Best camping spots in Australia for the Christmas holidays

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The Christmas holidays is the best season to go seeking out the best camping spots in Australia. If you enjoy warm weather and meeting new people, then this is the time to get out and about while you explore some of the most beautiful parts of Australia. 

All you need is to jump on DriveNow’s website to hire a 4WD from your nearest capital city, then go and explore one of these top camping spots.

Booderee National Park, NSW

Head to Jervis Bay to witness one of the most gorgeous white sand beaches. Admire stunning blue waters, which are full of marine life. Walking, fishing and bird watching are some of popular activities in the area. There are three un-powered camping areas in the park and it’s just a three hour drive from Sydney.

Lake Eyre National Park, SA

You’re surrounded by incredible, stark wilderness. It’s Australia’s largest salt lake, which spans 9,500 square kilometres. It’s truly a remarkable sight. At 12m below sea level, this is Australia’s lowest point to camp. There are a few camping areas to choose from, including Halligan Bay and near Muloorina Station.

Grampians National Park, VIC

If you feel like hiking through gorgeous bushland and exploring natural wonders like MacKenzie Falls, then the Grampians National Park should be high on your camping list. There are plenty of campgrounds surrounded by forest. They all have basic amenities and will accommodate up to six people and a vehicle. Book early for holiday periods.

Douglas-Apsley National Park, TAS

Tasmania’s coastline is gorgeous. But so are the rugged landscapes inland, such as the Douglas-Apsley National Park. One of the beset camping spots is just a stone’s through from the Apsley Waterhole. There’s no better place to be in summer if you want to go hiking and cool off at one of the park’s many secluded waterfalls or freshwater pools.

Bribie Island, QLD

Bribie Island is the only island in all of Queensland where a bridge connects it to the mainland. This makes it easy to get to via 4WD from Brisbane. Here, you can camp right on the beachfront to enjoy ocean views. The Ocean Beach camping area is popular, while the Lime Pocket camping area is another great spot to take the family.


Your guide to your next Aussie weekend getaway in a campervan

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Aussies love to travel. It’s a huge country out there and there’s nothing better then getting the chance to explore parts of it with a quick weekend getaway from the capital cities.

Love the bush? The beach? Or perhaps even the mountains and lakes? Regional Australia has whatever you’re looking for in your next weekend getaway.

DriveNow always has cheap Australian campervan hire deals up for grabs. Hire a vehicle and choose one of these destinations if you’re having a hard time making up your mind!

Mornington Peninsula, VIC

It doesn’t matter what time of year you visit the gorgeous Mornington Peninsula. The area always makes for a relaxing weekend getaway. It’s also just a short trip from Melbourne, about one and a half hours driving time. Blairgowrie is a gorgeous, family- friendly beach to spend your days. There’s plenty of activities around too, such as a hike up the 300m high Arthurs Seat and many shops to explore at Sorrento.

Nelson Bay, NSW

Drive two and a half hours north of Sydney to get to the beautiful Nelson Bay. On the southern shores of Port Stephens you can go for a swim or surf at this fantastic natural playground. The waters are clear, making it a great place for fishing or spotting dolphins. September to November is one of the best times to visit if you want to see whales migrating south.

Murray Bridge, South Australia

More than one million people visit Murray Bridge every year. It’s considered “the crown” of the Murray region with exciting activities for people of all ages. There’s everything from great conditions for water sports to hiking trails and even paddleboat tours down the river. Murray Bridge is only a one hour drive south east of Adelaide.

Launceston, TAS

Untouched and unspoiled, Tasmania showcases nature at its best. The lovely riverside city of Launceston, which is two and a half hours north of Hobart, puts your right in the heart of this beautiful countryside. Head further north to explore pristine beaches. Head east if you want to hike through the alpine wilderness of Ben Lomond National Park. Not far from Launceston city centre is the famous Cataract Gorge, where you can go swimming or go white water rafting for a thrill.

Noosa, QLD

Noosa is a stunning coastal town on the Sunshine Coast, about two hours north of Brisbane. It’s definitely the place to be in the cooler months when the weather down south turns cold. See crocodiles and other famous animals at Australia Zoo. Go for an afternoon walk through Noosa National Park to admire the stunning coastline. Noosa Main Beach is a popular spot to relax with the family and catch some waves.


