The lush coastal landscapes of The Legendary Pacific Coast intertwined with teaming rivers and rolling hills makes for a grand NSW North Coast food bowl, delivering up fresh produce from the paddocks, mountains, rivers and sea.
Vibrant, innovative and always captivating, the region is brimming with arts and culture providing you with a continuing evolving journey with funky art galleries to browse, craft workshops where you can get your hands dirty and dynamic performances and festivals to experience.
Savour the flavour of the drive and enjoy Food and Art experiences along Australia’s top touring drive now.
The scenic beauty of the Tweed Valley has attracted a colourful and eclectic community of artists. See their work in local galleries and watch them create new pieces in their studios. Cruise along the Tweed Coast where rolling surf, tranquil inlets and quiet villages are the inspiration for some of our most iconic coastal artwork and photography.
From the rich volcanic soils of the Valley to the abundant sea harvest of the oceans and rivers, the Tweed is a mecca for food-lovers. Follow a food trail to sample exotic fruits, local wines, tea, coffee and fresh seafood. Local chefs effortlessly transform a wealth of local produce into mouth-watering culinary delights at some of our regions finest restaurants and cafes.
Delight in the diverse tastes of the Tweed, there’s plenty to keep you satisfied. Eat, drink and be merry.
Cultural intrigue, world-class beaches and unique shopping await you. Pass your days on the pristine beaches surfing, swimming, diving and kayaking or head to one of the Shire’s villages to enjoy a range of food, festivals, events, retreats, art trails and exhibitions.
Flying to Byron is easy. Travel to Ballina Gateway Airport on one of the numerous daily flights from Melbourne and Sydney and enjoy all the convenience without the crowds.
When it comes to wining and dining, Byron’s options are endless. There are restaurants, pubs and cafes where you can sample the local produce and you’ll find international quality cuisine and creative vegetarian. The area is also renowned for dairy products, beef and pork, and an array of exotic indigenous delicacies, tropical fruits, herbs, nuts and bush tucker and Byron’s award winning coffee is acclaimed as some of the world’s finest.
Get off the beaten track and head for the hills to discover the real charms and natural wonders of the region. Lismore, Nimbin & Villages is renowned for its amazing cultural diversity, relaxed lifestyles, quirky charms and unique places to stay.
Everything from Norpa’s world class theatre, music and dance, to the colourful Lismore Cup, Opera at the Channon, the huge 4WD Caravan Camping & Marine Show, Arts in August and, of course, our famous Lantern Parade.
Lismore has a thriving arts community, unique and exciting shopping and more cafés, restaurants, pubs and clubs than you can poke a spoon at. This year, we’ve put together some special deals and event packages that will keep you amazed, illuminated, entertained and delighted.
Ballina Coast and Hinterland is synonymous with fresh local seafood, but did you know the region also produce bananas, macadamias, coffee, local honey and bush tucker. Indulge in today’s freshest catch of the day from one of the many seafood outlets or meander through the hinterland and find a road side stall with just-picked produce.
For enquiring minds, the Ballina Coast and Hinterland offers museums and galleries to explore including the Ballina Naval and Maritime Museum and the Northern Rivers Community Gallery. The Maritime Museum is home to the Las Balsas Raft as well as battleship memorabilia and replica of a Navy mess deck. The Northern Rivers Community Gallery features a diverse range of works including hand crafted jewellery, paintings, sculptures and wearable art showcasing works from around the region.
The Richmond Valley is blessed with richly diverse attractions and glorious countryside. History, recreation, gourmet produce and beautiful scenery unfold as you escape into this magnificent countryside.
A visit to a historic pub or café reveals glorious freshly sourced coffee, teas, rice, olives, preserves, macadamia nuts, muesli, wine, olive oil and herbs, complemented by succulent steaks, chicken and fish from the abundant farms spread throughout the area.
The Richmond Valley has a huge number of exceptionally talented artisans, and galleries throughout the area feature works which showcase our rich Bundjalung culture and beautiful surroundings.
Arts Northern Rivers is the peak body for the arts and cultural sector in the Northern Rivers region of NSW.
In 2008 Arts Northern Rivers and the Northern Rivers Creative Industries Consortium developed Australia’s first Arts and Creative Industries strategy. This strategy was a reflection of the fact that the Northern Rivers has the highest concentration of creative industry professionals outside of our capital cities. The region is regarded as a ‘creative hotspot’ by the State government’s Creative Industries Action plan and offers a rich menu of creative businesses and activities for visitors and communities to engage with. Visit Arts Northern Rivers for arts and culture in the region.
Iluka, Yamba, Maclean, Ulmarra, Grafton and Wooli are the main centres in the Clarence Valley, one of Australia’s biggest seafood producers. Yamba’s world renowned prawns are the stars of a rich parade of succulent seafood that includes Wooli oysters and a wide variety of fresh local fish.
Traditional agriculture includes beef, dairy, fishing and sugar cane. Many growers now specialise in producing high quality niche products including organic fruit and vegetables, beef, goat, silver perch, olive groves, locally produced milk, coffee production and roasting.
This rich bounty has inspired local chefs to create some extraordinarily inventive and tantalizing menus and artisan producers sell coffee, olives, gourmet condiments, preserves and sauces. The Clarence is a cultural treasure trove where you can spend days browsing through over 37 art and craft galleries, art studios, arts/crafts, antiques and collectible stores.
The Mid North Coast of NSW is a vibrant cultural destination with many rich and creative experiences. From dazzling performance spaces to unique galleries, historic museums and imaginative artist markets, the diversity of experiences truly offers something for everyone. Our towns and villages are alive with annual festivals, public art, local creations and hidden gems.
