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Winter 22 #03 TAKE ME, I’M FREE

NORTH ERN RIVE RS

l a c o l a e k i l g Livin

Spirits of the Northern Rivers

BERNARD FANNING A local legend in conversation

Experience the region’s palate-tempting flavours

WINTER GETAWAYS

Weekend Wanderings

Space, tranquillity, and timelessness – find your escape in the natural beauty of the Shire

A coastal shopping adventure from Coolangatta to Pottsville

To dine for

BEAT THE WINTER BLUES

Uplifting ideas to warm the body, feed the mind and soothe the soul

Discover the 20 Hatted Restaurants of the Northern Rivers

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PUBLISHER’S LETTER

I can’t believe it is June already. What a start to the year it has been. In our last edition I spoke about the impact of the then recent Covid shutdowns, but little did any of us realise, there was more devastation to come. Our beautiful Northern Rivers has been through a tremendous amount these past few months. Just as we were due to release our March issue, the first round of floods hit the region, bringing with them so much heartache and loss. To be hit by the second round of floods was almost too much to bear, however, what we then witnessed was our amazing community spirit come alive and to the fore. Strangers on the frontlines helping strangers, banding together, cooking, cleaning, giving of their time and resources, and making hope possible. We’re not through it yet, but we are getting there, little by little, together stronger. What this issue hopes to highlight is all that our beautiful region has to offer locals and tourists alike, and the power of joining together as a community. Our winter feature showcases our abundance of outstanding regional restaurants – with not one or two but twenty Northern Rivers locals taking out AGFG Chef Hat awards! We have highlighted some of the amazing organisations that have helped us through the floods, and we bring you a wrap-up of the one and only Bluesfest, which came back with a muchneeded bang! Read on to find all the ways to escape the winter blues, with lots to do through the colder months. Do a shopping crawl along the coastline, get your hands dirty with clay and discover the spirits of the Northern Rivers. Our little team has also had some changes of late, with a new Editor coming on board. Donna Rishton is a professional writer and editor and a Northern Rivers local with a love for the community and a passion for what we are doing here at Locale. Together with our great team of writers, we are thrilled to bring you our winter edition which is brimming with amazing local businesses, and stories we hope will bring you some joy and discovery about this place we call home. Make sure to follow us on Instagram @locale_magazine to keep up to date with the latest openings and happenings around our area — we’re all about Living like a Local! Enjoy the Locale love!

Karen xx

Publisher / Creative Director Karen Kinnersly

Editor Donna Rishton-Potter

Graphic Design Karen Kinnersly

Contributing Feature Writers Donna Rishton-Potter | Alison Bone Kylie Mitchell-Smith | Richard Bradbury Vivienne Pearson

Contributing Photographers Sera J Wright | Alex Clarke

Cover Photography Sera J Wright

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BYRON WRITERS FESTIVAL

26—28 August North Byron Parklands byronwritersfestival.com

Featuring over 140 writers & thinkers including Trent Dalton, Indira Naidoo, Ben Quilty, Evelyn Araluen, Jessie Cole and Yves Rees.

Early Bird tickets on sale 15 June. Full program announced 13 July. F U N D I N G PA R T N E R S

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TO DINE FOR 20 Hatted Restaurants! Discover why the Northern Rivers has become a Mecca for foodies everywhere

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BERNARD FANNING IN CONVERSATION We chat to music legend Bernard Fanning on the return of live music, Support Act, and living like a local in the Northern Rivers

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THE SPIRITS OF THE NORTHERN RIVERS From vibrant botanical gins, to infused honey vodkas and Australia’s first Agricole rum - The region runs deep with palate-temping flavours

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BEAT THE WINTER BLUES From the Humpback Highway to the Cheeky Cabaret – there’s still plenty to keep your spirits up when the weather turns chilly

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BAKED FROM BYRON TO THE BORDER Paying homage to the region’s growing trade of talented artisan bakers

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THE CALL TO COUNTRY MasterChef’s Mindy Woods showcases Indigenous culture in gastronomical glory

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WEEKEND WANDERINGS A boutique ‘shopping crawl’ along the coastline is the perfect therapy for a winter weekend.

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WINTER GETAWAYS IN THE NORTHERN RIVERS Whether it’s a weekend circuit breaker or a full week’s rejuvenation you need, these four deluxe escapes have a slice of wintery magic for all.

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HATTED RESTAURANTS OF THE NORTHERN RIVERS WR I T T E N BY: A L I S O N B O NE

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In recent years the Northern Rivers has become a Mecca for creative chefs and inspired restaurateurs, drawn to the region’s lush landscape, laid- back lifestyle, farm fresh ingredients and artisanal products. So, when the Australian Good Food Guide announced their Chef Hat award winners for 2022, we weren’t surprised that 20 of the restaurants are right here on our doorstep. Here’s a taste of what’s cooking across the region. FOREST Sophisticated yet supremely chilled, Forest at Crystalbrook Byron is imbued with a distinct sense of place, from sublime views over a lush swathe of rainforest, to cuisine that is passionately local with over 80% of ingredients coming from within a three-hour drive of the restaurant. It’s all about sustainability and “using the best produce we can get our hands on,” says Executive Chef Jordan Staniford, the visionary behind a seasonally driven menu comprised of sustainable seafood, free range meat and flavourful native ingredients grown in the surrounding rainforests and dunes. Creatively presented dishes are fresh, imaginative, and ultimately playful. Expect chargrilled Ballina king prawns with gremolata and spicy XO chilli oil, Iluka squid pan-roasted with Forest tapenade, lemon and herbs, and Basque burnt cheesecake with house-made resort honey ice cream. Enchanting by day, Forest takes on a magical (and rather romantic) allure in the evenings, bathed in the soft glow of lanterns with the rainforest illuminated by spotlight. You will be tempted to linger, so consider the Taste of Forest 5-course degustation menu (vegan option available) paired with sustainable, organic wines from an intriguing wine list. Prefer a cocktail? How about a Byron-esque Fairy Dust Martini or a healthy Recharge from the Elixir Bar. Open to outside guests, Forest is ideal for those looking for an indulgent night out in Byron Bay.

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CADEAU RESTAURANT Laid-back Brunswick Heads is the perfect setting for this classy eatery created by husband-and-wife team, chef Giorgio Ravelli and Holly Ottignon. While the vibe is chilled there is nothing casual about the full flavour, European-influenced cuisine, led by premium local ingredients and a nose to tail ethos so that nothing goes to waste. “Chefs and foodies love eating with us, as they know they are not going to get the same thing anywhere else,” says Holly. Giorgio can often be spotted chatting with his vegetable suppliers at the New Brighton Market, or selecting the special catch of the day from a local trawler at the Brunswick Heads Co-op. This translates on the menu in dishes like Market fish with Madagascar bean cassoulet and Montpellier butter, and Misty Creek chicken, Jerusalem artichoke dauphine and creamed kale. The wine list and craft cocktails are equally impressive, with interesting artwork and an eclectic soundtrack further enhancing the experience. Dining with friends? Let Georgio dazzle you with a selection of dishes in the Chef’s banquet, and if you are hankering for a Sunday Roast with all the trimmings this warm and cosy spot is the best in the area. Brunswick Heads, cadeaurestaurant.com

Byron Bay, crystalbrookcollection.com/byron/forest

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PAPER DAISY Fringed by palm trees and pandanus, just metres from Cabarita Beach and the crashing surf, an evocative coastal theme pervades Paper Daisy. Think stylish blue and white décor, retro coastal charm, and a menu that favours sustainable seafood, seaweed and succulents foraged right along the shoreline. Executive Chef Jason Barratt honed his skills in some of Melbourne’s top restaurants and his artful, harmonious dishes blend skilful technique with boundless inspiration. Daily changing four course dinner menus are ingredient driven. The term farm to fork isn’t just a concept in the Northern Rivers, “It’s a very real connection,” says Jason, and what isn’t harvested from the coast often grows in the surrounding rich fertile valleys. A memorable wine list features lighter styles of wines and Champagne that pair perfectly with the fresh and flavourful coastal cuisine that showcases dishes such as Line-caught Spanish mackerel, steamed clams, salted cucumber, beach herbs, Sea spinach agnolotti with bunya nut and pineapple sage, and Riverina lamb rump with eggplant, green mango, macadamia, and nasturtium. Paper Daisy is located at iconic boutique hotel, Halcyon House and open to external guests for dinner (and for lunch groups over six). Cabarita Beach, halcyonhouse.com.au/paper-daisy-restaurant

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POTAGER – A KITCHEN GARDEN

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With a wonderful setting in a converted farmhouse in the picturesque hills of Carool, Potager is high on the feel-good factor. Surrounded by lush tropical gardens, the 10-acre property boasts panoramic views that stretch to the southern Gold Coast, so close yet a world away from this charming pocket of the Tweed hinterland. Translating as ‘kitchen garden’ in French, much of the produce served at Potager is plucked fresh from the flourishing garden beds that surround the restaurant or sourced from local farmers and independent suppliers. “It’s all about community,” says owner and gracious host, Peter Burr – from the carved wooden tables to the gorgeous handcrafted ceramic plates and the friendly local staff. The modern Australian menu changes with the seasons, but the theme of good honest cuisine is a constant, with dishes that are wholesome, full of flavour and refreshingly unfussy. Think hearty Peruvian fish stew, Byronshire roasted porchetta with calvados apple, rosemary garden vegetables and local cider and sage jus, and a sensational Organic ink gin-soaked rhubarb with celeriac ice cream and macadamia crumble. Carool, potager.com.au

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TWEED RIVER HOUSE Perched on the lush grassy banks of the Tweed River, this lovingly restored grand old river house combines colonial-style glamour with a contemporary, ever evolving seasonal menu to memorable effect. Executive Chef Joseph McGrattan honed his talents in Michelin star restaurants in Europe and applies classic techniques to shape seasonal menus starring locally grown, organic and indigenous ingredients. The veranda, with its sweeping views of the river, Wollumbin and the hinterland ranges is the ideal setting for a long languid lunch, while the elegant dining room strikes just the right note for a classy dinner. Choose from a two or three course menu, or go the full monty with a degustation menu paired with wines. On the menu? Drake Creek duck a l’orange with bunya nut puree, choucroute, sarladaises potato and riberries, strawberry mille-feuille with wattleseed crumble and pandanus crème patisserie. Celebrating something special with friends? Book the Chandelier Private Dining Room for a truly memorable evening. Murwillumbah, tweedriverhouse.com.au

NO 35 KITCHEN AND BAR The newest Hatted restaurant on the block, No.35 had an instant following from the day it opened in July 2021, with loyal patrons drawn to the casual contemporary atmosphere and tasty, authentic new world Italian cuisine. Created by restaurateur Rachel Duffy, and chef Daniel Medcalf, the food is of the calibre you would expect from a duo that honed their skills in some of Sydney’s most iconic restaurants, including Icebergs. “We wanted to do everyday Italian really well,” says Rachel, and they have achieved just that with dishes like golden crumbed Arancini, a wonderfully aromatic Carnaroli rice with autumn mushrooms and saffron, Spaghetti nero with swimmer crab, roasted tomato and chilli, and the smoothest Tiramisu this side of Italy. A good selection of Spritzes make for a tasty aperitivo, while Rachel’s passion for minimal intervention wines is represented in a thoughtful wine list. Award-winning restaurants and kids don’t always go well together, but No. 35 is refreshingly family friendly and has a fun kid’s menu (who doesn’t love pasta with butter and parmesan, cheesy arancini and gelato), so you can still enjoy a great meal out even with the kids in tow. Cabarita Beach, number35.com.au

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Perched on the lush green banks of the Tweed River with sweeping views of Wollumbin/Mt Warning and hinterland ranges, resides the Tweed River House, a stunning new bistro located in picturesque Murwillumbah. Michelin-trained chef Joseph McGrattan, curates a prix fixe menu showcasing the very best of each season’s produce from the region’s fertile farmlands, riverways and ocean. The magnificently restored century-old grand River House evokes the gentler pace of the Northern Rivers, where you can dine enjoying the panoramic views from the River Terrace or inside under the elegant, pressed tin ceilings. We look forward to welcoming you. For bookings: tweedriverhouse.com.au phone (02) 6672 5269 or email info@tweedriverhouse.com.au

131 River Street, Murwillumbah NSW @tweedriverhouse

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PIPIT RESTAURANT

SEASON RESTAURANT

Coastal dining at its finest, with talented Chef Ben Devlin favouring woodfired cooking, sustainable seafood, and bold flavours in this bright contemporary restaurant. Take a seat at the counter for a fun, interactive meal as you watch the team prepare your meal in the open plan kitchen.

