Guidebook for the Northern Rivers

Natalie
Guidebook for the Northern Rivers

Sightseeing

A beautiful local swimming hole surrounded by beautiful bushland. Located in Barkers Vale, which is a 10 minute drive from our property. Hanging Rock Falls unloads into a large swimming hole, which is 7.5 metres deep in some parts. Difficulty of access is 4/10. There is a narrow, well-worn path. Access to the swimming hole by jumping and climbing in/out (rocks can be slippery). There are no toilet facilities.
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Hanging Rock Falls
LOT 7001 Williams Rd
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A beautiful local swimming hole surrounded by beautiful bushland. Located in Barkers Vale, which is a 10 minute drive from our property. Hanging Rock Falls unloads into a large swimming hole, which is 7.5 metres deep in some parts. Difficulty of access is 4/10. There is a narrow, well-worn path. Access to the swimming hole by jumping and climbing in/out (rocks can be slippery). There are no toilet facilities.
World Heritage-listed Border Ranges National Park offers scenic walks, cycling, drives and breathtaking views. The rainforest park is on the rim of a vast and ancient volcano, adjoining Lamington National Park on the QLD-NSW border. If you are keen on bushwalking, this is the place to go! Pack a picnic and select one of many options for trails, ranging in length and difficulty.
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Border Ranges National Park
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World Heritage-listed Border Ranges National Park offers scenic walks, cycling, drives and breathtaking views. The rainforest park is on the rim of a vast and ancient volcano, adjoining Lamington National Park on the QLD-NSW border. If you are keen on bushwalking, this is the place to go! Pack a picnic and select one of many options for trails, ranging in length and difficulty.
Protesters Falls walking track leads through superb World Heritage rainforest before arriving at spectacular waterfalls in Nightcap National Park. An ideal short walk for families and nature-lovers, it is a 1.4km return walking track (allow 1 - 1.5 hours). As you walk along this easy track, you’ll notice how subtropical bangalow palms and native tamarind give way to towering rainforest giants of yellow carabeen and strangler figs. Listen out for the call of the rose-crowned fruit dove and the barred cuckoo-shrike. You might even see a pademelon darting through the bush. Protestors Falls walking track is about 55 minutes from our property.
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Protesters Falls
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Protesters Falls walking track leads through superb World Heritage rainforest before arriving at spectacular waterfalls in Nightcap National Park. An ideal short walk for families and nature-lovers, it is a 1.4km return walking track (allow 1 - 1.5 hours). As you walk along this easy track, you’ll notice how subtropical bangalow palms and native tamarind give way to towering rainforest giants of yellow carabeen and strangler figs. Listen out for the call of the rose-crowned fruit dove and the barred cuckoo-shrike. You might even see a pademelon darting through the bush. Protestors Falls walking track is about 55 minutes from our property.
Surrounded by rainforest in Nightcap National Park, Mount Nardi picnic area is a birdwatching haven and the starting point for many exhilarating walking tracks. It's a long and winding road through lush rainforest to get to Mount Nardi picnic area, but on arrival you'll know it is well worth it. This picnic area is the highest point in Nightcap National Park, and the view through the clearings of the Northern Rivers district, taking in Lismore and Nimbin, is superb. The cleared, grassy picnic area is surrounded by tall trees, including towering booyong, also known as tulip oak, as well as maidens blush, with its cream flowers that appear in October and November. Its also the starting point for a range of hikes including Mount Matheson loop, Pholis Gap and Nightcap walking tracks. You might see some rainforest locals as youre having lunch as brightly coloured rainforest pigeons are common, as is the tiny eastern yellow robin. Small marsupials like potoroos and pademelons also live in the surrounding forest.
Mount Nardi
Surrounded by rainforest in Nightcap National Park, Mount Nardi picnic area is a birdwatching haven and the starting point for many exhilarating walking tracks. It's a long and winding road through lush rainforest to get to Mount Nardi picnic area, but on arrival you'll know it is well worth it. This picnic area is the highest point in Nightcap National Park, and the view through the clearings of the Northern Rivers district, taking in Lismore and Nimbin, is superb. The cleared, grassy picnic area is surrounded by tall trees, including towering booyong, also known as tulip oak, as well as maidens blush, with its cream flowers that appear in October and November. Its also the starting point for a range of hikes including Mount Matheson loop, Pholis Gap and Nightcap walking tracks. You might see some rainforest locals as youre having lunch as brightly coloured rainforest pigeons are common, as is the tiny eastern yellow robin. Small marsupials like potoroos and pademelons also live in the surrounding forest.
Minyon Falls is one of Byron Bay's hinterland gems! Surrounded by ancient rainforests in Nightcap National Park, the waterfall plunges roughly 100-metres over jarring rhyolite cliffs that were once part of the Tweed Volcano. You can choose from an easier, two-hour return walk to Minyon Grass picnic area or the longer, hard-grade 4-5-hour Minyon Loop Walking Track. The Minyon Grass option takes you to the base of the Falls while the 7.5-km Minyon Loop Walking Track winds through dense rainforest and fern-flanked creeks before arriving at the iconic plunge falls. Either way: be prepared for a fairly steep climb out! Minyon Falls is a 1 hour drive from our property.
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Minyon Falls lookout
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Minyon Falls is one of Byron Bay's hinterland gems! Surrounded by ancient rainforests in Nightcap National Park, the waterfall plunges roughly 100-metres over jarring rhyolite cliffs that were once part of the Tweed Volcano. You can choose from an easier, two-hour return walk to Minyon Grass picnic area or the longer, hard-grade 4-5-hour Minyon Loop Walking Track. The Minyon Grass option takes you to the base of the Falls while the 7.5-km Minyon Loop Walking Track winds through dense rainforest and fern-flanked creeks before arriving at the iconic plunge falls. Either way: be prepared for a fairly steep climb out! Minyon Falls is a 1 hour drive from our property.