Christmas holidays camping: book your campers before they’re gone

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The Christmas holidays is the busiest period for Australian caravan and camping sites. With the kids free and mum and dad away from work, it seems like everyone’s looking to get away for the festive season.

But you should make sure you get in early when it comes to hiring a campervan or caravan and booking a site.

Get across DriveNow’s cheap hire deals well before the Christmas holidays and consider heading to one of these incredible family destinations.

Kangaroo Valley, NSW

Drive about two hours south of Sydney for the Kangaroo Valley’s lush landscape. Some of the most popular activities include hiking through the pristine wilderness of Morton National Park, or admiring the spectacular 180m Gerringong Falls. You can also step back in time and experience life in the 1800s at the Kangaroo Valley Pioneer Museum.

Great Ocean Road, Victoria

Spend your Christmas holidays exploring one of the world’s most scenic coastal drives, the Great Ocean Road. Magical views of rocky cliffs, beaches, waterfalls and forests greet you at every turn along this 240km stretch of road. While visiting, make sure you get time to gaze upon the iconic Twelve Apostles. You may even decide to learn to surf at the world-famous Bells Beach.

Agnes Water, Queensland

At the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef is the picturesque Agnes Water, which locals also know as the town of 1770. It’s the birthplace of Queensland, home to unspoiled coastal rainforest and also rich in history. The golden sand beaches and clear waters make it a beautiful spot for families. It’s a five and a half hour drive north of Brisbane. It’s somewhat surprising that this pristine are isn’t more well-known among interstate travellers.

Bicheno, Tasmania

If you want to venture into unspoiled wilderness with the family this Christmas holidays, then Bicheno is the place to go. This family seaside holiday town is just two and a half hours north east of Hobart. Just offshore are some of the best diving spots in all of Australia. One of the most popular family activities is watching cute, little fairy penguins return to the beaches at dusk.  There are also many free campsites in the area, making this one very affordable holiday.

Victor Harbor, South Australia

Drive just over an hour south of Adelaide and you’ll come across one of the most family-friendly destinations. The kids are bound to love a ride on the Victor Harbor horse drawn tram. It’s the only place in Australia where you can do this! No doubt the whole family will enjoy the ride from Victor Harbor to the scenic Granite Island, where you can do a bushwalk to scenic lookout points.


5 reasons to visit Newcastle for your next holiday

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Newcastle was once an industrial town that hardly rated a mention in traveller guide books. These days, nothing could be further from the truth. The city has well and truly evolved into not just an exciting place to stop over on a road trip, but a standalone tourist destination in itself.

What makes Newcastle so attractive as a holiday destination (apart from the beautiful beaches, incredible hikes and trendy cafe culture) is that it’s only a two hour drive north of Sydney. This makes it an easy pick for your next weekend getaway.

Compare the latest cheap Sydney car rental deals, then check out one of our five reasons to visit Newcastle.

Newcastle Memorial Walk (pictured)

If you want to enjoy 360 degree views while undertaking one of New South Wales’ most beautiful coastal walks, then this is for you. The Newcastle Memorial Walk, which features a cliff top walkway, was built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli in World War One. Learn about ANZAC history and the deeply personal stories tied to this seaside city.

Nobbys Beach

It’s Newcastle’s highest profile beach. Nobbys Beach is also a hit with swimmers who want to enjoy a day in the sun in this gorgeous part of the world. Lifeguards patrol the area, making it a safe place to take the family. Read a book in the sunshine, build a sandcastle or take a dip in the cool ocean. Nobbys Beach is the place where you can relax and let time pass you by.

Merewether Baths

Merewether Beach was famously declared a National Surfing Reserve in 2009. But talented surfers have called this beach home long before that. The conditions make it an ideal place for competitive surfers. It’s also a popular spot to soak up the sun and get some exercise at the nearby Merewether Baths. All while enjoying stunning ocean views.

Glenrock State Conservation Area

This natural paradise is just 5km from Newcastle. Hire a guide to explore the park’s beaches, rainforest walks and waterfalls while learning about the local history. If you just want to get back to nature and enjoy the sounds of birds and gushing rivers, then grab a mountain bike and ride through one of the many scenic trails.

