Beyond Byron Bay: a local’s guide to the NSW northern rivers’ lesser-known towns

From the world’s largest crystals to world heritage rainforests and list-topping beaches, it’s worth venturing beyond northern New South Wales’ most famous town

When you think of the northern rivers, you probably think of Byron Bay. Yes, the town has surfing, whale watching and even now a Hemsworth among its attractions. But the others towns in the region, even the small ones, have all of Byron’s charm – with less traffic.

From spirits (the drinking kind) and spirituality, crystals and candles to wilderness areas, beautiful beaches and one of the country’s favourite museums, there’s something for all, whether you’re day-trippers from Queensland, weekenders from Sydney or visiting for longer from further afield.

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