Byron Bay may get all the attention but there is so much more to do in this corner of New South Wales.

The Northern Rivers is a corner of New South Wales populated with hidden attractions and sprawling scenery that wouldn’t be out of place in a Lord of the Rings movie. Located just two hours drive from Brisbane, this scenic hotspot is the perfect location for a weekend getaway.

Here are five things to do while spending the weekend in the Northern Rivers

Tropical Fruit World

Snack on an array of fresh fruit while watching the miracle fruit show or exploring the grounds on a plantation safari. Step onto the jungle river cruise where you can feed the wild birds and keep an eye out for water-dragons.There is also a fauna park and a miniature train ride, making this Duranbah location a great place for families to spend the day.

Kyogle Country and Villages

Here you can browse the eclectic range of shops in Kyogle’s main street. Time has stood still in this quaint little village and its streets are a treasure trove of delights which include camping stores, agricultural suppliers, country pubs, galleries, funky second hand stores and other highlights.  You can also visit the villages of Woodenbong and their Yowie Country Markets, historic Urbenville, Bonalbo and Tabulam, site of the longest single span wooden bridge in Australia and a way to explore the wildlife and untamed beauty of the Upper Clarence River.

The Ballina Naval and Maritime Museum

This museum contains the largest collection of naval and merchant ships in Australia and is located in Regatta Avenue along the banks of the picturesque Richmond River. Check out a working steam engine or take a guided tour through the interactive displays or the tribute to women in the Navy.

Amaze ‘n’ Place

Located in Alstonville in the beautiful hinterland bordering Ballina, this fun land features a unique hedge maze, a relaxing café and restaurant and a puzzle gift shop where you can scoop up some treats to take home . You can also hang out and feed alpacas Diego and Reiff, they love the company!


The Kingscliff coastline consists of a series of golden beaches cradled between headlands. There are world-class surf breaks and a reef break on the southern edge of Kingscliff.This region lies in close proximity to the Tweed Valley, the crater of a huge extinct volcano, now carpeted with a vivid green tapestry of farms and rainforest.

Have you been to the Northern Rivers? What was your favorite part of the trip?