by clicking the arrows at the side of the page, or by using the toolbar.
by clicking anywhere on the page.
by dragging the page around when zoomed in.
by clicking anywhere on the page when zoomed in.
web sites or send emails by clicking on hyperlinks.
Email this page to a friend
Search this issue
Index - jump to page or section
Archive - view past issues
Lismore : lismore visitor guide
dotted throughout the rolling green hills of the region are tiny, postcard-perfect villages just waiting to be explored. Each village has its own character, with antique and curio shops, galleries, tea houses and cafés. These villages have a timeless serenity that is deeply relaxing. A day trip through the hills is a delightful way to absorb the atmosphere of the region, or why not base yourself in a tranquil hinterland retreat and spend a few days meandering through the lush countryside? A touring map from the Lismore Visitor Information Centre can help you find these rural treasures. bexhill (10kms) The panoramic view from the Open Air Cathedral makes it a popular spot for outdoor weddings or just a quiet place to sit and ponder. Bexhill's tiny church is renowned for its outstanding organ with recitals sometimes attracting organists from Sydney and Brisbane. The little general store on the main street has some of the best home-made Indian curries this side of Mumbai (Ann's mushroom curry is amazing!) or pick up some quality meat from the renowned butcher shop next door on your way to Rocky Creek Dam for a family barbeque. clunes (20kms) Once a staging post on the Lismore to Bangalow Road, Clunes is said to be the birthplace of the area's dairy industry. Whilst the village is actually named after a pioneering engineer called Robert Mortimer Clunes, it is fitting that Clunes is a Gaelic word for "pleasant place". There are some beautiful examples of North Coast federation houses in the Clunes district, and some fine early Australian church architecture. Stop at the Clunes General Store for a coffee or pizza and a taste of the friendly village atmosphere. The Old Romantic Shack is the cutest little curio shop around or check out the nursery up the road specialising in Australian natives. dunoon (20kms) Surrounded by endless rows of macadamia plantations, it's not hard to see why the village of Dunoon is known as the Macadamia Capital of Australia. Dunoon is also the gateway to Rocky Creek Dam, the major source of the region's drinking water and one of the most beautiful picnic and barbeque spots around. Swimming and boating are prohibited but there is a great kids' playground and plenty of nature walks. If you prefer to dine in style, take the family along to Mayfields Restaurant overlooking the lush grounds of the Dunoon Sports and Recreational Club. Each November, the Club plays host to the Village Blues Festival, a great event for locals and visitors alike. eltham (15kms) Just off the Lismore to Bangalow Road, between Bexhill and Clunes, the historic railway village of Eltham is nestled in a lush and picturesque valley. Hire the local court for a game of tennis then pop across the road for a refreshing ale at the classic country pub, the Eltham Friendly Inn, living up to its name with real country hospitality. Next door, the Eltham Village Gallery sells an amazing range of local arts, crafts and curios. Take a short drive along Boatharbour Road to Eltham Valley Pantry, a lovingly restored farmhouse café on a working pecan and coffee plantation. Join the morning or afternoon tours of the farm from Wednesday to Friday, sample the Pantry's delicious home baked fare and take home some fresh coffee and pecans at farm gate prices. 20 villagelife "Many creative practitioners have migrated to this region attracted by the charm of village life and the enriching community spirit " -- Cathy Henkel, Filmmaker, Clunes