Located within Peppers Salt Resort & Spa, Season will lead you on a culinary journey around the Northern Rivers, with sustainably sourced meat, and fruits and vegetables freshly plucked from local orchards and crops.

Pottsville, pipitrestaurant.com

FINS RESTAURANT

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A decadent dining experience, Fins has been Hatted for the last 22 years. Celebrity chef, Steven Snow bases his menu on a love for fresh produce, oceanic treats, and quirky wines. In the mood for a splurge? Treat yourself to a 5-course seafood tasting menu, with options for wine pairing. Salt Village, Kingscliff, fins.com.au

FLEET RESTAURANT A favourite with foodies, thanks to a superb hyper-local degustation menu created by chef-owner Josh Lewis, Fleet was temporarily closed at the time of going to print but we hope to see the team back in action soon. Brunswick Heads, fleet-restaurant.com.au

HARVEST Set in a 100-year-old converted farmhouse in picturesque Newrybar, Harvest showcases seasonal organic produce, with a preference for artisanal suppliers, foraged native Australian ingredients and vegetables plucked straight from the edible gardens.

Salt Village, Kingscliff, seasonkingscliff.com.au

BEACH BRYON BAY A memorable beachfront setting is matched by an impressive Mediterraneaninspired menu. Think woodfired seafood, handmade pastas, fine wines, craft cocktails and local beers. Byron Bay, beachbyronbay.com.au

KARKALLA With a motto of ‘ancient ingredients, modern flavours’, Karkalla is an indigenous Australian restaurant with a focus on locally sourced, seasonal produce and native indigenous ingredients. Byron Bay, karkalla.com.au

TAVERNA Come for the gorgeous beachside setting and stay for fabulously fresh Greek flavours and divine cocktails. Kingscliff, taverna.net.au

DI VINO An authentic Italian eatery in the heart of Byron Bay with a relaxed atmosphere and impressive selection of Australian and Italian wines. Byron Bay, divinobyron.com

Newyrbar, harvest.com.au

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LOLA DINING

An iconic dining experience with a to-die-for setting at Wategos beach. Expect Modern Australian cuisine with a Mediterranean influence.

An intimate and soulful restaurant, Lola is the creation of chefs Olivia Serrano from Barcelona and Rosa Diaferia from Puglia, who had the vision of serving inventive, intelligent cuisine based on simple highquality ingredients that proliferate in the Northern Rivers. Ballina, loladining.com.au

THE LOFT RESTAURANT A much-loved Lismore institution, The Loft is all about indulging the senses with a stylish, modern Australian menu. Sadly, the restaurant is temporarily closed due to extensive damage from the March floods. “Our heart is still in there,” says owner, Brad Rickard, who hopes to reopen in the coming months. Watch this space. Lismore, theloftrestaurant.com.au

Byron Bay, raes.com.au

THE HUT With an atmospheric setting in a restored schoolhouse, The Hut brings a touch of La Dolce Vita to the Byron Hinterland with its tasty Italian cuisine. Possum Creek, thehutbyronbay.com.au

KARRIKIN Rustic, native cuisine based on the region’s local catch, seasonal produce and foraged delicacies woven together with true artistry. Yamba, karrikinyamba.com.au

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Bernard in his studio in Byron Image: Alexander Gow

BERNARD FANNING IN CONVERSATION

Our publisher Karen, caught up with music legend Bernard Fanning, to chat about all things – from the return of festivals and live music to the pandemic and raising awareness for mental health… and of course, living like a local in the Northern Rivers! Bernard we’re thrilled that you could chat to us. How are you? What’s been happening in your world now that we have a little more freedom back?

I’m doing well! Once things started to open up a bit, I had a few postponed shows to make up for. One in Victoria that was supposed to happen in March 2020 and got postponed to March 2021, and then finally to March 2022! During the pandemic I was mostly writing, but after the floods, I did a flood benefit show, Flood Aid, in Brisbane, which was one part of the Secret Sounds group of shows

that happened in Bryon Bay, Brisbane and Sydney. The Northern Rivers has been through some pretty tough times recently, firstly with covid then the floods, which have really shown us the community spirit we have in this region. I know you were on board, helping with the clean-up as well as the amazing flood aid concert. How did this all come about?

It was a real no-brainer that I would do something. My manager Paul Dempsey, who is one of the two main proponents of Splendour in the Grass, lives in the 14

region and experienced first-hand what was happening here. His partner in Secret Sounds, Jessica Ducrou, is also heavily invested in the area and they asked me to be involved and I said yes, of course. There was already a strong lineup in Byron that would’ve sold all the tickets here, so I ended up doing the Brisbane show to raise some more money. How did the event pan out, was it a success?

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then the fires before that, people have been struggling so much. Fortunately, the concert was a great success, and we were able to raise a lot of money. A disaster of the scale that we’ve had here is so massive – there was so much destruction, it was like a warzone – that, as much as we contribute as private citizens, and despite the incredible amount of goodwill and funds the community provided, it’s really government money that’s required.

Music brings people together, it brings some happiness, especially in desperate times.

You’re originally from Brisbane but live here in the region now. What was it that made you move to Byron Bay?

I’ve been attached to Byron since I was about 17 years old. I started coming here as soon as I finished school in the mid ‘80s, camping with my brother and my friends at The First Sun Caravan Park and coming to Bluesfest when it was at the Piggery, going to The Top Pub when it was an old fibro shack and seeing whatever band was on. In 2008 my wife, who is from Spain, and I came down and lived in Kingscliff for quite a while before we moved back to Spain. Then in 2015 we decided we were going to move to Byron when myself and good friend Nick DiDia, who made most of the Powderfinger records (and is a world-renowned producer and engineer of Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Rage Against the Machine and Neil Young), opened a recording studio in Byron - that was kind of the clincher! I ran into you at blues fest, how fantastic was Baker Boy’s cover of “Wish you well”!

buy tickets; our learned behaviour is now to be uncertain about what’s happening next week. Hopefully that’s starting to dissipate a little bit now. And once we get the festivals going again, I think they will give people a bit more confidence. Support Act is designed to help people, not just musicians, but crew as well as people that are part of the music industry actively touring or have been actively touring, that fall on hard times, whether it’s through illness or global pandemic. At the beginning of 2020, Powderfinger were having meetings and talking for the first time in 10 years about the anniversary of Odyssey Number Five. We were talking regularly about what we were going do for that because there was going to be special releases. Things [with the Pandemic] were getting worse and worse, and we were asking ourselves what can we do, can we release a song or how can we help? Someone said we should do a gig, which was a joke because we couldn’t even physically get together anyway - I was in New South Wales and half the band are in Queensland, and Darren is in Melbourne – but the idea just kind of took root and we started talking about a live virtual concert. There were lots of artists doing these virtual shows, we just thought, if we’re going to try, let’s do it really well. There were obviously so many mental health implications that have come out of the pandemic and we wanted to raise as much money as we could for Beyond Blue as well as Support Act, so we did “One night lonely”. Of course, there were so many people involved who helped pull it all together. You teased us with “One Night Lonely”, is there any chance we will see Powderfinger reunite for a tour?

Ha, no! We are all doing our own thing, JC runs the Triffid and the Fortitude Music Hall in Brisbane, Ian is in the band, The Church, and Darren has his own stuff going on, he’s been doing a lot of Neil Young and Beatles shows, and I am making my own records. There’s plenty

happening and while none of us would never say never, it’d be a while off if it was to ever happen again. I believe you are bunkering down and writing music again for a new album, when are we going to get the chance to hear your new music and are we going to hear a new sound from Bernard Fanning?

I’ve been writing stuff for ages but these last couple of years everyone’s priorities have flipped around. It’s been a reset for many, including me. I’ve been lucky, I live in a great street and have been able to spend more time with my kids and my wife, hanging like a local. I haven’t landed exactly on the sound that I’m looking to exploit, the fun thing is just sitting around and making new stuff up. For me is the most thrilling part of the whole process is the actual act of creation - something appearing that wasn’t there a few minutes ago. I haven’t got a definite timeframe, but I would say it’s likely that I would record something later this year to come out next year. I’m just trying to enjoy the process, that’s the main thing!

TOP 5 LOCAL FAVES FAVOURITE BEACH: I love The Pass because I still can’t really believe how beautiful it is there at the point. Looking North it seems crazy it’s real, it looks like a painting every day. PLACE TO GRAB A COFFEE: Bayleaf cafe - it’s the best café in town without question LOCATION TO UNWIND: The hinterland, it’s just perfect PLACE TO EAT: I reckon my favourite restaurant is Yulii’s PLACE TO GRAB A DRINK AND CHILL WITH FRIENDS? The treehouse - Belongil Beach

That was one of the reasons we were there. He was awesome, it was a great show. I’ve never seen him play live. I’ve seen him play a song or two, but I’ve never seen him in concert, the vibe was massive. He’s done wonders with the song, given it a whole new lease of life and it was pretty cool. I didn’t see much else, unfortunately I tested positive for Covid next morning! It’s been a tough couple of years for performing artists. Tell us about your involvement with the organisation Support Act, and how you see the future of live music?

It’s great that things are starting to get back into gear. I think there is still a bit of hesitation out there from people to

Flood Aid Conncert 2022 Image: Lauren Jane Clarke

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THE SPRITS OF THE

NORTHERN RIVERS WR I T TEN BY: KYL I E M I TC HE L L- S M I T H

There is a spirit to the Bundjalung Country in Northern NSW, it’s a feeling that flows from the ground up. Nestled in the lush surrounds of an ancient, shield volcano with fertile red soil that grows an abundance of produce from the valley to the coast.

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ome to a plethora of independent distilleries, producing Australia’s first Agricole rums, vibrant botanical gins, and honey vodka, Northern Rivers is fast becoming one of the most desirable locations in the land. (As voted at the 2021 Delicious, Harvey Norman Produce Awards for most outstanding region) We’ve gathered a list of local distilleries to tempt your palate; independently owned and operated, the spirits of the Northern Rivers are unique in flavour and embody the rich terroir of the region.

HUSK DISTILLERY Husk Distillers is the home of the renowned Ink Gin, that starts off ink blue and changes to a blush pink hue by adding a splash of tonic or citrus. Made famous by Margot Robbie who put Husk on the map when she posted a photo to her adoring fans.

Husk Distillery

DOS DRAGONE DISTILLERY Locally owned and operated Dos Dragone Distillery are the makers of the popular Stoken Gin. A small batch brewery with aptly named spirits like ‘XII Apostles’ and ‘Here Be Dragons’, infused with botanicals such as locally grown dragon fruit. Nestled on Cudgera Creek Northern NSW the native flora gives the gin a distinct full flavour. Bursting with bright colours Stoken Gin has become a cocktail staple at local bars and is available from independent bottle shops throughout the region. Expertly distilled from a small copper still fondly called ‘Rasputin’, Dos Dragone Distillery has cemented itself as a popular spirit for the Tweed Region.

SOLTERA RUM Handcrafted in Cabarita, Soltera Rum is female owned and operated by a Tweed local. Makers of the fresh rum ‘Blanco’ which, with its pure, clean taste, is an ideal mixer for finger lime mojitos or tangy piña coladas, Soltera style. An unaged rum infused in oak barrels with tasting notes from the Caribbean to Cabarita. Soltera Rum conjures up images of dreamy days sipping sunset cocktails at beachside bars.

BYRON BAY SPIRITS Harvested and handcrafted in the Byron Hinterland, Byron Bay Spirits distills an array of spirits and liqueurs as nature intended. From coffee liqueurs to tasty limoncello,

Soltera Rum

Husk created Australia’s first Agricole rum, from their farm paddock direct to the bottle. The distillery grows an abundance of sugar cane which is threaded through the Husk collection, such as Bam Bam Spiced Rum and Husk Botanic - a rum for the gin drinker. Husk is located on the banks of the Tweed River with the majestic Wollumbin Mountain over yonder, in the quaint valley town of Tumbulgum. A popular destination, the exposed brick building is adorned by sculptured gardens, lush green acres, and a plantation-style fit out. Distillery tours and tastings and Plantation Café operate daily from Wednesday to Sunday. 17

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Byron Bay Spirits

to a delicious honey infused vodka and gin. A small batch distillery curated by master distillers, to create flavours that celebrate the richness of the region.

WINDING ROAD DISTILLING CO.

Lovingly blended with the farm honey from Byron Bees, Byron Bay Spirits can be found in an array of local hot spots.

A small-batch distiller located in the quaint village of Tintenbar, that specialises in unique spirits such as a citrus and sea gin, a smooth coffee liqueur and a coastal cane pure rum.

