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North coast rainforest retreats

Terania Creek, Nightcap National ParkCREDIT: Destination NSW

Scenic drive through the World-Heritage listed rainforest inside Nightcap National Park.

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North coast
rainforest retreats

Terania Creek, Nightcap National Park CREDIT: Destination NSW

Scenic drive through the World-Heritage listed rainforest inside Nightcap National Park.

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Northern New South Wales is home to the most extensive areas of subtropical rainforest in the world, and one of the best ways to experience these verdant green spaces is to check into a hotel or guesthouse nestled in nature. Here are five lush rainforest retreats to add to your wish list.  

Loggers Cabin, Dorroughby 

On the edge of Nightcap National Park, part of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforests of Australia, Loggers Cabin is the ultimate off-grid rainforest escape. Just 45 minutes’ drive west of Byron Bay, the cosy solar-powered studio cabin in the small hinterland community of Dorroughby makes the perfect base for exploring the national park, with the 100m-high Minyon Falls just 5km down the road. Bring your own food to cook or pre-order a hearty meal to heat over the fire pit. Travelling in a group? There’s also a two-bedroom Queenslander-style cottage on the property.  

Mavis’s Kitchen and Cabins, Uki 

Located at the gateway to Wollumbin National Park, between Murwillumbah and Uki in the Tweed hinterland, Mavis’s is best known for its relaxed country-style restaurant, but this former dairy farm surrounded by rainforest also has eco-friendly B&B cabin accommodation. Whether you choose the tastefully furnished Farmhouse, Log Cabin, Old Dairy or Studio 34, you’re welcome to help yourself to some of the organic fruit, herbs and salad leaves growing in the gardens. 

Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat, Upper Crystal Creek 

Surrounded by the Numinbah Nature Reserve, just a kilometre from NSW’s northern border and a 70-minute drive west of Tweed Heads, Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat is a real find. This luxurious couples-only retreat offers a range of accommodation options, including gorgeous studio lodges with fireplaces and private plunge pools. Spend your day exploring the 8km of walking trails on the property before a cosy night in by the fireplace with a gourmet meal delivered to your bungalow (or you can cook your own). After nightfall, follow the creek to the glow worm site and marvel at this dazzling natural wonder. 

Nightcap National Park, Nightcap CREDIT: Lismore City Council

Couple enjoying a walk through the rainforest in Nightcap National Park, Nightcap.

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Nightcap National Park, Nightcap CREDIT: Lismore City Council

Couple enjoying a walk through the rainforest in Nightcap National Park, Nightcap.

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Mavis's Kitchen, Mount Warning CREDIT: Destination NSW

Kitchen garden at Mavis's Kitchen restaurant and accommodation, Mount Warning.

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Mavis's Kitchen, Mount Warning CREDIT: Destination NSW

Kitchen garden at Mavis's Kitchen restaurant and accommodation, Mount Warning.

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The Byron at Byron, Byron Bay 

Refreshed by its new owners, Crystalbrook Collection Hotels, in 2020, the Byron at Byron boutique hotel is nestled in a verdant swath of subtropical rainforest on the southern edge of holiday haven, Byron Bay. All 92 suites look out onto the rainforest, and a boardwalk through the greenery leads you to beautiful Tallow Beach. Rainforest healing is integrated into treatments at the onsite Eléme Spa, and in a nod to its setting, the on-site restaurant — which celebrates sustainable local produce — is called Forest.  

Mistere, Urlip 

A secluded sanctuary in the Tweed hinterland, less than 10 minutes’ drive from Murwillumbah, Mistere is a collection of three luxurious one-bedroom villas with earthy hues and wide windows that help you to reconnect with the natural world. Explore local walking trails, sink into a bubble bath, relax by the fireplace or meditate in the Zen garden to a soundtrack of rainforest birdsong.  

Byron at Byron, Byron Bay CREDIT: Destination NSW

Accommodation set in a sub-tropical forest at Byron at Byron Resort and Spa, Byron Bay.

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Byron at Byron, Byron Bay CREDIT: Destination NSW

Accommodation set in a sub-tropical forest at Byron at Byron Resort and Spa, Byron Bay.

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