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LOCAL ATTRACTIONS

The best of both worlds between the rainforests and the sea – however you describe the Far North Coast, it would be difficult to find a better location for a holiday than Pines on the Plateau.

Beaches Waterfalls and Mountain Ranges

Beaches, Waterfalls and Mountain Ranges

With the area’s abundance of waterways and beaches, aqua activities reign supreme. The coastline of the region stretches from Tweed Heads in the far north, Kingscliff, Brunswick Heads, Byron Bay, Lennox Head (Lake Ainsworth with its Tea Tree Lake), Ballina (Shaws Bay) to Evans Head. You will find meandering rivers, lakes and mountain streams plus beautiful waterfalls if it’s inland waters that you prefer. The area is well known for its physical beauty and covers spectacular World Heritage Parks including the Nightcap, Mount Warning (the tip of which can be seen from Pines on the Plateau), Border Ranges and Richmond Range National Parks. Image courtesy of Mike Leonard; Tourism NSW

Local Restaurants and Shopping

Local Restaurants and Shopping

Many quaint villages with alfresco cafes, galleries, antique and bric-a-brac shops as well as historic pubs are within a short drive from Pines on the Plateau. These Villages include Alstonville, Bangalow, Bexhill, Broadwater, Clunes, Dunoon, Eltham, Federal, Mullumbimby, (Harvest Café at) Newrybar, Rosebank, Tintenbar, The Channon, Wardell, and of course Nimbin, known for its alternative lifestyle and its natural beauty. If hunger pangs set in, cafes and restaurants are in plentiful supply and can offer food from all parts of the world. Make a booking at Lismore’s La Baracca’s Expresso Bar and Trattoria for a superb dinner or try Fleurs Restaurant in Ballina for a similar dining encounter. Take-away cafes, the Wollongbar Pioneer Tavern’s Bistro, Alstonville’s Federal Hotel and numerous eating places in Alstonville are just minutes away. You may prefer to purchase some local seafood to bring back to your lodge and create your own alfresco scene!

Nearby Lismore

Nearby Lismore

Lismore, the heart of the Rainbow Region and home of Southern Cross University, is the regional centre of the north coast. Regional offices of some major government departments including health, education, social services, people, justice and employment are located here. It is a sporting city and one that is cultural, with high quality arts and craft centres in the city and the surrounding villages. Every weekend there is a colourful market held somewhere within the region. These markets display a large range of locally hand-made or home-grown goods (many are grown organically), second-hand items, clothing, plants, painting, jewellery, crystals, massage oils, etc.