About Northern Rivers, NSW
Northern Rivers is a region of New South Wales located between 590 km’s and 820 km’s north of Sydney. At its most northern point the region is 102 km’s south east of Brisbane. The region has a history in Italian settlement since 1882. Blessed with idyllic weather, and four distinct seasons, it is a go-to tourist destination that encompasses a number of major towns including Grafton, Lismore, Ballina, the infamous Byron Bay, Lennox Head, Brunswick Heads, Tweed Heads for fine dining and entertainment and Maclean hallmarked by it’s Gaelic heritage. Approximately 300 kilometres of magical coastline, vast meandering rivers, shimmering lakes and cascading mountain streams, the Northern Rivers is an aquatic playground for everyone. A place of astounding abundance, where the fertile soils and mild subtropical climate yield a rich harvest of amazing farm produce and where native forests, and wildlife flourish in the spectacular volcanic terrain. Six of Australia’s precious World Heritage listed areas can be found here and creative industries have a major presence, boasting more documentary makers than anywhere else in Australia. The area houses the Southern Cross University headquartered at Lismore and the North Coast Institute of TAFE has campuses in many of the major towns. Northern Rivers also has its own orchestra based in Murwillumbah, the “Northern Rivers Orchestra” Places of note are they Byron Bay Lighthouse, Crystal Castle, Tropical Fruit World, and Macadamia Castle.