EASTER WEEKEND: 8 Northern Rivers places to visit

IF YOU are looking for something to do this Easter weekend, here are 8 places across the Northern Rivers that are worth a visit.

Rocky Creek Dam.
Rocky Creek Dam. Rachel Fletcher

1. Rocky Creek Dam

JUST a 20-minute drive from Lismore the surrounds  of Rocky Creek Dam provide the ideal family day out.

Wildlife like turtles, green fronts and birds is in abundance. There is a child's playground, barbecue facilities and toilets.

Even better - it's free!

LOCATED: Rocky Creek Dam Road, Dorroughby

MORE INFORMATION: visitlismore.com.au

Mt Warning
Mt Warning John Gass

2. Mt Warning

AN INACTIVE volcano in the Mt Warning national park surrounded by walking trails.

A track to the summit that is steep in parts with rope assisted sections takes five hours to complete.

LOCATED: 153 Mount Warning Road

MORE INFORMATION: www.mtwarningrainforestpark.com/the-experience

Byron Bay Lighthouse
Byron Bay Lighthouse

3. Byron Bay lighthouse

STUNNING views in a serene setting - the Byron Bay Lighthouse is a must see for those in the Northern Rivers region.

Enjoy a picnic, take in the fresh ocean breeze and keep an eye out for dolphins, turtles and whales in the water.

Built in 1901, the 18-metre tall lighthouse is considered by many as the most powerful in Australia.

LOCATED: 1 Lighthouse Road, Byron Bay

MORE INFORMATION: www.byronbaylighthouse.com

Macadamia Castle zoo keeper James Kelly out the front of the famous tourist attraction which has to change its address due to the new highway. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star
Macadamia Castle zoo keeper James Kelly out the front of the famous tourist attraction which has to change its address due to the new highway. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star Marc Stapelberg

4. Macadamia Castle

ONE of the Northern Rivers most popular family-friendly attractions features an animal park, café, nut bar and fine food section.

Macadamia Castle is located on the Pacific Highway between Byron Bay and Ballina, and features daily entertainment and education programs.

LOCATED: Lennox Head exit off the Pacific Motorway

MORE INFORMATION: www.macadamiacastle.com.au

5. Ballina Historic Waterfront Trail

The Ballina Historic Waterfront Trail is made up of 19 interpretive plaques stretching along the walkway from Fawcett Park in the central business district through to North Wall.

The trail provides insights into the historic importance of the Richmond River to the Ballina Shire's earliest European settlers and residents.

LOCATED: Ballina

MORE INFORMATION: visitNSW.com

6. Australian Seabird Rescue - Ballina

AN EDUCATIONAL experience for people of all ages with hands-on, interactive activities.

All presentations include a one hour informative talk by trained volunteers, as well as a chance to see wildlife that may be in their care. 

LOCATED: 264 N Creek Rd, Ballina

MORE INFORMATION: www.seabirdrescue.org

Humpback whales were a plenty as on the move past Point Danger Look out to travesrse the Tweed Coast line on a beautiful spring day.Photo: Scott Powick Daily NewsTWE011015whales
Humpback whales were a plenty as on the move past Point Danger Look out to travesrse the Tweed Coast line on a beautiful spring day.Photo: Scott Powick Daily NewsTWE011015whales Scott Powick

7. Point Danger Lookout

HOME to the Captain Cook Memorial, a lighthouse and the Centaur Remembrance Walk which features memorials to those lost at sea.

From Point Danger, you will often see dolphins out to sea, and on a fine day there are views from Surfers Paradise to Byron Bay.

LOCATED: Tweed Terrace

MORE INFORMATION: VisitNSW.com

Minyon Falls.
Minyon Falls. Helen Trustum

8. Minyon Falls

The view from Minyon Falls lookout is simply stunning; not only of the falls themselves, but on a clear day you might be lucky to see all the way out to the coast.

From the lookout, watch as the flow cascades over Minyon Falls to a deep palm-shaded gorge roughly 100m below. The tops of the cliffs are forested with Australian eucalypts, like blackbutt and scribbly gum and at the base is a beautiful natural pool that was made for swimming.

LOCATED: eastern precinct of Nightcap National Park

MORE INFORMATION: Minyon Falls lookout



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