An oasis of calm in Ballina


One of the most enjoyable afternoons I had with RIOT these holidays has been our visit to Ballina’s Thursday Plantation, the original home of tea tree oil. While we skipped the lab tours, we did spend a few hours exploring the plantation’s lush sculpture gardens, rainforest walks, and maze. It is a beautiful place to take children, with plenty of shaded trees.

We finished up our visit in the café, where RIOT had a quick look at the photos and displays explaining the plantation’s history (surprisingly all 4 boys were interested), before relaxing with TBEM (The Best Ever Milkshake, voted unanimously by RIOT).

Thursday Plantation is open 7 days, 9am-5pm… and comes HIGHLY recommended