Things to do – Clunes & surrounds, Byron Bay, Gold Coast

Byron Bay Hinterland treasures Clunes Store

Clunes Store and Cellars – village feel, city quality coffee


At the beautiful authentic Clunes village, 6 minutes walk away, you will receive old fashioned country hospitality at the general store, the bottle shop with its unique boutique wines and at the delightful cafe where you can enjoy breakfast with the locals, or wood-fired pizzas on a Thursday night and gyozas on Friday night. Browse through the labyrinth of our second hand bookstore and then if you are heading to view one of our many beautiful sights in the local area,  enjoy the experience of our local service station where they still serve the petrol for you.

Horse riding is just down the road, hot air balloons float serenely by our property on the weekend (book in Byron Bay).  You may even want to try your skills in circus acrobatic classes in Byron Bay – from beginners through to the more seasoned athlete. Whether you are into the extreme sports or want to take in the beauty of rolling beaches, quaint cafes, stylish boutiques and restaurants of almost every nationality and price bracket – it is here on your doorstep.  


We highly recommend the Eltham Valley Pantry (featured on Channel 7 Sydney Weekender) for breakfast and lunch using all fresh produce and their own home grown macadamias, and the amazing Flock in Lismore (also featured on Channel 7) who have been reborn since our floods earlier in 2017 and offer amazing fresh salads and ridiculously creative and delicious cakes. For a real french dining experience, Che Bon in Ballina is a must - bookings essential. 


Lennox Head is a gorgeous area with lovely cafes, boutiques and a pretty coastline with great walking paths.


Bangalow village, just 10 minutes away offers a unique shopping experience and a range of coffee shops and restaurants .

Whatever your  culinary desires, you will find restaurants to suit all tastes and occasions – a plethora of choice within 20 minutes of your relaxing accommodation.




Join Donna in her home gallery in Alstonvale to experience colour, creativity and beautiful art. An opportunity to meet our own local world renowned artist. Donna's unique artwork is on cruise ships all over the world and her colorful products such as mugs,  coasters, bags and cushions are all available from her gallery. Many of our guests have enjoyed a few hours with Donna and come away with beautiful gifts for themselves and their families.  If there are a few of you planning a fun weekend here at Highland Retreat, Donna will try and organise a workshop just for you. I promise, you will have an awesome day at her beautiful studio (great views by the way!) and feel free, enlightened and renewed.

Contact Donna on 0401835831 

or visit her website

If you want to venture a little further afield, The Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre in Murwullimbah make for a lovely day out.  Located near mount Warning, there are plenty of cafes close by with spectacular views.



Why not try your hand at creating healthy, raw food delectables. We can organise a fun half day mini workshop for up to 6 people. A great gift for you or to treat that special person in your life. And who knows, cooking may take on a whole new experience.  



If you have a partner you wish to impress, maybe want to pop the question or you just want to celebrate a special day, why not do it in style?

High Tea Lades and Wedding Hot Rods have created an old fashioned experience for you to enjoy with your loved one. Imagine being picked up in a Ford Model A vehicle, and being driven to a beautiful picnic destination of your choice within the Byron Bay or Ballina Region, having a Gourmet Picnic presented to you in a old fashioned Picnic Basket, along with a picnic rug for you to enjoy at your leisure.

If you enjoy old fashioned service call Glenda at High Tea Ladies on 0416231596  or email




High Tea Ladies, will come to Highland Retreat, deliver and set up a beautiful High Tea with all the trimmings, using fine china, laced linen and beautiful silverware. Whether you are looking for a Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch or Afternoon Tea, there are menu’s and packages to suit each occasion. They even colour theme for your occasion. Packages start from $20 per head. For more information go to



Just an hour away is the famous Gold Coast with theme parks, restaurants, shops and so much more. A new acquisition to the area is TopGolf, a fun day out for all the family, golfers or not. 


Whether you enjoy your days exploring the picturesque hinterland and waterfalls, exerted yourself walking up Mount Warning, surfed, wind sailed, hand glided or just sunbathed on the glorious white beaches, or perhaps shopped and ate your way through eclectic Byron Bay, you will delight in coming ‘home’ to Highland Retreat.

Clunes near Byron Bay, groceries near your accommodation

Fresh Groceries at the Clunes Store and Cellars

Clunes, NSW main street

In the main street of Clunes

Clunes cafe quality food for your Byron Bay holiday

The food at Clunes Store and Cellars - delicious!

Donna Sharam Art Workshops available during your Byron Bay Hinterland stay

Donna Sharam will inspire you to explore your creativity with colour

Donna Sharam Art Workshops

Visit Donna Sharam's stunning art gallery and be inspired

High Tea Ladies cup and saucer

Make your event extra special with the High Tea Ladies

Byron Bay Beaches Accommodation near Byron Bay

Byron Bay's pristine beaches are just 20 minutes away

Eltham Pantry Byron Bay Hinterland Cafe

Eltham Valley Pantry  - the view of the Farm

Enquiries? Call Dawn on +61417 633 977 

or Neil on +61405 910 766



Relaxing at Highland Retreat may well be all you need to do  on your break. And if so, you've chosen the perfect spot.

If you want to relax and not move from your beautiful setting, you can toast marshmallows in the fire pit, walk around the property,chat to our friendly alpacas, play with our 4 gorgeous ‘oodles’ and take in the beauty of Highland Retreat and the adjoining Eltham Valley.

Relax with a book (plenty to choose from our bookcase in the guest lounge), play some music, enjoy a game of fusball or select one of the many games from our games cupboard, organise an in-house massage from our local therapist, open a beer or pour a glass of champagne and enjoy the beauty of nature as the sun sets over the ridge.

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