About Coffee Camp, NSW, 2480
RainbowStay is centrally located on Tourist Drive 32, the Nimbin to Lismore road, in the hamlet of Coffee Camp in the Northern Rivers of the Far North Coast of New South Wales, Australia, the Byron Bay Hinterlands. The Northern Rivers Region of NSW contains nearly one third of the New South Wales' forests. The tract of the Northern Rivers from Nimbin to Byron Bay is known as The Rainbow Region.
Coffee Camp is between Nimbin (8km north) and Lismore (18km south) on the Nimbin Road, part of Tourist Drive 32, an 80km scenic drive from Murwillumbah via Mt Warning and Nimbin to Lismore.
Tourist Drive 40 (the Old Pacific Highway now known as Tweed Valley Way) connects Murwillumbah to National Route 1, the Pacific Highway at Chinderah.
Lismore connects with National Route 44, the Bruxner Highway, going east to Ballina on the coast and joining National Route 1, the Pacific Highway or inland to Tenterfield via Casino.
Coffee Camp is a quiet, rural hamlet (village without its own church) in the Local Government Area (LGA) of the City of Lismore and has spectacular views of the Nimbin Valley to Sphinx Rock and of the Nimbin Rocks. Nimbin village is about 8km north while Lismore City is a scenic 18km (15 to 20 minute) drive to the south. The Channon (gateway to Nightcap National Park) with its renown arts & crafts market, is the next village 12km to the east of Coffee Camp, a few minutes away taking you on to Dunoon (the Maccadamia capital), thence Clunes then Bangalow and on to Byron Bay in about an hour if you aren't lured to stop on the way.
Kyogle lies about 30 minutes away 35km to the west via Stoney Shute whilst Casino (Australia's Beef Capital) may be reached in about 40 minutes (c50km) by avoiding Lismore City and driving via Naughtons Gap.
Coffee Camp was first settled by red cedar-cutters in the 1840s. It also became a place to stay overnight on the two day journey by bullock train taking the timber to the port of Lismore, 30km from Nimbin. Word soon spread that a cup of coffee could always be found at this timber-getters' camp and so the settlement became known as Coffee Camp. A slab hut was built for travellers to overnight where flour to make damper was available.
Once the red cedar, hoop pine and other valuable rainforest trees had been taken, the land was turned to dairying. Prior to de-regularisation of the dairy industry in the 1960s, the Northern Rivers was the greatest producer of dairy products in the British Commonwealth.
A school was founded at Coffee Camp in 1910 to serve the small farming community midway between Lismore and Nimbin. The school was washed away in the great flood of 1954 and was rebuilt on the existing site on the Nimbin Road opposite RainbowStay. The Coffee Camp Public School celebrated its centenary on 30th October, 2010.
In 1912 the Coffee Camp Community Hall was erected and the bullock trail is today an 80km/hr main road linking the Northern Rivers with Queensland.
Lismore Regional Airport: 20km, 20 minutes
Regional Express REX
Ballina-Byron Gateway Airport: 50km, 45 minutes
Regional Express REX, Jetstar Airways
Gold Coast Airport: 90km, 1 hour.
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