This laid-back beach village has a marvellous mixture of cultures and lifestyles. The main pub, The Beach Hotel, is as hip as they come, having been recently rebuilt in earth-toned stucco brick and wood. For surfers, Byron's breaks are world class; and snorkelers and divers can explore a fascinating underwater world. There's a choice of restaurants that traverse the culinary globe; you can indulge in a shiatsu massage, a tarot reading or take time out in a Tai Chi class. Byron is also the place to watch whales and dolphins cruising up the coast, and seen from Cape Byron the most easterly point on the Australian mainland.
Accommodation ranges from cabins on Sawtell Beach to first class resorts in coastal towns like Boambee Bay, farm stays in the Orara Valley to motels and caravan parks at Woolgoolga.
GraftonNestled in the Clarence River Valley 65km from the river's mouth is the historic town of Grafton. Levees, built to protect the town after many floods now form a riverside walk, while many watersports may be enjoyed on the river.
YambaYamba is a pretty little fishing town and resort on the mouth of the Clarence River. Excellent fishing and varied watersports can be enjoyed here. Just to the south is the small town of Angourie, famous for its excellent surfing beaches.
LismoreBetween the rainforest and the sea, the thriving University city of Lismore is the nucleus of a district renown for its beauty, frontier spirit and cultural riches. Local attractions include Nimbin, weekend markets, macadamia nuts plantations, rainforests, nature reserves, waterfalls, historic river cruises, tea houses and craft shops, and villages such as The Channon and Clunes, steeped in history.
BallinaAt the mouth of the Richmond River is the fishing and resort town of Ballina which has a fishing fleet of over 100 boats.This town is surrounded by beautiful beaches.The coastline heading up to Lennox Heads has some of the best surfing beaches in NSW.
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