To begin your creative exploration of the Mid North Coast go to our online gateway with its 12 cultural trails showcasing over 300 artistic, creative or cultural features. Dynamic, innovative and always captivating these trails of arts, culture and heritage are a continually evolving journey celebrating our local life and places.
From the coastline to the fertile basaltic hills of the Great Dividing Range; Coffs Coast’s subtropical climate together with warm and cool ocean currents, rocky escarpments and sprawling open plains; create a veritable grower and foodies’ paradise. Tuck into an astounding mix of culinary delights from world class producers, restaurants, vineyards, distillers and brewers.
The region not only yields some of the highest quality producers in the country, but also some of the most creative. Who wouldn’t want to paint, draw, sculpt and create with 80,000 hectares of World Heritage area and the Solitary Islands Marine Park as a backdrop to be inspired by? You too can be inspired, so come along and meet some of our Artisans – of the creative and culinary kind.
A visually spectacular backdrop plays host to the emerging food and arts region of Bellingen Shire. The trail takes you from the scenic coast of Urunga, through the eclectic and creative hub of Bellingen to the breathtaking plateau of Dorrigo. Be sure to visit Toast Urunga on the 7 September to see the best selection of what the Shire has to offer.
The Nambucca Valley is famous for its amazing temperate climate enabling a surprising variety of fruits, nuts, vegetables, livestock, oysters and even wine and coffee to be grown to world class standards all year round.
Many of our producers are specialists in their fields and farm using low impact and sustainable methods and offer informative farm tours. As well as a fabulous place to holiday, the Nambucca Valley is fast becoming a hot destination for 'foodies' and to make the best of your stay, the Nambucca offers you a variety of galleries showcasing the diverse talents of local artists. So come and experience Food and Art in beautiful Nambucca soon!
With lush subtropical rainforest, 32 kilometres of pristine, sandy beaches and crystal clear waterways, endless
streams and the vast reaches of the Richmond River, the Ballina Coast and Hinterland truly is a natural wonder.
Away from the coast, the hinterland is punctuated with the villages of Alstonville, Newrybar, Tintenbar and Wardell.
Ballina Coast and Hinterland boasts a relaxed and laid back lifestyle where long walks on bountiful beaches such as
Lennox Head, sampling regional produce and fresh seafood in award winning cafés, and lazy days swimming, reading
and basking in the sun are hard to resist. Come spend some time with us and you’ll soon discover why visitors, sea changers and tree changers flock to this abundant destination.
Heritage riverside and beachfront pubs are a fixture throughout the Macleay Valley Coast, offering some of the most picturesque culinary experiences regional Australia has to offer. The Macleay also has plenty of small restaurants, cafes, take-aways and bakeries, including the famous “Croc Pie” available from Fredo Pies at Frederickton.
The Macleay has a range of galleries and cultural centres featuring the art, history and culture of the Macleay’s original indigenous inhabitants, the Dhungutti people, as well as exhibitions by other local, national and international artists.
NSW State Forests offer a range and quality of nature-based tourism experiences that have something for
everyone. You can pitch your tent and light a campfire, enjoy free picnic and camping facilities, take in the views
at spectacular lookouts, get a burst of adrenaline by riding along dirt tracks on your mountain or trail bike,
explore via 4WD or bushwalking, ride your horse and even bring your dog. NSW State Forests are open all year
‘round for you to explore, and they’re free – why not experience a forest playground today?
Discover that there is more to this coastal playground and whet your appetite with the diverse range of local produce, wines and beers on offer. Take your tastebuds on a journey of flavour with the huge variety of local produce and first class dining spots. Don’t miss the Slice of Haven and Tastings on Hastings Food & Wine festivals.
Port Macquarie has always been an inspirational place for creative’s. There are over 600 artists, designers and creative groups offering galleries and studios to browse, public art displays, markets and craft centres. The region will become home to the Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail launching in September 2014.
From melt in your mouth organic beef in the hills of Wingham to the fresh seafood and oysters direct from our streams and oceans. Tasty mushrooms, juicy tomatoes, crunchy macadamias, the freshest eggs and sweet berries straight from the farm have inspired local chefs to create some extraordinary inventive and tantalising menus. Our valley is home to some well known award winning cafes that draw visitors to the region to experience our fresh locally grown produce.
Throughout our scenic countryside we have an abundance of award winning wineries that all offer something more than just good wine. Each one presents a unique experience, a perfect picnic spot, an outdoor concert, secret bird watching, a tasty cafe or a meandering maze. Take your time and visit them all.
Gloucester’s cafe culture offers a wide choice of eateries for hearty breakfasts, delicious lunches and gourmet dinners. Try the award-winning Roadies Cafe with its beautiful antique motorbikes or Perenti Cafe with its menu featuring fresh local foods. The monthly Farmers Market is just like country markets used to be and don’t miss unique food events like Bucketts of Garlic.
Gloucester Gallery showcases local artists with a packed program of monthly exhibitions. It’s also the birthplace of the Yarning Our Country 3D-landscape knitting spectacular, and don’t miss the annual Pix From The Stix photographic competition.
With a unique connection to nature, the Great Lakes is a foodie's paradise. The region has a long and proud history of producing great tastes of exceptional quality. The waters offer a rich seafood harvest including our famous oysters. The hinterland hides boutique wineries, farm gates and cafes full of country charm and hospitality. Discover our local produce at our restaurants or buy direct from the grower at one of our many farmers markets.
The Great Lakes has a growing reputation for its vigorous cultural life supporting a rich and diverse number of fascinating galleries, craft centres and outdoor art installations. Art works also appear increasingly on display in many of the areas cafes and restaurants.