 Monet Dr
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A short scenic journey into Byron Bay’s hinterland lies a magical sanctuary. Stand between two of the tallest crystals on earth. Sit in an ancient amethyst cave. Wander through the tranquil Shambhala Gardens and rainforest. Indulge in a delicious lunch and homemade desserts.
A 35-minute drive up the coast, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is a fun day for animal loving kids and adults alike. Current border restrictions may apply due to Covid-19 however, for those who do not reside in the Qld/NSW bubble, and therefore travel may not be possible. This lush 27-hectare outdoor Sanctuary continues to play a vital role in connecting wildlife and nature with the community. The expansive ground provide an open-air safe haven for humans and animals alike and conservation efforts are aimed to ensure that our Sanctuary and precious wildlife remain in place for generations to come. A visit to the Sanctuary will feel a little different during this time, as new protocols and procedures are in place to ensure that members and guests continue to enjoy a safe outdoor environment. Find the answers to all your questions about safety precautions, ticketing and guest experience at https://currumbinsanctuary.com.au/before-you-arrive/now-open.
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Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
28 Tomewin St
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A 35-minute drive up the coast, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is a fun day for animal loving kids and adults alike. Current border restrictions may apply due to Covid-19 however, for those who do not reside in the Qld/NSW bubble, and therefore travel may not be possible. This lush 27-hectare outdoor Sanctuary continues to play a vital role in connecting wildlife and nature with the community. The expansive ground provide an open-air safe haven for humans and animals alike and conservation efforts are aimed to ensure that our Sanctuary and precious wildlife remain in place for generations to come. A visit to the Sanctuary will feel a little different during this time, as new protocols and procedures are in place to ensure that members and guests continue to enjoy a safe outdoor environment. Find the answers to all your questions about safety precautions, ticketing and guest experience at https://currumbinsanctuary.com.au/before-you-arrive/now-open.
For a relaxing day on the water check out one of the local river cruises, which includes lunch and information on local wildlife and historical features. Our unique range of naturally immersive eco-cruises, boutique charters, picnics on water and local food, farm & brewery tours by road, take you to extraordinary local places. Discover the fabulous scenery, fantastic local food and amazing bio-diversity of the Tweed Valley & Southern Gold Coast with Mount Warning Tours. To book a tour visit their website at: https://mountwarningtours.com.au/ Also offering river cruises, is Tweed Eco Cruises https://www.tweedecocruises.com/
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Mount Warning Tours
108 Riverside Dr
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For a relaxing day on the water check out one of the local river cruises, which includes lunch and information on local wildlife and historical features. Our unique range of naturally immersive eco-cruises, boutique charters, picnics on water and local food, farm & brewery tours by road, take you to extraordinary local places. Discover the fabulous scenery, fantastic local food and amazing bio-diversity of the Tweed Valley & Southern Gold Coast with Mount Warning Tours. To book a tour visit their website at: https://mountwarningtours.com.au/ Also offering river cruises, is Tweed Eco Cruises https://www.tweedecocruises.com/
Take a tour of the gin distillery and sample the blue ink and other gins, along with their rums. Stay and enjoy lunch or a snack in a beautiful setting - makes for a relaxing day.
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Husk Distillers
1152 Dulguigan Rd
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Take a tour of the gin distillery and sample the blue ink and other gins, along with their rums. Stay and enjoy lunch or a snack in a beautiful setting - makes for a relaxing day.
Pottsville hosts a sizeable market every second Sunday. These popular markets are managed by Pottsville Beach Neighbourbood Centre and create an avenue for you to purchase farm fresh produce, plants, home-made treats, local art/craft, clothing and jewellery, home décor/kitchenware, nic-nax and much more. A festive vibe with great a great array of products to choose from, they are well worth a visit. Located in beautiful Pottsville Beach on Philip Street. 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month, 7am – 1pm.
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Pottsville Markets
16 Philip St
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Pottsville hosts a sizeable market every second Sunday. These popular markets are managed by Pottsville Beach Neighbourbood Centre and create an avenue for you to purchase farm fresh produce, plants, home-made treats, local art/craft, clothing and jewellery, home décor/kitchenware, nic-nax and much more. A festive vibe with great a great array of products to choose from, they are well worth a visit. Located in beautiful Pottsville Beach on Philip Street. 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month, 7am – 1pm.

