the villages

live + work + play

Dotted throughout the rolling green hills of the region are tiny, postcard-perfect villages just waiting to be explored. Each village has its own character and charms, with antique and curio shops, galleries, teahouses and cafés.

Enjoy a coffee, cool drink or tasty meal at the friendly pubs and cafes along the way. Explore village galleries, artists’ studios, markets, curio shops and nurseries and soak up the timeless tranquillity of rural village life.

These villages have a timeless serenity that is deeply relaxing. A day trip through the hills is a delightful way to absorb the atmosphere of the region, or why not base yourself in a tranquil hinterland retreat and spend a few days meandering through the lush countryside? Stroll through pristine rainforest, visit local markets or just hide out in the hills with a good book! There’s no better way to relax and rejuvenate far from the bustle of the city and coast.

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The panoramic view from the Open Air Cathedral makes it a popular spot for outdoor weddings or just a quiet place to sit and ponder. Bexhill’s tiny church is renowned for its outstanding organ with recitals sometimes attracting organists from Sydney and Brisbane.  (more)

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Once a staging post on the Lismore to Bangalow Road, Clunes is said to be the birthplace of the area’s dairy industry. Whilst the village is named after a pioneering engineer called Robert Mortimer Clunes, it is fitting that Clunes is a Gaelic word for “pleasant place”. Clunes has beautiful examples of North Coast federation houses and some early Australian church architecture. (more)

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Surrounded by endless rows of macadamia plantations, it’s not hard to see why the village of Dunoon is known as the Macadamia Capital of Australia. Dunoon is also the gateway to Rocky Creek Dam, the major source of the region’s drinking water and one of the most beautiful picnic and barbeque spots around. (more)

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Just off the Lismore to Bangalow Road, between Bexhill and Clunes, the historic railway village of Eltham is nestled in a lush and picturesque valley. Hire the local court for a game of tennis then pop across the road for a refreshing ale at the classic country pub, the Eltham Hotel, living up to its name with real country hospitality. (more)

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On the edge of the rainforest, the tiny hamlet of Rosebank is dotted with macadamia and coffee plantations and home to Rosebank Gold, the very first coffee plantation in the region. Make sure your visit includes a trip to Minyon Falls at the eastern edge of the Nightcap National Park (more)

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the channon

This pretty little village is set in the foothills of the Nightcap Ranges draped in tranquil subtropical rainforests. The Channon is home to the original North Coast craft market and over 30 years on, their “make it, bake it or grow it” philosophy still holds firm. The Channon Market is on every second Sunday of the month. (more)

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Downstream from Lismore on the Wilsons River’s meandering journey towards the sea, the village of Wyrallah was once a bustling river port. Just south of the village, stop off at the Aboriginal Bora Ring at the back of the Tucki Tucki Cemetery, a sacred ceremonial site for the Bundjalung tribes of the region estimated to be at least three centuries old.  (more)

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