Couples Only Accommodation in the Byron Bay – Gold Coast region

Listing local holiday accommodation where you can enjoy an intimate or private getaway without worrying about kids running about being, well, kids, it’s a great directory to visit if you’re looking for the perfect place to pop the question or a honeymoon spot, or even just wanting to find a relaxing break.

Our Couples Only Accommodation directory covers the Byron Bay, Tweed Heads, Kingscliff, Northern Rivers region of NSW, and Gold Coast hinterland, Tamborine Mountain area of QLD, Australia.

SatinashBdRm122L45 Photo: © Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat


Overcome jet lag in Australia

Overcome jet lag from Europe or the Americas, with a short stay in the Northern Rivers – Gold Coast region of Australia.

Yes, we get it.  We’re a long way away from where you are, and the flights are sooooo long and tiring, and you don’t have much time and you want to SEE EVERYTHING – right now!

But wait just a minute.

If you can, try to add on a day or two at the beginning or end of your great Aussie adventure, to relax and recover from the flight, or to have enough time to go through your departure checklists and schedule in a relaxed mood, and maybe even catch up on those “Aussie moments” you might have missed elsewhere. 

With two international airports; Brisbane International Airport (BNE) and Gold Coast Airport (OOL), serving Asia, the UK, Europe, and the Americas, our region is a great place for visitors who want to relax before flying out, and for inbound visitors to have a day or two to recover from jetlag ahead of their forward travel in Australia.

There’s lots you can do to get acclimatised after your long flight, or catch up on before your leave. DSC_1381_LyreBirdWalk_a

  • Laze on any one of the hundred or so beaches from Ballina in the south, all the way to Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast in the north.
  • Take a personalised half day or full day hinterland World Heritage rainforest tour complete with delicious treats and traditional Aussie BBQ lunch (check out our Day Tours directory.)
  • Go alfresco dining and people watching at any one of the number of “Eat Streets” in the region.
  • Catch up on gifts and souvenirs (and post them to yourself so they don’t add to luggage weight), or buy that essential must have you left at home.  With every kind of retail therapy imaginable; from shopping centres and outlet shopping offering boutique and luxury brands, through to Australian designers, arts and crafts, plus Farmers Markets and Weekend Monthly Markets, you’re sure to find what you want.
  • Or how about some real “pamper me” beauty therapy, day spa, massage and energy re-alignments.
  • Meet the locals you missed seeing on your travels, or get acquainted with Australia’s unique native animals at a wildlife park (we recommend Fleays Wildlife Park at West Burleigh Heads).
  • You didn’t get to Bondi Beach in Sydney?  Well, in that case, go for a swim or learn to surf at the almost equally famous Coolangatta Beach on the Gold Coast or Main Beach in Byron Bay.  Odds on, you’ll be standing up by the end of your (first) lesson.
  • If surfing doesn’t appeal, there’s always a coastal kayak tour and paddle with the dolphins, and whales in season.
  • Or if you prefer something more tranquil, try an estuary/creek paddle tour and experience the scenery from a different view.
  • Or you can do nothing at all and just chill out on the balcony of your apartment overlooking the beach or river
  • Or retreat to the hinterland and enjoy the serenity of Australia’s rainforest accommodation options (where they probably won’t even have mobile phone access.  How’s that for peace and quiet?)

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Camping grounds in Northern NSW and Southern QLD

Campgrounds, tent sites accommodaton and drive in camper grounds in the Byron Bay, Tweed Heads, Upper Clarence region of New South Wales and Gold Coast hinterland and Scenic Rim region of Queensland, Australia.

Iron Pot Creek

Iron Pot Creek, Toonumbar National Park Photo © by Big Volcano Tourism

You’ll find camp grounds, car camping and walk-in camping available in many of the World Heritage listed national parks of the region.

Campgrounds and tent sites maybe available at country resorts and farmstays, with on-site adventure and nature activities.

Like beachside tourist and holiday parks, these private campgrounds usually have campers kitchen and clean, modern amenities.

Camping in national parks of the region is very popular on weekends and during school holidays, so booking online in advance for QLD National Parks is recommended.

At NSW National Parks you may drive in, and pay your camping fee as directed at self payment stations prior to setting up camp. 

Camping in public reserves by arrangement, is operated by some local community showground trusts or progress associations.

Like national parks, these are popular on weekends and during school holidays, so you should book in advance to avoid disppointment.

Big Volcano Camping Grounds directory

Wollumbin National Park re-opens


Wollumbin National Park re-opened today, 24 September 2013.

Robyn Parker MP
Minister for the Environment
Minister for Heritage

Tuesday, 24 September 2013


Three months ahead of schedule Wollumbin National Park will reopen just in time for the school holidays, Environment Minister Robyn Parker announced today.

Ms Parker and Lismore MP Thomas George visited the park to say thanks to national parks staff for their hard work and acknowledged the community and local businesses for their patience while the summit track and car park were being cleared of debris.

“After being severely damaged by ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald in January this year the NSW Government committed $200,000 to rebuild the popular 4.4km Wollumbin/Mount Warning Summit Track,” Ms Parker said.

“The park was able to be re-opened ahead of schedule which will be welcome news to the more than 100,000 visitors to the park each year.

“The work includes repairs to the summit lookout platforms providing the panoramic views of the Tweed valley and surrounding ranges.”

Mr George said more than 10 tonnes of debris was cleared from the car park alone, which was wood chipped and used as mulch in nearby nature reserves, including Marshalls Creek, Cudgen and Wooyung.

“The Australia Day weekend storm caused significant damage to the mountain, including extensive blow-downs of ancient forest trees and three landslips on the eastern face,” Mr George said.

“The summit path has been re-routed in four separate locations due to the massive root-balls of the felled trees blocking the path.

“Everyone is to be congratulated for their hard work in getting our park back in good health and just in time for the school holidays.”

National Parks and Wildlife Service Northern Rivers Region Manager Mark Johnston said the clearing on Wollumbin was especially difficult for the crews. “Normally mountain tracks are cleared from the summit down, but because the 4.4km path was steep and blocked the clean-up began at the ground and worked up,” Mr Johnston said.

“This made the job more challenging and dangerous as discarded debris could not be rolled down the mountain.”


 The NPWS engaged specialist arborists who abseiled between the top of trees with a chainsaw to remove dangerous overhanging limbs.

 50 tonnes of gravel was airlifted into the park by a helicopter and dropped at various points along the summit track.

 A team of NPWS ground staff has been working in the park since April 30.

 All of the contractors, with the exception of one, came from the Northern Rivers.

 Mt Trails, Tasmanian experts in building walking tracks in Australian national parks, worked on the track, and employed local indigenous workers.

For anyone interested in alternatives (or additional local attractions and activities) to a climb, please check out our blog posts at, done a few months ago, in the wake of the initial closure.