City/town information

The colourful town of Nimbin is one of the most popular tourist destinations in NSW. Located a short 10 minute drive from our property, Nimbin is nestled in the heart of the "Rainbow Region" and provides a unique experience for travellers. Take a stroll down the main street and explore an abundance of shops selling a variety of alternative wares - apothecary, clothes, trinkets, souvenirs. Visit the famous Hemp Embassy, have a cold one at the pub or take a seat outside a cafe for some people watching. Culture & Festivals: Nimbin Farmers' Market: Every Wednesday (3 - 6pm) Nimbin Market: Every 4th & 5th Sunday MardiGrass Festival: A rally for cannabis law reform held every year (typically April/May) Nimbin Roots Festivals: A 3 days music festival (September)
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Nimbin
58 Cullen Street
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The colourful town of Nimbin is one of the most popular tourist destinations in NSW. Located a short 10 minute drive from our property, Nimbin is nestled in the heart of the "Rainbow Region" and provides a unique experience for travellers. Take a stroll down the main street and explore an abundance of shops selling a variety of alternative wares - apothecary, clothes, trinkets, souvenirs. Visit the famous Hemp Embassy, have a cold one at the pub or take a seat outside a cafe for some people watching. Culture & Festivals: Nimbin Farmers' Market: Every Wednesday (3 - 6pm) Nimbin Market: Every 4th & 5th Sunday MardiGrass Festival: A rally for cannabis law reform held every year (typically April/May) Nimbin Roots Festivals: A 3 days music festival (September)
Uki is a quaint historic village situated in the foothills of Mt Warning in the Tweed Valley Shire with a thriving arts and crafts community. It is a 30 minute drive from our property and is a great place to stop for a coffee if going for a scenic drive and visiting other areas in the Tweed Valley. The Mt Warning Hotel is also a great place to stop for lunch! Markets Uki Farmers' Market: Held every Saturday Uki Buttery Bazaar Market: Held every 3rd Sunday (food, gifts, plants, clothing, books)
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Uki
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Uki is a quaint historic village situated in the foothills of Mt Warning in the Tweed Valley Shire with a thriving arts and crafts community. It is a 30 minute drive from our property and is a great place to stop for a coffee if going for a scenic drive and visiting other areas in the Tweed Valley. The Mt Warning Hotel is also a great place to stop for lunch! Markets Uki Farmers' Market: Held every Saturday Uki Buttery Bazaar Market: Held every 3rd Sunday (food, gifts, plants, clothing, books)
The Channon is a cute little town we recommend visiting if visiting Nightcap National Park (Mt Nardi, Protestor's Falls). There is a historic tavern if you are in need of a spot of lunch after bushwalking! The Channon is also famous for its monthly Craft Market held every 2nd Sunday at the Showgrounds. With over 240 stallholders, there is a great array of handcrafted goods and food vendors. Please note the drive to The Channon is very windy and narrow. Take your time and drive with caution!
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The Channon
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The Channon is a cute little town we recommend visiting if visiting Nightcap National Park (Mt Nardi, Protestor's Falls). There is a historic tavern if you are in need of a spot of lunch after bushwalking! The Channon is also famous for its monthly Craft Market held every 2nd Sunday at the Showgrounds. With over 240 stallholders, there is a great array of handcrafted goods and food vendors. Please note the drive to The Channon is very windy and narrow. Take your time and drive with caution!
Lismore is a 40 minute drive from our property. It is a large rural town and has all amenities if you need to do a larger shop, want to go to the movies or visit some cafes/restaurants. Markets: Lismore Farmers' Market: Held every Saturday
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Lismore
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Lismore is a 40 minute drive from our property. It is a large rural town and has all amenities if you need to do a larger shop, want to go to the movies or visit some cafes/restaurants. Markets: Lismore Farmers' Market: Held every Saturday
Murwillumbah is a 40 minute drive from our property. It is a large rural town with all amenities - services, Coles, shops for mooching in, cafes, pubs. Murwillumbah has a great arts scene - visit the Arts Precinct or the Tweed Regional Gallery. Also, for cheese lovers we highly recommend visiting Kat Harvey's Cheese Shop! Markets: Murwillumbah Farmers' Market: Held every Wednesday Makers & Finders Market: Craft market held every 3rd Saturday
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Murwillumbah
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Murwillumbah is a 40 minute drive from our property. It is a large rural town with all amenities - services, Coles, shops for mooching in, cafes, pubs. Murwillumbah has a great arts scene - visit the Arts Precinct or the Tweed Regional Gallery. Also, for cheese lovers we highly recommend visiting Kat Harvey's Cheese Shop! Markets: Murwillumbah Farmers' Market: Held every Wednesday Makers & Finders Market: Craft market held every 3rd Saturday

