Introduction to Alstonville, New South Wales.

Located on the Bruxner Highway about half way between Lismore and Ballina, many visitors to the Northern Rivers region make a day trip to the Alstonville Plateau to take in the stunning views, and to visit popular local attractions like Amaze ‘n’ Place, Summerland House with No Steps and Teven Golf Course.

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Photo: Big Scrub remnant, Booyung Nature Reserve © Big Volcano Tourism

Atop the rich krasnosem soils which previously supported the “Big Scrub”, Alstonville and Wollongbar are communities serving a thriving agricultural industry and workers who commute to Lismore and Ballina.

In addition to the more conventional dairy and beef farming, macadamia orchards abound in the smaller villages, while bananas, peanuts, pawpaws, pineapples and other exotic and subtropical fruits are being successfully grown.

Motor Inns, B&Bs and farmstays are the primary accommodations available on the plateau, and in the smaller settlements like Tintenbar and Teven, which also boasts an excellent golf course.

A variety of day tours, river cruises and activities are available at Ballina.

Read more here: Alstonville, Wollongbar, NSW 2477

Hooray for Olleywood

What is it about Ballina?

With Burns Point, a current film in production written by local Chris Blackburn, and PJ Hogan (“Muriel’s Wedding”), filming the feature “Mental” in Ballina in 2012, not to mention a slew of other film and TV productions in the region recently, you could be forgiven if locals started referring to the town as “Balliwood”.

And why not?  After all, there’s only so much Big Prawn you can eat, and with the opening of the Margaret Olley Art Centre, already dubbed “Olleywood”, complete with sign, at the Tweed Regional Gallery in Murwillumbah last month, variations on the theme seem to be very appropriate at the moment.

Olleywood sign

Olleywood sign, Tweed Regional Gallery, Murwillumbah, NSW, Australia