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Feel renewed in the Northern Rivers

Riverside Walk, BellingenCredit: Destination NSW

Exploring hidden waterways in Bellingen. For media use only in Australian markets to promote NSW.

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Feel renewed in the Northern Rivers

Riverside Walk, Bellingen Credit: Destination NSW

Exploring hidden waterways in Bellingen. For media use only in Australian markets to promote NSW.

#feelnsw #newsouthwales

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Restore your spirits on a trip to the New South Wales Northern Rivers, where a raft of new opportunities to relax and indulge invite you to experience the region anew. From a novel new way to boost your serotonin levels in the Tweed Valley to sensational new gourmet experiences to lap up from the coast to the hinterland, here are just a few new reasons to plan your next trip to the Far North Coast.

Wind down on the winding Northern Rivers Rail Trail

Explore the Tweed Valley from fresh new angles on the Northern Rivers Rail Trail, a former rail corridor transformed into a serene shared-user path winding through some of Australia’s most spectacular countryside. Soak up the calming rural setting of the first 24km leg of the trail, opened on 1 March, 2023, as it takes you from Murwillumbah’s heritage-listed train station past charming hinterland villages, rolling farmlands and lush pockets of rainforest en route to the village of Crabbes Creek. Hit the trail on foot or hire a bike from Murwillumbah Cycles, located right on the train platform — and be sure to factor in time to explore gourmet diversions along the way.

Savour new flavours at Byron Bay’s new restaurants

Get ready to wrap your mouth around a smorgasbord of new restaurants in the buzzy North Coast town of Byron Bay, where beautiful beaches fringe an ever-changing array of tempting dining options. Enjoy the convenience of having three excellent eateries to choose from in the snazzy new Jonson Lane precinct at the southern end of Byron’s main street: pair moreish small plates with natural wine at Bar Heather; satiate modern-Italian cravings at Pixie; and tuck into zingy pan-Asian dishes at the beautifully outfitted new home of Light Years. In the heart of town, try one of everything at Tapas Bar; indulge in a sweet treat at Eclair by the Bay; and watch chefs whip up hibachi grill-focused Japanese delights from a counter seat at nearby Moonlight.

Bar Heather, Byron Bay Credit: Jess Kearney

Bar Heather, Byron Bay

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Bar Heather, Byron Bay Credit: Jess Kearney

Bar Heather, Byron Bay

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Ease into a new haven of relaxation in Mullumbimby

Feel your worries melt away at The Banya, a European-style bathhouse now open in the heart of Mullumbimby, just a 20-minute drive northwest of Byron Bay. Admire the venue’s characterful setting in a red-brick former bank dating from the 1920s before working your way around its tiled lap pool, three large hot mineral pools, wood-fired sauna, steam room and cold plunge pool. Feel any lingering stress melt away with a life-affirming massage, then wallow in a post-treatment time-out on the sundeck. Make a day of it and stay on to enjoy a wholesome lunch or a cheeky craft cocktail at the Banya’s onsite Dining Room. Or make a night of it and check into a stylish pavilion at Blackbird Byron in the Mullumbimby hinterland, another oasis of tranquillity also with an invigorating mineral pool.

Delve into food and culture in the Tweed hinterland

Treat yourself to an indulgent exploration of the Tweed hinterland on the Tweed Valley Food and Culture tour, which was recently launched by local operator Kiff & Culture. Sample tasty morsels at a tropical fruit plantation and a local cheesemaker, engage with local creatives at a vibrant Murwillumbah arts precinct, and toast to a leisurely lunch at Husk Distillers with a refreshing artisan gin or rum cocktail. Or revel in the freedom of exploring the region at your own pace, uncovering new culinary experiences such as Sunfall Tapas Bar, in seaside Kingscliff, and the wholesome Farm & Co restaurant in Cudgen along the way. And if you loved your day out with Kiff & Culture in the Tweed, prime your palate for another delicious day out in the Northern Rivers on the company’s new Byron Hinterland Paddock to Plate tour.

Bond over share plates in Ballina

Drink in the stirring views during the 30-minute coastal drive south from Byron Bay to riverside Ballina, where holiday memory-making opportunities go beyond scoring a selfie at its famous Big Prawn. Get a taste of Ballina’s emerging culinary scene at Lola Dining, a contemporary fine dining restaurant awarded its first hat in the Good Food Guide Awards 2023. Or embrace Ballina’s laidback vibe over Japanese share plates and signature cocktails at casual-cool diner Hey Lady, just around the corner on River Street. Also new to River Street is Kelp, a seafood-focused family restaurant from the team at next-door Dory’s Takeaway, and Moroccan-meets-Japanese restaurant Layla, which operates from Cafe Boker during the evenings. Bon appetit!

Husk Distillers, North Tumbulgum Credit: Destination NSW

Couple touring the Husk Farm Distillers property in North Tumbulgum and meeting the resident cattle.

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Husk Distillers, North Tumbulgum Credit: Destination NSW

Couple touring the Husk Farm Distillers property in North Tumbulgum and meeting the resident cattle.

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