Great hiking spot

Just over an hour's drive, Springbrook National Park is a beautiful spot for hike and having a picnic. The Natural Arch is beautiful waterfall and rock structure hidden in the rainforest.
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Springbrook National Park
Springbrook National Park
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Just over an hour's drive, Springbrook National Park is a beautiful spot for hike and having a picnic. The Natural Arch is beautiful waterfall and rock structure hidden in the rainforest.
A great spot for walking or mountain biking through the forest and along the creek. Spot the bat colonies, curlews and if you’re lucky a Koala. Accessed via Centennial drive or behind the community hall .
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Environmental Park
Centennial Drive
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A great spot for walking or mountain biking through the forest and along the creek. Spot the bat colonies, curlews and if you’re lucky a Koala. Accessed via Centennial drive or behind the community hall .

Food scene

This place is gluten-free, and has the best fish and chips, and great salad options.
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Okky Fish Chips Salad
8 Coronation Ave
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This place is gluten-free, and has the best fish and chips, and great salad options.
This is absolutely one of the best Japanese restaurants I have ever been to. It is highly recognized by locals as one of the best dining spots, with great food, organic wine options, great atmosphere and excellent friendly service. Be sure to make reservations as this place is always booked in advance.
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Izakaya Potts
18 Philip St
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This is absolutely one of the best Japanese restaurants I have ever been to. It is highly recognized by locals as one of the best dining spots, with great food, organic wine options, great atmosphere and excellent friendly service. Be sure to make reservations as this place is always booked in advance.
Set right beside the beach, a great spot to relax and enjoy a coffee or a meal while listening to the waves.
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Cabarita Beach Surf Life Saving Club
7 Pandanus Parade
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Set right beside the beach, a great spot to relax and enjoy a coffee or a meal while listening to the waves.
A must-see for food lovers, The Farm is a funky spot to dine or have a coffee, or to take a stroll in their permaculture gardens. For more of a fine dining experience check out Three Blue Ducks, the restaurant, cafe and produce store at The Farm Byron Bay. ‘The Ducks’, as they are fondly known, are five mates who are passionate about nourishing the community with ethical, authentic, quality food and hospitality.
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The Farm Byron Bay
11 Ewingsdale Rd
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A must-see for food lovers, The Farm is a funky spot to dine or have a coffee, or to take a stroll in their permaculture gardens. For more of a fine dining experience check out Three Blue Ducks, the restaurant, cafe and produce store at The Farm Byron Bay. ‘The Ducks’, as they are fondly known, are five mates who are passionate about nourishing the community with ethical, authentic, quality food and hospitality.
A great Thai place for dine in or takeaway. They have an excellent duck curry if you don't mind a bit of spice!
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Thai In-fa Cabarita Restaurant
33 Tweed Coast Rd
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A great Thai place for dine in or takeaway. They have an excellent duck curry if you don't mind a bit of spice!
A simple but nice spot to dine in or takeaway for Thai food in Pottsville. You can bring your own alcohol. Service is friendly, and the food is tasty and not too pricey.
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Tongs Thai
7 Coronation Ave
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A simple but nice spot to dine in or takeaway for Thai food in Pottsville. You can bring your own alcohol. Service is friendly, and the food is tasty and not too pricey.

