Summerland House Farm
Summerland House Farm is a 172 acre macadamia, avocado and tomato farm on the beautiful Alstonville plateau, a short distance from Ballina. Here you can experience all the region’s award winning produce. There’s something for all the family from the educational Tractor Tour, museum, culinary delights of the café, water spray park or retail therapy. This is a must-see experience in the Northern Rivers region of The Legendary Pacific Coast.
|Phone:||02 6628 0610|
|Address:||Summerland House Farm, 253 Wardell Rd, Alstonville, NSW, 2477, Australia|
Tourist Drives to dreamland
I read once that everyone has travelled some part of America’s Route 66 – “if only in their dreams”. In a way, the same goes for the Tourist Drives linking attractions on the beautiful Ballina Coast and Hinterland of Northern NSW. Besides acting as a convenient guidebook, these drives can also show visitors the countryside […]View page
Ballina Coast and Hinterland is the complete package
If the latest holiday trend is to go retro and revisit places we went as children, then the Ballina Coast and Hinterland is surely top-of-mind. This picturesque area figures prominently in a generation of memories about the rite of passage known as the beach holiday. These memories, in many ways, are part of the Australian […]View page
Alstonville & Wollongbar
Alstonville is ocated on the Bruxner Highway 13km west of Ballina and 19km east of Lismore. The village of Wollongbar is situated 4 km to the west of Alstonville. Alstonville is considered as the service centre of the area known as the Alstonville Plateau.
Crawford house, a pioneer house situated next to Elizabeth Ann Brown Park is now a historical museum. Directly behind is the town’s major shopping centre, Alstonville Plaza, which has a few specialty shops, and a major supermarket. The town has a post office and several banks are located in the town.
Summerland House, previously known as the “House With No Steps”, has been operating near Alstonville since 1971. Summerland House provides training and employment opportunities for in excess of 80 people with physical and intellectual disabilities in fields such as farming and hospitality. It is a ‘must see’ visitor attraction now with tractor tours for the kids around the working farm and produce for sale so pop into Summerland House and taste what the region has to offer.
Some interesting facts, Tibouchina ‘Alstonville’ (Tibouchina lepidota) is a small tree grown in many parts of Australia for its brilliant display of purple flowers in autumn. This variety along with the dwarf variety ‘Jules’ was developed by Ken Dunstan a resident of Alstonville, hence the name.
The world’s first commercial orchard of Macadamia trees was planted in the early 1880s by Charles Staff at Rous Mill, on the Alstonville plateau, just 7 km south west of the centre of town.
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Ballina – Tourist Drive 28
Wardell, Alstonville, Teven, Tintenbar
Tourist Drive 28 is our discovery trail that allows you to explore the picturesque rural villages where you will find parks, tearooms, country pubs, galleries and lots of shops! Pack a picnic lunch, or stock up along the way with some delicious local produce.
Up stream along the Richmond River, the river village of Wardell is a great place to start your journey. The drive from Wardell to Alstonville takes in spectacular rural vistas as it rises to the top of the Alstonville Plateau. Head along Wardell Road where you can enjoy a rainforest boardwalk through Victoria Park Nature Reserve, a remnant of the ‘Big Scrub’ – the vast rainforest which once blanketed the region. You will also discover popular attractions Summerland House Farm and Amaze N Place.
The town of Alstonville is known as an Aladdin’s cave for curio hunters and culture buffs with its historic buildings, classic Australian architecture, antique shops, galleries and cafes. Heading out along Pearces Creek Road through beautiful green countryside you will continue along to Teven Road which takes you past Teven Valley Golf Course, a delightful course in a superbly tranquil setting. To finish (or start) the tourist drive you will find Tintenbar, home to the beautiful Tintenbar Oval and the Tintenbar General Store.
- Teven Valley Golf Course, 1684 Eltham Road, Teven
- Lumley Park, Pearces Creek Road, Alstonville
- Alstonville Town Centre, Alstonville
- Amaze N Place, 149 Wardell Road, Alstonville
- Summerland House Farm, 253 Wardell Road, Alstonville
- Victoria Park Nature Reserve, Victoria Park, Alstonville
- Wardell Town Village, Wardell Road, Wardell
Grafton to Coffs Harbour – Tourist Drive 19
Orara Way (Summerland Way) Grafton to Coffs Harbour
Take the Armidale Road South from Grafton for approximately 6kms. Turn left onto Orara Way (Summerland Way) and follow for approximately 38kms to Glenreagh. Situated in the Orara Valley alongside the tranquil Orara River, Glenreagh is overlooked by magnificent sandstone ranges, much of which is State Forest. Why not stop for a picnic or bbq at Shannon Park on the banks of the river or stop in at the Golden Dog Hotel and enjoy the local hospitality.
Continue on the Summerland Way, for proximately 12km to the small village of Nana Glen and the Two Tails Winery where you are able to sample their selection of wines at the cellar door and eat your packed lunch in the gardens or the nearby café. After leaving continue for a further 10kms to the village of Coramba and a further 17kms to Coffs Harbour.
- Award winning Heritage Trail, Grafton
- Schaeffer House Historical Society Museum
- Grafton Regional Art Gallery
- Glenreagh Village and Museum (Timber Festival – July)