BEACH ADVENTURE: This photo was taken on New Year’s Day at Shelly Beach Ballina by Elissa Virtue. “We spent a family day wandering the rock pools, swimming and enjoying the waves. My nine-year-old son experienced his first bluebottle sting. A day to remember!”
BEACH ADVENTURE: This photo was taken on New Year’s Day at Shelly Beach Ballina by Elissa Virtue. “We spent a family day wandering the rock pools, swimming and enjoying the waves. My nine-year-old son experienced his first bluebottle sting. A day to remember!”

Five fun things you can do today

Wholesome Nimbin

TAKE a trip to Nimbin. You can check out Djanbung Gardens, a comprehensive permaculture demonstration site at 74 Cecil St. Phone 6689 1755 for more information. While at Nimbin visit the Nimbin Candle Factory, located in the historic Nimbin Butter Factory. Phone 6689 1010. The Nimbin Museum is at 62 Cullen St.

Historic house

CRAWFORD House Museum, on Wardell Rd at Alstonville, is open today from 10-4pm. The current exhibition is Undercover and Unseen. Visit aphsmuseum.org.au or phone 6628 1829.

See platypus at Rocky Creek Dam

PACK a picnic and head to Rocky Creek Dam. The dam has a platypus viewing platform, elevated boardwalk and pontoon bridge. Learn about the forest and water cycle by setting out from the picnic area on one of the four walks, which are designed to provide diverse experiences of the rainforest reserve.

Music at the Ballina RSL Club

COUNTRY artist Amber Lawrence and X-Factor 2012 runner-up Jason Owen are performing together at the Ballina RSL Club tonight. Doors open at 7.45pm. Tickets: Adults $29, children (15 years and under) $15. Visit ballinarsl.com.au or phone 6686 2544 to buy tickets.

The club is also hosting the Round Mountain Girls for a free show from 8.30pm.

See the Seabird Rescue HQ

TOURS of Australian Seabird Rescue's Ballina headquarters start at 10am on Monday and will be held every day until January 24. The centre is at 264 North Creek Rd, Ballina. Phone 6686 2852.



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