CAPE BYRON DISTILLERY

The soon-to-be launched hinterland Single Malt Whisky will add to this

Cape Byron Distillery is home to the popular Brookie’s Gin and more recently they launched their first distilled whisky, a collaboration with local brewer Stone & Wood.

exciting range of spirits, infused with native flavours from across the region. Immerse in the natural surrounds and spirits of the Northern Rivers, with vibrant botanical gins, infused honey vodkas and Australia’s first Agricole rum. The regional flavours run deep from the sugarcane farms to the vast coastline beyond.

Cape Byron Distillery

Take a ‘tour and taste’ of the distillery, which is set in a subcontinent rainforest, perched high above Byron Bay, nestled in the heart of the Brook families’ macadamia farm. The award-winning collection includes Brookie’s Byron Slow Gin, a dry gin and a macadamia and wattleseed liqueur. Recently joining the B-corp community, Cape Byron Distillery are setting the standards for sustainability and ethical practises.

LORD BYRON DISTILLERY Family owned with a passion for the local terroir Lord Byron infuses their spirits with natural botanics sourced from producers across the region. A collection of world class spirits that engages ethical and sustainable practices, including a 12-year aged, spiced rum and a silver cane white spirit. Priding themselves on 100 percent renewable energy and zero waste, the cellar door is located in Byron’s Industrial Estate and is open Tuesday-Saturday. 18

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A VISUAL SPLENDOUR IN THE HILLS OF BYRON WR I T TEN BY: KYL I E M I TC HE L L- S M I T H

With the news all music revellers have been waiting for - live music festivals are back! – comes confirmation that one of the most popular events in the country, ‘Splendour in the Grass’ is set to soar high from the 22nd-24th July.

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full line-up has been announced with heavyweight headliners such as Gorillaz, The Strokes, Tyler, The Creator and Liam Gallagher leading the pack. Along with local and national talent and some unearthed surprises from Triple J, the festival is wired for sound. A celebration of International and Australian acts, Splendour is one of the country’s most anticipated events to bounce back after a forced hiatus. The dedicated team behind Splendour, Secret Sounds, have endured one of the most challenging periods of their creative lives and are committed to bringing live music and good times back to the people. Included in the Australian line-up are Baker Boy, Grinspoon, Alice Ivy, Jungle Giants and Tim Minchin, along with a stellar line-up of DJ’s. Rising talent and local Bundjalung performer Budjerah will perform on home soil, after taking out this year’s Aria for Michael Gudinski’s Breakthrough Artist Award. Splendour in the Grass co-founders Jessica Ducrou and Paul Piticco have expressed how deeply grateful they are for the ongoing community support and loyalty in what has been one helluva time. “We want to wholeheartedly thank our Splendour community for sticking with us. Holding onto your tickets over the last two years has enabled the festival to continue into the future,” they said.

The reunion will create a musical revolution as it unfolds on the picturesque North Byron Parklands. The grass amphitheatre will be abuzz as the sun sets on some of the finest musicians in the land. A showcase of creatives, the festival grounds are alive with visual artists, spoken word, fashionable pop-up bars and global street food vendors. There’s a VIP village with all the gold trimmings, a Little Splendour for kids crafting and live circus performers, and a Little Splendour Babysitting Club so parents can let their hair down.

a camping ticket for a single day or for the duration of the festival, or book into The Meadow, a family friendly campground where the whole tribe can enjoy the Splendour ride. For all your Splendour in the Grass information visit splendourinthegrass.com For regular festival updates stay tuned to instagram @splendourinthegrass

Enjoy the quirky goings on in the Tipi Forest and visit the purpose-built Global Village complete with healing lounge, silent disco, and bohemian lounge. Camp on-site at the designated tent city and family tent area, or if glamping is more your thing book a flash camp all-inclusive luxe package. North Byron Parklands spans 600 acres of lush surrounds on Bundjalung Country, the site will be transformed into an otherworldly splendour to enliven all your senses. Local buses run regularly from the North and South or you can park in the festival carpark and take a leisurely farm tractor ride to the site. Tickets are available for a single day, 3-day, or 3-day VIP Village experience. Purchase 20

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We have an envious summer lifestyle here in the Northern Rivers, but there is still plenty to do once the weather turns chilly. From whale watching to river cruising, to cheeky cabaret and soaking the winter blues away, here’s the lowdown on what to do in the winter.

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Welcome to the Humpback Highway, a migratory route that begins in the icy depths of Antarctica then follows the eastern coastline of Australia, ending in the warm tropical waters of the Great Barrier Reef. A 10,000-kilometre round trip, this is one of the longest migratory journeys on earth, and here, at the most easterly tip of Australia, is the best place to see the action. Hunted to near extinction, humpback whales have made a remarkable recovery since the 1960s and form the majority of the estimated 30,000 whales – which includes orcas, blue whales, minke whales and sperm whales, that will migrate this year. Seeing these magnificent creatures frolic around our picturesque headlands is a truly unforgettable experience. Catch them swimming north to their breeding grounds from May to July, then southbound from September to November, when you will often see females teaching their calves the art of whale behaviour. That means breeching (leaping out of the water) lobtailing (tailslapping) logging (floating on the surface of the water) and spy hopping (poking their heads out of the water). Prime whale watching spots include Cape Byron Lighthouse walking track, Hastings Point, Norries Headland in Cabarita, Skennars Head and Ballina Lighthouse car park. Bring a rug, a picnic and don’t forget your binoculars. Wanting to get even closer? Consider joining a whale watching cruise. Check wildbyron.com.au or outoftheblueadventures.com

SOAK THE WINTER BLUES AWAY Suffering from the chills? Nothing warms the body and soothes the soul quite like a soak in steaming hot baths. Tucked into lush tropical gardens, brimming with bamboo, heliconia and stone statues, Kiva Spa and Bathhouse provides an enchanted setting for a Balinese-inspired spa journey. Relax in one of four hot magnesium hydrotherapy pools while watching rainbow lorikeets flitter about the palm trees. Keep an eye out too for curious water dragons peeking out from beneath the foliage. Cool down in the plunge pool, before stepping into the atmospheric, amply hot and steamy, hammam-style steam room. Prefer a sauna? The Kiva version is reminiscent of a sweat lodge, complete with the flickering flames of a log fire. Go with a lover, a friend or just take some time out for yourself to relax and reconnect with nature in lovely surrounds. You can also enhance the feel-good effects with a massage – choose from Kahuna, remedial or relaxation. thekivaspa.com

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A leisurely lunch cruise on the iconic river ferry, The Golden Swan, is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. Take a seat on the deck and watch the picturesque scenery unfold as the boat glides along the Tweed River, passing mangroves, cane fields, rolling green farmlands and the dense, prehistoric riparian rainforest of Stotts Island. Interesting commentary from the captain will fill you in on the history, local Indigenous culture, flora and fauna of the region, as well as the local produce served for your lunch. Delicious grazing boards showcase the region’s freshest seafood, smoked chicken, fruit, artisanal cheeses, and antipasto. Local spirits are also on offer so you can wash it all down with a Brookies Slow Gin, a Mojito made with Soltera Rum, or a local beer.

How about something more literary? After a two-year hiatus, Byron Writers Festival is back this winter, and promises a three-day celebration of storytelling, big ideas and conversation. What’s new in 2022? A gorgeous new location for starters, with marquees set up amidst the rolling green pastures and coastal forest of North Byron Parklands. 140 guest writers and thinkers will be covering topics from the arts to poetry, memoir, fiction, social issues, and politics, in the form of panels, readings, lectures and performances. Coffee, food, and market stalls will add to the festival vibe, while satellite events will also take place across the region in the evenings. Locals can take advantage of specially priced limited release tickets on sale 30 June.

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CHEEKY CABARET Lift your spirits on a cold winter’s evening with a fun night at the one and only Brunswick Picture House. A true landmark, this iconic site lay closed, forlorn, and fading for thirty years, until it was discovered by the creative team behind world class cabaret La Soiree, and lovingly brought back to life. Reimagined and infused with fun retro flair, Brunswick Picture House now sets the stage for live theatre and music, comedy, films, and kids’ shows. The Cheeky Cabaret runs throughout the year – think circus meets vaudeville with a touch of comedy burlesque – while an ever-evolving cast means no two shows are the same. Arrive early to revel in the retro surrounds and grab a snack, cheese board or coffee from the kiosk.

wildlife as he is. Trips start with a kayak lesson on the beach before heading out into the big blue of Cape Byron Marine Park. The friendly team will share stories about the region, local Aboriginal culture, and marine biology, and know just where to look for dolphins and loggerhead turtles. goseakayakbyronbay.com.au

MINJUNGBAL ABORIGINAL CENTRE Interested to know more about the indigenous history of the Northern Rivers? The Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre has a humble yet fascinating museum packed full of artefacts, photographs and pictorial displays that paint a very vivid picture of

life and culture for the Tweed’s original inhabitants. Run by the area’s Aboriginal community, you can also browse handcrafted ceramics and paintings by local artists in the small gift shop. Part of the Tweed Heads Historic site, the centre is nestled into a shady grove and makes a peaceful spot for a picnic or barbecue. Make sure to check out the Bora Ring, a sacred ceremonial site used for ancient initiation rites, then follow one of the walking tracks through the trees into Ukerebagh Nature Reserve and the banks of the Tweed River. With patches of littoral rainforest, mangroves, and saltmarsh, the reserve is a haven for wildlife, particularly birds and you may even spot a koala. minjungbalmuseum.com.au

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THE BIG BLUE: KAYAK WITH DOLPHINS Watching the local pod of bottlenose dolphins surf the waves off Wategos is always a thrill, but seeing them up close on a kayak trip, is even better. While it’s cooler out on the water in the winter months (wetsuits are provided), it’s worth braving the cold for the chance to see whales as well. Committed to sustainability, Go Sea Kayak is run by Byron-born Kurt Tutt, a champion lifesaver, who oversees a team of professional guides who are just as passionate about the environment and

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BYRON BAY’S NEWEST GELATERIA; FRANKIES GELATO NATURALE

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he opening of Frankies Gelato has brought a refreshing perspective to the gelato-scene in Byron; a fusion of authentic Italian artisanship with Australian flavours and ingredients, Frankies is the naturale gelato we’ve been waiting for! Co-owned by Italian native Franco Giordano and the team behind Light Years Asian Bar and Diner, James Sutherland and Kim Stephen, Frankies represents the intertwining of traditional techniques with modern thinking around conscious consumption and sustainability. Handmade and all-natural, Frankies Gelato is churned on-site using the highest quality, locally-sourced ingredients. With options for everyone (the menu is 40% vegan!), you can indulge with the ever-popular pistachio flavour knowing that it’s made with locally-sourced nuts from the Northern Rivers, or treat the kids - or yourself - to the decadent banoffee shortbread flavour. Co-owner Franco Giordano spent several years in Italy, travelling and learning from the best gelato makers in the 25

country. Speaking about the opening, Franco said: “First and foremost, I love gelato. I dreamed of owning a business that represented my sentimentality for the Italy of old. Frankies was born out of the desire to bring one-of-a-kind gelato flavours to life, which could only be done with the rich and vibrant produce available to us here in Byron Bay.” Scooped from authentic silver lidded pozzetti tubs and served in a cup or cone, Frankies is the perfect Italian experience with a guarantee of no added colours, preservatives, additives or any other nasties. The space invites Italian nostalgia, with the floor and bar featuring blue and white terrazzo, which is balanced with rustic hand-rendered walls. Franco also pays homage to his Sicilian heritage with an array of decorative Moor Head vases, overflowing with seasonal flowers. Less than 100m from Byron’s Main Beach, Frankies is the coastal gelateria in which Byron Bay and Italy collide. 8/8 Fletcher St Byron Bay frankiesgelato.com WINTER 2022


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What better way to get down to earth than by gathering a group of friends and exploring the world of pottery and mud making? We’ve uncovered the very best clay workshops and classes in the region. Experiences are led by potters who open their studios to you to learn the art of the wheel or perfect a platter (some even include wine and cheese!). This is mud-making for grownups so follow our lead to the best dirty weekend you’ll ever have. A HEAVENLY EXPERIENCE Located in a gorgeously cute church hall in the heart of Brunswick Heads, local potter Lucy Vanstone from Wheel of Life Studio creates beautiful and whimsical ceramic artworks. The studio is brimming with plates, cups, and glazed art, all set within the warm wood frame of the heritage building. You and your group can experience a guided hand-building workshop, making your choice of platter, plate, cup, or vase under Lucy’s expert guidance. There are weekly classes for the kids during the school term too! All workshops are customised to your group and the results are fired and custom glazed for you, ready for delivery.

