The attractive Mullumbimby, a short drive from Byron Bay, is an ideal base to explore the beautiful hinterland of the North Coast of NSW. Next to the splendid Brunswick River, enjoy bushwalking, meditative experiences and the weekly Mullumbimby Farmers Market, a popular community event that regularly features singers and performers.
The eclectic annual Mullum Music Festival is a drawcard too. Visit the Brunswick Valley Heritage Park, a botanical haven for hundreds of rainforest plant species, some of which are endangered. Take the heritage park's trail to the Brunswick River, where you'll discover a charming picnic spot.
For a guided meditative tour, visit the gorgeous Shambhala Gardens at Crystal Castle. You'll also find giant crystals, a labyrinth and various reflective experiences. In the five hectares of gardens and rainforest is the Lotus Cafe, which uses lots of local fresh organic produce.
Health retreats are popular too. Among the accommodation options are White Lotus Cleansing Retreats and . And quality cafes and restaurants in the area use fresh seasonal produce grown in the rich soils of the Byron Bay region.