MUSICAL ICON: John Williamson will perform at the Ballina RSL Club on February 17.
MUSICAL ICON: John Williamson will perform at the Ballina RSL Club on February 17. CONTRIBUTED

Top 10 good-time tips for Northern NSW

WHAT'S ON around Northern New South Wales over the next few weeks.



  • THE Tweed will welcome 50 new citizens from 16 different countries as part of this year's Australia Day celebrations to be held at Twin Towns in Tweed Heads. Tweed Shire Australia Day awards will also be presented including Citizen of the Year. Author and journalist Iain Finlay will give the Australia Day Ambassador address with official proceedings to start at 11am.
  • AUSTRALIA Day celebrations at Lismore City Hall will begin at 8.30am with a citizenship ceremony where Mayor Isaac Smith will welcome 15 new Australians. Guests will hear a keynote address by Lismore's 2017 Australia Day Ambassador, chef David Britton, before the official presentation of the 2017 Australia Day Awards. The official ceremony will be followed by morning tea and everyone is welcome. Phone 1300878387.
  • NIMBIN Swimming Pool Olympics, Nimbin Swimming Pool, 25 Sibley St. This annual event is a fundraiser for the Nimbin pool featuring synchronised swimming competitions, The Great Marathon Float, poolside fashion parade, fun races and a suprise event. Barbecue, cakes and drinks available. Starts at 10am. Phone 0266891388.


CITIZEN OF THE YEAR 2016: Lennox Head's Dawn Sword was named Citizen of the Year at the Ballina Shire Australia Day ceremony held at the Lennox Head Cultural and Community Centre.
CITIZEN OF THE YEAR 2016: Lennox Head's Dawn Sword was named Citizen of the Year at the Ballina Shire Australia Day ceremony held at the Lennox Head Cultural and Community Centre. Graham Broadhead


  • TYALGUM Village Market hosts favourites like woodwork, arts and crafts, leatherwork, jewellery, vintage lace ephemera, upcycled treasures, homemade preserves and locally baked bread, live music and good old-fashioned country hospitality. Stalls are spread out throughout the village, starting at Celestial Dew Guesthouse next door to Flutterbies, where you will find a lot of handmade arts and crafts, woodwork and local foods and preserves. Be sure to wander through the back gardens along Marketta Lane while you are there. Market hours are 9am-3pm. Phone 0499747473.


  • TROY Cassar-Daley, one of Australia's most awarded and highly regarded singer/songwriters in country music, entertains at Casino Returned Servicemen's Memorial Club. Troy's latest release, Things I Carry Around, was launched last August. Troy writes candidly and with humour about the early days, his rise to the top of the country music scene and the people and places that have shaped his path, revealing a fierce attachment to his family and his indigenous heritage. For details of his Casino appearance, visit


  • JOHN Williamson is a musical icon of Australia. His name is firmly cemented in the culture and fabric of the country he loves. His impressive career now spans more than 45 years and he has survived and soared in the entertainment industry whilst most of his colleagues have not. Along his journey he has been inducted into the prestigious ARIA Hall of Fame, secured three ARIA awards, 25 Golden Guitars, MO awards, APRA awards, platinum and gold albums and more than four million album sales. The entertainer will perform at the Ballina RSL Club from 7pm to 10.30pm. Phone 0266819557.


  • TUMBULGUM and the Countdown to Midnight at the First Supper Between Now and Forever exhibition at the Tweed Regional Gallery, Murwillumbah. This exhibition draws from documentation gathered from If These Halls Could Talk, a multi-arts project managed by Arts Northern Rivers celebrating halls and the role they play in our communities. Seven halls from across the Northern Rivers were selected to have a renowned artist collaborate with their community to create a site-specific work inspired by the unique narrative of their hall. The gallery opens Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm. Phone 0266702790.


  • BEYOND Venice dance party at the Italo-Club North Lismore. Guests are invited to dress up, wear dazzling masks and take to the dance floor for a night of traditional Italian toe-tapping dance moves led by popular Brisbane entertainer Domenico. Beyond Venice serves as a fundraiser by the organisers of the 2017 Lismore Friendship Festival, Piazza in the Park to be in June. Italo-Club doors open at 6.30pm. Book tickets at $40 per person. Phone Julie on 0266243506.


  • THE Phantom comic book character has inspired an art show for the truly young at heart, a nostalgic, surprising and fun exhibition that celebrates the evolution of a unique heroic character over the past 80 years. The Phantom Art Show is on display at Tweed Regional Gallery in Murwillumbah. More than 40 artists have contributed their various interpretations of the Ghost Who Walks, through a variety of media and styles. Details or phone 0266702790.


SHINE A LIGHT: Cape Byron Lighthouse.
SHINE A LIGHT: Cape Byron Lighthouse. Michael van Ewijk


  • IMAGINE yourself in a lighthouse keeper's shoes on this private tour of the iconic Cape Byron Lighthouse. Take a step back in time and discover the daily duties of the lighthouse keepers and their families who lived in Cape Byron from 1901 to 1989. Climb to the top of the lighthouse tower balcony to get a bird's eye view of the surrounding hinterland and marine park below. Tours 8.45am to 9.30am. Meet at the entrance to Cape Byron Lighthouse, 2km east of the Byron Bay town centre. Bookings required, phone NPWS Byron Bay office during business hours on 0266209300.

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