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ART AND WINE The team at Art and Wine Byron Bay know how to get you in the mood for making great art. Grab your partner or a bunch of friends for a sophisticated pottery experience. Choose their three-hour workshop and create your choice of cup, bowl or figurine while nibbling on delicious antipasto, charcuterie, and cheeses from next door’s Byron Bay Deli. Add in a tasting tour of some of the country’s best organic and biodynamic wines with a professional sommelier from next door Luna Wine store and you’re firing. Art and Wine Byron Bay | artandwinecobyronbay.com.au

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friendly class to create your own vase, mug, or breakfast set. Or get spinning on a pottery wheel. Everyone walks away with a piece, whether hand built or thrown on the wheel. Small classes are led by a team of experienced and friendly instructors, and a plethora of kid-friendly workshops during the holidays will also thrill the small family members. Come as you are as all tools, aprons and clays are provided. Classes run with a minimum 4 and max of 8 participants.

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BUILT BY HAND If hand building with clay and setting your own course is your jam, join Garage Ceramics in beautiful Casuarina for a custom workshop. The light-filled studio accommodates groups of 4-8 adults or up to 6 kids. Seated around a large communal table, clay boss Tamara will teach you the skills of creating a mug, bowl, or platter. Classes are customised to what you want to learn and make. Your work is then expertly fired, glazed, and delivered to your door. Workshops run for two hours for adults and 90 minutes for children. Everything is included: aprons, clay, tools, and a grazing plate for your belly. Garage Ceramics Casuarina | garageceramics.com.au

TWO POT SESSIONS A 40-minute drive inland from Byron Bay lands you in Fernleigh, a hinterland jewel and home to Brooke Clunie’s Red Door Studio. She’s justifiably famous for her one hour Two Pot Sessions which are a dynamic introduction to wheel throwing. You learn the skills of the potter and she does the hard work of glazing and firing. After the fun of creating, it’s a 10-minute drive to lunch at Harvest in Newrybar, one of the region’s best restaurants. Your final pots get delivered to your home as a wonderful reminder of your newfound skills and a fabulous lunch. Groups from 1 to 8. Brooke Clunie Red Door Studio | brookeclunie.com

GROUPS BIG AND SMALL Local potter and jeweller Lauren’s aim is to spoil you in every way. Her workshops are hosted in her open studio Ochre Ceramics in Mullumbimby. The studio can accommodate small groups of 5 up to a bigger party of 14. You’ll be guided on how to build by hand, creating pinch pots with handles that stay on and don’t explode in the kiln! All pieces are dried, fired and finished in a beautiful white speckle glaze, ready for collection or delivery. Everything is provided, including classy Ochre-branded aprons to keep you clean.

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Some of our other favourite pottery workshops in the region: MULLUMBIMBY Keramika Mullumbimby | keramika.com.au Zyayna Earth Walker | zyanyaearthwalker.com.au BYRON BAY Mud Byron Bay | mudbyronbay.com Byron School of Clay | bsoc.com.au BANGALOW The Clay Barn | theclaybarn.com.au Ochre Ceramics

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Here’s another one to put back into your annual calendar of events (after the couple of years that were), the ever-popular Byron Writers Festival 26-28 August 2022. Billed to be a weekend full of bright ideas and engaging storytelling with some of Australia’s best-loved authors. The festival has just announced its dates for this year’s event, with a brandspanking new festival site on the horizon, the picturesque North Byron Parklands, and a new Artistic Director at the helm, Zoe Pollock. Bringing back everything we love about the event plus a whole lot more, the new site and artistic vision adds a fresh dimension to the renowned festival.

A visual splendour with a showcase of local food stalls, onsite festival bookshop where you can get your books signed, interactive artworks and spaces created for colourful conversations and meaningful moments in time. “It is an incredible gift to create an experience for people who love books to come together in celebration of our mutual love of words and ideas,” said Zoe Pollock. “Now more than ever, the joy of meeting in person at a literary festival, to listen, reflect, laugh and be uplifted, feels so important. So it is with great excitement that I am working with the Byron Writers Festival team to bring back everything people love about this wonderful event.” The first announcement of celebrated guests gives a taste of things to come with the full program of more than 100 writers, thinkers and commentators to be revealed soon.

International bestseller Trent Dalton, award-winning contemporary artist Ben Quilty and one of Australia’s most popular broadcasters, author Indira Naidoo are just some of the leading lights heading to Byron Bay to inspire audiences. The Festival also announces 2022 Stella Prize winning poet Evelyn Araluen, acclaimed Northern Rivers author Jessie Cole and award winning author and historian Yves Rees. Early Bird Passes will be on sale for one week from 15 June. A limited release of Sunday Locals’ Passes will go on sale 30 June, and general release tickets will go on sale when the full program is announced on July 13. Details and updates available at byronwritersfestival.com/festival. Details and updates available at byronwritersfestival.com/festival. WR I T T E N BY: KYL I E M I TC HE L L- S M I T H

“North Byron Parklands is home to world class music events including Splendour in the Grass and Falls Festival, and it caters to boutique cultural and community events year-round. Its green open spaces and beautiful natural surroundings are fertile ground for an event such as Byron Writers Festival and we look forward to welcoming our audiences to this stunning site on Minjungbal land.” said Adam van Kempen, Chair of Byron Writers Festival. Byron Writers Festival is one of the most popular literary events on the national calendar, largely due to the stunning Northern NSW region and the calibre of authors, presenters, and artists the event attracts each year.

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BUT COMMON Located in the Bangalow industrial estate, on the land of the Arakwal people of the Bundjalung nation, is the converted warehouse home of the Common People Brewing Co. Newly established by a gang of born-and-raised local friends, family members and partners, Common People Brewing Co. is proving they’re really anything but common. Set against the backdrop of a working production brewery, the taproom, abundant in natural light, lush greenery, and comfy seating, offers an inviting and cosy place to settle in and enjoy some fresh brews right where they are crafted. With a core range of crafty and seasonal beers on offer - including Protesters IPA, Villager’s Pale Ale, and Back Beach White Ale - as well as their super crafty, limited edition, “special batch” brews, which are experimental and artisanal, using locally sourced and seasonal ingredients, Common People ensures there’s always something new to try. A hand-picked selection of wines and sparkling, zero beer, softies, and juice, all Australian and regionally sourced where available, round out the drink’s menu in curated perfection.

The recent addition of The Brewer’s Kitchen, serving up a delicious range of treats for your tastebuds like woodfired pizzas, sharing plates, kids’ meals, and desserts, means there’s something on offer for everyone. With a love of all things local, a deep appreciation of the region’s bountiful offerings, and beers designed by the people for the people, Common People Brewing Co. pride themselves on showcasing everything that makes the Northern Rivers great – from the produce they use right down to the homage paid to the area on their can designs. Whether it’s warming up in front of the fireplace in winter or enjoying your ale in the cool summer breeze on the deck with the kids and pooch in tow, there’s always room for more commoners at Common People Brewing Co. Table and courtesy bus bookings are available via www.commonpeoplebrewing.com.au Disabled access and space dedicated for walkins. Open Thursday-Saturday 12pm-9pm and Sunday 12pm-8pm 9 Dudgeons Lane, Bangalow commonpeoplebrewing.com.au

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The Northern Rivers is home to a growing number of artisans, in particular the baking type. There has been a surge of bakeries swing open their doors, from classic French style patisseries to modern bakery cafés, producing the freshest of goods daily.

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hroughout time modern bakers have drawn inspiration from the indigenous peoples who have been baking coal fire damper for thousands of years, blending native seeds and nuts into a dough to be shared amongst their community. Showcasing an abundance of local produce from across the Northern Rivers, there’s a collective of bakers who creatively fuse flavours to produce unique items such as, rye and caraway sourdough, Cudgen potato pies, frangipani citrus tarts and native finger lime flans. We’ve created a banging list below of some of the finest bakeries from Byron Bay to the Tweed border, paying homage

to a growing trade of artisan bakers from across the region.

BREAD SOCIAL - BYRON BAY & TWEED HEADS The original Baker Boys of Bread Social are three long time mates who started their careers in local eateries before embarking on their own venture, the Bread Social bakery at The Farm, Byron Bay. Renowned for their super-sized and delicious Portuguese tarts, flavoursome and fresh sausage rolls and the tastiest of sourdough breads. Off the back of the success of their Byron 30

Bay bakery, the boys opened Bread Social in Bay Street Tweed. Igniting a scene of coffee and bakery dwellers, the bustling bakery café has landmarked the area as the place to grab and go or gather with friends. Open daily from 7.30am

BRUNS BAKERY Popping up in the historical corner store building in Brunswick Heads, the art deco style build is the ideal place to grab the freshest of bread, delicious cakes, and coffee to go. Open plan with exposed brick facade and artisan tiles, Bruns Bakery is a hive LOCALEMAGAZINE.COM.AU


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of activity any time of the day. You can watch the bakers at work, producing retro favourites like vanilla slices, chocolate eclairs and sticky buns. There’s an assortment of baked bread, tasty pastries, fresh juices, brewed teas and coffee and the tastiest margarita mixes to choose from. Open daily from 6am.

HARVEST NEWRYBAR Housed in the historical bakery façade adjacent to the award-winning Harvest restaurant, the original bakehouse has been lovingly restored to its former glory. Baking fresh sourdough daily to service the restaurant and deli, Harvest baked goods taste like an age-old tradition. Choose from an array of breads infused with native flavours, like fermented wood fired sourdough or unique creations like oyster mushroom and seaweed Danish. There is also a selection of locally made condiments and fermented goods in the Harvest Deli to complement your baked goods. Open daily from 6.30am

BENS PATISSIERE A Murwillumbah favourite Bens Patisserie has recently moved into the iconic Regent Cinema Building, adjacent to the popular M’Arts precinct. Bens refined French style is threaded through a selection of cakes such as millefeuilles (vanilla slice), macaroons, pain au chocolat, croissants and rustic pear tarts. Grab a toasted local cheese panini, decadent dessert, or good old French Baguette on your next road trip to Tweed Valley. Open daily Wednesday to Friday from 7am, Saturday from 8.30am.

FUEL BAKEHOUSE Fuel Bakehouse is the perfect place to

grab great coffee, homemade pies, and jam-packed cronuts and doughnuts, after a surf at one the best beaches in the country, Cabarita Beach. (As awarded by Tourism Australia in 2020, Australia’s Best Beach) The sister venue to Fuel Bakehouse in Currumbin, Fuel Bakehouse was a welcome addition to beachside Cabarita and is a popular spot for locals and visitors alike. Designed for takeaway, Fuel is the perfect spot to grab your baked goods and drink of choice and head across the road to watch the waves roll in. Open daily from 6am.

CUBBY BAKEHOUSE Destination Chinderah where the stunning Cubby Bakehouse has popped up a garden café and bakery by the pristine Tweed River. The good folk of Cubby are renowned on the Gold Coast for delivering some of the sweetest baked goods around, like lemon curd muffins, gooey salted caramel cookies and carrot cake blondies.

adds to the ambience, complementing the array of baked treats, fresh juices, and locally brewed coffee. Baked is for lovers of baked food served with beer from local brewers Earth Brewery, along with a curated selection of natural wines. Baked at Ancora is more than just a bakery, it’s a foodie destination where you can lay out a rug by the river and linger awhile. Open daily from 7am

Whether you’re living like a local or a visitor to the region, you’ll uncover a plethora of eateries along the way from the artisan bakers to the coffee brewers, the Northern Rivers is a vibrant destination bursting with flavours.

Along with great tasting coffee, perfect savoury baguettes (baker Ben actually travelled to France to learn the art of baguette making) and ah-mazing Ban Mi rolls, with views across the river to Wollumbin Mt Warning, Cubby Bakehouse has got it all going on. Open daily from 5.30am

BAKED AT ANCORA Baked at Ancora is ideally located by the Tweed River adjacent to the beautiful Ancora Wedding venue. Delightfully renovated with coastal hues, and exposed natural wood furnishings with bronze and charcoal features. A riverside café, Baked slides seamlessly from breakfast in the bakery to lunch by the water. An expansive outside garden

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can the isles in your local supermarket and you might find pepperberry vinegar, Kakadu plum jelly and ironbark honey. Exploring our backyard and a renewed interest in native foods is so much more than fads and flavours.

