Cabarita Beach is home to one of the funkiest stays on the planet, Halcyon House. The hotel’s GM, Mauro De Riso, shares his must-do list for this Northern NSW sparkling gem.

1. Dine at Paper Daisy
Named after the wildflower on Norries Headland, Paper Daisy is a celebration of Halcyon House’s unique part of the world. It’s confident coastal cooking in a relaxed setting, the food expresses the best of the region’s produce.

2. Watch the sun set at Norries Headland 
Just a short coastal walk from Cabarita Beach, the scenery changes as you head under a canopy of coastal forest, down along the popular surfing breaks framing Diamond Beach and up onto the headland where you get uninterrupted views to the north and south. Or take one of the hotel’s complimentary bikes and go riding on the beachfront cycleway.

3. A day trip to Bangalow
It may be a sleepy country town, but Bangalow is also sophisticated. The Bangalow Chemist is a must for prized pieces of Astier de Villatte ceramics from Paris.

4. Visit The Margaret Olley Art Centre in Tweed Heads
MOAC celebrates the career, life and legacy of its namesake, Margaret Olley – Australia’s most celebrated painter of still-life and interiors.

5. Mullumbimby Farmers’ Market
It runs every Friday morning from 7–11am, and is where you’ll see Mullum’ at its colourful best. It’s wonderful to shop for fresh produce, enjoy a market brekkie and local coffee, and soak up the friendly vibe.

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