In 1982 Billen Cliffs Pty Ltd was formed by a group of
people sharing a common interest in rural lifestyles,
affordable innovative housing and land regeneration.
Billen Cliffs became Strata Title in 1990.
The Village of Billen Cliffs stretches over 800 acres at
the western rim of the great Caldera of Mt. Warning,
surrounded by world heritage areas, national parks and
state forests – nestled on the North Western slopes of
Mount Billen between the villages of Larnook and
Cawongla on the Rock Valley road, found on the map at
the hub of the towns of Lismore, Kyogle and Murwillumbah
in the Northern Rivers of New South Wales, Australia.
From the bare paddocks of 1982, Billen Cliffs now
sprouts many beautiful dwellings with gardens and lush
vegetation, providing a refuge for an abundance of
wildlife as well as home to many families of humans.
There are a number of important by-laws
adopted by the community to reflect the spirit in which
the community has been established and maintained. To
protect wildlife, a by-law was approved by the community
in 1992 prohibiting dogs and cats (although those
already present were allowed to stay). Other by-laws
prohibit firearms and agricultural poisons, enforce a
speed limit and restrict disturbances from neighbours.
Billen Cliffs Village residents have a wide variety of
skills and talents: permaculture, carpentry, solar
electrics, artists, musicians and craftspeople, stand up
poets, massage, various healing modalities and the
unemployed. We are all different, diverse and valuable
members of Billen whose input is valued and appreciated.
Billen Cliffs Village is a growing, sustainable,
evolving, self-governing community.
Most residences on Billen Cliffs operate on sustainable
power systems, predominantly solar power. Not all blocks
have dwellings as yet.
Two possible meanings of “Billen” have been given
by local Aboriginal people: “flat top mountain” and
“the place where the parrot landed”.
Billen Cliffs villagers acknowledge that we are
custodians of the traditional country of the Widyabal
Billen Cliffs Village land
115 individually titled 2 acre lots: 230 acres
Hamlet common areas: 200 acres
Community ‘commercial’ area: 20 acres
Reafforestation & conservation areas: 300 acres
for info on the Billen Hall solar project