An easy drive inland from Ballina, the village of Alstonville is surrounded by macadamia plantations and lush green rolling hills. It is home to Summerland House With No Steps and Amaze ‘n’ Place, two family friendly visitor attractions.
Located a scenic 10 minute drive from Byron Bay, Bangalow Village in the Byron Bay hinterland is a must-do regional experience. Its chic main-street offers great boutique shopping, art galleries and cafés. Macadamia Castle is located on the Pacific Highway near Bangalow and offers a great day out for families.
Set on The Richmond River and Pacific Ocean, Ballina is a rapidly growing coastal town 25km south of Byron Bay. Famous for its fishing and seafood (home to The Big Prawn), Ballina offers an array of activities for the water lover. Ballina/Byron Gateway Airport, the closest commercial airport to Byron Bay, has daily direct flights from Sydney and three weekly flights direct from Melbourne. Thursday Plantation is located in Ballina and offers a range of natural skincare products, including the famous Tea Tree Oil. The centre also holds an annual exhibition, the Thursday Plantation East Coast Sculpture Show. The Ballina Fishing Park offers a unique fishing experience in the beautiful surrounds of the Richmond River estuary. You can catch and release, or keep.
This tiny yet scenic village in the Byron Shire is the gateway to Minyon Falls and Nightcap National Park. A popular location with sea-change baby boomers, this seemingly sleepy hamlet has its own invented culture, often showing 16mm movies at the local hall on Saturday evenings
Quaint Bruswick Heads, or ‘Bruns’ to the locals, is a quiet seaside village of simple pleasures. This relaxed village offers many fishing spots, a great historic pub and several family friendly festivals throughout the year.