Neighbourhoods

Cabarita, or 'Caba' as the locals call it, just 5 minutes drive down the road, has all the local amenities (Woolies, Chemist, Butcher, two liquor shops, bike shop including bike rentals, lots of great dining and coffee shop options, boutique shopping, beauty salons, and a great beach.
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Cabarita
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Cabarita, or 'Caba' as the locals call it, just 5 minutes drive down the road, has all the local amenities (Woolies, Chemist, Butcher, two liquor shops, bike shop including bike rentals, lots of great dining and coffee shop options, boutique shopping, beauty salons, and a great beach.
Hastings Point has the chill vibes typical of many of the local beach towns. The Hastings Point General Store has some great fast food and also healthy dining options, with some basic grocery supplies and other miscellaneous items. They also make a great coffee. The other convenient place to shop is at the BP petrol station, which also has great fresh produce and a good selection of basic grocery supplies. The Point itself has amazing views and is a great place to chill out and watch the whales and dolphins jumping and the surfers catching a few waves. Great swimming beaches in both directions, and a 40 minute walk south will get you to Pottsville, and in the other direction to Cabarita. The coastal bus runs every hour.
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Hastings Point
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Hastings Point has the chill vibes typical of many of the local beach towns. The Hastings Point General Store has some great fast food and also healthy dining options, with some basic grocery supplies and other miscellaneous items. They also make a great coffee. The other convenient place to shop is at the BP petrol station, which also has great fresh produce and a good selection of basic grocery supplies. The Point itself has amazing views and is a great place to chill out and watch the whales and dolphins jumping and the surfers catching a few waves. Great swimming beaches in both directions, and a 40 minute walk south will get you to Pottsville, and in the other direction to Cabarita. The coastal bus runs every hour.
Pottsville is a quaint beach village with a good selection of great restaurants, an IGA, fruit and veggie shop, health food store, hardward store, coffee shops, and a range of services. The hub of the town is just across the street from the ocean and popular Mooball creek which is great for swimming and very family friendly and suitable for kids.
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Pottsville
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Pottsville is a quaint beach village with a good selection of great restaurants, an IGA, fruit and veggie shop, health food store, hardward store, coffee shops, and a range of services. The hub of the town is just across the street from the ocean and popular Mooball creek which is great for swimming and very family friendly and suitable for kids.
Only 20 minutes’ drive south, Bruns is a great little trendy beach town, with tons of great shops, coffee shops and restaurants. There are some great family friendly beaches and swimming areas, and you can rent kayaks or paddle boards or take your snorkelling gear down and spot some colourful fish. The Bruns Hotel features live music some nights and has great food with a nice outdoor seating area to enjoy the amazing views and beach vibes.
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Brunswick Heads
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Only 20 minutes’ drive south, Bruns is a great little trendy beach town, with tons of great shops, coffee shops and restaurants. There are some great family friendly beaches and swimming areas, and you can rent kayaks or paddle boards or take your snorkelling gear down and spot some colourful fish. The Bruns Hotel features live music some nights and has great food with a nice outdoor seating area to enjoy the amazing views and beach vibes.

Great place to dine and enjoy live music

A great spot to dine right beside the beach. Enjoy live music on Sunday afternoons. 5 minute drive down the road from Hastings Point.
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Cabarita Beach Hotel
6 Pandanus Parade
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A great spot to dine right beside the beach. Enjoy live music on Sunday afternoons. 5 minute drive down the road from Hastings Point.
Just 17 minutes' drive up the road, the 'Kingy Hotel' is a great place to enjoy classic pub dishes in the beer garden, or indulge in a selection of contemporary bites from their beachside bistro. To catch some live music on a Friday or Saturday night, check out their website to see what's on: http://kingscliffbeachhotel.com.au/
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Kingscliff Beach Hotel
102 Marine Parade
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Just 17 minutes' drive up the road, the 'Kingy Hotel' is a great place to enjoy classic pub dishes in the beer garden, or indulge in a selection of contemporary bites from their beachside bistro. To catch some live music on a Friday or Saturday night, check out their website to see what's on: http://kingscliffbeachhotel.com.au/
An excellent spot to visit, great food and outdoor seating in a relaxed setting - check out their website for live music events.
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Hotel Brunswick
4 Mullumbimbi St
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An excellent spot to visit, great food and outdoor seating in a relaxed setting - check out their website for live music events.

