Be a Southern explorer

Stand on the hill at Coolangatta’s Point Danger and the southern coastline to Byron Bay is revealed in all its glory.

Laid back beach villages, lush farmland edging an ancient volcanic caldera and National Parks filled with subtropical rainforest are just some of the gems to be found just south of the border.

Point Danger lookout

This is the border between Queensland and New South Wales and home to Café Dbar, where the menu features produce sourced from the Gold Coast Hinterland, New South Wales’ Northern Rivers region and Byron Bay. It’s the sort of place where the prawns are from Ballina, the fish of the day is local and the bacon is Bangalow.

Cafe DBar breakfast

Greek-inspired Taverna, a beachfront restaurant at Kingscliff, also focuses on local flavours. The menu is designed for sharing the seasonal bounty of slow-roasted New England lamb, Cudgen tomatoes and fried local squid.

Taverna

For a down-to-earth, north coast country market experience, the New Brighton Farmers Market is a must. Most of the produce here is organic and includes fresh fruit and veggies, baked goods, olives, eggs, honey and dairy. The market is held on the New Brighton Oval, about 20 minutes’ drive north of Byron Bay, every Tuesday morning from 8- 11am.

The team at Byron Bay brewery, Stone & Wood, in Boronia Place, conduct daily tours of what they call the birthplace and spiritual home of their beer, and love to hear where you first tried a Stone & Wood.

Brookies Gin

The Farm Byron Bay might look like a cool café restaurant, but is a collection of micro-farming businesses. The working farm provides a first-hand experience of how food is grown and produced, while inspiring a harmonious existence between land and animals. The restaurant, Three Blue Ducks, uses produce grown on-site, which is available for sale. The fields are also home to poultry, pigs and beef.

Produce menu on The Farm Byron Bay

Cape Byron Distillery is another local gem, which produces award-winning Brookie’s Byron Dry Gin using native rainforest ingredients sourced from just outside their door. Visitors need to pre- book a guided tour of the rainforest and gin tastings. The distillery is located at McLeods Shoot, a 10-minute drive from Byron Bay.

Cafe Byron Distillery

Husk Distillery will open a cellar door in 2018, but you can purchase its locally-made Barrel Aged Australian Agricole Rum and Ink Dry Gin from major bottle shops. Flower petals from the butterfly pea give the pot-distilled Ink Gin a distinctive blue colour which can be changed to blush pink when mixed with tonic water.

Husk Distillers

These are just a few of the treasures to be found in this fertile area by the gourmet on the go.