Breweries/Distilleries

Nestled in the green caldera surrounding Mt Warning, Husk is a plantation distillery on a beautiful cane and cattle farm, producing high quality rum and gin. Located in Tumbulgum, Husk is a 1 hour drive from our property (near Murwillumbah). If you like a tipple or two, we highly recommend visiting Husk! You can book a tour or just enjoy their cellar door with some tasting paddles. Plus, they have a great range of cocktails! Even if you don't partake, Husk is also great for a bite to eat. With its Jamaican vibes and lush green lawn, it's a great place to relax in the sun and enjoy the scenery. Please note, we highly recommend making a booking prior to visiting Husk.
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Husk Distillers
592 McAuleys Rd
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Nestled in the green caldera surrounding Mt Warning, Husk is a plantation distillery on a beautiful cane and cattle farm, producing high quality rum and gin. Located in Tumbulgum, Husk is a 1 hour drive from our property (near Murwillumbah). If you like a tipple or two, we highly recommend visiting Husk! You can book a tour or just enjoy their cellar door with some tasting paddles. Plus, they have a great range of cocktails! Even if you don't partake, Husk is also great for a bite to eat. With its Jamaican vibes and lush green lawn, it's a great place to relax in the sun and enjoy the scenery. Please note, we highly recommend making a booking prior to visiting Husk.
It's a bit of a drive to Byron (1.25 hours), but well worth the trip to Stone & Wood. We'd recommend making a day of it and exploring the rest of what Byron has to offer (beaches, shops, food, lighthouse walk)! Stone & Wood has built an impressive cellar door, which showcases their beer/cider/hard seltzer range... We're a big fan of their Counter Culture label too! Plus they have some tasty bites to complement a schooner (or two!).
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Stone & Wood Brewing Company
4 Boronia Pl
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It's a bit of a drive to Byron (1.25 hours), but well worth the trip to Stone & Wood. We'd recommend making a day of it and exploring the rest of what Byron has to offer (beaches, shops, food, lighthouse walk)! Stone & Wood has built an impressive cellar door, which showcases their beer/cider/hard seltzer range... We're a big fan of their Counter Culture label too! Plus they have some tasty bites to complement a schooner (or two!).
Cape Byron Distillery is well known for its Brookie's range, which started off with gin and has now an extensive range of other tipples - Negroni, Moonshine, Macadamia Liqueur & Premixes. We are huge fans of the fact that the distillery sources and uses local produce in their products, particularly native Australian bush foods. They have a premixed Finger Lime Gin & Tonic (whoop!) and their Sloe Gin has Davidson Plum. The Dry Gin is a smorgasbord of native Australian botanicals. Highly recommend! The distillery is near Byron, so it is over an hour's drive from our property. We recommend making a day of it in Byron if you head that way!
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Cape Byron Distillery
80 St Helena Rd
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Cape Byron Distillery is well known for its Brookie's range, which started off with gin and has now an extensive range of other tipples - Negroni, Moonshine, Macadamia Liqueur & Premixes. We are huge fans of the fact that the distillery sources and uses local produce in their products, particularly native Australian bush foods. They have a premixed Finger Lime Gin & Tonic (whoop!) and their Sloe Gin has Davidson Plum. The Dry Gin is a smorgasbord of native Australian botanicals. Highly recommend! The distillery is near Byron, so it is over an hour's drive from our property. We recommend making a day of it in Byron if you head that way!