“Australians are such foodies!” explains Mindy Woods, co-owner, Head Chef and creative force at Karkalla restaurant in Byron Bay. “We are quick to embrace the cuisines and cultures of other nations. At Karkalla we are trying to provide an opportunity for people to connect with Indigenous culture through food. In Mindy’s experience, non-indigenous people are often hesitant to ask questions and be inquisitive about Indigenous culture because of negativity of the past. “As a culture we are wanting to take steps forward in a positive way. We know we have to hold the hands of Non-Indigenous people to do that,” she says. “Introducing people to Indigenous culture through food is such a positive thing. There are important conversations that happen when we ‘break bread’ together. 32

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One way to help engage people with Indigenous ingredients is the use of language in the restaurant menu. “Naming things in local terms allows Indigenous cultures to reclaim their language,” says Mindy. “For example, we have finger limes - gulalung in Bundjalung language - a native food unique to the Northern Rivers area.” These pearls of bright, exquisite citrus are used extensively on the menu, especially when paired with fresh oysters. The menu at Karkalla reflects the breadth of Mindy’s food identity and history. “My dad was in the Air Force and my early childhood was spent growing up in Malaysia,” she says. “Our current menu features Asian cooking techniques and flavours using local Indigenous produce. The two cuisines work seamlessly together in terms of flavours. It brings all my history together.” The starter dish of salt and pepper berry encrusted calamari, served in an intensely rich XO sauce, is an example of this blending of technique and ingredients in a seamless and exciting way. Mindy has always had a strong affinity with the Northern Rivers area. “My mum was born in Lismore, and I have my whole family in the area,” she says. “We have ancestry through the Widjabul Wia-bal tribe, part of the Bunjalung nation.” The Northern Rivers is a traditional food bowl for many Indigenous groups. Traditionally tribes would travel from Southeast Queensland and Central and Northern New South Wales, harvesting and collecting native ingredients. After ten years as a successful chef and CEO of The Lotus Dining Group, Mindy felt a calling to return home to her ancestral land. Her move back to the region from Sydney was driven by her desire to connect with family and with her Indigenous roots. “One of my memories is being at South Ballina beach with my nan and cousins,

picking karkalla and collecting pipis on the beach,” she recalls. “Nan raised eleven children and multiple cousins harvesting mud crab, mullet, and river mussels. At the time we didn’t realise she was uniting us as a family with our culture.” “I always had a desire to open my own restaurant and I couldn’t have opened Karkalla anywhere else in the world,” Mindy explains. “Karkalla is the local Indigenous name for the coastal purple flowering succulent known as ‘pigface’, so the restaurant is all about joining Indigenous and Non-Indigenous people together through food, right here on Bundjalung country.” Mindy works closely with local suppliers to source ingredients like lemon myrtle, Coopers Shoot tomatoes, and freshly caught seafood. “We love to support local industry,” Mindy explains, “it is the best produce in Australia, and it makes our job as chefs incredibly easy, when we can put that produce pride of place on our menu.” And while these are ancient ingredients, at Karkalla they are interpreted in a very modern way. “Indigenous people are modern and highly educated. Our connection to culture is incredibly strong and we are very proud of that. But we are not talking about just cooking witchetty grubs or kangaroo over coals,” says Mindy. “We are treating world class ingredients with love and respect and interpreting them in a modern way.” For example, the traditional changing of the six seasons are celebrated at Karkalla with a set menu seasonal dinner which highlights the ingredients that are available at that time. “We may be going into storm season or winter season, so we feature ingredients specific to that time which brings a greater awareness to our diners of what those seasonal changes are and what to look for,” Mindy says. 33

Karkalla also features an all-Australian wine list, and a cocktail list full of classics. “The finger lime margherita is the most popular by a long stretch” says Mindy. “We also infuse our own gins and vodkas with native ingredients, such as Australian gin infused with native thyme. It makes the meanest negroni imaginable!” she says with a grin. Mindy’s name might be familiar to you from her time as a contestant and finalist on MasterChef. That was back in 2012 and she has recently returned to the series as an absolute favourite in the Fans & Favourites series. “I’m someone who likes to be busy, and I love a challenge,” laughs Mindy. “Throwing MasterChef on top of running a small business has certainly had its challenges but I do it with great zest and an immense sense of pride and my team has very much stepped up and supported me throughout this crazy ride.” “I hope that, if nothing else, MasterChef will really showcase what native food is all about and put a spotlight on the beautiful region that is the Northern Rivers.” For more bookings and more information visit karkalla.com.au

THE SIX SEASONS The Bundjalung nation recognises six seasons: the Wet Season (JanMarch), Mullet Season (March - May), Banksia Flower Season (June-July), Coming Out Season (July-August), Heath Flowers Season (September - October) and Thunderstorm Season (NovemberDecember). Each season is designated by changes in weather, flowering and fruiting of native plants and the behaviour and availability of native animals. For more information visit jalilands.com.au/index.html

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IN THE TWEED On the banks of the Tweed River in the iconic white building, formerly known as Markwell’s Seafood, Baked at Ancora is a popular bakery café bringing a little slice of Parisian café culture to the Tweed Coast. Inspired by a love for the humble croissant, their signature dish is baked fresh daily (in a temperature-controlled pastry room no less), along with all the sweet and savoury Parisian delights a pastry lover could wish for, by a dedicated team of pastry chefs who fuse together flavours to create some of the tastiest treats around, such as lemon meringue and Portuguese tarts, locally made sourdough crumpets and a banging brekkie panini. Made to order ‘Cakes by Baked’ offers an array of decadent cakes, creatively decorated to suit any occasion from weddings to parties to special events. The popular wedding venue Ancora

adjacent to Baked is the ideal location to showcase the array of sumptuous cakes on offer. An open plan café with lush green spaces, indoor and outdoor seating and river views that stretch for miles, Baked is the ideal place to gather with friends and family. Book a long lunch on the deck or garden surrounds and watch the boats sail by. A curated menu showcases locally sourced produce and brews to match, such as Ground Control Coffee, Earth Brewery, and a natural wine selection. The talented team at Baked is spear headed by local couple and hospitality specialists Toby Bamford and Hannah Setchell. They also have PBE, Pastry Bread Espresso a bustling Takeaway Café in the Tweed Mall as part of their burgeoning portfolio. With a new creative venture on the horizon at the Tweed Regional Gallery, the dynamic duo is marinating a

locally inspired menu to complement the stunning valley surrounds. More information on this exciting project coming soon, stay tuned. Baked at Ancora is not just a café, it’s a destination, with a relaxed vibe, friendly staff, and a simple philosophy: to bring loved ones together over good food and great coffee.

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Locale Mag was fortunate to grab a moment with the one and only Xavier Rudd just before he embarks on his national tour. Taking in 38 venues across the country, the show promises to be the event to get to this year. Xavier, thanks for talking to us. How are you?

I’m great, thanks. You have a huge year ahead with your tour and new album “Jan Juc Moon” release. It must be an exciting time for you to get back out and perform again?

It’s going to be a bit of a crazy year but I’m pretty keen now to get out on the road. We’ve put together a show I’m really proud of so I’m excited to go and share it now. Was Jan Juc Moon written through covid and the lockdowns? What was the inspiration for your 10th album?

A lot of it was, and some over the years before that. It’s been kind of a reflective

album, looking back during this time when the world was so unstable, and at the journey as a whole.

How did the collaboration with Bundjalung men Josh and Kyle Slabb come about? And was that song created here in the Northern NSW rivers?

Josh, Kyle, and Juzzy are good friends of mine, and when I told Josh about my eagle song he sent me a version of their Mibin (eagle) song and straight away I could tell it would work. No, I recorded the album up at home in the Sunny Coast, but we did record their parts down in the Byron area. Out of all the songs on Jan Juc Moon, do you have a favourite and why?

Nah, I don’t really have favourites, they are all special to me in their own ways. I love the album cover. Was this a local artist that created it?

It’s amazing! It’s a painting by Nathan Patterson, I love his stuff, he’s deadly! His Insta is @diwanadreaming How good was it to be back at the Bluesfest and how awesome was the line-up! Did you have a favourite performance that stood out?

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It was great. It’s always a good time. To me, Kingfish was an absolute stand out, he’s amazing, and I loved Corey Henry’s trio. Is there a musician you are most inspired by at the moment?

Vaughn Benjamin is always with me, love him. What’s your weekend ritual; where would we find you and what would you be doing on a typical Saturday/ Sunday when not touring?

Outside definitely. With my cattle dogs and family camping somewhere in our troopy, hopefully scoring some nice waves! You have previously lived here in the Northern Rivers; can you let us in on some of your faves? Your favourite beach, or a favourite place to eat, drink, and unwind?

I lived up around New Brighton for a while and got some great waves out the front there and down towards Bruns. The local market there on the oval was my favourite place to get a feed; good vibe there. For more info and tour dates head to xavierrudd.com

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unshine Cycles rental e-bikes make it so easy to explore Byron Bay’s beautiful beaches and wild coastal areas.

Located in the centre of Byron Bay, the fully solar-powered e-bike pods are your ticket to cruising around exploring the coastal bike trails, riding along the beaches and then finishing your day at one of the many local restaurants and cafés. Bikes have a range of around 50km, depending on the amount of power used when cycling. All cruisers are fully equipped with headlights (for that pre-dawn surf), super comfy wide seats and a solid and stable chassis for easy riding. Front and rear disk brakes mean smooth and responsive braking. And the controls are easy to use - simply add more power when riding up hills or for cruising along effortlessly or adjust the throttle for more of a cycle workout. It’s easy to stay in charge with the digital display, letting you know your speed, trip length, power setting and remaining battery life. Each bike comes with handy panniers to carry supplies,

fetch your produce, or shopping from the local markets. There is even a handy holder for your phone to navigate and keep in touch with your crew as you explore!

Sunshine Cycles ensures every bike is ready to go when you are, using the world’s first solar-powered and fully automated e-bike hire pod to store and recharge your e-bike. Hire rates are capped at $72 per day, and you can start exploring from $12 per half hour. Riders must be aged 18+ or 16 with adult supervision. Multiday hire discounts apply, or if you are staying longer, enjoy a weekly rate of $300. The team can arrange delivery to your door, and when downloading the app, you get your first half-hour free. All of Sunshine Cycles bikes are supplied by Ezriderz, local e-bike company born in Byron Bay. Check out the full range of the best quality e-bikes in Australia, take a test ride, and talk with the expert team to find an e-bike that’s perfect for you— further details at: sunshinecycles.com.au or call (02)6619 2922

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A RADICAL

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“To be truly radical is to make hope possible, rather than despair convincing.” Raymond Williams, Resources of Hope

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n the wake of a double flood disaster, despair is understandable. Comfort may be found then, as the adage goes, in looking for the ‘helpers’ and discovering just how many caring people there are in the world. Out of the flood tragedy a little group came to the fore, although in truth they’d already been earnestly squirrelling away behind the scenes since the ‘School Strike 4 Climate’ march two years prior. It was after the black summer bushfires, that local actress Zoe Gameau, and a group of her friends, feeling hopeless about what to do in the face of climate change, began to meet up on a regular basis to brainstorm ideas of ways to help. Completely under-resourced but moved by a desire to set ‘something’ in place if, and when, it was needed. Recently we spoke to Tiff Richmond, a group member about how their ‘little group’ aptly named - THE RADICAL HOPE CLUB - created big change, and how we can do the same. Tell us in your own words about The Radical Hope Club – who are you? What did you want the club to be about?

We’re a bunch of local women meeting regularly around climate issues. After the Strike 4 Climate march, the reality that we have around eleven years to get the climate sorted on Planet Earth, really hit home. So, we decided to create a regular space to talk about the climate and to come up with ideas and actionable things we can work on as a group within our community. The great Joan Baez quote, ‘Action is the antidote to despair’ was our inspiration. How did you figure out ways to help or what to do in the face of such a huge global issue?

The hugeness of the issue on a global

scale is overwhelming so we focus on our local community. To date a lot of our action has been in reaction to needs in the community, for example, flood recovery.

climate catastrophes.

During the flood crisis, how did you step into action, and how did you motivate others to do the same?

Amidst the immense devastation there were some silver linings. Feeling more intertwined and interconnected in our community than ever before. Getting to witness people’s core goodness and generosity in the face of adversity and the strength of community we have here in the Northern Rivers.

The thing about already having a strong network of women bonded from meeting for the past two years meant that when the floods hit, we could mobilise quickly. We were already on the same page, could communicate what was needed and coordinate group efforts to help. That has always been at the centre of The Radical Hope Club – what we could achieve as a group felt more impactful than trying to figure it out individually. Others looking to help, would jump in on the action, as it felt coordinated (and I’d say enjoyable) being part of a group that was on the ground helping. What were the greatest needs that you were able to meet?

