A hidden gem – The Channon and beyond

the channonThis month we thought we’d share with you some great ideas for you to experience whilst you are visiting Ballina, Byron & beyond. We’ll also be sharing with you some of our personal favourite hidden hot spots that will sure to entice and delight you. We hope you enjoy.

The Channon

This pretty little village is set in the foothills of the Nightcap Ranges draped in tranquil subtropical rainforests. The Channon is home to the original North Coast craft market and over 30 years on, their “make it, bake it or grow it” philosophy still holds firm.

The Channon Market  is one of the longest running markets in the region and also one of the very first. The Channon sits within the Lismore Hinterland and is a mere 45 minutes from Ballina. On the second Sunday of each month, up to 10,000 people pour into the village to enjoy wonderful home-made cuisine and hand crafted goods, be entertained by buskers and to soak up the colour and energy of this bold and funky market. With up to 250 stalls, the market is one of the biggest and most popular in regional NSW.The Channon Markets

The old butter factory on the banks of Terania Creek has been transformed to the heritage-listed Channon Tavern, a popular bar where visitors and locals mix. The tavern’s Nightcap Ranges Restaurant is open Wednesday to Sunday serving delicious meals and crispy ales.

Across the lane, The Channon Gallery aims to delight and engage with their exhibitions of contemporary fine Australian art, featuring works by local artists of national and international acclaim. Visit the gallery Wednesday to Sunday to experience their current exhibition.

minyon fallsTravel 15 kilometres along the winding Terania Creek Road to the World Heritage-listed Nightcap National Park. Follow the gorgeous rainforest trail along the babbling, palm-fringed creek to Protesters Falls, named after the protesters whose anti-logging campaign in the late 1970s led to the declaration of the National Park in 1983 and generated world wide awareness of the need to preserve our natural environments. Swimming is not permitted as it is home to the endangered Fleay’s barred frog.

The village also plays host to the annual Opera at The Channon, a black tie event attracting visitors from far and near. Guests enjoy fine food and wine in the picturesque country setting then relax for an afternoon with some of Australia’s finest operatic talent in the natural amphitheatre of Coronation Park.

Getting there

The easiest way to navigate is of course by utilising your car navigation system or your mobile phone app, but if you don’t have one of these on hand simply ask one of our reception staff for a map of the region or follow this link from google  maps.

Traveling through Eltham follow the signs through the villages of Clunes and Dunoon before making your way to The Channon. Enjoy the diversity of what The Channon offers. It’s truly a wonderful, engaging experience and one not to be missed.

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