Australia’s Green Cauldron is one of Tourism Australia’s original National Landscapes and stretches from the Gold Coast Hinterland, across the border through The Tweed to Byron Bay and west to Scenic Rim and Nimbin. This spectacular landscape includes World Heritage Listed National Parks, idyllic seaside villages, ancient rainforest and lush hinterland.
It is often said that Byron Shire became famous after thousands of people discovered Byron at the time of the Aquarius Music and Alternative Lifestyle Festival held in Nimbin, back in 1973. Many who came to the Festival never left. They set up organic farms, holistic healing centres, yoga schools, writers and circus schools, wrote books, made movies, recorded music and grew and sold marijuana all of which brought more people, artists, innovators and income to the entire region.
Simple Pleasure is the tag line for Brunswick Heads and simple pleasures it offers, with a touch of vintage retro and a culinary offering that punches well above its weight. Brunswick Heads is a small unspoilt coastal village on the NSW north coast, situated at the mouth of the Brunswick River. The town is 15 minutes north of Byron Bay and 30 minutes from the Gold Coast. It is only 30 minutes by car from both Ballina Byron Airport and Coolangatta Airport.
Nestled within the breakwater there is a safe peaceful beach while a white sandy surf beach stretches to the south. The north bank of the river hosts a protected rainforest and the southern bank provides a harbour and small marina for fishing boats and small craft. Mt Chincogan and Mt Warning provide a spectacular hinterland backdrop to the river that meanders up to the small town of Mullumbimby.
The Tweed Shire seat is famous for being the filming location for one of the most popular reality TV show in the world. Since 2002 the hit British show I'm a Celebrity...Get Me out of Here! has been shot in or around to town of Murwillumbah. The British television show puts B list celebrities in the middle of the jungle and documents them living in primitive conditions. Each season the celebrities name a charity they wish to benefit from their experience. Viewers vote for the celebrities they wish to complete trials by phone. The last celebrity remaining is crowned King or Queen of the Jungle. Dutch and German versions of the show are also filmed here.
Lismore is set amid what remains of the Big Scrub. This is a local term for the World Heritage protected Gondwana Rainforests of Australia. The nearest major national park is Nightcap National Park, which is situated near the Nightcap Mountain Range on the southern edge of the massive Tweed caldera. The Gondwana Rainforests there receive more rainfall than any other national park in the region. Some of the biggest waterfalls in the area are located there, including Minyon Falls and Protestors Falls. In addition to the ancient stands of trees and the Githabal tribal group, the park is also home to a large population of extremely rare animals such as the Albert's lyrebirds and Leay's Barred Frog.