You are on that long awaited holiday break. You’ve had lazy mornings and read your book. Now you are looking for something different to do.

What’s your passion? What would you like to learn to do? Browse around an art gallery or take an adrenaline rushed adventure?

There is something for everyone around the Byron Hinterland and Coast. Here are some tasters.

All just a few minutes drive from Alstonville Country Cottages.


Food and farm tours

The Byron Hinterland is home to a wide range of horticulture and you are welcome to visit and taste their produce straight from the tree.
  • Zentfelds Coffee Plantation, Byron. Roastery, cafe and by arrangement group tours

  • Eltham Pantry, Lismore.  Pecan Farm tours, cafe and restaurant.


  • Summerland House Farm, Alstonville.  Macadamias, Chickens, Avocados. Cafe, restaurant and tractor tours .

Beer or Gin Tasting?

The Northern Rivers is home to several small breweries and distilleries. Glimpse into the making of the drinks using local products. Please enquire direct re opening hours, prices and booking.

  • Stone and Wood Brewery, Byron. Tasting room and tour.


  • Seven Mile Brewing, Ballina. Free Brewery tours, beer tasting and takeaway. Weekend food trucks.


  • Brookies Gin , Byron. Distillery and rainforest tours.


 Galleries and Museums

These are our favourites

  • Ballina Naval and Maritime Museum. Home of the Las Balsas Raft.

  • Nimbin Candle Factory. See how candles are made and take one home


  • Lismore Regional Gallery . New dynamic building with range of exhibits and events. Home of the Hannah Cabinet. Free entry


Water sports and Adventure

  • Odyssey Wake Surf N Ski, Ballina Enjoy a wake boarding lesson or a tranquil tour of the Richmond River

  • Byron Hot Air Ballooning See the area from above!Varied pick up points

  • Out of the Blue-Ballina River cruises and whale watching from Ballina

  • Hangliding at Lennox Headland. Tandem flying over Seven Mile Beach. No experience needed



Check out the local markets around the area. Saturday, Sunday and Farmers markets mid week in the towns and villages around the area.


Animal and Family Fun

  • Macadamia Castle, Knockrow. Cafe, food, animals, minigolf

  • Summerland House Farm, Alstonville.  Macadamias, Chickens, Avocados. Cafe, restaurant and tractor tours .
Come and stay and explore this wonderful area. There is so much to see and do.
Pick up a self driving tour brochure from Lismore or Ballina Visitors Centre.