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 [...]

Byron Hinterland Disclosed-unique places to eat and drink

Looking for somewhere different to eat or drink? Top quality restaurants  hidden in the hills and villages of the Hinterland? Or perhaps you would prefer to relax and listen to music at a low key pop up event in a local village hall? Here are a selection of our favourite local places to eat and drink - away from the tourist trail. ALSTONVILLE Just five minutes from Alstonville Country Cottages is ESP Espresso Bar. A hole in the wall cafe on the Main St of Alstonville. Small in size but delicious in coffee smells and scrumptious treats and snacks. How about a piccolo [...]

The Miniature Farm at Alstonville Country Cottages

Did you know that Alstonville Country Cottages has a farm animal petting area? During your stay you and your family can feed and pet: the miniature goats, Muse and Aphrodite the Harlequin duck, Joker the guinea pigs, Bert and Ernie the dogs Taffy the Staffy and Captain the overgrown pup the chickens and the two horses, Karnie the Standardbred and Cobber the Arab. Or you can collect your own  freshly laid eggs from chicken nesting boxes. Or you watch the bees busily collecting pollen to make honey in their hives with jars of their honey available for sale at the reception Goating [...]