After the immediate, adrenalin fuelled response in the first weeks, women within the group started coordinating their own sub-groups based on their strengths. We had a Radical Cooking Club, Radical Cleaning Club and Radical Solutions Club to meet the needs in the community. We made hundreds of meals together that went out to Lismore, Mullumbimby, and Ballina. And the “solutions” group were initially working on finding short term accommodation for the displaced then moved onto creative fundraising strategies. What did you find the most surprising?

How community-led the response was. Which meant our little climate club suddenly experienced first-hand, the deep need for more groups like ours moving forward into a future of - no doubt - more 38

As difficult as is it to imagine, were there any positives to come out of this experience?

If others wanted to do something, what are some practical steps they could take?

Gather people around and begin meeting up in a deliberate way around climate. The Radical Hope Club is currently creating a framework to help people get started setting up their own climate club. Sign up at www.radicalhopeclub.com to be on the list to receive this. Donate to www.floodrelieffund.org to directly help with flood relief. In your opinion, what does radical hope look like? What does it mean to you?

Before we started this group, hope was a word I didn’t really connect with. It felt too grim for my eternally optimistic heart. And passive. Radical hope envisions a future others can’t yet see. Paired with “active hope” i.e., actively working on creating the future you want to see - this is the essence of our Radical Hope Club. What final message would The Radical Hope Club like to give to others?

Try not to let overwhelm get in the way of acting where you can. Find the place in your life where you have the most agency and begin there. And get a group going! It’s way better and more fun doing this work together.

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A PART-TIME RANGER

A dream come true

WR I T TEN BY: VIVIEN N E PEA R S O N Image: Destination NSW

From cleaning up the beautiful beaches of Byron, helping reforest the hinterland and getting stuck in during the floods, Deano Steele-Bennett’s business, Byron Rangers, is a force for good.

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n establishing Byron Rangers, Dean Steele-Bennett created his dream job. He now spends his days leading and inspiring people to take action on conservation and, more recently, floodrecovery projects. “As a kid, all I wanted was to be a park ranger,” says Deano, the nickname everyone uses, recalling countless hours he spent as a child and teenager alongside his mother on tree-planting and beach clean-ups. “But there were maybe three jobs a year with thousands of people applying so it seemed unattainable.” Deano followed a very different path, working in management consulting and executive recruitment. Yet, his childhood plan kept niggling. “I wanted to bring like-minded people together who want to make things better,” he says. So, he started Byron Rangers, a business rather than a not-for-profit organisation. “We’re a mission-driven for-profit business in the service of the environment and community,” he says. “This gives us speed, flexibility and far less bureaucracy.” Deano, who grew up in Yamba, chose Byron because of its strong culture of volunteering. “There’s a high percentage of people here who are interested in the environment and in community,” he says. “At the time I started, three years ago, Byron had the largest volunteer time per capita than anywhere else in Australia.” Byron Rangers is based around a novel

idea fuelled by Deano’s childhood inspiration. He asked himself: What if people could be a volunteer park ranger? Becoming a Byron Ranger allows you to do just that; by paying a $97 annual membership, volunteer Rangers are invited to contribute whatever time feels manageable to take action on projects including beach clean-ups, tree-planting, animal rescue and more. Three years on, the benefits for individuals is greater than Deano ever expected. “They feel great to be doing something practical but they’re also developing incredible friendships with amazing people,” he says. “That became evident during Covid lockdowns, when the Rangers were looking out for each other, they had someone to reach out to.” A key attribute that Rangers are asked to show up with is positivity. “Rangers take action, we roll our sleeves up and make a positive contribution,” he says.

question of where our investors’ money is going,” says Deano, referring to business partnerships and sponsorship that provides the majority of the funds for the Rangers’ work. As membership, sponsorship and awareness of the Byron Rangers grows, Deano no longer has to field calls from people assuming he works for the council and can help find their lost dog. “There was some intial confusion with the name,” he says. “But now, a Byron Ranger is known as a happy, positive person who gets things done.” Now Deano is living his childhood dream, that description absolutely applies to him. If you’re interested in becoming a ranger or supporting the work of Byron Rangers, head to byronrangers.com

This showed strongly during the floods earlier this year. Focus turned fully to flood rescue and recovery for some time before being balanced with their original conservation activities. Since starting over three years ago, Byron Rangers have clocked up around 5,000 hours, a similar number of kilograms of rubbish removed from beaches and planted more than 20,000 trees. “Many organisations do their impact reporting annually or quarterly, but we do ours weekly as these figures answer the 39

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STRONGER TOGETHER Image: Alex Clarke @lensretrospect

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Since the devastating floods in February and March Northern NSW, web and social mediabased Floods Recovery 2022 has been a point of contact for those in need. Might this model be what is required as we respond to an increasing number of disasters in a climate changed world?

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ost of us responded to the news and images of the devastating recent flood events in Northern NSW with shock and dismay. It quickly became clear that the government and emergency service response was limited and fragmented. Individuals helping one another formed most of the emergency response. Alisha Williams was equally overwhelmed. She saw that social media could be an effective way to communicate but a lot of posts calling for help, including urgent cries for rooftop rescues, were being reposted as screen shots, muddling timelines, and making it impossible to work out where people were and what they needed. “There was no centralised site that published verified stories requesting help coming from the ground,” Alisha says. “It was nearly impossible to confirm any of that information.”

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With a background in web design and marketing, Alisha headed to Byron Bay from her home in Brisbane two days after the initial flood disaster. Her aim was to create a simple webpage where those who required assistance could post what they needed via an “I need help” link. This information would be translated in real time to a series of posts on Instagram. If someone could respond, a simple click on the “I can help” link allowed them to be matched to those in need. Alisha stumbled into Anne Durham, who offered help and guidance over the coming weeks, as well as others discussing how to connect with people in need. Floods Recovery 2022 was up and running and within a few days gathered 25,000 followers on Instagram. Over the following weeks, the platform would connect hundreds of volunteers with those in need. “At one point we were receiving three

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messages a second from people saying, “I want to help. Where can I go?”‘ Alisha recalls. In a world affected by climate change, warnings are that natural disasters on this scale will occur more frequently. “The federal government has made it clear that the community will increasingly be relied upon in a disaster,” says Alisha. “Floods Recovery 2022 is a community first-responder platform. Instead of random people coming together and struggling to coordinate a response, community members in local areas could be trained on how to use a system like this.” Floods Recovery 2022 is looking for partners in the business and philanthropic areas to help find solutions and develop the platform. “We are all part of a community. What has happened to others might happen to us,” Alisha says. “We all need each other.” LOCALEMAGAZINE.COM.AU


BEERS, BEATS AND BEAUTIFUL FOOD Beside the tropical oasis of Hastings Point, tucked unassumingly to the side of North Star Holiday Resort, under palms lit by fairy lights, you’ll find the Ripples Licensed Café. She may be inconspicuous and oft mistaken for being an exclusive ‘holiday-guest-only eatery’, but in fact, she’s all about a local vibe, and where many cafés on the coast have been forced to reduce hours in the wake of Covid, Ripples is just getting started. Inspired by Australian and international cuisine, Ripples brings the essence of local Tweed Coast and Northern Rivers produce to a daily menu that is bursting with colour, flavour, and freshness for all those hankering for an excellent meal, from the breaky crew all the way through to the dinner crowd. We’re talking a classic Big Breakfast, Eggs Benny or an Insta-worthy Açai Granola Bowl - a

morning burst of goodness with coconut yoghurt, fresh fruit, chia seeds and honey - and lunchtime burger options the likes of Wagyu beef and grilled chicken, as well as mushroom and haloumi loaded with fresh salad. In addition to a popular menu of staples like premium Northern Rivers steaks and beer battered fish and chips, the talented chefs have upped the ante on their extensive seasonal specials board where you will find dishes like Japanese Pork Noodle Soup (slow cooked Pork Belly in a master stock with noodles and Asian greens) – yum! And if the relaxed ambience and delicious food options aren’t tempting enough, happy hour is on daily from 2pm – 4pm, serving up Stone & Wood Beers, Wines PLUS selected $12 cocktails – as well as a fabulous selection of tapas and kids’ meals to keep the tinies happy.

Saturday afternoons bring the vibe with Beers and Beats - live entertainment on the huge undercover deck for guests and locals alike. With a banging line-up of talented local artists, a tapas menu which includes melt-in-your-mouth BBQ Pork Belly Bites, Cauliflower Popcorn and Salt & Pepper Calamari, and cocktails at happy hour prices, the whole family is in for a triple treat at Ripples with their beers, beats and beautiful food!

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 7 DAYS BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER Food that brings the essence of the Tweed Coast and Northern Rivers to the table. Fully licensed, dine indoors or alfresco on the palm tree lined deck. Live music, cocktails and happy hour prices Saturday from 2 – 4pm. NORTH STAR HOLIDAY RESORT 1 Tweed Coast Road, Hastings Point NSW P 02 6676 2010 E ripples@northstar.com.au Rippleslicensedcafe.com.au

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From Coolangatta to Pottsville – A coastal Shopping guide

The cooler months are here and there’s no better time to revamp the wardrobe or refit the bed with fresh linen, winter-toned throws, and snuggly duvets.

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o, if you’re feeling like a wander and have some retail therapy on your mind, we’ve made it easy with a boutique ‘shopping crawl’ along the coastline from the Coolangatta border winding down through Tweed Heads and along the gorgeous Tweed Coast.

SALT LIVING A glorious boutique store by the sea that’s home to a delightful curation of classic lifestyle pieces from ethically conscious brands. From Salt Living’s own luxurious French linen range to soft furnishings and refined, sustainable fashion, each piece is environmentally mindful in design and production. Founded

by Jacinta Bishop whose desire is to help her customers bring a timeless, seaside aesthetic into their homes; so that every day can feel like a coastal escape. Inspiring and beautiful, one not to miss. The Strand, 72-80 Marine Parade Shop 49a, Coolangatta saltliving.com.au

OLIVE + VERN As a Strand staple, Olive + Vern have accrued a loyal following of local customers and holiday makers over the years due to their friendly staff and effortlessly chic essentials at affordable prices. Whether it’s casual afternoon drinks or a fancy date night, every event is covered, with new styles arriving in-store weekly as well as a great selection of stylish accessories, bags, and jewellery to complete any outfit. Family owned and operated and open 7 days, for any time you need a little therapy of the retail kind. The Strand, 72-80 Marine Parade Shop 36, Coolangatta oliveandvern.com.au

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SEA WISH Pop across the road and you will find a Coolangatta icon. Known for its eclectic range of upmarket resort fashion, tasteful souvenirs, bespoke gifts and stylish homewares, Sea Wish is a true celebration of coastal style. Have a mosey and you’ll discover an array of wares, from colourful pairs of Saltwater Sandals to the fabulous range of hats by the Australian owned, Kooringal brand. Stunning cookbooks, humorous greeting cards, or a selection of Jones and Co. planters; there isn’t one person or occasion that can’t be catered for. 52 Griffith St, Coolangatta

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Tucked into the industrial end of Tweed, this little gem is well worth the detour. Walk through the double doors and be transported to a place bursting with pretty hues, Indian prints, and the most divine floaty cottons; each unique piece handmade and crafted by talented artists through a traditional form of Indian hand block print making. Inspired by warm earthy hues, Indian prints, a love of vintage fashion, and of course travel, Daughters of India has become a leader in slow fashion; seamlessly marrying timeless beauty with sustainability and ticking both the ethical and affordable boxes. Invoking a bohemian lifestyle, this is where your inner goddess goes to shop. 11/12 Greenway Dr, Tweed Heads | daughtersofindia.net

SORELLA Located in the charming coastal village of Kingscliff, Sorella is the perfect oasis, just across from the local Woolworths. Offering an eclectic range of unique and effortless pieces to complete any wardrobe (including exclusive jewellery, sunglasses, handbags, and shoes). Amongst the boutique fashion you will also find a range of luxurious gifts and homewares - from sand-free beach towels, plump cushions, and stunning throws to locally made candles and creamy body butters. Forget the groceries and pop in and say hi, Camilla and her friendly staff have everything you need. Sorella

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Paradise Living Co

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MERAKI BLU

A little hub of joy in the centre of Kingscliff, Oxley & Moss is always a popular hive buzzing with locals and holiday makers alike. A ridiculously happy and helpful bunch, owners Mel and Alex have built a fabulous team who likely know what you’re looking for well before you do! Brimming with colour, inside you will discover a meticulous curation of quirky, personal, and truly thoughtful gifts, fun family games, wonderfully irreverent greeting cards, easy fashion, the sweetest (plastic-free) baby range and so much more; ensuring each customer can embrace their own individual style and helping every gift-seeker rediscover the joy of giving.

