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Food & Wine & Farmers' Gate Journey


The lush coastal landscapes of The Legendary Pacific Coast intertwined with teaming rivers, and rolling hills is a grand east coast food bowl delivering up fresh produce from the paddocks, mountains, rivers and sea.

A profusion of farmers markets brings produce from the paddock to the people, creative chefs translate the character of the region into contemporary cuisine, a growing band of farmers specialise in organics and fine food producers value add raw product to deliver teas, coffee, wine, boutique beers and a broad range of speciality gourmet goods. Savouring the flavour of the drive is a mouth watering adventure.

Travel winding roads embraced with towering trees and lush pastures to the fertile homes of macadamia, olive, avocado and tropical fruit farms.

Historic sea side fisherman’s cooperatives deliver the catch of the day with a choice of succulent local prawns, fish freshly caught from the ocean and rivers, and award winning oysters of the Sydney Rock variety.

Established Surf Clubs in a bid to be innovative and viable have installed contemporary cafes and restaurants with drop dead ocean views and mouth watering menus.

Beautifully renovated colonial cottages are transformed into funky eateries serving up great food adding interest with works by leading artisans, or eclectic home wares and jewellery.

Regional wineries and a growing number of boutique breweries create tastes that compliment and enhance the character of their region. At the same time impressive tasting rooms and family friendly gardens and cafes offer a great day out.

Everywhere shelves are packed with locally bottled olives and olive oils, choc coated, salted and flavoured macadamia nuts, quality preserves, condiments, spices, teas and coffees.

Dedicated chefs note the origin of your meals’ ingredients while others count the food miles from the paddock to your plate.

There are so many good restaurants along the route, more than 40 established Farmers’ Markets and no shortage of memorable meals and great product.

In these trails we trace the character of the region through its producers and some eateries in each location supporting great local produce, great tastes and the future sustainability of their location.


Trail highlights

Mercure Kooindah Waters Central CoastCrowne Plaza TerrigalMingara Recreation ClubDiggers @ the entranceAwaba House Restaurant and Cafe at Lake Macquarie Art GalleryInner City WinemakersHunter Valley Resort & Matilda Bay BrewhouseAround Hermitage Wine & Food Trail, PokolbinThe Hunter Valley VineyardsPepper Tree WinesWyndham EstateBrokenwood WinesHunter Valley Cheese CompanyHunter Regional Botanic GardensHunter Regional Botanical GardensHunter Street Organic MarketsCookabarra Restaurant and Function CentreMurray’s Craft Brewing Co.The Little Nel CafeRock Lobster RestaurantThe Dunes Cafe & BarKaruah – the jewel of Port StephensThe Kingfisher Cafe at Blueys RetreatClub ForsterJenz@Blueys Beach Coffee and Gift ShopGloucester’s Main StreetGloucester Farmers MarketsRamada Resort Diamond BeachBent on Food Cookery SchoolBent on Food CafeHoneycomb Valley FarmArtisans on the Hill, Café, Craft Workshop and B&BRed Tail Wines, MarleeClub TareeStones Oysters and SeafoodThe Other Side ART CAFEOasis by the river Cafe and RestaurantLaurieton United Services ClubLong Point Vineyard and Art GalleryBago Vineyards & MazeWorld Par TeaSundays at Near River ProduceRainforest Cafe – Sea Acres Rainforest CentreThe Little Brewing CompanyThe Corner RestaurantPort Fresh SeafoodsRicardoes Tomatoes and StrawberriesSails Resort Port Macquarie by RydgesCassegrain WinesBlack Duck BreweryNetherby House B&B and River CafeCrescent Head TavernSeabreeze Beach HotelTrial Bay Gaol, South West RocksMad Hatters Tea Garden and CafeNambucca Boatshed & CafeValley of the MistRaleigh WineryAnchors Wharf CafeCanopy Cafe – Dorrigo Rainforest CentreFood Angel Cafe, DorrigoBonville Golf Resort – Flooded Gums RestaurantThe Big BananaClub Coffs on West HighCoffs Harbour Rugby League Football ClubFishos Seafood Bar & Grill – Deep Sea Fishing ClubCoffs Harbour Butterfly HouseThe Seaview Tavern WoolgoolgaMoonee Beach TavernLatitude 30 Restaurant and BarSawtell Bowling ClubCarobana ConfectionaryFiasco Ristorante and BarGrafton Shopping WorldMaclean HotelMaclean Services ClubEspresso BoteroBlock Bar Cafe – YambaYamba Markets for local produceYamba Bowling ClubEvans Head Bowling ClubBallina Gallery CafeBallina Farmers MarketThe Point BallinaThe Macadamia Castle CafeCherry Street SportsSummerland House FarmNorth Coast ToursHarvest CafeLismore Regional GalleryVisit LismoreExperience NimbinEltham HotelEltham Valley PantryThe Farm Byron BayByron Beach CafeByron Bay Cookies Retail StoreThe Restaurant at The Byron at ByronSample FestivalTweed River Art GalleryMavis’s Kitchen & CabinsCatch A CrabSalt VillageTropical Fruit WorldKingscliff Beach HotelTweed City Shopping CentreThe Sanctuary Cafe, Ken Duncan GalleryLotus Cafe – Crystal CastleByron Farmers’ MarketsOcean Shores Country ClubDining on the Southern Gold Coast