Food scene

The little town of Federal is one of our favourite places to visit! Lunch at Doma is WELL worth the hour long drive (as well as the beautiful scenery you see along the way). Doma serves up rustic, home-styled Japanese dishes in a relaxed outdoor setting. Try the halloumi burger (Nat's favourite) or their fresh, cone-shaped hand rolls. Doma isn't licensed, but feel free to pick up a beer or two from the General Store next door. We also recommend visiting Ruby & Frank for beautiful hand-made ceramic goods, The Hills Emporium for homewares, Moonshine Coffee for your daily fix, and finish it all off with some yummy gelato from Benilato!
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Federal
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The little town of Federal is one of our favourite places to visit! Lunch at Doma is WELL worth the hour long drive (as well as the beautiful scenery you see along the way). Doma serves up rustic, home-styled Japanese dishes in a relaxed outdoor setting. Try the halloumi burger (Nat's favourite) or their fresh, cone-shaped hand rolls. Doma isn't licensed, but feel free to pick up a beer or two from the General Store next door. We also recommend visiting Ruby & Frank for beautiful hand-made ceramic goods, The Hills Emporium for homewares, Moonshine Coffee for your daily fix, and finish it all off with some yummy gelato from Benilato!
Mavis's Kitchen is set on a stunning 25-acre property at the base of Mt Warning in Uki. Take a picnic blanket, order a glass of wine and have a drink by the beautiful dam, or book in for lunch/dinner at their restaurant. You can explore the property, walk down to the creek and take a look at their impressive kitchen garden! Mavis's Kitchen is a 30 minute drive from our property.
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Mavis's Kitchen and Cabins
64 Mount Warning Rd
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Mavis's Kitchen is set on a stunning 25-acre property at the base of Mt Warning in Uki. Take a picnic blanket, order a glass of wine and have a drink by the beautiful dam, or book in for lunch/dinner at their restaurant. You can explore the property, walk down to the creek and take a look at their impressive kitchen garden! Mavis's Kitchen is a 30 minute drive from our property.
Great pub food and only 10 minutes down the road from our property. Head there on a nice day and sit out on the back verandah.
Nimbin Pub
29 Sibley St
Great pub food and only 10 minutes down the road from our property. Head there on a nice day and sit out on the back verandah.
Highly recommend Armonica for their wood fired pizza. Dine in and grab a bite for dinner or take away and enjoy on the deck of our bungalow! Armonica also has good coffee and a great selection of sandwiches/paninis for lunch (toasted in their wood fired oven). Located in Nimbin, Armonica is only 10 minutes away from our property.
Armonica Cafe And Wood Fired Pizza
50 Cullen St
Highly recommend Armonica for their wood fired pizza. Dine in and grab a bite for dinner or take away and enjoy on the deck of our bungalow! Armonica also has good coffee and a great selection of sandwiches/paninis for lunch (toasted in their wood fired oven). Located in Nimbin, Armonica is only 10 minutes away from our property.
Cafe in Lismore with great coffee and a yummy breakfast/lunch menu. Lismore is a 40 minute drive from our property.
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Flock Espresso
39 Woodlark Street
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Cafe in Lismore with great coffee and a yummy breakfast/lunch menu. Lismore is a 40 minute drive from our property.
