Some nearby towns are well worth a visit. Murwillumbah is a cultural hub with art galleries congregating here. Most notable is the Margaret Olley Art Centre whi ch is part of the Tweed Regional Gallery. Her studio from Paddington in Sydney has been recreated with over 20,000 items Olley collected over her life as subject matter for her still life paintings.
Byron Bay with all it has to offer is only one hour from the retreat and so worth the trip. A walk up to the lighthouse, the most easterly point of Australia, is breathtakingly beautiful. The fun laid back vibe of Byron with all its eclectic people and shops makes it a great day trip.
Just over the NSW border you will find other beaches such as Kingscliff and Casuarina which are great to have walk on the beach and lunch in the local pub.
Of ocurse Brisbane is only one hour drive away and has the Queensland Performing Arts Centre with international shows coming continually. Check the guide for whats on and make sure you allow time to catch the jetcat and experience Brisbane from the river. Dinner on Southbank before a show and then an easy drive home.
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