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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.