the old romantic shack clunes
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. Lennox Heads 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.


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

Join Donna in her home studio in Alstonvale to experience colour, creativity and a fun day. All your art materials are provided, as well as morning tea and lunch. spend a whole day painting and talking with Donna about art, life and imagination. See Donna’s website for workshop dates; however, 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 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

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. Soak in the beauty of your private view and relax with a drink on your deck, or perhaps a board game; a challenge with the WII in the guest lounge or just chilling watching one of the many movies available through streaming or bring your favourite DVD’s.

Visit the Byron Bay tourism website to find out more about activitbyronies in and around Byron Bay and the hinterland –


Further afield, the Gold Coast is just an hour’s drive away, with its famous theme parks and beautiful hinterland. From Bangalow, the Pacific Highway makes it an easy drive north to the Gold Coast region. Visit the Gold Coast tourism website for more information –

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