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Alstonville - a quaint little town just 13 kilometres from Ballina is situated on 'the plateau' and provides plenty of hidden gems to discover. Its wide streets, heritage buildings and beautiful gardens, along with its cosy cafes, unique stores and farm fresh produce make Alstonville an experience not to miss. Well known for macadamia farms and coffee plantations in the surrounds, the village has great gift shops to browse and a country pub in the heart of town.
Visit the historic Crawford House Museum built in 1910 for William Ambrose Crawford and his bride Olive. The Museum is open Fridays from 10am to 4pm and Sundays from 1pm to 4pm. It is heritage listed and is part of the Alstonville Heritage Trail that takes in a number of heritage listed buildings on a self-guided walking tour that will take you back in time.
The town itself is surrounding by subtropical parks, gardens and farms, including Victoria Park Nature Reserve, a remnant of the 'Big Scrub' - the vast rainforest which once blanketed the Northern Rivers region. And the Summerland Farm, a working macadamia and avocado farm. Stop in and experience its beauty, jump on board a tractor tour of the property, walk through the beautiful gardens, enjoy a coffee or stay for lunch and taste the region's local produce.