Just on from the Retreat is the beautiful little town of Thora. There are many secret swimming holes along the pristine Bellinger River which is perfect for swimming & kayaking – watch out for the platypus which is common in this area. Explore on foot the lush rainforest surroundings, home to many native animals.
Upper Thora (20km west)
Take the beautiful scenic drive to Upper Thora, where you will find clear running streams, perfect picnic spots and plenty of places to throw in your kayak or cool down in the cool clear water. It’s via Darkwood Road, which begins opposite the Thora General Store, just minutes from the Retreat.
Bellingen & surrounds (14km east)
Bellingen is a thriving, exciting town, offering a great blend of cultural heritage, arts, crafts, cafes, restaurants, sporting activities … in addition to friendly and interesting people. Water sports include kayaking or canoeing on the many local rivers, fishing, swimming, or boat cruises at Urunga. Golfers are well catered for in the area with two local courses, or for those avid golfers, experience the International Bonville. Beaches are only 40 minutes away, Coffs Harbour and its airport only a 45-minute drive.
Dorrigo & surrounds (14km northwest)
The drive from our Retreat to Dorrigo along the award-winning tourist route The Waterfall Way has spectacular waterfalls and views. The World Heritage Rainforest Centre at Dorrigo is not to be missed, with a skywalk, interactive displays and a variety of walking trails. You can coordinate your visit with a ranger-guided tour.
Bushwalk in one of the fourteen National Parks within 45 minutes drive of Lombok.
Picnic at Platypus Flat by the banks of the Nymboida River amongst the tall trees of the Nymboi-Binderay National Park.