Macadamia farms, Jean-Paul Ferrero / Auscape International

Population 5001

Alstonville is between Lismore and Ballina, surrounded by macadamia and avocado plantations. It's known for its immaculate gardens and purple tibouchina trees that blossom in March, as well as quirky antique and gift shops.

Visitor Information

253 Wardell Road; (02) 6628 0610

Nearby national parks

  • Broadwater National Park

    Located on the state’s north-east coast, Broadwater National Park’s outstanding feature is its lovely sweep of beach, with...more

  • Bundjalung National Park

    Bundjalung National Park protects a superb 38-kilometre stretch of the state’s far north coastline, including secluded beaches,...more

  • Wollumbin National Park

    The looming presence of iconic Mount Warning is at the heart of this national park, a lush rainforest environment on the state’s far...more

Nearby towns

  • Ballina Intro

    Ballina sits on an island at the mouth of the Richmond River in northern New South Wales. The sandy beaches, clear water and warm weather...more

  • Lismore

    This regional centre of the Northern Rivers district is on the banks of the Wilsons River. European settlement came in 1840 when John Brown...more

  • Byron Bay

    Byron Bay's excellent beaches, laid-back feel and great weather have made it a long-time destination for surfers, backpackers and...more

In Town

Lumley Park:

walk-through reserve of native plants, flying fox colony and open-air pioneer transport museum; Bruxner Hwy.

Budgen Avenue: several shops and galleries with local art and craft.

Elizabeth Ann Brown Park: rainforest park with picnic facilities; Main St.


Victoria Park Nature Reserve This remarkable rainforest reserve contains 68 species of trees in only 17.5 ha, 8 ha of which remain largely untouched. The area is also home to red-legged pademelons, potoroos, water rats and possums. There is a boardwalk, clearly marked walking trails and a spectacular lookout taking in the surrounding countryside. 8 km S.

Summerland House with No Steps: nursery, avocado and macadamia orchard, garden, crafts, fruit-processing plant, kids water park and Devonshire tea. Completely run by people with disabilities; (02) 6628 0610; 3 km S.

Fishing spots near town

Clarrie Hall Dam - Fishing Sub-region 45 km

Angling is a buzz when you are into a hot bite. It is also a buzz when discovering new territory or out hooking with other anglers, observing their methods and techniques on their home waters. So it was when I fished... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Diving and snorkelling around Byron Bay 28 km

Although there is not much in the way of shore dives or snorkelling around Byron Bay, the nearby Julian Rocks Marine Reserve is a top spot if you can get on a boat, with sea turtles, eagle rays, corals, grey nurse and... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

E.S.P. Espresso Bar

After you have fought for your table – and won the battle – settle in at E.S.P Espresso Bar for excellent coffee and food. Always busy, this cafe could easily rival some of Sydney’s best. You can eat in... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Stone and Wood Brewing 27 km

The popular coastal holiday destination of Byron Bay is the location for one of the country’s newest and most exciting craft breweries – Stone & Wood. The partners behind the venture include a trio of... Find out more

Campsites around town

Flat Rock Tent Park 16 km

This is a simple camping spot 4 km north-east of Ballina on the Coast Rd (Lennox Head Rd) but it’s quiet and protected despite being about a 3 min walk to Angels Beach. With Ballina and Lennox Head close by,... Find out more

Broken Head Holiday Park 23 km

At Broken Head Nature Reserve, lush and fertile rainforests reach emerald tendrils all the way down to long, sweeping beaches, and this holiday park is tucked in right next to the reserve, 7 km south of Byron Bay.... Find out more

Rummery Park camping area 28 km

From this roomy, friendly camping area you can take a short walk following Boggy Creek to the beautiful Minyon Falls in Nightcap National Park. Other activities include birdwatching and car touring. To get here, turn off... Find out more

Massey Greene Holiday Park 35 km

This is in a top location, right on the Brunswick River and minutes away from Brunswick Heads town centre. The river offers swimming, fishing, snorkelling and boating, and there’s a surf beach only a 10 min walk... Find out more

Black Rocks camping area 46 km

Black Rocks is on Ten Mile Beach, via unsealed Gap Rd, 5 km south of Woodburn. There are concrete bunkers from World War II here – a section in the north of the park is still used by the military for target... Find out more

