ABUNDANCE OF WATERWAYS
The area is well known for its physical beauty and covers spectacular World Heritage Parks
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.
Within a short drive from Pines on the Plateau.
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 (just 5 minutes from Pines on the Plateau), Bangalow, Bexhill, Broadwater, Clunes, Dunoon, Eltham (The Eltham Pantry), Federal, Mullumbimby, Newrybar (Harvest Café), 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 for a fine dining experience – many are close by. 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!
COLOURFUL MARKETS & CULTURAL EVENTS
Lismore is the regional centre of the north coast
Lismore, the heart of the Rainbow Region and home to 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, including Lismores signature event the Lantern Parade an annual event held on or around the longest night of the year, being the Winter Solstice.
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, paintings, jewellery, crystals, massage oils, etc
Don’t forget to visit the Visitor Information Centres in the area for even more exciting things to do and see. You can also visit their websites.