Opposite the museum, this place raises consciousness about marijuana legalisation, as well as providing all the tools and fashion items you’ll need to get high (or at least attract police attention). The embassy leads the Mardi Grass festival each May. Smokers are welcome at the tiny Hemp Bar next door, which is like Haight-Ashbury in a bottle.
The small Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre provides an interesting insight into the traditional owners of the land, the Minjungbal people. Exhibits demonstrate their traditional lifestyle, the influence of Pacific Islander (Kanak) refugees, and the landscape prior to European arrival.
The Koala Care Centre is home to recovering koalas and well worth a visit. To get a glimpse of platypuses, head to the northern end of Kadina St and walk up to Tucki Tucki Creek at dawn or sunset. You can also spot fuzzy grey bums-in-the-gums at Robinson’s Lookout .
The classic local boozer. A vast covered porch out the back overlooks a verdant valley. Inside, artistic photos of regulars grace the walls and there’s actually a slight hint of minimalist style. The fare is typical pub grub; there’s live music many Friday nights.
Just 400m down the hill from town and off the Murwillumbah road, the Old Butter Factory now incubates a number of little businesses including the candle factory, redolent with wax. Thousands of hand-dipped paraffin candles are on display.
This 31,729-hectare World Heritage area covers the NSW side of the McPherson Range, with the park’s wetter areas protecting large tracts of superb rainforest; more than 170 Australian bird species have been identified here.
One of a couple of worthy cafes on the quieter side of the river, this one is in a wonderfully worn building. Great BLATs, toasted Turkish sandwiches and fine coffee can be enjoyed in a sunny courtyard out the back.
A stodgy old caff has been reborn as a retro-hip scenester playground. Lots of local musicians hang out at the pavement tables sipping the excellent coffee by day and jamming till late weekend nights.
Park yourself by the sunny window, settle into a corner of the long bench seating or take in the scene from one of the pavement tables. There’s cafe-style fusion fare and locally famous baked goods.
Wilson River walking track starts in the CBD and skirts the river. Along the way you’ll pass a bush tucker garden , nurturing the once daily diet of the Widjabal people, traditional owners of the land.
This upbeat vegetarian restaurant has a counter full of healthy comfort food including gourmet pies and soups. The gelato is made on the premises and the coffee is locally grown.
The somewhat extroverted decor in this happening little eatery makes for a lively dining experience. The pizza toppings are generous and the vegetarian choices exemplary.