Donkeys on My Mind

New Arrival We had a wonderful present last Sunday. Freda our pregnant donkey gave birth to her second son, Freddy. He was born about 5am and soon was tottering around on his too long, gangly legs and suckling at his [...]

Birds of Ballina and the Big Scrub

With Spring in the air and Summer around the corner, the birds are out and about and we have seen some unique sightings both in Ballina and in the rainforests of the Big Scrub remnants in Alstonville. https://www.bigscrubrainforest.org/ Ballina Birds [...]

The Magical World of Fireflies

Have you ever seen a Firefly? Now is the time to see Fireflies as they emerge from the dark, damp depths of the rainforest looking for a mate.  Have you ever seen the twinkling, mesmerising little glow that flickers around [...]

March into Action

Where to in 2020? Autumn is a beautiful time of year. The weather cools and the rain is falling. We feel energised to go out and explore. Australia has had a torrid few months but is starting to recover.  The [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]