SO MUCH TO DO
Ideally located between Lismore and Nimbin in the NSW Northern hinterland.
Under an hour from Ballina Airport and likewise from the buzzing beachside town of Byron Bay, escape the crowds and enjoy the peace and tranquility of Vintage Green, a little piece of paradise.
Nearby attractions include the stunning geology of Nimbin Rocks,
The Channon Craft Market, the hippy hub of Nimbin town, Lismore Organic Market, and Lismore restaurants and cafes only a 20 minute drive.
And all this with Ballina airport, an easy 55min drive away!
EXPLORE THE AREA
About a 10 minute drive from Vintage Green is the stunning Nimbin Rocks. The Nimbin Rocks are volcanic extrusions of Rhyolite left over from the Mount Warning Tweed Volcano that erupted around 20 million years ago. Nimbin Rocks are located just outside the present day caldera wall about 20 kilometres from Mount Warning and 3 km from Nimbin Village. They are an extremely significant cultural site to the local Bundjalung tribe who believe the rocks were home to the Nmbngee, or Clever Men. They were also the initiation grounds for young boys.
A HIPPY CULTURE
Famous all over Australia for its 'time warp' hippy lifestyle, Nimbin is definitely worth a visit. Step back to the 60s and soak in the colour and the peaceful vibe of this unique little town. With a great variety of places to eat from Italian to Chinese, Nimbin is the closest place to dine out being only 15km from Vintage Green.
WATERFALL, DAMS, RESERVES
Rocky Creek Dam & Rainforest Reserve - 30 min drive
There are four beautiful walks that you can do from the Picnic Area at Rocky Creek Dam. They are designed so that you can experience different aspects of the Rainforest Reserve. For each of these walks, just follow the symbols and arrows on the post. Follow Magill along the Water Dragon Walk. Djanbung will lead you through the Platypus Walk and Gadjul will take you on the Scrub Turkey Track. [These names for the creatures are in Wi-abul, the language of the Widjabul custodians of this land.] Please note: you can walk across the spillway of the dam (a large area of gently sloping concrete on the other side of the dam wall) unless the dam is full and water is flowing over it.
Water Dragon Walk Magill Gurahr (1.2km return, approx. 20 minutes, easy).
Platypus Walk Djanbung Gurahr (1.5km, approx. 30 minutes, easy).
Cedar Walk Junbang Gurahr (2.3km, approx. 50 minutes, easy, but could involve getting your feet wet!)
Scrub Turkey Walk Gadjul Gurahr (6km return, 1.5 to 2 hours return from the carpark to Catchment Loop Drive, medium difficulty).
Protesters Falls - 35 min drive
Protesters Falls is a waterfall located in the World Heritage Listed Nightcap National Park and named after the Terania Creek protests which took place in the late 1970's. These protests are what saved this beautiful rainforest and is the reason that it stills exists today.
Enjoy a picturesque 1.4km return walk through this magnificient rainforest, venturing through the tall trees and listening to the sweet sounds of the running creek. At the end of the track you will arrive at the base of the waterfall.
Swimming is not permitted in this area.
Minyon Falls - 45 min drive
The view from Minyon Falls lookout is the best in the area; not only of the falls themselves, but on a clear day you might be lucky to see all the way out to the coast.
From the lookout, watch the cascades flow over Minyon Falls to a deep palm-shaded gorge roughly 100m below. The tops of the cliffs are forested with Australian eucalypts, like blackbutt and scribbly gum. At the base of the falls is a beautiful natural pool that was made for swimming.
Minyon Falls is a great place for a quick stop, but if you’d like to spend longer at this pretty place, there's a picnic area with plenty of shady trees, barbecues and picnic tables. There are also a couple of bushwalks that leave from the picnic area, including Boggy Creek walk, which takes you to Rummery Park campground, and Minyon Falls walking track, which takes you down to the base of the falls.
SUGGESTED DAY TRIP ITINERARY click here
The Northern Rivers is the home of the weekend market. Each weekend, towns and villages throughout the region host craft and farmers markets brimming with everything from handmade furniture and vintage apparel to the freshest organic veggies.
Click here to see the calendar for Lismore and Nimbin area
For further afield click here
OUR FAVOURITE PLACES FOR EATING AND DRINKING
Flock Espresso & Eats - DELICIOUS FOOD & COFFEE
49 Woodlark St, Lismore NSW (02) 6622 7584
Open 7 days: Takeaway from the Noshery 6am – 3pm
Dine In from 8am – 3pm
Uncle Lim Asian Fusian
The Loft Hatted restaurant
Dirty Wilson Gourmet Burgers, beer, cocktails
AROUND THE AREA:
Eltham Hotel - GREAT FOOD & VIBE
441 Eltham Road, Eltham, NSW (02) 66291217
Open Midday til late TUE-SUN. Closed MON
Bistro 12-3pm, 5-8pm WED-SUN
The Channon Tavern - JUST UP THE ROAD!
51 Terania St, NSW, The Channon (02) 6688 6522
Woodfired Pizza - Armonica in Nimbin (02) 6689 0094
Sunday Brunch - The Edible Garden in Wollongbar (02) 6628 8994 (BYO)
Amazing Japanese - Doma in Federal (02) 6688 4711