SPECIAL GUEST: Around the world sailor, Jessica Watson, will be the special guest at the Ballina Shire Australia Day ceremony on January 26 at Lennox Head.
SPECIAL GUEST: Around the world sailor, Jessica Watson, will be the special guest at the Ballina Shire Australia Day ceremony on January 26 at Lennox Head. Contributed

What's On: Northern NSW


THE Nimbin Farmers' Market is held each Wednesday afternoon, next on January 24, from 3pm. A great opportunity to buy fresh produce with very limited food miles, including bread, meat, vegetables, tofu, cheeses, and other seasonal fruit and vegies. All produce is grown locally, by local farmers, for the enjoyment and health benefits of locals and visitors to the village. A free event from 3pm to 6pm at Green Bank Carpark, 39 Cullen St, Nimbin. Inquiries to Jason Grignan on 66891512.


YOUNGEST round-the-world solo sailor Jessica Watson will deliver a special address at the Australia Day ceremony at the Lennox Community Centre on Friday, January 26, from 10am. Jessica was just 16 years old when she sailed into Sydney Harbour in May 2010, having achieved her dream of sailing around the world non-stop and unassisted. She is a best-selling author, an in-demand speaker, documentary maker and the subject of a feature film. The full program includes a citizenship ceremony, music performances by Katie Rutledge and the Australia Day Awards. Call the Ballina Visitor Information Centre on free call 1800777666 to book your seat.


THE 2018 Richmond Valley Australia Day celebrations will be held at the Broadwater Riley's Hill Community Hall in Broadwater from 9am to 2pm with a fun-filled program of activities for all ages. Highlights include the official opening and Australia Day Awards ceremony, school performances, markets and food stalls, kids' entertainment and face painting. The community has planned a laid-back atmosphere with a picnic in the park, novelty games, a jumping castle, SES display and live entertainment. The day will include welcoming new citizens. See the Facebook page for updates.


THE Nimbin Bush Theatre presents a day to celebrate the survival of the world's oldest living culture on January 26, with indigenous performers and ceremony. From 1pm we present Craig Atkins, a passionate performer of rootsy blues, playing guitar, a stomp box and didjeridoo. At 4pm we present Emily Wurrumarra, singing in both English and Anindilyakwa, the traditional language of her home on Groote Eylandt, NT. From 6.30-7.30pm is a sunset smoking ceremony and cultural exchange with local elders in gardens by the Mulgum Creek. Entry by donation at the theatre, 2 Blue Knob Rd, Nimbin. Call 66891111 or visit www.nimbinbushtheatre.com/events.


KINGSCLIFF Markets are held in Jack Bayliss Park on Marine Parade, Kingscliff, the second and fourth Saturday of every month from 7am to 1pm, with the picturesque backdrop of Kingscliff Beach. There is plenty of parking on Marine Parade. With a beautiful beachfront location and an array of local produce, Kingscliff Markets are truly enjoyable for all ages. Spend a relaxing Saturday morning strolling through the array of gourmet food, produce, craft, artwork, fashion, jewellery, flowers, gifts and food stalls. Why not pick up some fresh fruit and vegetables and have an afternoon feast or swim after browsing through the stalls. For details, see www.kingscliffmarkets.com.


JOIN a volunteer-run lighthouse tour to the top of the Cape Byron Lighthouse, taking advantage of the 360-degree views of the Pacific Ocean from the most easterly point on the Australian mainland. Tours available every 30 minutes from 10am to 4pm depending on suitable weather and availability. Cape Byron Lighthouse is 2km east of the Byron Bay town centre. To get there, take Lawson St (which becomes Lighthouse Rd) and follow it to the lighthouse. Limited parking is available at the lighthouse and a $7 car entry fee applies. Gold coin donation. The last tour runs at 3.30pm. For more information phone NPWS Cape Byron Lighthouse office on 66209300.


BRING the family along on Wednesday, January 31, for some fun helping and learning about the Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens. Activities for children, walks and help with the jobs in the gardens. Wear sturdy shoes, sunscreen, gloves if you have them and a hat. Bring morning tea, water bottle to enjoy with the other volunteers. Children must be accompanied by adults. A free event from 9am to 11am at the gardens, 313 Wyrallah Rd, Lismore. Call Marie Matthews on 0415960284 or visit www.friendslrbg.com.au.


FOR more than 40 years Johnny Cash and June Carter enthralled audiences around the world with their songs of life, love and heartache. A love story played out through some of the greatest songs ever written. Now Jeff Carter together with Brooke McMullen bring to life a captivating and unforgettable musical concert not to be missed. This two-hour live concert event Leaving Jackson The Johnny Cash & June Carter Story will have audiences singing, laughing and crying for more. See the show on Saturday, February 3, from 7.30pm to 10pm at the Byron Community Centre, 69 Jonson St, Byron Bay. Visit www.leavingjackson.com for details.


CREATIVITY is being seen as a major indicator in increasing people's health and wellbeing. Art on Bundjalung Country is a major partnership between the Lismore Regional Gallery, Arts Northern Rivers, North Coast Primary Health Network, Bulgarr Ngaru Aboriginal Medical Corporation and University Centre for Rural Health to stimulate artistic practice for emerging Aboriginal artists to enhance their social, economic and health outcomes. An exhibition current to February 11 acknowledges the depth of practice in the region, and celebrates the next crop of up-and-coming Aboriginal artists working in Bundjalung country. Entry free at the gallery, 11 Rural St, Lismore. Details www.lismoregallery.org.


THE allure of travel, holidays, surf and sand has a long history on the east coast of Australia. The tourism industry boomed in the early 1900s with the availability of relatively cheap and reliable train travel. For the first time people could easily move themselves, their families, and luggage in comfort to the destinations by train. The post-war 1950s were the heyday of summer holidays on the beaches of the Tweed and Gold Coast. These were the years of the "endless summer", when you would travel to the beach and stay for a month or more. Wish you were here: tokens of travel takes a look at the Tweed's own adventures in tourism, travel and souvenirs. Current to April 28 at Tweed Regional Museum, 2 Queensland Rd, Murwillumbah. Opens Tuesday to Saturday 10am-4pm. Visit museum.tweed.nsw.gov.au for details. 

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