Whilst staying with us, we highly recommend taking the short coastal walk from Cabarita Beach around to Norries Headland. The scenery changes as you walk through a tunnel of remnant coastal rainforest, down along the popular surfing pointbreaks. Make your way to the top of the headland where you can take in uninterrupted views to the north and south. If you feel like changing gears, you may prefer to take one of the hotel’s complimentary bikes and ride along the beach front cycleway. Head north toward Kingscliff, and Fingal Head where you will find an array of boutiques and walking trails.
Take the highway south 30 minutes to Byron Bay where you will find some of the best surf breaks Australia has to offer. Cape Bryon Light House offers sweeping views north accross Byron Bay and south to Tallow Beach. There are a number of eco walks and trails for the adventurous types while Wategos Beach, a hidden treasure is perfect for those who like to relax by the waves. Byron Bay’s Farmers Markets held every Thursday are a weekly ritual for collecting fresh organic produce.
Hit the highway again and head toward Bangalow. As you come into town from the west, past the palms outside the pub, Bangalow instantly charms. At first glance, you might think this is a single main street in a sleepy country classic, but delve a little deeper and you’ll see Bangalow is no ordinary bush town. Bangalow has sophisticated tastes, as a short stroll past the cafe’s, galleries, therapists’ shops and homewares boutiques along the main street will confirm. The Bangalow Chemist is must for those wanting to buy a few prized pieces of Astier de Villatte ceramics from Paris, while Bangalow’s Farmers Markets held every Saturday are a must for fresh local produce.
The small unspoiled coastal town of Brunswick Heads sits by the mouth of the Brunswick River 15 minutes south of Cabarita Beach. With a stunning backdrop of Mt Warning and surf beaches extending towards Byron Bay, Brunswick Heads provides guests with a mix of cafes, restaurants and activities. Well known for antique shopping and burgeoning culinary scene, Brunswick has something for everyone. Be sure to check out Resould and Lazy Bones boutique as well as a drink at the historic Brunswick pub.
Venture inland to the town of Murwillumbah. Resting peacefully in the shadows of Mt Warning, Murwillumbah is decorated by pockets of sugar cane, banana plantations and hobby farms as well as some of the best examples of Art Deco architecture in the country. Stop in for a meal at Mavis’s Kitchen then feed your appetite for art at the Margaret Olley Art Centre, which celebrates the legacy of Australia’s most celebrated painter of still life and interiors.
A half hour cruise south along the highway will take you to Mullimbimby. This bohemian town boasts a number of lush natural attractions. Follow the walking trail through Brunswick Valley Heritage Park, a habitat for more than 200 rainforest plant species. Take the path to the edge of the river and relax at a peaceful picnic setting, complete with log seating and a riverbank fishing perch. Said to house the largest collection of crystals in the country, Crystal Castle is surrounded by landscaped gardens and rainforest areas. On Fridays, the “Mullum” community flocks to the fig trees at the Mullumbimby Showgrounds for the weekly farmer’s market.