Relaxation and self-pampering

For some self-pampering and deep relaxation, take a drive out to Kiva Spa, and experience the tranquility of the rainforest environment while enjoying a soak in the hottub or indulging in a massage. Once you have immersed yourself in the healing powers of our bathhouse, step into one of seven treatment rooms. Your body is already warm and relaxed and your mind is slowing down. This means you receive more therapeutic value from your session than if you just came in off the street. Kiva offers the following types of massage therapy: • Relaxation • Remedial • Deep Tissue • Kahuna • Sports Massage • Pregnancy Nestled in a bamboo grove down a quiet lane in Mullumbimby, 30 minutes from Hastings Point. Make your way through lush tropical gardens dotted with spas and pools. Enter mysterious green tunnels that lead you off into the unknown on your journey of self discovery. Sauna and hammam appear in nooks and crannies with outdoor showers interspersed with areas to sit and reflect.
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The Kiva Spa
McGougans Lane
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For some self-pampering and deep relaxation, take a drive out to Kiva Spa, and experience the tranquility of the rainforest environment while enjoying a soak in the hottub or indulging in a massage. Once you have immersed yourself in the healing powers of our bathhouse, step into one of seven treatment rooms. Your body is already warm and relaxed and your mind is slowing down. This means you receive more therapeutic value from your session than if you just came in off the street. Kiva offers the following types of massage therapy: • Relaxation • Remedial • Deep Tissue • Kahuna • Sports Massage • Pregnancy Nestled in a bamboo grove down a quiet lane in Mullumbimby, 30 minutes from Hastings Point. Make your way through lush tropical gardens dotted with spas and pools. Enter mysterious green tunnels that lead you off into the unknown on your journey of self discovery. Sauna and hammam appear in nooks and crannies with outdoor showers interspersed with areas to sit and reflect.
Francesca works wonders with her hands, delivering relaxation or a deeper level of massage depending on what you want. She has a home salon or if you really want to pamper yourself she will bring her massage table to you. Highly recommended!
Snowflake Herbal
16 Tweed Coast Rd
Francesca works wonders with her hands, delivering relaxation or a deeper level of massage depending on what you want. She has a home salon or if you really want to pamper yourself she will bring her massage table to you. Highly recommended!

Outdoor sports

Affordable and fun, and suitable for beginners, you can rent kayaks or paddle boards and cruise along the Brunswick river and through the mangroves. Tons of great shops and restaurants to check out afterwards if you want to make a day of it.
Brunswick Buccaneers
Mullumbimbi Street
Affordable and fun, and suitable for beginners, you can rent kayaks or paddle boards and cruise along the Brunswick river and through the mangroves. Tons of great shops and restaurants to check out afterwards if you want to make a day of it.
Explore the naturally beautiful Brunswick River on a morning or sunset cruise. Seeking more adventure? Try a guided kayaking or stand up paddle boarding experience or try our unique Eco Kayak Cruise & SUP. Enjoy the peace and tranquility as you are guided through this beautiful river system. Paddle into areas unable to be viewed any other way and get up close to wildlife and marine life. For more info, check out their website: https://www.byronbaycruises.com.au/ All our tours are perfect for photo-enthusiasts and wildlife lovers.
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Byron Bay Eco Cruises and Kayaks
1 Old Pacific Highway
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Explore the naturally beautiful Brunswick River on a morning or sunset cruise. Seeking more adventure? Try a guided kayaking or stand up paddle boarding experience or try our unique Eco Kayak Cruise & SUP. Enjoy the peace and tranquility as you are guided through this beautiful river system. Paddle into areas unable to be viewed any other way and get up close to wildlife and marine life. For more info, check out their website: https://www.byronbaycruises.com.au/ All our tours are perfect for photo-enthusiasts and wildlife lovers.