Hunter Valley Wineries

Make the most of your hire car by driving about an hour into the scenic Hunter Valley, visiting boutique wineries, cafes and restaurants. You’ll sample some of the region’s best drops and exquisite cheeses, among other delicious treats. With the freedom of your own car you can stop by towns like Pokolbin in the heart of the Hunter Valley and enjoy the peaceful surrounds.


Bathurst: 5 things to do on your next trip to the Central Tablelands

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Bathurst is a gem of a destination in the Central Tablelands region of New South Wales. Many Australians head to New South Wales for Sydney and the beaches but fewer travellers venture west of the coast. As you’ll discover with Bathurst, there are historical sites, breathtaking landscapes and natural wonders hidden in this part of the state.

All you need to do is check out the DriveNow website for a cheap car hire deal from Sydney Airport. Drive about 200km west and you’ll reach your destination.

Here are five things to do when you’re there.

Abercrombie House (pictured)

You can explore one of the region’s heritage treasures with a tour guide or at your own pace.This Scottish-baronial mansion, which was build in the 1870s, features 50 rooms, exhibitions and displays. There’s also 18 hectares of gardens with walking trails through beautiful landscapes.

National Motor Racing Museum

Mount Panorama is the scene of one of the world’s most famous motor races. Right alongside it is the National Motor Racing Museum, perfect for car enthusiasts who aren’t visiting in when the Bathurst 1000 is on. This way you can visit at any time of the year and still experience the best of Bathurst 1000 and the speedway’s history.

Bald Hill Tourist Mine

Here you can learn about what life would have been like for a goldminer in the 1870s. Join a guided tour where you can step back in time and experience the challenges of working in an underground gold mine. You’ll walk down original mine shafts, tunnels and even get to see the tools and techniques that miners would have used.

Bathurst Farm Experience

Now, this is one experience you wouldn’t come across if you’re living in the city! The Bathurst Farm Experience lets you see how a real farm operates, and it’s very popular with children. They’ll have the change to feed the chickens, join a pony ride and cuddle up to lambs. Bookings for the farm experience are essential.

Jenolan Caves

This is one of the oldest and most spectacular cave systems in the world. The Jenolan Caves are about an hour from Bathurst and the site is open every day of the year, so local tour guides can teach you about the underground rivers and formations that make up this intriguing world under the ground. Thrill seekers can even join night tours or go adventure caving.


5 Great Campervan Adventures near Sydney

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Are you looking for an incredible Sydney campervan hire deal to get your family holiday started? Hitting the road with a campervan is one of the most affordable travel options for families. The best part is you don’t even have to drive very far to unlock some of the most exciting destinations in New South Wales.

Look no further than DriveNow for the best Sydney campervan hire options.

Here are five places you should visit.

Port Stephens

Two hours north of Sydney and you’ll reach Port Stephens. It’s one of the most famous holiday spots in New South Wales. In a location that’s home to more than 150 bottle nose dolphins, why not take a dolphin spotting cruise? You can go whale watching and also enjoy some fabulous surf beaches. There’s also the thrilling quad bike tours on sand dunes for adventure lovers.


The gorgeous seaside town of Forster is a sight you’ll never forget. If you enjoy bushwalking, then Booti Booti National Park is the place for you to explore. It covers eight hectares of scenic bushland, sandy beaches and rainforest. At the northern end of the park is Cape Hawke Lookout with 360 degree views. It’s only a three and a half hour drive north of Sydney.


This is the perfect destination for anyone who wants an enjoyable but simple holiday. Cessnock is surrounded by the Hunter Valley’s popular wineries. You may decide to spend your day relaxing on a golf course, or take the kids to feed kangaroos at the Hunter Valley Zoo. All this is just less than two hours south west of Sydney.


Katoomba is one of the best places to park your campervan if you want to explore the Blue Mountains. You could keep yourself busy for days in this scenic town. Not far away you can admire the Three Sisters, or pay a visit to Wentworth Falls. An hour and a half west of Sydney and you’ll also find cave tours and plenty of bushwalks.


