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South East Queensland to Byron Bay Road Trip

Last month we took you on a road trip from Sydney to Byron Bay along The Legendary Pacific Coast. This month we reverse directions and discover what’s on offer from Brisbane to Byron Bay – the perfect escape for a weekend getaway. Click here to visit our Beachfront Accommodation page or click here to visit our Accommodation Specials page! 

Historic Town of Murwillumbah

With its picturesque streets, federation buildings, magnificent shady trees and meandering river, Murwillumbah has all the charm and character of a quintessential country town. Spend a morning looking for antiques, browsing home ware stores, visiting the Tweed River Art Gallery and of course – enjoying some great eating. For an authentic 50’s diner experience, check out the Austral Cafe with its vintage booth seats, traditional roast lunches and great coffee and cakes.

Go Green!

Murwillumbah is located beneath the awe-inspiring Mt Warning, which is part of the Wollumbin National Park and the Gondwana rainforests. The park is accessed 12km south-west of Murwillumbah off Kyogle Road. Captain Cook named Mount Warning, but to the Aboriginal community it is a sacred place known as Wollumbin. Enjoy a picnic or walk the Lyrebird Track which winds through the lush subtropical rainforest.

Border Rangers National Park is also accessible from Murwillumbah. Follow the Kyogle Road west to Lillian Rock and turn right onto Williams Road. From Kyogle, travel 15km north along the Summerland Way to Wiangaree and then turn right onto Lynchs Creek Road. Experience spectacular views across the Wollumbin National Park, Mt Warning and the Gondwana rainforests as well as rainforest walks, picnic areas and campgrounds. Travel around the national park by taking the Tweed Range Scenic Drive.

Beautiful & Historic Village Market

Only a short drive from Mount Warning through the countryside of green hills and along the gentle flowing river is the wonderful hinterland village of Uki. On the 3rd Sunday of the month the town comes alive with the Uki Buttery Bazaar markets, which is a kaleidoscope of food, music, fashion, art and hand-made goods! When you’re finished browsing, the town is well worth a visit. A true regional treasure.

Beach & Creek Swimming

For beach lovers, there are so many great spots to enjoy along the way from Brisbane to Byron Bay. Four of our favourites are Snapper Rocks Coolangatta, Norrie’s Head Cabarita Beach, Pottsville and Brunswick Heads.

Snapper Rocks is a very popular surfing beach with classic, long, easy right-hander waves making it popular with locals and visitors alike. If you are looking for less crowds then head further south to Norrie’s Head Cabarita Beach. Located on the coast road, the small township of Cabarita fronts onto a long open stretch of beach which is ideal for swimming, fishing, boating, canoeing and surfing. If you’re looking for calm waters for the kids, then take a break at Pottsville and enjoy a splash in the Mooball Creek. Finally make a stop at the tranquil coastal town of Brunswick Heads, 20 minutes north of Byron Bay. Not only will you enjoy a great surfing beach and a beautiful riverbank, Brunswick Heads also has the added bonus of the iconic Brunswick Heads Hotel with a large outdoor beer garden, great pub food and live music.

Cuddle A Koala!

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is a must visit destination on the Gold Coast and offers visitors the chance to cuddle a koala, pat a kangaroo and is home to the original wild Lorikeet feeding. Set amongst 27 hectares of rainforest, this place is a delightful way to spend the day.

Soak Up Some Art

Set high on a rural hilltop, the Tweed River Art Gallery and cafe offers breathtaking views across the Tweed River. A variety of exhibitions are presented in six spaces and range from contemporary to historical works. The gallery’s extensive collection of Australian portraits, prints and other works are always on display. Open Wednesday to Sunday with easy access and parking – admission is free.

Where ever your adventure takes you, don’t forget to STOP, REVIVE and SURVIVE! There are many ‘Driver Reviver’ stops along the way offering motorists free tea, coffee and biscuits. Remember the most important thing is to get yourself and your loved ones there safely!

We look forward to welcoming you soon.

South East QLD

Top 10 Things To Do on a Byron Bay Camping Winter Holiday

So much to do, so little time! To help, we’re created the ultimate Byron Bay camping TOP 10 ‘Things To Do’ this winter. So whether you’re pitching a tent, caravanning, driving a campervan or taking it easy by staying in one of our heated safari-style tents, we’ve got you covered for a great winter break in Byron Bay.

$1 Mondays!* Stay a week or two and work your way through the list! Stay in any of our beachfront accommodation, including our legendary safari style camping tents, ensuite cabins and powered caravan, camper trailer and tent sites for only $1 a night on Mondays.

*Offer ends 31st August 2013. Min stay 4 nights. Excludes public / school holidays and major festivals. Subject to availability.

1. Whale Watching. We spotted our first migrating humpback whale 10 days ago and they’re now a daily feature. Pack a picnic and take a short stroll up the beach from the park to the Broken Head lookout for an unbeatable (and uncrowded) view. Spread out a rug and enjoy this majestic sight. Don’t forget your camera and zoom lens!

