From Byron Bay to the Gold Coast Hinterland, this guide to Australia's natural holiday destination has all the accommodation, tourist attractions, tours and activities info you'll need!

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World Heritage listed Mount Warning National Park at sunset,© by David Palmer.
Wollumbin Sunset © by David Palmer

Welcome to the Big Volcano Regional Tourist and Visitor Guide.  A comprehensive guide about where to stay, things to see and do, and tours and attractions in the Northern Rivers and Gold Coast Hinterland region of Australia; including Ballina, Byron Bay and hinterland, Tweed Coast, Tweed Valley, and hinterland towns and villages in the "Rainbow Region" including Casino, Kyogle, Lismore and Nimbin.

Browse our directories (links above), each with categories containing most known operators in this region, and their business name, locality and a contact telephone number.  Some operators have thumbnail photos, a brief description, indicative tariff rate and web site link.  Some operators have just a simple link straight to their web site.  Please visit and check them out!

Big Volcano also provides extensive information about the Human History and Natural History of the region, especially the national parks and reserves, and the World Heritage Listings.

Feature Stories - index

Whale Facts New listingis an article about whales of Eastern Australia, with information about whale diets, krill, breeding in Australia, and links to research and other articles.

The Cedar Cutter is a well known and locally beloved sculpture located in adjacent to the car park in Knox Park, Murwillumbah. This article is a reprint of a brochure originally printed courtesy of local community identity Phil Taylor, which provides a brief introduction about the founding of the Tweed, and the place of Cedar cutters in establishing it.


Whale breaching with Wollumbin in the background
Humpback Whale breaching, photo © Lance Hansen

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