Itineraries & Trails
Ballina – Byron – Hinterland Way
Ballina – Lennox Head – The Macadamia Castle – Newrybar – Bangalow – Byron Bay
The Hinterland Way is a tourist route along the Old Pacific Highway, starting at Ewingsdale (the Byron Bay interchange) and following the Old Pacific Highway through to Ross Lane. It’s a visually stunning road which, for a long time, has been the battle ground of B double trucks and motorists travelling at top speed on a tight schedule between Brisbane and Sydney. Now that it’s the Hinterland Way motorists and cyclists alike can enjoy the beauty of the coastal and hinterland vistas as they meander along at a more leisurely pace.
Taking in the delights of village life on the North Coast of NSW, the Hinterland Way allows tourists to easily visit the increasingly popular spots of Bangalow, Newrybar and The Macadamia Castle where they can eat, play shop and relax. The Hinterland Way is a stepping-off point to many other remarkable destinations, such as the villages of Federal and Eltham, and attractions, such as The Crystal Castle and the Nightcap Ranges, which are now more accessible than ever.
Welcome to Bangalow, one of those country gems; a picturesque rural village with quiet parks and shady trees nestled against the Byron Creek which runs through the village. The main street is a heritage listed precinct with tall verandah buildings, some brick, some timber but all steeped in a documented history painstakingly preserved by the local historical society. Restuarants, cafes, art galleries and antique shops now occupy the old banks and drapery stores. The Billycart Derby, held on the third Sunday in May each year, commandeers the main street of Bangalow to enable billycarts of all shapes, sizes and varying speed abilities to careen down the main street hill. If you happen to be in Bangalow in November you must visit the Bangalow Show. Very much part of the history of the town, the Show is about agriculture, showcasing poultry and animals, quirky races (think ride on lawn mowers racing around the showground!) incredible horsemanship displays and rodeo riding, as well as produce and baking competitions and craft displays. On the fourth Sunday of each month Bangalow comes alive to the huge market in the leafy showgrounds. Perhaps the most popular market on the North Coast.
There are many festivals throughout the year such as the Bangalow Music Festival (an event which attracts international stars to the acclaimed acoustics of the beautifully resorted A&I Hall). Sample Food festival, BBQ and Bluegrass Festival and the hugely popular Christmas Eve Carnival. Bangalow has become famous not only for its shady trees and grassy enclosures, it also showcases the best of the region’s art, craft and produce.
The historic village of Newrybar is home to the historic and oldest bakery in Australia that incorporates an award winning eatery Harvest Café. Harvest Café combines stunning contemporary cuisine with a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Next door houses a glorious deli, filled with delicious treats. Driftlab and Newrybar Merchants are a collective of the region’s creative local artisans and curators, making a stop at Newrybar well worth your while.
The Macadamia Castle is a North Coast icon. It is full of surprises for all ages. Free entry to the Castle where you cn try Macadamia nuts, visit the cafe for high quality local meals, enjoy their pancake menu and visit the retail emporium. In the Animal park you get to see Australian Wildlife up close and experience the interactive keeper talks, free flight bird show, bunny petting, mini golf and train ride – something for everyone.
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