Far North Coast

Far North Coast

Quaint and Quirky



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Major Destinations

Ballina sports over 30 kilometres of coastline, including surf beaches, tidal lagoons, creeks and river estuaries. Ballina’s flat terrain presents wonderful cycling opportunities and variety of culinary delights are never too far away to be enjoyed throughout the day.

For something to entertain the entire family, take a trip out to Amaze ‘n’ Place, on the Alstonville Plateau, just 15 minutes west of Ballina. Here you will find the ‘Living Lattice Labyrinth’, a uniquely beautiful maze that has a central tower overlooking the pretty countryside beyond.

Things to See & Do

  • Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum
  • Ballina Surfing Beaches
  • Australian Seabird Rescue
  • The Bora Ring
  • Annual Bluefest Byron Bay (March)
  • Out Kids Family Day Out (April)

Brunswick Heads is located about 20 kilometres north of Byron Bay on the picturesque Brunswick River. Blessed with a beautiful beach and river, families keep returning to Brunswick Heads to experience a relaxing and peaceful time away.

The Brunswick Heads Nature Reserve sits between the north arm of the river and the Pacific Ocean and is a great place to relax with a quite picnic, a bushwalk or for a spot of river fishing.

Things to See & Do

  • Brunswick River
  • Brunswick Nature Reserve
  • Byron Bay Community Market
  • Cape Byron Headland and Lighthouse
  • Old & Gold Festival (June)

Byron Bay has an intangible quality and culture which sets it apart from many other coastal towns.

Discover the cultural essence of Byron Bay at the local markets where the eclectic local charm and creative exuberance has been captured in the fascinating arts, crafts and jewellery. Tucked in amongst the cafes, juice bars, surf shops and art galleries, you will find an array of locally manufactured or imported designer label fashion and jewellery which can often reveal some hidden gems for the discerning shopper.

The natural beauty of Byron Bay is also a great appeal, with it’s beautiful coastal location boasting wondrous beaches to be enjoyed by surfers and swimmers all year round.

Things to See & Do

  • Cape Byron Headland and Lighthouse
  • Main Beach Byron Bay
  • Cape Byron Marina Park
  • Shopping at the markets

While providing easy access to the diverse attractions and activities in the popular Northern Rivers region, in Casino & Lismore you can experience the peace and laid back ambience of a truly Australian country town.

The self-proclaimed beef capital of the Northern Rivers, Casino is a beautiful rural town situated on the banks of the Richmond River. The wide open streets and relaxed, friendly community take you away from the madness of modern day life. Relax as you contemplate the area’s intriguing history and distinctive natural attributes.

Things to See & Do

  • Platypus Pool
  • Casino Minature Railway
  • Casino Folk Museum
  • Beef Week (May)

Situated close to Tweed Heads and Kingscliff, from Chinderah you can visit all the attractions of the Tweed Shire.

Nestled in the caldera of an ancient shield volcano, the Tweed region offers a unique combination of World Heritage listed rainforests, lush rolling farmland and unspoilt beaches. The sub-tropical climate, great beaches and relaxed lifestyle make this a natural holiday spot.

Things to See & Do

  • Tweed River
  • Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre
  • Point Danger Lookout
  • Fingal Lighthouse
  • Cooly Rocks On Festival (June)

Evans Head is a peaceful coastal town which is a popular holiday destination for many travellers who enjoy the breathtaking headlands, long sandy beaches and fun on the river. Explore the river and creeks where wildlife are sure to surprise.

Things to See & Do

  • Chinamans Beach
  • Evans Head Beach
  • Airforce Beach
  • The Paperbark Gallery

Located in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, with Tweed Heads to the north and Byron Bay to the south, Hasting Point & Pottsville is a great base from which to explore the North Coast hinterland of lush river valleys and the most accessible coastline of sparkling uncrowded beaches in Australia.

Things to See & Do

  • Hastings Point Beach
  • Crystal Creek Miniatures
  • Pottsville Beach Bicentennial Environment Park
  • Pottsville Golf Course
  • Tropical Fruit World

The Kingscliff coastline consists of a series of golden beaches cradled between headlands.

There are world-class surf breaks and a reef break on the southern edge of Kingscliff.

This region lies in close proximity to the Tweed Valley, the crater of a huge extinct volcano, now carpeted with a vivid green tapestry of farms and rainforest. Kingscliff is also becoming known as a gourmet destination.

Things to See & Do

  • Tweed River
  • Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre
  • Point Danger Lookout
  • Fingal Lighthouse

Mount Warning, a remnant central vent of an ancient volcano, is an iconic landmark of the Northern Rivers region and is the first place in Australia to receive the sun’s rays each day. Seeing the mountain from the sea, Captain Cook named it in 1770 and used it and Point Danger Fingal Head to warn others that came after him.

Things to See & Do

  • Mount Warning National Park
  • Walk to Mount Warning Summit

Nestled in the caldera of an ancient shield volcano, the Tweed region offers a unique combination of World Heritage listed rainforests, lush rolling farmland and unspoilt beaches. The sub-tropical climate, great beaches and relaxed lifestyle make this a natural holiday spot.

For spectacular views of Duranbah Beach is Point Danger, a lookout situated on the New South Wales and Queensland border. Point Danger was named by Captain James Cook as he sailed up the east coast of Australia to warn of dangerous coral reefs off the coast.

The Tweed Coast is overflowing with activities to be enjoyed on holidays. To explore the Tweed River, you can hire a boat, enjoy a cruise, or try your hand at fishing and crabbing.

Things to See & Do

  • Tweed River
  • Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre
  • Point Danger Lookout
  • Fingal Lighthouse
  • Cooly Rocks On Festival (June)

Wooyung is a hidden paradise located about 20 minutes north of Byron Bay. There is an abundance of animal and bird life and over 10kms of beach front to explore where, as a result of sand mining in the 1930’s, traces of gold, rutile and zircon may still be seen as crumbly black rocks on Wooyung Beach.

Things to See & Do

  • Wooyung Beach
  • Wooyung Nature Reserve
  • Bush camping

Popular Things To See & Do

  • Amaze ‘n’ Place
  • Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum
  • Lennox National Surfing Reserve
  • Platypus Gallery
  • Platypus Pool & Carvings
  • World Heritage Rainforest Centre
  • Wollumbin – Mount Warning National Park

Touring Routes

The Rainforest Way is an exciting new series of drives that lets you explore the spectacular World Heritage listed Rainforests and National Parks in the unique hinterland of Northern NSW and South East Queensland.

Whether you decide to explore only one of these trails or take a few days to discover it all, you’ll find everything you need along the way to make this an enjoyable journey. More information