Northern Rivers Region

The Northern Rivers Region

Lennox Head is part of the Northern Rivers region on the far north coast of New South Wales, Australia. Below is a list of some of the local Northern Rivers towns and villages worth a visit whilst in the area. 

Alstonville

Alstonville

Alstonville is situated on the plateau above Ballina and halfway to Lismore.  The main street has a selection of convenience shops, cafes and historic pub. The surrounding Alstonville retions is picturesque countryside,  with many farms, orchards and nurseries and is famous for its Tibouchina Trees which line the streets. Alstonville is also known for its rich red volcanic soil producing avocados, macadamia nuts, tropical fruits and coffee.

Originally known as Duck Creek Mountain, the village of Alstonville was established by the cedar cutters over a hundred years ago and you can still see a remnant of the “Big Scrub” at Victoria Park where you follow a boardwalk through this sub tropical rainforest.

Alstonville has a number of major events throughout the year including a rodeo and numerous trade fairs and expos at the large community centre.

Just south of town, Summerland House Farm is a beautifully maintained working farm, café, nursery and craft shop providing employment for people with disabilities.

Ballina NSW

Ballina

Ballina is where the main airport for the Northern Rivers is located, also known as the ‘Ballina-Byron Gateway’. 

The Ballina district has many parts, it has several beaches and is also based on the Richmond River.  It has a laid back vibe.  There’s an heated, outdoor swimming pool with waterslides for the kids, lots of great fishing spots, big skatepark. The main street (River St) has cafes, boutique shops,  banks & chemists. 

 

Bangalow NSW

Bangalow

A trendy village 20 minutes drive from Lennox Head or Byron Bay. Here you’ll find heritage buildings, boutiqe shops, cafes and restaurants. 

Bangalow is famous for its festivals including the Billy Cart Derby and Xmas Eve Carnival. The renovated A&I Hall has now become the hub of the arts with the Jazz, Classical Music, Mind, Body & Spirit and the Fathers Day Festivals each year. Every Saturday morning the locals gather at the Farmers markets behind the pub to stock up on the area’s abundant fresh local produce and the last Sunday of every month is the Bangalow Community market. 

The annual Bangalow Show in November showcases exceptional camp-drafting, dog competitions, fair rides and more!

Byron Bay

Famous Byron Bay is a beautiful bay overlooked by its iconic Cape Byron Lighthouse. It used to be a sleepy beachside town with just hippies and surfers. It became more popular on the backpacker circuit and over the past few years has become increasingly popular with hollywood celebrities and Instagram influencers which has made it quite busy and bustling.  It still has a surf town vibe but it’s lost it’s chilled charm somewhat. You’ll find an array of boutique shops, cafes, restaurants and bars at Byron Bay. 

Enjoy the Farmers Market every Thursday morning & the Byron Bay Community Market the first Sunday of every month, with hundreds of colourful stalls to browse.  For the adventurous there a many activities to take part on or just chill on one of the gorgeous beaches and try to spot a celebrity. 

Brunswick Heads

Brunswick Heads

Another beautiful beachside town. It is also located on the Brunswick river.  The Brunswick Hotel is a great place for lunch or dinner, with a great outdoor area underneath poinciana trees. There’s often entertainment to watch while enjoying a burger and beer. 

You’ll also find boutique shops and cafes at Brunswick Heads. Other things to do include kayaking on the river, enjoying the beautiful beaches and whale watching (seasonal). 

mullumbimby

Mullumbimby

Mullumbimby is about a 20 minute drive from Byron Bay & 40 minutes from Lennox Head. It is surrounded my national parks and sits under Mt Chincogan. 

Mullumbimby is well-known for its diverse community and alternative lifestyles. The town has a unique country feel and is always a hive of activity with a variety of businesses ranging from the fundamental and organic food stores, indoor and outdoor cafes, restaurants, health and massage clinics to hardware and timber furniture specialists. The town also thrives on its eclectric collection of clothing and homewares ranging from new, second hand, recycled and reclaimed!! Market days are always a hit as are the weekly Farmers market every Friday.

It is the home of the Petria Thomas Memorial Swimming Pool. Historically, agriculture and forestry have been of major importance to Mullumbimby’s thriving economy and the town’s Historical Museum has a great deal of evidence to support this. Mullumbimby has everything and has something for everyone.