Jacaranda blooms in Grafton. Ballina's magnificent Post Office.
Resort area of Tweed Heads.
Lighthouse at Cape Byron.
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NORTHERN RIVERS & TROPICAL NSW - Beaches and Mountains
North of Corinda Beach the Pacific Highway leaves the coast and travels through Grafton and Maclean
to rejoin it near Ballina then roughly follow it into Tweed Heads at the southern end of the Gold Coast.
This area is known as Northern Rivers a reference to the mighty rivers which flow
eastward to the sea from the Great Dividing Range and to the sub-tropical climate and verdant countryside
featuring palms and banana plantations.
There are many major National Parks in the area offering walks, trail rides, waterfalls, dense rainforest
and pretty little towns offering a variety of crafts and galleries to explore. To the east, roads lead to
popular seaside resorts like Lennox Head, Evans Head, Brooms Head and Minnie Waters. There are also some
significant tourist centres here including Byron Bay and Brunswick Heads, each offering their own atmosphere
On the main highway you can see the 'Big Prawn' at Ballina, the magnificent Jacarandas of Grafton, and the
Macadamia Farm near Ballina.
To the west, the Bruxner Hwy leads to the large towns of Lismore and Casino, and just north of there, Kyogle
and Nimbin, noted for being the first recognised 'Hippy' community in Australia, and still a centre for
arts, crafts and easy living.
At the end of the journey to the north is Tweed Heads and the famed Gold Coast of Queensland. The border crosses
the highway just north of Tweed Heads where you enter Queensland.
National parks in the region include the Border National Park, Nightcap National Park, Broadwater National Park,
Bundjalong National Park, and Yuragir National Park. See NSW Parks site for full details.
The Northern Rivers region enjoys a sub-tropical climate with warm to hot, humid summers and mild winters.
Rainfall of 100mm is spread evenly throughout the year.
There are many motels, hotels and caravan parks to choose from catering for every budget. Use the
Accommodation Search below to find your options.
Discover golden sandy beaches, rainforests, fascinating attractions and scenic national parks.
SOME MAJOR PLACES OF INTEREST:
The Big Prawn: Ballina. One of many of Australia's 'Big Things'.
The Rainforest Way Driving trails into
the spectacular World Heritage rainforests and unique hinterland of the Northern Rivers NSW and South East
Queensland. Drives link 14 World Heritage-listed National Parks and showcase the region’s natural,
cultural and historic attractions.
Cape Byron Lighthouse: Byron Bay - Australia's mosteasterly point.
Macadamia Castle: Knockrow - Open 8am to 5pm daily
The Macadamia Castle has been a popular activity destination for over 35 years. An animal park, cafe, nut bar,
fine food section and retail store provide a full days entertainment and education for all the family.
Pacific Highway Knockrow NSW (between Byron Bay and Ballina) Ph: 02 6687 8432
Crystal Castle: Mullumbimby. Mystical statues set in
extensive gardens includes walks, Tarot reading, crystals, cafe and souvenirs. Open 7 days 10am - 5pm.
Naval Museum next door to the Tourist Information Centre: Ballina
Kerry Saxby walkway begins from the Ballina Visitor Centre and follows the river to the ocean.
Jacaranda Festival: Grafton -
Held annually from the last weekend in October to the first weekend in November.
BluesFest Byron Bay - April 5th to 9th.
The Festival began in 1990 at the Arts Factory in Byron Bay and quickly became known as “Byron Bay Bluesfest” and
'The Byron Bay Festival' and is now known as 'Bluesfest' and pioneered the presentation of blues music in Australia.
ACCOMMODATION & SERVICES:
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Information is available from the Visitor Centres in the district.
GETTING THERE BY ROAD
The Northern Rivers & Tropical NSW region mainly lies along the Pacific Highway (1) between Grafton in the south and the
Queensland Border near Tweed Heads in the north. It reaches inland to Lismore, Casino and Kyogle and several hinterland towns
west of the highway.
There are several roads joining it from the New England Highway in the west including the scenic
Waterfall Way some 170km. between Armidale and Urunga.
Daily bus and rail services operate along the highway and the main North-South railway with stops in major towns and
There are airports at Ballina, Grafton, Tweed Heads and the Gold Coast. AIRPORTS
The Gold Coast Airport is a major domestic airport with some 45 daily services by major airlines.
QANTAS, Jetstar, Tiger and Virgin Australia all have flights from Capital cities across the country.
The Byron-Ballina Airport at Ballina offers Bus Transfers to Byron Bay.
The Clarence Valley Regional Airport is located 12 kilometres from Grafton and is owned and operated by the
Clarence Valley Regional Council. Facilities include toilets, disabled access,
phones, car parking and visitor information.
The Sydney to Brisbane CountryLink XPT operates 3 times daily from Central Station
Stopping at: Strathfield, Hornsby,Gosford, Wyong, Fassifern, Broadmeadow, Maitland, Dungog, Gloucester, Wingham,
Taree, Kendall, Wauchope, Kempsey, Eungai, Macksville, Nambucca Heads, Urunga, Sawtell, Coffs Harbour, Grafton,
Casino, Lismore, Kyogle, Beenleigh and Brisbane (Roma Street Station). The full fare Sydney to Brisbane is around $95,00 (April 2012) See timetable and fares
BY COACH Greyhound Australia operate 3 coaches daily between Sydney
and Brisbane (7.00am, 7.00pm and 11.00pm from Sydney) stopping at
Chatswood, Gosford, Tuggerah, Doyalson, Belmont, Newcastle, Raymond Terrace, Beresfield, Karuah, Tea Gardens, Buladelah,
Coolongolook, Nabiac, Forster, Taree, Kew,
Port Macquarie, Crescent Head, Kempsey, Macksville, Nambucca Heads, Urunga, Boambee, Coffs Harbour, Woolgoolga,
Grafton, Maclean, Yamba, Woodburn, Ballina, Byron Bay, Brunswick Heads, Murwillumbah, Chinderah, Coolangatta, Palm Beach,
Burleigh Heads, Surfers Paradise, Southport, Beenleigh, Garden City and Brisbane.
An additional 7.00am Monday, Wednesday, Friday service stops at major towns.