Alstonville

By mid-March each year, the roads leading into and around this pretty country town are a purple haze with the flowering of the distinctive purple-toned tibouchinas, Alstonville‘s signature tree. Bred from the native lasiandra decades ago by a local man, the late Ken Dunstan, the tibouchina thrives on the rich …

Suffolk Park

A Byron Bay locality name, Suffolk Park adjoins Tallow Beach and this proximity has led to the area becoming very popular with professionals, artists and writers who enjoy the advantages without the traffic and tourism of the main town. Tallow Beach retains its natural beauty thanks to building restrictions, and …

Mullumbimby

At the Pacific Highway turn-off now market by a selection of totem poles topped by a very large pelican there used to be an arrow-shaped sign pointing the way and declaring “Mullumbimby – biggest little town in Australia”. The alternative lifestyle movement of the early seventies brought a whole range …

Federal

Just a short and scenic hinterland drive from Byron Bay and on the way to Minyon Falls, the quaint little village of Federal is now becoming a popular place to enjoy the country lifestyle. Once called Jaspar, the village grew after the Big Scrub was felled, and over the last …

Billinudgel

The large timber pub which dominates the architecture of the little village of Billinudgel was for many years famed for its publican, the redoubtable Ma Ring, Australia’s oldest publican. The area was settled in the late 19th century and the construction of a railway siding in 1910 was the catalyst …

Byron Bay

Byron Bay is a global destination, a name on backpackers’ itineraries from Stockholm to Osaka, a town of beautiful beaches and countryside and a famous lighthouse, but fairly ordinary streets, though with some extraordinary shops. Fifty years ago it was a whaling station, today the tourists arrive to watch the whales …

Tweed Heads

Tweed Heads is as far north as you can get in NSW, with the town abutting the Queensland border, and turning into Coolangatta on the other side, with both known as the Twin Towns. Whilst the area is a hotbed of activity, with tourism, shopping, surfing and some of the …