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Byron Bay Hinterland

Wander off the beaten track

There’s more to Byron Bay than it’s beautiful beaches and we can assure you the hinterland is worth exploring! Take the scenic backroads and discover quaint and unspoiled villages scattered throughout the spectacular mountains, rolling hills, and green farmlands.

Explore untouched rainforest, hike to magical waterfalls and find hidden waterholes only the locals know. Discover eco-friendly and alternative lifestyle communities, picturesque towns, fine dining experiences and excellent shopping.

We’ve but together a list of local attractions, restaurants, cafes and markets for your next Byron Bay hinterland adventure.

Cafes & Restaurants

Frida's Field - Nashua

Frida’s Field is a beautiful 120 acre farm and restaurant which offers guests contemporary country dining. There are three long lunches per week curated by award-winning chef Alastair Waddell, bookings are essential.

Doma Cafe - Federal

A magnet for locals, day-trippers and people travelling through the hinterland, Doma consistently serves up some of the best Japenese in the region. You’ll also find homemade burgers, chips and a daily specials board to choose from.

The Farm - Ewingsdale

The Farm Byron Bay is an 80 acre working farm and plant nursury where you’ll find the Three Blue Ducks Restaurant, The Bread Social Bakery and Baylato Gelato. Once you’ve eaten wander the fields home to pigs, Scottish Highland cattle & chickens who all roam freely. 

Byron Moonshine Coffee - Federal

A family-owned and operated Wholesale Roastery, the original Moonshine Coffee is hidden in the hinterland hills of Federal. Serving coffee seven days a week, Moonshine delivers a coffee that is sustainable, approachable and consistently delicious.

Ciao, Mate! - Bangalow

Open for lunch and dinner Thursday to Monday, Ciao Mate offers a cosy and warm atmosphere. Treat yourself with delicious wood-fired pizza, pasta and side plates alongside a mix of Australian & Italian natural wines and beer.

Eltham Hotel - Eltham

Open Tuesdays through to Sundays, the lovingly restored 118-yeard old Eltham pub was built when the town was a bustling railway village and has been a favourite meeting place ever since. Stop in for a beer, pub gold standard meals and live music.

Clunes Store & Cafe - Clunes

A boutique cellar, a bustling café, a post office all in one. The Clunes Cafe is open seven days a week, offering only the best fresh produce, local artisan products, boutique wines and craft beers.

Harvest - Newrybar

Harvest creates fabulous fresh food sourced from local artisan producers and the restaurant’s own gardens. A historic bakery with spectacular pastries, a restaurant with mouthwatering dishes and a local delicatessen full of artisan goods, there’s plenty to choose from.

Butcher Baker - Bangalow

Inspired by the age-old artisan trades of butchery and baking, this spacious modern café combines a love of meat, bread and beer. Bread, pastries and sweet treats are baked on-site and fresh and local ingredients are used where possible.

Nature

Goonengerry National Park

Walk or mountain bike the numerous fire trails and explore the 10km Goonengerry Waterfall loop track to see the two beautiful waterfalls that plunge into the valley below. To head straight for the waterfalls take the clockwise direction of the loop track.

WhianWhian State Conservation Area

WhianWhian State Conservation Area

Cycling, hiking, bushwalking, swimming and fishing, this spectacular rainforest has something for everyone. There are 6 trails to choose from for all ages and experience levels, each one ranging from 4km up to 19km.

Nightcap National Park

Nightcap National Park

Stunning waterfalls, crystal clear creeks and caves filled with glow worms, Nightcap National Park is perfect for those with an adventurous spirit. Enjoy a picnic or bushwalk on one of the many lush rainforest trails.

Minyon Falls - Nightcap NP

Minyon Falls - Nightcap NP

Surrounded by ancient rainforests, the waterfall cascades around 100-metres over cliffs that were once part of the Tweed Volcano. Head to the Minyon Falls Lookout and if you’re looking to take a dip, the quickest trail to the base of the falls is from the Minyon Grass Picnic Area.

Protesters Falls - Nightcap NP

Protesters Falls - Nightcap NP

Take the beautiful but easy 1.3km walk to Protesters Falls which was named after the Terania Creek protests of the late 1970s that saved this precious patch of pristine rainforest. There is no swimming in the area as it is home to the endangered Fleay’s barred frog.

Rocky Creek Dam

Rocky Creek Dam

Venture across the elevated boardwalk and pontoon bridge, go platypus spotting and enjoy a picnic by the lake. There are benches, barbecue facilities, children’s play equipment and a number of walking trails for a fun family day out.

Things To Do & Places to Visit

Nimbin

M|Arts Precinct Murwillumbah

Set in a classic Art Deco building and industrial warehouse in Murwillumbah, M|Arts Precinct is a vibrant place where artists and art lovers can come together over great coffee, food and art.

The Crystal Castle & Shambala Gardens

The Crystal Castle & Shambala Gardens

Visit the magical sanctuary home to some of the world’s largest and most beautiful natural crystals. Stand between two of the tallest crystals on earth, sit in an ancient amethyst cave and wander through the tranquil Shambhala Gardens and rainforest.

Macadamia Castle

Macadamia Castle

An ideal outing for the family, visit Macadamia Castle for a full day of mini-golf, animal and water park fun. The Animal Park is home to over 150 native and farmyard animals, birds and reptiles and the cafe is known for its legendary sweet and savoury pancakes.

Markets

The Channon Craft Market

Mullumbimby Farmers Market - Every Friday

Open every Friday from 7am till 11am, Mullumbimby Farmers Market offers a wide range of food and food-related products, from fresh fruit and vegetables to artisan food products, seedlings and garden products.

Bangalow Markets

Bangalow Farmers Market - Every Saturday

Held every Saturday from 7am till 11am, the Bangalow Farmers Market is made up of 25 stalls with all the best local fruit, vegies, pasta, cheese, bread and a range of meats including beef, lamb, pork, seafood and chicken.

 

Beach Suites Room

Panorama House

Surrounded by spectacular views of farmland and the mountains of the Nightcap Ranges, Panorama House is perfect for those looking to wander off the beaten track and explore the picturesque Byron Bay Hinterland. Located in the quaint hamlet of Eureka, the beautifully renovated 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom Federation home has everything you need to bask in the breathtaking natural surroundings.