Northern Rivers butts up against Queensland. The two states harmonise well most of the time, but don’t forget that New South Wales alters its clocks during the summer and Queensland doesn’t. This could affect your holiday plans if you intend to visit both states.
I have heard it said that the atmosphere of Byron Bay, in northern NSW (with its laid-back lifestyle, beach culture, marine wildlife and colourful characters) feels more like Queensland. Perhaps it is this which makes this area so wonderful for a family holiday.
When I reminisce about travels in this area there are a few things that stand out: watching dolphins from Byron lighthouse, and kayaking with whales in the bay; hurtling down the Nymboida rapids, dipping candles in Nimbin; watching Amber swim with Bella the dolphin at the Pet Porpoise Pool; cycling for miles down the beach and licking the chocolate off a frozen banana in Chillingham.
Travel inland from Byron and the colours and characters stand out even further. This is an area of rolling green hills, rainbows and happy cows. It’s an area of farm stays, waterfalls and raging rivers. It’s a place where celebrities build museums, agriculture rules and which famous politicians call home.
Heading south along the coast, every beach is as surprisingly beautiful as the last. From long sandy expanses watched over by lighthouses (which make wonderful places to ride your bikes) to hidden coves and green-cliffed walking trails. The coast of this region offers warm weather and sheltered campsites. And, if you are travelling with a dog, you’ll find New South Wales campsites much more ‘best friend’ friendly than its northern neighbour.