Venture less than three hours west of Sydney and you’ll find a gem of a holiday destination. The Mount Panorama Circuit plays host to the Bathurst 1000 race every October. But don’t worry… if you’re not a revhead then there’s plenty to do for the rest of the year when the crowds aren’t around. For example, there’s the Abercrombie Caves, fishing tours, wineries and heritage tours through the city.


Head for the ski resorts near Sydney this snow season

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Ski resorts in New South Wales are some of the best in the country. The beauty is most of them are just a few hours’ drive from Sydney. There are ski resorts perfect for everyone, whether you prefer to ski, snowboard or even play around in the snow and build snowmen.

Find a cheap Sydney car hire deal with DriveNow and visit these awesome ski resort.


Thredbo is Australia’s most famous. Not only is it the highest at 2,037m but it also has the largest vertical downhill drop, at 672m. Two-thirds of the resort is for an intermediate skill range. Choose from more than 50 run and some of them are even great for beginners and advanced skiers.

Perisher Resort

Perisher is the largest ski resort in the southern hemisphere. The valley’s fields cover an amazing 1,245 hectares which seems like paradise for snow lovers. There’s more than 70 courses and while most suit intermediate skiers or snowboarders, even beginners and pros will find something to suit their needs.

Charlotte Pass

At 1,760m above sea level, Charlotte Pass is blanketed in fields of snow for most of the winter months. Many adventurers call Charlotte pass a “a true alpine experience’ because you aren’t competing with crowds. This is largely thanks to cars and buses not being allowed to pass the gates at Perisher.

Mount Selwyn

Beginners and intermediate thrill-seekers will love Mount Selwyn. This makes the Selwyn Snowfields the perfect place to learn how to ski or snowboard. There are fewer runs than the other places in NSW, but it makes up for it with the variety of family activities. Visit the two Snowtube parks, go cross country skiing or have a go at tobogganing.


Winter festivals in Sydney and surrounds you can’t miss

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Sydney is popular with the tourists in the summer months. But what many people don’t realise is that it can be a great place to stay even when the weather turns a little chilly.

Winter festivals and events in Sydney are some of the most exciting.

We strongly recommend you hire a car from Sydney Airport and make the most of the fun winter festivals on offer.

Sydney Winter Festival

30th June – 17th July
This is definitely one of the best winter festivals that Sydney offers. Every year St Mary’s Road turns into a hub for winter activities. The outdoor ice skating rink is always a favourite for festival-goers, even the uncoordinated ones! There’s also live music, tobogganing, pop up bars and European-style markets. Welcome to Sydney’s very own version of winter wonderland!

Bledisloe Cup Festival

9th August – 21st October
Rugby Union fans unite! Every year they get to enjoy 10 epic weeks of the best of Rugby Union. Witness one of the world’s greatest rivalries in sport as the Qantas Wallabies and the New Zealand All Blacks. The festival comes to a fiery end with the Bledisloe Cup test match at ANZ Stadium. Thousands of crowds pack the venue to watch their national teams, regardless of whether it’s rain, hail or shine.

Sydney Film Festival

7th – 18th June
Winter is the perfect time to put on your most comfy clothes, sit around the house with a blanket and watch movies all day long. People love to watch movies when the cold sets in. No wonder someone thought it would be a good idea to dedicate a week and a half of winter to a festival for film! Watch feature films, documentaries, short films and animations from around the world. They’re screened at different venues across the city.

Vivid Sydney

26th May – 17th June
This annual outdoor lighting festival really brings Australia’s most populated city to life. Check out the incredible light installations and 3D projections across central Sydney. You’ll enjoy three weeks of colourful and interactive displays. Watch landmarks such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House light up. The creativity never stops and every year is different.



Campervan favourites in Byron Bay and surrounds

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Byron Bay is world-famous for its stunning surf beaches and outdoor activities. Whether you want to relax by the beach, dine in front of a gorgeous sunset backdrop, or go on a family adventure, Bryon Bay has it all.

Are you travelling with a family and trying to keep your holiday on the cheaper side? The best way to do it is to hire a campervan from Brisbane Airport and drive two hours south to get there.

Here are five great places to stay if you’re looking for campervan accommodation in Byron.

