The beauty of Riverbend is its seclusion and tranquility. It sits within the water catchment locality for the Wilsons Creek and is environmentally pristine. The property and its 28 acres are yours to enjoy and explore. Many varied relaxing activities beckon.
You can also drive in your car to visit numerous points of interest close by. Travel along the Wilsons Creek deep up in the towering mountain ranges. About 15 minutes away, enjoy the seaside town of Brunswick Heads with its scenic beaches, fishing marina and fisherman’s cooperative for that casual seafood meal. Take in the iconic town of Byron Bay, view Australia’s most easterly point from the lighthouse or surf at one of Byron’s sun drenched beaches. A short scenic drive from Byron Bay visit Bangalow, take a leisurely stroll along its main street with its sophisticated shops, smart restaurants and relaxed cafes. Your nearest town is Mullumbimby where you can delight in the organic, alternative funky lifestyle restaurants and cafes.
Crystal Castle and Minyon Falls are only over the hill. The Northern Rivers region is breathtaking from the mountain ranges, the views to the coastal areas, the beaches and sweeping bays, just indulge, relax and unwind. Many other activities invite you to explore the beauty of the region. Within driving distance many fabulous restaurants also await you for that lazy lunch or dinner just ask your host we love ‘em!!! There is so much to enjoy just ask your hosts Peter and Philip.
There is no public transport in the immediate area. Guests will need a car to visit points of interest.
Suggested Sight Seeing / Day Outings from Riverbend
Since moving from Adelaide many family and friends have visited Peter and Philip from their old hometown. Much exploration ensued of the local area and provided below is some information to help you plan a days outing, full of relaxing and fun memorable activities. You soon realise in these parts thats its not what you wear that counts but who you are inside that matters!
Anyway, lets start with the main towns of the immediate area which are Mullumbimby, Brunswick Heads, Bangalow and Byron Bay. Each are intrinsically different in their mood and style. Of course there’s lots in between that will also be touched on. The area is just full of fascinating places, history, activities and eateries!!! All ready for you to discover at Riverbend’s doorstep. Just a suggestion but Peter and Philip love their breakfast at Poinciana in Mullumbimby a great café and place to start your day or Japunumop for coffee, cakes, rolls and sandwiches with that organic touch! Get a business card from Riverbend’s information display. Some of those relaxing and memorable day tours are shared below, along with that gathered local knowledge.
Get there either via Mullumbimby or the Myocum Road. From Mullum head to the Pacific Motorway in the direction of Ballina and drive for about 10kms and take the Bangalow turnoff. Or take the short cut to Byron Bay / Bangalow, i.e. turn right at the bottom of Wilsons Creek Road into Coolamon Scenic Drive and then do an almost immediate left into the Myocum Road and follow it to the Pacific Motorway taking the direction to Ballina. Turn off at the Bangalow exit only a few minutes drive.
In Bangalow meander up and down its main street and take in the cafes, homeware and gift shops and the apothecary for beautiful old world scented candles and dress/clothes and accessory boutiques. Bangalow is your up market shopping spot. Suggested places to eat, Bangalow Hotel/Bistro, Utopia Café, Italian Diner and the Choux Choux Patisserie. In close proximity is the small town of Newrybar. A suggested place to eat is the Harvest Restaurant/Café. Afterwards wander into some of designer clothes boutiques and antique/bric-a-brac shops.
Byron Bay / Cape Byron
From Riverbend again as for Bangalow get there either via Mullumbimby / Pacifica Motorway or the Myocum / Ewingsdale Roads and follow the signs. Byron Bay is the township, whereas Cape Byron the furthest point where the lighthouse is located. Byron Bay is the largest and most diverse of the towns in the Byron Shire. Byron Bay is world renown for its surf beaches and is packed all year round with backpackers from across the globe. Byron Bay is a melting pot of cultures, food, people, night life and well above all, loads of fun. Shopping ranges from your Bali style markets to those designer boutiques. Three main hotels stand out, being the Beach Hotel overlooking Main Beach, the Great Northern Hotel in Lawson Street and the Rails Hotel, opposite the Great Northern but just a bit up along Jonson St. Soak up the Byron atmosphere in any of these hotels, check out the local gig guides for live performances on those lazy weekends. Wander around Byron Bay and take in the shops but soak up the Byron atmosphere in any of the hotels, particularly at the Beach Hotel where it all happens (check the local gig guides).
In Byron’s cbd, Twisted Sisters Café and other cafes / hamburger joints can be found in the Feros Arcade. There you’ll also find the Sushi-Bar-Restaurant, well worth a visit. For upmarket great food, atmosphere and location, try the Byron Beach Restaurant / Café at Clarkes Beach, a real winner! You could also try Cicchetti at 108-110 Jonson street, an upmarket restaurant offering modern European style cuisine. Right next door to Cicchetti is the Palace Cinemas Byron Bay – watch for their great Foreign Movie Festivals. Most of all just relax, make your way up to the Light House and soak in the views – its awesome and breathtaking! Around the corner below the Light House is Watego’s beach, plenty of expensive real estate nestled in this tiny bay but just beautiful. You can sit on the beach for hours and watch the sea or even try the surf. At the northern end of Wategos is Rae’s Moroccan Style accommodation and with a seafood restaurant, views and atmosphere that should be tried.
Down from Main Beach is Belongil Beach which includes some great beach cafes, try the Treehouse Restaurant/Café funky and great food. The drive from Bangalow to Byron Bay is only a few kilometres and has some beautiful breathtaking sweeping views of the coast and Cape Byron- well worth it and plenty of stunning photo opportunities.
That idyllic seaside town situated on the mouth of the Brunswick River. During the summer holidays its a real mecca for all to chill relax and unwind. It boasts many small boutique restaurants, cafes and restaurants. The Brunswick Heads hotel is a great place for a drink and has great pub food. This hotel really jumps on a Sunday afternoons in the summer holiday season when free live shows are scheduled – check the local gig guides for more information.
The ‘biggest little town’ in Australia. Less than 10 minutes from Riverbend a visit is easy, you literally just drive down the road. Lots of little Cafes everywhere, all with great food, fresh and organic. The main street is full of interesting funky shops, just wander around and explore this little gem of a town. There are two hotels in town Courthouse and Middle Pubs, both have great pub fare and are found on the main street, open all year round. Mullumbimby offers you the following eateries:-
|Poinciana||Station St||Café food – Breakfasts/Lunches only closes daily around 3pm – 7 days|
|Milk and Honey||Station St||Gourmet Pizza and Salad – open dinner Tuesday – Sunday evenings|
|The Italian Joint||Burringbar St||Range of Italian gourmet food – dinner only|
|Rock and Roll Café||Burringbar St (down an alley way)||Open daytimes Monday to Saturday closing after lunch – open for dinner Tuesday to Saturday evenings|
|Cool Beans||Burringbar St||Café Food – Open early till mid afternoon – open 7 days|
|Yaman Tradtional Yemen Food||Stuart St||Yemen Food – open 7 days till early evening – Friday/Saturday closes later evening|
|Izakaya Yu||Stuart St||Japanese Food – open lunch and dinner|
|Scratch Patisserie||Stuart St||French Bakery (and coffee)- open Tuesday to Sunday|
|Japunumop||Burringbar St||Organic Noshery – coffee, herbal tea, cakes, gourmet rolls, milk shakes|
|Empire Café and Deluxe Burger Bar||Burringbar St||Café Food and Hamburger Joint|
|Spice It Up Thai||Mullum Bowling Club Jubilee Ave||Thai Restaurant – open Wednesday to Sunday for dinner|