ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL

Ten minutes’ scenic drive from Murwillumbah is the ‘miniature’ community of Crystal Creek. Looking across to Springbrook Mountain and the northern rim of the Wollumbin Mt Warning Caldera, it was first settled by Europeans looking for the Valley’s giant red cedars in the mid 19th century.

These days, it attracts visitors in search of much smaller treasures – namely, its miniature animals.

Crystal Creek Miniatures is home to more than 80 miniature animals. Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, you can enjoy an informative and interesting guided tour. Experience first-hand the amazing miniature horses, cows, donkeys and other animals (bookings are essential).

If you’re looking for a quiet country escape you can stay at Hillcrest B&B along Upper Crystal Creek Road – they also have a resident miniature pony.

The other key attraction in this picturesque corner of the Tweed Valley is Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat – a luxury escape tucked away at the base on Springbrook Mountain on a 100ha property bordering the World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforests.