Our house is located on the north coast of NSW, known as the rainbow region. Set in a valley surrounded by rain forests, waterfalls, national parks, rolling hills and only minutes from one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world.
Byron Bay being one of the most famous neighbouring towns boasts stunning beaches, a diverse range of shops, great cafes and restaurants, with a distinctive bohemian street style. Banaglow is 25min drive and is one of the more secret hot spots of the area. It offers an upper class feel with boutique shopping and cosy cafes in a quaint village setting. Nimbin the home of the traditional hippie is 30min drive and is famous for its alternative lifestyle and colourful characters. Surrounding Lismore are many culturally rich villages each offering something unique. The Channon is famous for its craft market, with the motto "make it, bake it or grow it", which can have up to 10,000 visitors in any one day. Down the road is Dunoon covered in rows of macadamia trees, being the macadamia capital of Australia. Rosebank was the first village in Australia to grow coffee. Stop in at the iconic Eltham Pub to grab dinner and a drink, or maybe just afternoon tea at the Eltham pantry, known for the best Pecan pie in Australia. The rainbow region is culturally rich, with each village contributing to a unique experience.
In between the surrounding villages are the various natural wonders the region is known for. For the adventure seekers or those appreciating natural beauty, one can’t go past the north coast of NSW. There is Protester falls, Whian Whian falls and Minyon falls with its 100m drop, and many bush walks. Mount Warning the biggest mountain in the region can bee seen from all directions. It makes for a great day walk, with a sensational view from the top. Rocky creek dam provides one of the best picnic spots in the region, with BBQs, tables, shelter and a great park and boardwalk for the kids. The boarder rages national park offers more activities for the outdoors enthusiast. And don't forget the stunning beaches and waterways to provide endless sports and outdoor activities.
There are also four theme parks Dreamworld, Wet n Wild, Movieworld and Seaworld, all within 90min drive for more family fun. For the animal lovers and children Currumbin Sanctuary provides a great opportunity to get up close and personal with Australian native animals.
This part of the world provides something for everyone, from high fliers, to adventure seekers and those craving art, culture and an alternative lifestyle experience.
Our cottage sits in a wide street lined with 80-year-old fig trees. The cottage has been renovated, which makes for easy living and gives the house a very relaxed feel. Throughout the house are original timer floors, a new kitchen and two new bathrooms, all decorated with a light colour scheme and eclectic pieces of furniture. The house has a wood fireplace and air conditioning for heating and cooling. There is a large, sunny, fully fenced backyard ideal for the kids. Only 150m walk to the supermarket, 200m to a large shopping centre and 500m to the heart of town. Lismore has a population of nearly 50,000 making it the largest city on the north coast. It is an education hub, home to the best schools in the region and has a large university. Lismore has its own airport, two hospitals, two cinemas (one is an art house cinema), art gallery, theatre company, library and plenty of shops, cafes and restaurants. There are farmers markets held three times a week in Lismore (one being the oldest certified organic market in Australia), as well as the car-boot market held every second Sunday. The region also hosts culturally rich craft markets in the surrounding villages/towns every weekend.
Our house is central to everything the north cast has to offer and would make an ideal base to experience it all!