BIG4 Byron Holiday Park

Imagine parking your campervan right next to one of the area’s most gorgeous beaches. This BIG4 park is spacious, has direct access to Tallow Beach and is just five minutes from the Heart of Byron Bay. It’s a great family atmosphere here. Better yet, there are private ensuite bathrooms available if your campervan doesn’t have those facilities.

Suffolk Beachfront Holiday Park

Suffolk is one of the region’s most popular holiday parks. You only need to spend a few minutes here to understand why. The location is the first advantage – it’s another great park right next to the beach. Being 10 minutes out of town, it’s also close enough to the centre of town while allowing you to avoid the hustle and bustle. You can even bring your pets along to stay here.

Byron Bay’s Glen Villa Resort

Less than half a kilometre from Byron’s CBD is the lovely Glen Villa Resort. It has powered and unpowered caravanning sites as is within walking distance to Belongil Beach. The resort also has an outdoor saltwater pool and hot tub. Not to mention all the other amenities you’d expect such as BBQs, kitchen and laundry facilities. This resort has everything you need plus more!

North Coast Holiday Parks Terrace Reserve

On the banks of the peaceful Simpsons Creek you’ll discover a blissful paradise, otherwise known as North Coast Holiday Parks Terrace Reserve. This multi award-winning holiday park is surrounded by natural bush and wildlife. The lovely Clarkes Beach is only a short stroll away, while you have modern facilities, like camp kitchens, at your fingertips. You’ll also have access to free WiFi.



Head for the hills for these Blue Mountains attractions

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West of Sydney are dozens of Blue Mountains attractions. Whether you want to head to a waterfall, explore an historic town or admire mountain scenery, this pristine region has it all. It’s one of the most famous wilderness areas in Australia and is perfect for nature lovers.

To explore these Blue Mountains attractions, all you have to do is hire a car from Sydney Airport and drive about 60km west of Sydney.


This charming town is famous for its health spas and cool-climate gardens. Visitors love taking photos of the 19th-century cottages, which make this place feel like a quaint English village. Cherry trees also line the main street, where you can stop to take a break at one of many antique stores, gift shops and cafes. The Toy and Railway Museum is also popular with tourists, especially children. Or if you just wanted to relax by a waterfall, head to the delightful Leura Cascades for a picnic.


Just a few kilometres away from beautiful Leura is Katoomba, which is the largest town in the Blue Mountains. It’s centrally located in the Blue Mountains National Park, making it a great place to base yourself to explore nearby attractions. There’s the Katoomba Scenic Railway, which at 52 decree incline through the Jamison Valley, is the steepest passenger railway in the world. Katoomba is also home to several galleries, second-hand bookstores and restaurants.

Hartley Historic Site

Step back in time with a visit to the Hartley Historic Site. You’ll find this settlement of sandstone buildings and newly renovated historic cottages on the western edge of the Blue Mountains. Explore the stories of the families who lived here and the artefacts spread throughout this important town. Join a guided tour of Hartley for a more in-depth experience.

Govetts Leap Lookout

Enjoy amazing views of the plunging Grose Valley. The views from Govetts Leap Lookout are some of the most stunning in the Blue Mountains. Admire the sandstone cliffs, the lush eucalyptus forest and Bridal Veil Falls. The lookout is easily accessible by car and there are plenty of challenging hikes nearby. You’ll also find Govetts Leap Lookout to be a lot less crowded than Echo Point, which is famous for its views of the Three Sisters.



5 of the best premium hotels for business travel in Sydney

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Sydney is home to some of the best hotels for business travel in all of Australia. When you’re travelling for business you’ll want easy and reliable access to the internet and conference spaces. You’ll also need to be located close to the city centre so you can travel with ease to your meetings.

Hire a car in Sydney and book one of these hotels for your next business trip.

Shangri-La Hotel

Talk about business perks coupled with ultimate luxury. The Shangi-La Hotel is right in the heart of Sydney, which makes it the perfect base for any business trip where you have to travel from one company office to another. It also treats you to superb views of the skyline from your hotel room. Wake up to the sight of the Sydney Opera House. Relax with a spa treatment after a long day in meetings.

Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel

This gem of a hotel at Circular Quay is great for business travel. Service and luxury are at the forefront of hotel staff’s minds. You’ll have spacious, modern suites and awe-inspiring views of Sydney Harbour. It’s a high-end hotel for hosting meetings and events. You’ll also have all of the amenities and business services available at your fingertips so your work is not only efficiently completed, but enjoyable at the same time.

The Sebel Darling Harbour The Pinnacle

The Sebel is all about style, sophistication and convenience. It’s set on the south side of the harbour, which makes it right in the heart of the CBD. Ultimo, Surry Hills and Darling Harbour are right on your doorstep. If you want to take a break after work and get some exercise then the lush Royal Botanic Gardens are nearby. All of your required work amenities, including internet access and a quiet space to work, are available at the Sebel.

Adina Apartment Hotel

Another centrally located hotel to spend your days in Sydney is Adina. You’re just footsteps away from world-class attractions at Darling Harbour. This makes it a great spot to stay if you want to entertain your business associates after work hours. But Adina’s accommodation also offers you a place to relax after work that’s quite like your own home with everything you need. Right on hand are meeting rooms, internet kiosks, presentation technology and free, high-speed WiFi.

Four Seasons Hotel

Set in the heart of Sydney along George Street is the Four Seasons Hotel. You’ll find beautiful places like The Rocks nearby, where you can unwind after work ends for the day. However, this hotel is so much more than location. The business services it provides guests are impeccable. As we all know, in business you need to be ready to meet deadlines at any hour of the day. Here, you’ll have access to computer and printers 24/7 along with wireless high-speed internet access. There’s also a boardroom and professional staff on hand to help you with any queries about the facilities.


Byron Bay highlights in the Autumn months

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Byron Bay is only a two hour drive south of Brisbane, which makes it the perfect destination for a short getaway. The coastal town is famous for its beaches and it full of tourists in the summertime. But many find it’s actually better to visit in the cooler months, when the town is less busy and you have some of the stunning attractions all to yourself. 

It’s probably a good idea to start thinking about this trip as autumn approaches! Pick up your cheap car hire deal from DriveNow at Brisbane Airport and let your journey begin.

Do the Byron Bay Lighthouse Walk

Make sure this walk is at the top of your to-do list once you get to Byron Bay. The iconic lighthouse sits on top of sea cliffs. You can reach it from the base of the hill, which is a difficult walk, or by simply driving most of the way and walking the last part. It’s the perfect lookout to admire the easternmost pint of mainland Australia. You’ll be treated to splendid views of the coastline.

Check out the Bangalow Markets

You don’t necessarily need a lot of money to pick up some good buys at the Bangalow Markets. Drive 20 minutes and you’ll come across a world of handcrafted goods, unique jewellery and ceramics. There are 300 stalls and a whole bunch of freshly baked delights to look at. The markets are held on the fourth Sunday of the month. Even if you don’t buy anything, it’s still lovely to browse the stalls and meet the skilled artists, who will no doubt take every opportunity to talk about their creations.

Hit the beaches

Byron Bay is most famous for its idyllic beaches. White sandy shores and clear blue waters… what else could you ask for? The beaches may cool down in autumn but that means you’ll also get to escape the crowds. Main Beach is popular with families and it’s also home to many surf schools. If cold water scares you then all you need is a wetsuit and you’ll hardly feel it. If surfing isn’t your thing then pack a hot lunch and enjoy a picnic on the sand.

Head to the Ballina Historic Waterfront Trail

Drive south to discover one of the region’s iconic walking trails. THis one takes you from the gorgeous Fawcett Park to the North Wall, teaching you all about the area’s history. You’ll learn about the Richmond River and the role it played in the region’s early years, along with the arrival of European settlers. There are 19 interpretive plaques along the walkway to fill in the gaps for you. When you learn about an area’s history, it makes you appreciate what you see in town today.

Exlpore the Macadamia Castle

Head to Ballina’s Macadamia Castle for a day full of family fun. The kids tend to bolt straight to the nursery to see the animals. You’ll find native friends plus little rabbits and even a reptile display. You can also take the kids for a game of mini golf or treat yourself to a BBQ lunch. You’ll come across plenty of delicious food including gourmet macadamia products. There’s even a display where you can learn about the local macadamia nut industry.