2. Walking. There are great walks to be found all over Byron Bay and in the surrounding hinterland. One of the most popular, and a personal favourite, is the Lighthouse walk which rewards you with some of the best ocean views in Australia. Park your car at The Pass car park and then follow the walking track through the bush and over the headland to Wategoes beach. Wander along the beach and then take the clearly marked walking tracks up to the Lighthouse. On your return, enjoy a leisurely lunch at The Pass Cafe. Looking for adventure? Then jump in the car and take a scenic drive to Minyon Falls (about 45 min drive from Byron). From the car park there is a boardwalk that takes you to a lookout located at the top of the falls. Marvel at the truly jaw-dropping beauty of the falls and the panoramic views. However, to experience the full majesty of Minyon Falls, pull on your walking shoes and follow the 4km round-trip walking trail. Nothing can prepare you for the beauty and magic of this historic rainforest landscape.

3. Cycling. Byron Bay locals love to cycle! And for good reason. The town has over 15km’s of dedicated bike paths, which run straight past our front door. The family-friendly paths are flat, purpose built and great for all ages. Take a ride into town for the Thursday farmers market or Sunday community markets (1st Sunday of every month) or just grab a coffee and relax on the beach. Bike paths also take you out past the Arts and Industry Estate which is filled with artist studios, home wares, handmade jewellery and local Byron Bay fashion brands including Maddog, Goddess of Baylon and many more. Either bring your own bike or hire locally.

4. Hit the beach. Do you think of beaches as cold, unfriendly and to be avoided during winter? Not in Byron Bay. With water temperatures between 18-20 degrees and less crowds, now is perfect time to learn how to surf, enjoy a family day at the beach building sand castles and exploring rock pools or try your hand at Stand Up Paddle boarding. There are so many beautiful beaches in Byron Bay to discover! Our favourite has to be Tallow’s Beach, which runs along the eastern perimeter of the park, but we biased!

5. Sea Kayaking. Want to get up close and personal with the local dolphins? Then a Byron sea kayaking tour is a must! Go Sea Kayak Byron Bay offer 3 hour tours leaving from Clarkes Beach daily. The tour includes a sit-on-top-style kayak, safety equipment, free snorkelling gear, morning tea and free pick up from the park. They also guarantee if you don’t see a whale, dolphin or turtle you can paddle again for FREE.

6. Eat! Actually this should have been at the top of the list! This is one of Byron Bay’s greatest joys. With over 90 cafes and restaurants, you are spoilt for choice. Everything from takeaway fish & chips to organic cafes to award-winning restaurants. Let your taste buds run wild. In Suffolk Park there is a fantastic bakery, pizza shop, Indian restaurant, take away shop and of course the pub. There is also a great little supermarket for home cooked meals. At the park our facilities include a stainless steel commercial style kitchen (for all you Master Chefs!), free BBQs and undercover outdoor dining area – which is a great place to gather with friends, enjoy dinner as a family, or just sit with a glass of wine.

7. Mind Body and Spirit. Byron Bay is a mecca of holistic and natural treatments. Everything from Yoga on the beach, Kahuna massages, tarot card readings, Ayurveda treatments, spa & beauty treatments and much, much more. Escape to the beautiful Byron hinterland and experience the tranquillity of Crystal Castle including amazing crystal’s, the Buddha statue walk, rainforest walk, aura photos and a labyrinth and playground for the kids. Delight the senses.

8. Take to the sky! Winter is the ideal season for hot air ballooning and what better way to experience this beautiful region. Soar majestically over the terrain and be overcome by the beauty. Byron Bay Ballooning offer daily sunrise flights followed by a gourmet champagne breakfast. Also on offer to Byron visitors are skydiving, hang gliding and micro flights. Alternatively, unleash the daredevil within, and book a Flying Trapeze class at Circus Arts Byron Bay.

9. Byron Bay Community Markets. Take a stroll through the Byron Bay Markets and every sense comes alive with the sights, sounds and smells of the world. Shop for unique, locally designed clothes, jewellery, swimwear, kids clothes and home wares. Listen to live music, sip a hot cup of chai tea or indulge in some locally made organic ice-cream. The Byron Bay market happens on the 1st Sunday of every month and is held at the Butler Street Reserve.

10. Mullumbimby Markets. We love a market and this is one of our favourite. On the 3rd Saturday of every month head for Mullumbimby, ‘The biggest little town in Australia’, for some relaxed market fun. Again, the alternative community spirit here is palpable as you lazily browse for that perfect item. If you are looking for home made, locally sourced produce and objects, this is a great place to find them. Delicious food, everything from Indonesian Satay to Persian couscous and fresh tropical juice is available here.