Cutters Camp camping area 50 km

You’ll find Cutters Camp where Mebbin Forest and Caddell rds meet. Unsealed Mebbin Forest Rd is a 35 km scenic route with wonderful views of the region’s volcanic, forest-clad landscape; you’ll need a... Find out more

Mount Warning Rainforest Park 52 km

Surround yourself with lush and up-tempo rainforest and mountain streams in this verdant mid-north-coast holiday park at the foot of Mt Warning. Accommodation options include deluxe, ensuite and budget cabins, and tent... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

BIG4 Ballina Central Holiday Park 13 km

This park is across the road from the water, at the end of the main street and just walking distance from the shops. The park has good amenities. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies at... Find out more

South Ballina Beach Holiday Park 14 km

This is a very neat park on the south side of the Richmond River. It is in a quiet area and is one of the few parks along this stretch of coast where pets are permitted (except in Christmas and Easter holidays). Bookings... Find out more

Ballina Headlands Leisure Park 16 km

On a popular holiday coast, this park is about 500 metres from the water and 9 km north-east of Ballina off the Beach Road. It is a good base when visiting the area and has a heated pool for winter months. Bookings are... Find out more

Lake Ainsworth Holiday Park 16 km

Located alongside Lake Ainsworth and across the road from the beach, this is a good basic park in a great position. The surf club is nearby and the popular beach is great for swimming or walking. This is a council park... Find out more

Broken Head Holiday Park 23 km

This stretch of coast is a busy holiday area. The park is located on the beach and has good facilities, and popular Byron Bay is 8.5 km north. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies in... Find out more

Suffolk Beachfront Holiday Park 24 km

A popular beachside holiday park that is busy year-round, this park has good facilities and is 6 km south of Byron Bay. It is close to some popular surfing and swimming beaches. Bookings are required in peak periods and... Find out more

Glen Villa Resort 27 km

This is a high quality park with good facilities, about 400 metres from the town centre. It has the unusual policy of permitting just two people per site. No bookings are taken, and a minimum-length stay applies at... Find out more

First Sun Holiday Park 28 km

Every now and then we discover a park in a fabulous position. This place is on the beach at Byron Bay, within walking distance of the town centre, the restaurants and the nightlife. The park is busy year-round and is... Find out more

Silver Sands Holiday Park 30 km

This is a huge beachside park with good facilities just a short walk from the centre of town. It has many permanent holiday vans and is a very popular holiday spot for people from the nearby inland towns. Bookings are... Find out more

Terrace Reserve Holiday Park 35 km

Close to the centre of Brunswick Heads, this is a good quality park on the water and ideal for a holiday or just a few days. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies at Christmas and... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Hume’s Hovell B&B

Hume’s Hovell is a delightful play on words, hinting at the casual ambience at this B&B. The five secluded guest suites each have their own private verandah or outdoor area, framed by tropical gardens including... Find out more

Tallaringa Views

Tallaringa Views has an enviable location above lush treetops between ocean and mountains. The owners have created a romantic retreat for couples, with two state-of-the-art, open-plan cottages on 10 hectares of pristine... Find out more

Deux Belettes

Guests will discover they are part of a French fairytale when they arrive at Deux Belettes, with its gables and shingle-roofed turrets. An extraordinary guesthouse overflowing with effortless French style, it has three... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Emerald Valley Villa 25 km

Nestled in the hinterland some 25 minutes drive from Byron Bay, this is way up the high end of ecotourism in this country. You can rent your own five-star palace (they call it a villa), complete with pool, courtyard,... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Wardell rest area 11 km

22km N of Woodburn (L) or 14km S of Ballina (L)

Large areas just off the highway on both sides.

Woodburn park area 27 km

At Woodburn

Adjacent to the highway overlooking the river.

Tyagarah rest area 29 km

36km N of Ballina (L)     

Just off the highway. For northbound only.

Trustons Hill rest area 31 km

40km S of Woodburn (L)

Just off the highway behind some trees. For southbound only.

New Italy rest area 37 km

At New Italy

Just off the highway under shady trees near the museum and cafe. Big rigs at north end of the rest area.

Yelgun rest area 40 km

50km N of Ballina (R) or 42km S of Tweed Heads (L)

Well off the highway.

Sleepy Hollow rest area 47 km

58km N of Ballina (L) or 32km S of Tweed Heads (L)

Just off the highway on both sides.

Beekeepers rest area 54 km

28km S of Woodburn (L)

Adjacent to the highway. For southbound only.

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