The Blue Knob Gallery & Cafe is a 2 minute drive from our property (bonus!). The funds from the cafe support the gallery, which showcases local artists. It is run by volunteers, so exercise a bit of patience... Sit back and relax with a cup of coffee or tea and one of Paul's pies! The Blue Knob Market is also held every Saturday morning in front of the gallery. It is a very small market, but worth having a look at what the locals have to offer!
Blue Knob Hall Gallery
719 Blue Knob Rd
The Blue Knob Gallery & Cafe is a 2 minute drive from our property (bonus!). The funds from the cafe support the gallery, which showcases local artists. It is run by volunteers, so exercise a bit of patience... Sit back and relax with a cup of coffee or tea and one of Paul's pies! The Blue Knob Market is also held every Saturday morning in front of the gallery. It is a very small market, but worth having a look at what the locals have to offer!
Great pub food and a good place to stop for lunch or dinner. They have live music during the day on Sundays. Located in Uki, which is a 30 minute drive from our property.
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Mount Warning Hotel
1497 Kyogle Rd
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Great pub food and a good place to stop for lunch or dinner. They have live music during the day on Sundays. Located in Uki, which is a 30 minute drive from our property.
Frida's Field has quickly become one of our favourite restaurants to visit. Set on a beautiful farm in Nashua, the menu at Frida's Field showcases fresh, in season produce from their property and other local producers. They offer a long lunch set menu, which changes every 6-8 weeks. So, have a look at their website to see if it takes your fancy (omniverous and vegetarian options available). They also sell some of their amazing pickles and preserves if you want to take something home for a picnic at your accommodation! Frida's Field is a 1 hour drive from our property.
FRIDA'S FIELD
76 Booyong Road
Frida's Field has quickly become one of our favourite restaurants to visit. Set on a beautiful farm in Nashua, the menu at Frida's Field showcases fresh, in season produce from their property and other local producers. They offer a long lunch set menu, which changes every 6-8 weeks. So, have a look at their website to see if it takes your fancy (omniverous and vegetarian options available). They also sell some of their amazing pickles and preserves if you want to take something home for a picnic at your accommodation! Frida's Field is a 1 hour drive from our property.
Tweed River House is a bar and restaurant set in a beautifully restored, century-old grand river house on the green banks of the Tweed River in Murwillumbah. They offer 2 course, 3 course, 5 course or degustation menu. Their menu showcases the amazing diversity of native Australian bush foods. A great place to visit for a special occasion! Murwillumbah is a 40 minute drive from our property.
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Tweed River House
131 River Street
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Tweed River House is a bar and restaurant set in a beautifully restored, century-old grand river house on the green banks of the Tweed River in Murwillumbah. They offer 2 course, 3 course, 5 course or degustation menu. Their menu showcases the amazing diversity of native Australian bush foods. A great place to visit for a special occasion! Murwillumbah is a 40 minute drive from our property.