Guide to the ‘perfect day’ on the Northern Rivers

GOT visitors in town and not sure where to take them for the "Northern Rivers experience"?

Or simply looking to explore your own area yourself?

Here is one suggestion for a 'perfect day on the Northern Rivers'.

Remember - this is just for 24 hours. There are so many things on offer in our wonderful region, and this is just a snapshot of them.

Watch the sunrise from Byron Bay Lighthouse

If it's not on your bucket list, watching the sun rise from the most easterly point of Australia (therefore being the first to see the sun in the country) should be.

Wake up early, grab a thermos of coffee and settle yourself down for a blissful start to your day (Just remember to bring some warm layers).

 

SUNRISE OVER BYRON: Tom Papworth's beautiful image of the Byron Bay Lighthouse is our Photo of the Day with 82% of the vote.
SUNRISE OVER BYRON: Tom Papworth's beautiful image of the Byron Bay Lighthouse is our Photo of the Day with 82% of the vote. Contributed

Take a dip in the Pacific

Take advantage of some of the most beautiful beaches in the country (or even the world) and have a morning swim at either Wategos or Clarkes Beach in Byron Bay.

Other options include heading south to Suffolk Park or Lennox Head.

 

Wategos Beach, Byron Bay. Photo Jay Cronan / The Northern Star
Wategos Beach, Byron Bay. Photo Jay Cronan / The Northern Star Jay Cronan

Grab a coffee

After your refreshing swim, head inland to Newrybar's infamous Harvest Café where you can enjoy quality local produce while relaxing in the picturesque Byron Bay hinterland.

If coffee isn't your thing, Harvest have a great range of teas and fresh juices available - and if you're feeling peckish, there are many gourmet options available.

 

Newrybar’s Harvest Café named second best Aussie restaurant for a weekend getaway.
Photo Contributed
Newrybar’s Harvest Café named second best Aussie restaurant for a weekend getaway. Photo Contributed Contributed

Visit the Maca Castle

Just down the road from Harvest Café you'll find the iconic Macadamia Castle at Knockrow.

Kids and adults alike with enjoy getting up close and personal with the wildlife on site, and enjoy a game of putt putt golf.

 

Macadamia Castle zoo keeper James Kelly out the front of the famous tourist attraction. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star
Macadamia Castle zoo keeper James Kelly out the front of the famous tourist attraction. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star Marc Stapelberg

Fish and chips on the beach at Ballina

Moving further south, enjoy more of our stunning coastline at Ballina.

Grab some fish and chips from one of the many local takeaways (Ballina Fisherman's Coop, a Fish Shop Called Dory's - take your pick) and head to Shelly or Lighthouse Beach to watch the waves crash down as you munch on our local seafood.

 

Shelly Beach, East Ballina.Photo The Northern Star Archives
Shelly Beach, East Ballina.Photo The Northern Star Archives The Northern Star Archives

Take on the Ballina Waterslides

If you're visiting during summer with children (or if you're just an adult with a passion for fun) head to the Ballina Waterslides for an adrenaline-filled activity.

Two waterslides, three pools, a kiosk, picnic areas - and a perfect family outing.

 

Rachel  Clark, Waterslide Operator, at the Ballina Memorial Olympic Pool & Waterslide.
Photo Mireille Merlet-Shaw / The Northern Star
Rachel Clark, Waterslide Operator, at the Ballina Memorial Olympic Pool & Waterslide. Photo Mireille Merlet-Shaw / The Northern Star Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Afternoon tea at Summerland House Farm

Away in the hinterland near Alstonville, you'll find Summerland House Farm, a House with No Steps business enterprise which has transformed a working macadamia and avocado farm into a large scale agritourism destination for the Northern Rivers area.

The organisation is dedicated to creating opportunities for people with a disability to make the most of their abilities.

With a combination of quality activities, well maintained gardens, and friendly 'feel good' staff, it's the perfect place to enjoy an afternoon tea with heart.

Head to the Café for a bite to eat and then jump on one of the farm's Tractor Tours.

 

John Turner and Shirley Oag from the Summerland House With no Steps launch the new Tractor Farm Tour. Photo Cathy Adams / The Northern Star
John Turner and Shirley Oag from the Summerland House With no Steps launch the new Tractor Farm Tour. Photo Cathy Adams / The Northern Star Cathy Adams

Enjoy the culinary treats on offer in Lismore

After a big day, head to one of Lismore's many dining options for dinner (and possibly a few drinks).

Whether it's Black Sombrero, LaVida, The Loft, Fire in the Belly, 20,000 Cows or somewhere else - there are more than enough options for your tastebuds in Lismore.

 

LR- Julie Dickson,Owner, Evan Whittington, Chef, Rob Cooper, Front of house, David Tindale, Chef. All from the Black Sombrero, Mexican restaurant in Lismore. Doug Eaton/The Northern Star
LR- Julie Dickson,Owner, Evan Whittington, Chef, Rob Cooper, Front of house, David Tindale, Chef. All from the Black Sombrero, Mexican restaurant in Lismore. Doug Eaton/The Northern Star DOUG EATON

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