The Northern Rivers region covers the area north of Coffs Harbour of New South Wales to the Queensland Border at Tweed Heads, Australia. Situated in the valleys of the Richmond River and Tweed River, this region lies between the Pacific Ocean, the eastern escarpment of the Northern Tablelands and Queensland. The popular tourist destinations of Byron Bay, Lismore, Tweed Heads, and Casino are all located within the Northern Rivers region. Add to Description →
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Northern Rivers boasts a large tourist industry, particularly within each of the different cities located in this region. National parks and camping areas also attract those willing to "rough it" including the World Heritage listed rainforest haven, the Border Ranges National Park. The town of Kygole is the main gateway to many of the national parks within the Northern Rivers region, including the aforementioned Border Ranges National Park and Toonumbar National Park
Local events within this region include the annual East Coast Blues and Roots Music Festival in Byron Bay, the Lismore Gem Fest, the Byron Bay Writers Festival and Splendour in the Grass, also occurring within the Byron Bay area. Casino also celebrates "Beef Week"? each year, and is one of Australia's largest beef centers, boasting an exceptionally large cattle industry.
The Northern Rivers region attracts many tourists each year with its beautiful beaches, amazing rainforests and natural history. Kygole is an Aboriginal Australian word meaning â€œplace of the bush turkeyâ€?, and is a town mainly known for its cattle grazing and dairy farming industries. Tweed Heads is home to Mount Warning, the largest shield volcano in the Southern Hemisphere and was forever immortalized in the film "Muriel's Wedding". Byron Bay is a popular tourist destination due to its sun-kissed beaches, breath-taking hinterlands and clear weather conditions.
The Northern Rivers region of New South Wales boasts a normally mild and subtropical climate. Being located on the Northeastern coast of New South Wales, means that this region usually receives mild temperatures during the winter months. However, during the summer months, the temperatures reach anywhere between 27 degrees and 40 degrees, which includes an ample supply of rainfall.
Located on Australia's most easterly point, Byron Bay is a town of exquisite beaches, amazing views and un-spoilt hinterlands. These combine to create the perfect tourist destination, along with the fact that Byron Bay's population only reaches 9, 000. Byron Bay also plays host to many music festivals, such as the East Coast Blues and Roots Music Festival and Splendour in the Grass. Yoga retreats, and pagan gatherings, illustrate the town's laid back lifestyle.
Byron Bay is situated 175km south of Brisbane, on New South Wales north coast and is home to a thriving population of artists and musicians, resulting in a culture revolving around art, creativity, and music. These two elements attract nearly 1.7million tourists every year. In fact, Byron's economy is mainly based around tourism and agriculture, with many local residents owning their own business centered on their own produce.
The Cape Byron Lighthouse also plays a major part in the attraction of tourists to the Byron Bay area. By day, this historical monument acts as a guide for hang gliders surfing the air around the Cape. By night, it's Australia's most powerful beacon. Dolphins also love dancing within the waves along the coast, much to the enjoyment of those journeying along Byron's infamous walking track. Also, during July/August and September/ October Humpback whales can be seen migrating up and down Byron Bay's coastline.
Despite its southerly location, Byron Bay still boasts of fairly high temperatures, even during the winter months. Average summer temperatures are normally between 21 degrees and 28 degrees, resulting in lots of sunshine, perfect beaches and warm water. During winter the temperatures are usually between 15 degrees and 21 degrees. Generally, Byron Bay plays host to warm summers and mild winters, giving it perfect weather conditions for tourists and local residents alike.
Coffs Harbour, situated on the mid-north coast of New South Wales, covers an area of 1, 163 kmÂ² with a population of nearly 67, 000. Tourists are often attracted to this area because of its location; still north enough for the climate to be semi-tropical, while it is still relatively close to the capital of Sydney.
Being the only place in Australia where the Dividing Range meets the Pacific Ocean, Coffs Harbour is a big tourist hub. Here people can also experience untouched hinterlands covered with forests, farms and banana plantations. The coastal region is covered with resorts and apartments, whereas country land dominates further inland.
Coffs Harbour also offers much tourist activities. Home to many fantastic beaches, including Park Beach, Diggers Beach and Headland Beach, swimming and surfing are always obtainable pastimes. Coffs Harbour also offers several excellent diving spots, particularly off the Solitary Islands where a variety of remarkable species of tropical fish dwell. Other popular tourist activities include white-water rafting, which is available on the Goolang and Nymboida Rivers.
Coffs Harbour also offers a more relaxed lifestyle for those who wish to take a break. The North Coast Botanic Gardens offer those who are not as adventurous to take a walk through lush greenery and observe many exotic species of plant life and Aboriginal sites within the nearby rainforest. Another major icon within Coffs Harbour is The Big Banana. This "big" attraction celebrated its 40th birthday in 2005 and is home to many other attractions such as an elevated walkway through the banana plantations, leading out to the Coffs Coast lookout.
Being located on the mid-north coast of New South Wales; Coffs Harbour is lucky enough to still host a sub tropical climate. During summer, this area boasts temperatures usually between 21 degrees and 26 degrees, resulting in sunny skies and moderate breezes. Winter temperatures are normally between 19 degrees and 23 degrees. Coffs Harbour usually has warm summers and mild winters, resulting in pleasant weather conditions all year round.