Little Known Facts about Ballina

Did you know that Ballina is on an Island? Ballina is situated in the Northern Rivers, just one hour from the Gold Coast or two hours from Brisbane. As Byron Bay becomes too busy for some people, the delights of Ballina are being discovered. It has great surfing, cycling, fishing as well as safe river  or swimming at Shaws Bay. When you arrive at Ballina it's easy not to notice but, the town is in fact surrounded by water, separated from the mainland by North Creek and the Richmond River. So it is an island! When you approach the  centre of Ballina [...]

Oysters, Prawns and Fresh Seafood

When you think of Summer on the North Coast what do you think of ? At Alstonville Country Cottages we think of beaches, swimming and leisurely picnics eating fresh seafood. Or watching the sunset over the river with a plate of local oysters.   But where is the best place to catch or buy your seafood? Oysters If your passion is oysters then look no further than Richmond Oysters on The Serpentine at East Ballina.  Local quality oysters at a great price. Sit on the edge of the river and enjoy a treat. BYO. http://m.facebook/oystersballina/ Prawns and seafood In the heart of [...]

The History of Duck Creek – Alstonville

Alstonville or Duck Creek Mountain? The village of Alstonville was originally known as "Duck Creek Mountain" after Duck Creek, which flows along the southern edge of town and eventually merges with Emigrant Creek and the Richmond River. The name was given by the Cedar Cutters because of the abundance of wild ducks on the upper tidal reaches of the creek.[3]   In 1873, due to confusion with a different Duck Creek, the first postmaster John Perry changed the name to "Alstonville". Alstonville,  was derived from Alston the maiden name of his wife Annie Alston. Duck Creek Alstonville Country Cottages is set on 42 [...]

Horses, horses, horses!

We love horses but I know not everyone agrees with us. My father used to say 'Why would anyone love an animal that is dangerous at both ends and uncomfortable in the middle?!!'   Horses at Alstonville Country Cottages We have a grey Arab/cross gelding    called Cobber and a bay Standardbred gelding   called Karnie. Cobber has the high carrying tail which is typical of his Arabian breeding whilst Karnie is an ex racing pacer so he often paces instead of canters and can go very fast. They are both friendly and love attention and you are very welcome to give them a treat [...]

Have you ever touched a seaturtle? Or been up close to a pelican? You can in Ballina!

Visit the Seabird Rescue Centre at Ballina (and meet the turtles too) The Australian Seabird Rescue, Research, Rehabilitation and Coastal Education Centre in Ballina is a fun and interactive experience for people of all ages. The community group  delivers training and education to the public for the capture, handling and first aid of all types of sea and shore birds around the Ballina and  Richmond River area. It is also licensed to rescue, rehabilitate and release sea turtles. You will have the opportunity to learn about the turtles in their care and if you are lucky, witness their release on the [...]

Camp fires, clear skies and star gazing. Whales and Lanterns. Winter on the Byron Hinterland

What do the colder nights mean to you? Here are a few of the things we love to do on the clear nights at Alstonville in the Byron Hinterland.   Stargazing The sky above Alstonville Country Cottages is perfect for stargazing. Unaffected by street lights, lie on your back on a rug or sit around the firepit and lose yourself in the mysteries of the sky. Or perhaps cooking damper on a stick or roasting sticky marshmallows is more your idea of fun. Tell stories as you sit around the open fire and listen to the noises of the rainforest or the [...]