Meraki: pronounced “may-rah-kee” is a Greek word used to describe doing something with soul, creativity, or love, and perfectly embodies the style and ethos of local owner Cheryle. Twin stores situated in both Kingscliff and Salt Village, Meraki Blu is home to a beautiful range of homewares and soft furnishings, coastal fashion, footwear, and jewellery by labels such as Stitch & Hide, Hamill & Co., La Strada, Mollini and Paper Heart to name a few. From ethically sourced linens and 100% cottons to Spanish leathers, items are relaxed but stylish, perfectly curated for seaside living. What makes these stores truly special however, is the customer service - welcoming, down to earth, and happy to help you style your outfit to your home.

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1 Bells Boulevard, Kingscliff, Salt Village Shop 2, 38 Marine Pde, Kingscliff merakiblu.com.au

PARADISE LIVING CO. No one ever wants to leave their holiday villa, and owners Willow and Jason believe everybody deserves to feel as relaxed in their own homes as they do on holidays. Paradise Living Co. is a family-run store specialising in authentic furniture and homewares featuring the largest range of handcrafted imported products direct from the tropics. Using only natural, raw, and sustainable materials, each item is designed to bring the style and feeling of paradise into your home. Supporting families, artisans, and ethical manufacturers in the tropics every product is unique and full of interesting stories to tell. Furniture and designs that echo your stays in paradise, you’ll go inside for style inspiration and end up furnishing your whole home! 82 Marine Pd, Kingscliff 23 Prospero St, Sth Murwilllumbah paradiselivingco.com.au

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owners joining forces to showcase an abundant array of wares - from easy coastal fashion, including dreamy winter cardis and vintage denims, to unique jewellery and artworks by talented local designers and artists. Don’t be fooled by its size, whether it’s ceramics or sunscreen, candles, planters, glassware, or baskets you seek, you’ll find a treasure trove of all things gift-worthy and may just walk away with a few items you didn’t know you needed either! 16B Tweed Coast Rd, Cabarita Beach thecornercollective.com.au

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Nikkou Store

NIKKOU STORE A slice of Heaven in the heart of Casuarina, the goal of owner Tiffany was to create a beautiful space and personable experience for women of all shapes and sizes and to offer them an array of Australian, female-led brands; and she has achieved all this and more. Home to some of Australia’s most luxurious and soughtafter fashion labels, walking in store is a divine experience indeed; and whether it’s a wedding, a day on the ocean, or simply lounging at home, the perfect ensemble for every occasion is guaranteed. Nikkou’s team of friendly and experienced fashion assistants will help you feel relaxed and styled en pointe. So, if you’re up for feeling special, there’s no better place to play dressups. 5/480 Casuarina Way, Casuarina | nikkoustore.com

CORNER COLLECTIVE This cutie on the corner was a welcome and much needed addition to the Cabarita Beach scene when it popped up and has brimmed with local custom ever since. A collective of clever

Bookending the Caba’ Beach strip is the wonderous Tulum, named in homage to the town on the Caribbean coastline of Mexico, and evoking an atmosphere of blissful holidays by the sea. The store sits unassumingly along the main street, bathed in light from the full-length glass windows, with an energy that feels good to walk inside. Limewashed rendered white walls and raw polished concrete flooring, were intentional additions because co-owners and good friends Sara & Sammii, wanted the store to be an experience that touched on all the senses. Home to a mindful collection of the most sought-after brands including unique, quality pieces of furniture, homewares, fashion, jewellery, and art, seamlessly blend to create a relaxed, effortless, Island Luxe vibe. Tulum Home isn’t just a store, it’s a feeling. Sigh, can we live here?! Shop 11/2-6 Pandanus Pde, Cabarita Beach tulumhome.com.au

DUNE DESIGN AND HOMEWARES If a shop could be personified Dune Design would be a local through and through. The little white weatherboard shopfront a town icon in itself; Dune’s owner Lisa has brought all the best fashion, jewellery, shoe, and accessory brands to the locals of Pottsville and its visitors for 16+ years, and simultaneously cultivated a loyal following within the community and beyond. Lisa and her friendly team leave no one without a perfect outfit or gift to give, although the locals may prefer to keep ‘sale days’ to themselves! Shop 1/4 Coronation Ave, Pottsville dunedesignandhomewares.com.au

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must-have!

The Northern Rivers boasts so many wonderful artisan brands, designers and stores creating and sourcing unique seasonal delights. From sustainably sourced homewares and ethically made slow-fashion, to locally handcrafted drinks and lusciously natural cosmetics, here’s our round-up of this season’s coolest finds.

MANGO LIP HONEY A luscious hydrating vegan gloss for juicy lips. Glaze crystal clear. Lips go wild for mango! Ultra-nourishing hydration that stays on. RRP: $35 ereperez.com

KYRA MIDI DRESS ~ GOLDEN PALM Float through your day feeling like magic draped in beautifully block printed cotton, all done by hand & with love from India all the way to your wardrobe. Material ~ 100% Cotton. RRP $149 daughtersofindia.net

PETIT AMOUR BY RAMEAU D’OR ROSE Pale pink with delicate notes of strawberry, rose petals & white flowers $25 per bottle. Available at Sunrise Cellars Byron Bay

BYRON BLEND is our signature smooth, well balanced blend. With biscuity body and terrific choc & nut aroma and taste. 200g $14 1kg $50 zentvelds.com.au

NATIVE PLUM GIN SPRITZ, WITH STRAWBERRY & MINT We’ve bottled the flavours of the rainforest to make a super refreshing & fruity spritz. Made from 100% natural ingredients, including our famous Davidson Plum Slow Gin. RRP $29 - 4 pack capebyrondistillery.com

PETAL RATTAN MIRROR Our flower petal inspired framed mirror adds that soft and natural focal point to your bedroom, nursery or entry. RRP $149 paradiselivingco.com.au

OVAL PARTI SAPPHIRE + BAGUETTE DIAMOND RING - 1.3CT This timeless design features an exceptional 1.3ct ovalcut Australian Parti Sapphire that has been sourced from Rubyvale Queensland and cut locally by our artisan gemcutter. RRP $4600 juxjewellery.com

LIGHT GREY TERRAZZO STONE BATH 1500x900x550mm. Concrete Terrazzo Stone Baths are the perfect thing to come home to after a long day. Each one is set in a mould with reinforcement then polished and comes pre-sealed. RRP $$2,999 paradiselivingco.com.au

WILD TOMATO RICHE CRÈME A lusciously rejuvenating day/ night cream . A hydrating multi-use crème with a buttery texture that melts into skin. So velvety as a rich moisturiser. RRP: $54 ereperez.com

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rom humble beginnings and its first group exhibition aptly titled Love Where We Live, Mist Gallery has grown to be a favourite gallery for locals and tourists alike. What started as a small gallery in Cabarita Beach with a handful of local artists, Mist Gallery has quickly expanded to exhibit 50 outstanding local and interstate artists who contribute to regular curated exhibitions. Visitors are blown away by the high quality of art in the gallery, with many of the artists being recognised as winners or finalists in major art prizes. It certainly is not just a tourist gallery! When you visit in June, DARE TO DREAM will be on show. An exceptional group exhibition with both local and interstate artists. The show, curated by owner and artist Helen Otway, boasts over 60 new works on display. The catalogue is online at

mist-gallery.com.au/dare-to-dream Opening July 8th is a much-anticipated duo exhibition with STEVE TYERMAN: ‘Breathing Space’ and LAINE WALKER: ‘Somewhere, Sometime in the Summertime’. Living in the hinterland, surrounded by nature, both artists use the surroundings to inspire their creativity. Their new works will be on show for 6 weeks. To be invited to the opening night, or to preview their catalogue, make sure you subscribe to the gallery’s newsletters. Alongside the exhibitions you can also book into art workshops. These are designed for beginners in mind, so you don’t need to have prior experience and the teaching artists provide the materials. You will need to register in advance. You can visit Mist Gallery at 1b/51 Tweed Coast Rd, Cabarita Beach Steve Tyerman: Where Many Paths and Reveries Meet (for his upcoming show)

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At Zephyr Horses take a ride and explore the beauty of Byron Bay on small, personalised horse tours. Walk, trot or canter through the waves while looking over to the silhouette of the famous white lighthouse high on Cape Byron, bright against a vibrant blue sky. Fancy a ride along Belongil Beach through the wild of Tyagarah Forest? Zephyr Horses’ mounting yards have a stable of sturdy steeds just outside of Byron Bay. There are horses large and small suitable for any experience level. Experienced guides will lead you along secret sandy paths through the paperbark forest, and up and over the dunes to the beach.

animals along the way (hello piggies!). If you’ve got little ones who aren’t yet up to a trail ride, grab a 10-minute pony ride on Saturday mornings (keep an eye on Instagram for dates). You can complete the day with a brilliant locally sourced nourishing meal at Three Blue Ducks or grab a pastry or gelato ice cream from Bread Social or Bay Gelato. You can also join the team for a Saturday ride to the newly renovated North Byron Hotel. You’ll work up an appetite riding your faithful steed through local bushland, then hitch your mount to the rail outside. Enjoy a hearty pub feed from the modern pub menu and a beverage from the huge selection on tap, while resting on the oversized cushions strewn around the lush lawn. Then it’s back onto your mount ready for the ride back to Zephyr’s home base. For kids, Mini Zephyr’s pony club runs on Saturday mornings and is perfect for your little Unicorns (ages 4-6) and Brumbies

(ages 7-10). A relaxed way for kids to learn about horse behaviour and movement, taking up, feeding, grooming, riding and more. For grown-ups a Monthly Riding Club four session membership is a great way to increase your skills and confidence as a rider. Or if you are feeling more adventurous join one of their Muster Camps. An overnight ride in the hinterland with tent accommodation, horses, food, and everything else included, this is a chance to stargaze around a campfire while swapping stories of your days ride together. And for all levels of experience, bring out your inner warrior and experience a horseback archery clinic, and learn to ride without reins and shoot targets with a bow and arrow whilst on horseback! It’s an exhilarating way to learn new horse skills, and a great boast to friends and family. Discover more at zephyrhorses.com

For more experienced riders there is the exhilarating opportunity to canter along the firm sand, and for beginners you can take in the views whilst riding gently through fetlock deep water. The team at Zephyr take brilliant photos during the ride, freely available at the conclusion of the tour. You can be the first to watch the sun come up (while on horseback) on Australia’s most easterly beach on the sunrise tour, or you can do it all at sunset too, enjoying stunning views to the hinterland. Zephyr Horses also run slow-paced riding tours of The Farm in Ewingsdale, where you can experience the organic farm operation as you meet other farm 48

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WINTER GETAWAYS

IN THE NORTHERN RIVERS WR I T TEN BY D O NNA R I S HTO N / ZA NNA TA E NI

As our region continues its journey toward healing, the infinite starry skies and brisk air of winter in the Northern Rivers beckon. Whether opting for the sand between your toes, the ions of the rainforest in your lungs or the rolling acres of hinterland to immerse in, this area has a slice of wintery magic for everyone. 50

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hese four stunning local escapes are ready to welcome you for some much-needed respite and revitalisation. From a weekend circuit breaker to a full week’s rejuvenation, soak up the natural beauty of the shire and allow yourself to be transported to a place abundant in space, tranquillity, and timelessness.

THE RANGE BYRON BAY Nestled on 120 acres atop Picadilly Hill, Byron Bay, is a luxurious escape encompassing all elements of natural living. Aptly named The Range, this consciously created property draws its influence from life in Spain and the halcyon memories of European summers, and is a home, venue, destination, and hub for those looking to immerse themselves in the richness of beautiful architecture, and the healing benefits of nature.

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Owned and designed by Tom and Emma Lane, The Range was built with sustainability and the environment at its heart. Consciously designed to ensure it sits quietly in the landscape, using natural and recycled materials, and considering the native surrounds in every element of its creation – from the solar passive design to the 300-year-old terracotta floor tiles sourced from an old demolished Croatian casa. With ample space for a family reunion or friends’ getaway, the acreage, rented as a whole, includes three sleep options: The Range Homestead – with stunning open plan living and kitchen, inside and outside dining, cosy sunken lounge and butler’s pantry and state of the art features interwoven with rustic simplicity. The Barn Studio – a converted tractor shed lined in spotted gum timber, this 1 king bed studio with large dining and kitchenette, is slick and architectural with expansive views. And The Cabin Inn – another gorgeous shed-conversion with 2 king beds and ensuites, open plan living, cosy fireplace, kitchenette, and outside dining with vast views across the valley. The offer of additional services available, such as: a private chef, massage and infrared sauna, personal trainer, babysitting/ nanny services, or a personalised curation of unique experiences, makes any stay on this property, next level luxurious.

