The end of some studies triggered a need for a short break away; Northern NSW fit the bill with lush rainforest, some hiking, great beaches, nice food and hot pools. This time it was off to Mullumbimby, a small town about 20km South of Murwillumbah in the Byron Bay hinterland about two and half hours drive from Brisbane. I always like visiting this town, it is a strange mix of 70s hippie culture and Byron wealth. Somehow, it has managed to avoid the massive crowds of Byron despite being so close.


We elected to go down on a slightly slow road and to get lunch at Cabarita Beach. The Southern end of SE QLD through to Coffs Harbour about half way down NSW is pretty much a long beach just broken by the odd rocky headland. Cabarita Beach is a part of this and is gorgeous. The water was dotted with hundreds of surfers and the waves were delivering, it looked like fun!

The trip also included an hour at the Kiva Spa; a pacific styled set of heated pools. The pools are unfortunately not natural springs, but they still worked to remove the winter chill. This is a no electronics area so no pictures, but take my word for it – it was no onsen but was relaxing.


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