When visiting the Northern Rivers region, be sure to devote plenty of time to exploring the outdoors.
Several national parks in the region fall into the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area and overflow with remarkable features. Border Ranges National Park, accessed from Nimbin, Kyogle, and Murwillumbah, is astounding. Nearby Wollumbin National Park – formerly known as Mount Warning – takes its name from the captivating volcanic feature that dominates the landscape.
Nightcap National Park, reached from Lismore or Nimbin, includes the spectacular Minyon Falls. These are just some of many glorious national parks in the Northern Rivers.
Perhaps all this natural beauty has inspired locals: the Northern Rivers has a thriving arts scene, and galleries and studios are bountiful. The alternative town of Nimbin is a prime spot to admire creativity – it accounts for a plethora of artists. Lismore, Murwillumbah, and Byron Bay are other leading choices.
Byron Bay is a world-famous village, luring visitors to its sparkling beaches. Stroll around Cape Byron Headland for jaw-dropping views and arrange a tour of its iconic lighthouse.
Further south, Ballina is ideally situated at the mouth of the Richmond River but within easy reach of beautiful beaches. Be sure to take a photo of the Big Prawn.
Continuing in a downwards direction, Yamba is at the mouth of the Clarence River and is another spectacular addition to the Northern Rivers region. Don’t miss the Clarence River Lighthouse.
Away from the coast, Grafton is also on the banks of the Clarence River. This town is cloaked in colour, especially in spring when its famous jacaranda trees are blooming. The Clarence River suits plentiful water activities, such as houseboating, kayaking, and fishing.
Maclean is a gem. It regards itself as ‘the Scottish Town in Australia’ and telegraph poles painted in clan tartan, as well as annual events, celebrate this link.