What’s On Guide

Byron Bay is the perfect short break destination this May and June. With an average mid-year temperature of just 23 degrees and no summer crowds, enjoy the start of whale watching season, take long walks along the beach, bike ride into town for great coffee and food, jump in the car and explore the hinterland or take in one of the numerous events being held throughout the region. Not to mention the pleasures of autumn and winter camping including warm mugs of hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows!!!

Whale Watching Season Starts in June!

From June, Byron Bay is one of the best spots in Australia to watch the migrating Humpback whales. The views from the Byron Bay lighthouse are breathtaking and, being the most easterly point in Australia, the whales come very close to the coastline right through the winter months. Looking for a less crowded spot to enjoy this spectacle? From the holiday park take a 15 minute walk up the beach to Broken Head, then follow the walking track up to the headland and enjoy! If you want to get up closer, then there are many boat tours operating daily and we can help you organise everything. The whale watching season runs from June through to November.

Mullum2Bruns Paddle

Looking for a family fun activity? The “Mullum2Bruns Paddle” on Sunday 26 May 2013 is the event for you. The 2 hour paddle has three main divisions – Echo Fun Paddle, Open Paddle Challenge and the Stand Up Paddle Challenge. The event starts at Heritage Park in Mullumbimby from 7am and finishes at the Terrace Park in Brunswick Heads with a BBQ, free kayak and stand up paddle clinics, kayak expo, kayak raffle, live music, jumping castle, massage tent, a duck race and much more. There is also a shuttle bus service to take paddlers back to their cars at Mullumbimby.

Why not stay the weekend and enjoy a great family short break.

Brunswick Heads Old & Gold Collectibles Festival

The Old & Gold Festival is back on Saturday 8 June 2013. If you’re into collectables, antiques or anything second-hand, the Old and Gold Festival in Brunswick Heads is for you! Find a bargain in the much loved ‘All Town Garage Sale’, where over 70 households around town are taking part. In addition the festival also includes a collectables fair at the Memorial Hall, Ye Olde Church garden fair with clothes and bric-a-brac, school toy fair plus two second-hand book fairs.

Grab your family and friends and grab a bargain at this much loved local event, now celebrating its 12th year.

 

Lismore Lantern Festival

On 22nd June 2013, Lismore comes alight with the stunning annual Lismore Lantern Parade. This year’s theme is ‘imagine’ and will held on the longest night of the year, being the winter solstice. The parade attracts over 25,000 people celebrating art & crafts, regional cuisine, a spectacular lantern parade, street theatre, music, carnival dancers, illuminated puppets, fire art and pyrotechnics and much, much more. There will also be market stalls throughout the day and a fiery finale performance at Oakes Oval illuminating the night sky! The kids love it!

Stay for the weekend and treat the family to this magical lantern festival.

$1 Mondays!*

Getaway mid-week and stay in any of our beachfront accommodation, including our legendary safari style camping tents, ensuite cabins and powered caravan, camper trailer and tent sites for only $1 a night on Mondays. *Offer ends 31st August 2013. Min stay 4 nights. Excludes public / school holidays and major festivals. Subject to availability. Click here for more information.

Local Markets

The Northern Rivers is famous for its markets, held every week throughout the region.

    • 1st Saturday, Brunswick Heads, Memorial Park
    • 1st Sunday, Byron Bay Community Market, Butler Street Reserve
    • 1st and 3rd Sundays, Lismore Car Boot, Lismore Shopping Square (undercover)
    • 2nd Sunday, The Channon, Coronation Park
    • 2nd and 5th Sundays, Lennox Head, Lake Ainsworth foreshore
    • 3rd Saturday, Mullumbimby, Cnr Stuart and Myocum Streets
    • 3rd and 5th Sundays, Nimbin Community Market, Nimbin Community Centre
    • 3rd Sunday, Ballina Market, Circus Ground,Canal Road
    • 4th Sunday, Bangalow Market, Bangalow Showground

Farmers Markets:

    • Every Tuesday, New Brighton Farmers Market, New Brighton Oval
    • Every Thursday, Byron Bay Farmers Market, Butler Street Reserve
    • Every Saturday, Bangalow Farmers Market, Bangalow Hotel Carpark
    • Every Saturday, Lismore Farmers Market, Lismore Showground

Splendour In The Grass

And if you’re heading to Byron Bay for Splendour in the Grass, why not stay a few more days? The region offers so much to explore from mountain biking through ancient rainforests, learning to surf, diving in a marine park, hang gliding over beach headlands, ballooning at day break or simply relaxing on the beach and recovering. We have some great beachfront accommodation options including:

Our legendary safari tents

Self contained cabins

Powered sites for camping, caravans and camper vans

Still looking for Splendour in the Grass accommodation? We have powered sites available for camping, caravans and camper vans. The festival bus will be operating from Suffolk Park to get you to and from the event. But hurry, these powered sites won’t last long.

Call us on (02) 6685 3353 to make a booking.

Thank you,

Paul and Maree Brooks