"Bangalow and the Big Scrub and Minyon Falls" Bangalow by amandamac15
Bangalow Travel Guide: 1 reviews and 10 photos
Down the M1 highway, it was three hours from Brisbane by car to Byron bay, it now only takes half that time. Three to four lanes of breakneck (breakspine head and all other parts of your body)speed for almost all the way.Exit the M1 at Bangalow, a heritage village, peppered with upmarket gift and antique shops. Interesting display in the historic museum. If you arrive after lunch, there is little left at the bakery to eat, but there is a pub with reasonable to expensive meals and light fare and sandwiches devonshire teas etc at the historical museum located in the street to the rear of the main drag.
Interesting display of timber getters, bullocky teams and dairy vans in the "Big Scrub's" early days of selection and cleaning.
This area is traditionally a sugar cane and Banana growing area... now I think it grows macadamias, fruits and weed!!!
My great grandfather was a pioneer in the region of the Big Scrub, a name given to a huge stretch of wet subtropical rainforest stretching across a large part of North eastern New South Wales.
Remnants of this scub remain in Whian Whian forest, (a good hour or so drive inland), and the areas now preserved in National park and State Conservation areas, but most of it was burned because the flora was "just scrub". Men were first attracted to this area for the prize of Cedar, a beautiful soft timber that was used for furniture and sadly, flooring, in the nineteenth century, then later the area was opened up for agriculture. The hinterland is dotted with farmlands, and green paddocks, small villages like Clunes, Federal and Eureka. From here you can travel to Lismore, a large regional centre or make your way back to the coast.
Minyon Falls is a nice diversion, and a fabulous view out to the coast. Dont forget there is a fabulous little ice cream stall about one kilometre from the entrance to this picnic area which is run by a local homeownners.
The falls themselves can be seen from two locations, but the walk between the two can be up to four hours long. The picnic area does not have rubbish bins, so you must take your rubbish with you. This deters the native birds from spreading litter into the forest.
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