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99 Acres Retreat

99 ACRES RETREAT Positioned upon one of the highest ridges in Bangalow is 99 Acres, a soothing and stylish escape from everyday living and a base from where you can explore the Byron Hinterland and discover all that the region has to offer. The property, which has been in the same family for two decades, has now been opened as an opulent retreat with the choice of five luxurious rooms in the main guesthouse - all with additional sitting area, private ensuite and access to communal relaxation areas, and the fullkitchen and dining - or four individual self-contained Villas, with private decks and sweeping 360-degress views overlooking Bangalow, Newrybar and as far as the eye can see. Spend time exploring the historic Bangalow village (just an 8-minute walk away) known for its vibrant main street, enjoy the services of the onsite massage and beauty therapist, or simply relax with a hand-delivered hamper, cheese platter or charcuterie board and a selection on fine wines or bubbles whilst you take in the breathtaking landscape as it changes in colour from sunrise to sunset. Bangalow | 99acresbangalow.com

ECOASIS MAMI WATA WELLNESS SANCTUARY This well-established haven situated on 112 acres near the quaint country town of Uki has recently undergone a transformation. Re-imagined by owners Sandro and Iya as a wellness sanctuary to provide holistic restoration to the body, mind and soul, this magical space boasts six private chalets and allows its guests to be completely immersed in the healing power of nature. Take in the soft hues of the misty mountain ranges at dawn, feel the earth beneath your feet on a nature walk through regenerated bushland, watch the sun set over Mt Warning from your own private deck, or soak up the sensation of a luxurious clawfoot spa bath at dusk.

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Also on offer are a diverse range of services and activities for guests and the local community to enjoy, including tea ceremonies and a showcase of locally designed artwork, pottery, sculptures, textiles and candles in the chalets and surrounding gardens, with art workshops and community events coming soon. With its name re-branded to honour the “pantheon of creation spirits” of the area - Ecoasis Mami Wata is all about reconnection and discovering ‘your dreaming’. Smiths Creek | ecoasis.com.au

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LA ROCHER ECO RETREAT A romantic winter stay in this unsurpassed hideaway might be exactly what the doctor ordered. Step into unrivalled luxury when choosing between one of the four architecturally designed villas located amidst flourishing vegetation in the gentle foothills between Uki and Stokers Siding. Each with a unique aspect of Mt Warning, and one with wheelchair access and drive-to-the-door accessibility. Enjoy a healthy, custom-made breakfast hamper out on the large, covered deck whilst absorbing the morning sun and inhaling the crisp mountain air or take a free coffee-roasting tour in the historic village of Uki on Thursday mornings. Let the days be spent floating in the infinity pool (complete with hot tub), hiking through one of the many surrounding national parks or bird watching in the indigenous forest. Spend chilly winter evenings savouring a relaxing magnesium salt bath by candlelight, and unhindered vistas of Mt Warning / Wollumbin and the outlying Border Ranges, or cosy up beside the double-sided fireplace, with a glass of wine or mug of hot chocolate in hand.

La Rocher Eco Retreat

Smiths Creek, larocher.com

Ecoasis Mami Wata is a wellness sanctuary with six beautiful chalets, nestled in the pristine ancient world of the northern New South Wales hinterland. Two hours from Brisbane, 30 mins from Gold Coast airport or Byron Bay, yet a million miles from everywhere. You can deeply immerse yourself in the natural world, whilst luxuriating in the comfort of your own secluded two story chalet. Situated at the gateway to the world heritage listed National Parks with an abundance of native flora and fauna, pure crystal creeks, waterfalls, estuaries and beaches to explore and discover your self. Restore & inspire your body, mind and soul. 55 Tatyewan Street, Smiths Creek (Uki) NSW 2484 T: 02 6679 5959 Email: info@ecoasis.com.au Website: www.ecoasis.com.au

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REAL ESTATE

We talk to Nicole Abbott from Coastal Abode Properties, our go-to local real estate expert and property styling maven, about her exciting boutique service and the stabilising of current market trends.

THE ENDURING STRENGTH

OF THE REGIONAL PROPERTY MARKET It’s no secret that last year’s Northern Rivers property market saw phenomenal growth in a short period due to a huge surge in post lockdown sea and tree changes. People came in droves from Sydney and interstate, particularly Victoria, seeking a change of pace and a lifestyle that once seemed out of reach.

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ovid has been a key catalyst for change. In the conversations I’ve had with buyers and sellers, it’s clear that people are reassessing their priorities and selling their homes, to be closer to family or in search of a better lifestyle. The new wave of remote work means that buyers are no longer confined to the big cities and are increasingly attracted to areas like the Northern Rivers. Here they can balance work and life with easy access to beautiful beaches, world heritage-listed rainforests, cosy villages and all the amenities you need to raise a family. Who wouldn’t want that? We’re also seeing locals making lifestyle changes but staying within the region; they’re downsizing or upsizing and moving to other towns in the Northern Rivers. With interest rate rises being announced and the election dominating the news for the past few months, we have definitely felt a downward shift in the market. The recent floods have caused heartache and devastation across our community, and this too has contributed to a slow down in the market. Interstate buyers are understandably cautious about purchasing amid the uncertainty. 54

Unfortunately, the floods have also placed increased pressure on the rental market and rental prices have surged to meet demand. Overall, the hectic pace of buying and selling has slowed, and the market is stabilising. Rather than being a negative indicator, in fact it’s a natural progression; our region could not sustain last year’s growth indefinitely. I don’t foresee the market ‘crashing’ or dropping dramatically but expect it to settle back into its normal rhythm. Whilst there is some post-Covid anxiety around build costs and material shortages, we are so lucky to live in an area where demand is always going to be high. There is next to no land available and no development on the cards, so it stands to reason that our area will hold its value. Buyers will continue to be attracted to the lifestyle of our region, but it’s the strong sense of community spirit that will keep them here for generations. As long term locals, we are always excited to welcome new families to our community and take great pride in helping our vendors with the whole sales process to achieve the best outcomes when selling their homes.

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BUSINESSES

we love!

Get the lowdown on just some of the best services, cafes, makers and the coolest places to stay, shop and play.

SERA J WRIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY With a passion for capturing the world in natural light, Sera J Wright can always be found with a camera in hand. Based in Northern NSW but travelling all over Australia and the world to capture images for destinations, people and businesses, Sera is a well-known, award-winning Australian photographer, writer and creative, who splits her time between her farm in Tenterfield and her family home in Byron Bay, the town in which she was born and raised. With a love of photography beginning in childhood, Sera’s 16-year career has seen her work featured in Australian Geographic, Escape Magazine, Aspire Magazine, Qantas Holiday Magazine, Byron Trails Book, 100 Things to See in Tropical North Queensland Paperback, Byron Bay.com, VisitNSW.com to name just a few. Whilst she specialises in travel and destination photography, Sera also shoots lifestyle, interiors, Airbnb’s, accommodation, real estate, products, people, and businesses, and is dedicated in promoting the brands and businesses of her clients and bringing their vision to life. SERAJWRIGHT.COM PHOTOGRAPHYBYRONBAY.COM.AU

BYRON BAY WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

SUNRISE CELLARS

Formerly known as Macadamia Castle, a new and exciting chapter has begun for this iconic venue located in the Byron Bay Hinterland. The recent purchase by not-for-profit organisation Wildlife Recovery Australia (WRA), has seen the smooth transition of the property into The Byron Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, with development to take place over the next 12 to 24 months. The Byron Bay Wildlife Sanctuary will remain open in its current form as an interactive wildlife park, cafe, and unique retail and gift shop experience, partnering with renowned brand Australian Geographic, with a focus on locally produced, ethically sourced and sustainable offerings. As the only native wildlife park in northern NSW, the Byron Bay Wildlife Sanctuary will continue to integrate and build relevant, interactive, and informative experiences for locals, tourists, schools, youth and elderly groups, NDIS programs and more, with the view to engaging a community of all ages and stages.

Locally based and widely known, Sunrise Cellars stocks an extensive range of the country’s favourite beers and lagers available in cans or bottle-form to suit all tastes, a diverse range of spirits as well as popular ready-to-drink premixes in beloved brands in packs of 4 and 6 for grab-from-the-fridge convenience. Keep an eye out for the weekly specials, which include limited released wines from local family-owned vineyards and receive the best wine advice and tips on new wine labels and cleanskin wines sourced through the cellar’s personal networks. External functions can also be catered for, with quotes for alcohol supply and esky and glass hire services, readily provided. Whether you’re stocking up for the weekend, getting ready to host a get-together with friends or preparing for a date with someone special, you’ll find everything you need from your cellar on Bayshore Drive, in the heart of Byron Bay’s Industrial Estate. 20 BAYSHORE DR, BYRON BAY PARKHOTELMOTEL.COM/BOTTLE-SHOP-BYRON-BAY

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JUX JEWELLERY Perle Gorjux is the driving force behind Jux Jewellery, a local jewellery design studio offering ethically designed and crafted pieces using the finest materials. Being raised in Melbourne by artist parents set the stage for Perle’s lifelong interest in art, sculpture, and the natural form and, after completing a Bachelor of Design degree, she went on to launch her own business ‘Jux Jewellery’. Nine years on, with a hankering for warmer climate, Perle’s business is now based and thriving in the Northern Rivers village of Lennox Head, 20 minutes south of Byron Bay. Jux Jewellery embodies artistic integrity and unparalleled craftmanship. Each piece born from an original hand-drawn design and then cast in precious metal using the ancient art of lost wax casting, blending contemporary technology with the old-world craft. Working closely with her Sydney-based casting refinery and a small team of skilful jewellers, Perle’s inherent artistry is transformed into highquality valued keepsakes. JUXJEWELLERY.COM

KALM SPRINGS Kalm Springs is an indulgent seaside sanctuary in Casuarina on the stunning Tweed Coast. You are invited to unwind in the warm and spacious private rooms providing premium floatation, sensory deprivation therapy, infrared saunas, ice baths and a relaxing LED light lounge and therapy treatments. From reducing anxiety to alleviating chronic pain and improving sleep quality, the benefits of float therapy are numerous and can now be enjoyed at one of the newest health spas to grace the North Coast. Founders Kim Glenister and Sally Chapelle wanted to create something for their local community, and this stylish haven of wellness was truly inspired. In addition to floating, restore your glow in the LED light therapy lounge and relieve aching muscles in the infrared sauna (while simultaneously detoxing, stimulating collagen, and boosting immunity). Let this be your time to relax, heal, and exhale in the soothing oasis that is Kalm Springs. SHOP 7, THE COMMONS, 480 CASUARINA WAY CASUARINA. KALMSPRINGS.COM

ECOASIS Nestled in the pristine Northern NSW Hinterland, Ecoasis Mami Wata is a well-established getaway that has undergone a beautiful reimagining. What once was purely a ‘romance resort facility’ is being transformed into a wellness sanctuary designed to restore and inspire your body, mind, and soul. Reflected in its transformation is the rebranded name to honour the spirits of this place - “The Mami Wata - a pantheon of creation spirits” - which is situated at the gateway to the world heritage listed National Parks and teems with an abundance of native flora and fauna, pure crystal creeks, waterfalls, estuaries, and beaches to explore, discover and immerse yourself in. Secluded in your own private architecturally designed chalet, with its own unique outlook over sweeping valley views, guarantees to bring you back in connection with the natural world. Tranquil, rejuvenating and healing, Ecoasis Mami Wata provides a diverse range of services, packages, and activities for both guests and local community to enjoy, including a distinguished menu of the finest gourmet sustainable ingredients, showcasing the abundance of the Tweed and enhancing the magic of your stay. 55 TATYEWAN ST, SMITHS CREEK (UKI) ECOASIS.COM.AU

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LANE CHIROPRACTIC Lane Chiropractic provides an atmosphere where you can relax and get the most from your treatment. They take a personalised and holistic approach to patient care, which involves treatment tailored to the needs of the individual that includes general health and lifestyle advice. Lane Chiropractic is operated by Principal Chiropractor Bruce Lane, who has more than 20 years of experience and is internationally certified as a sports practitioner. Bruce uses safe and gentle techniques and has extensive experience in treating people of all ages with a wide variety of conditions such as sporting injuries, migraine, back pain, intermittent pain, sciatica, work related stress injuries and osteoarthritis. Bruce has experience in how the biomechanics of the body respond to sport and the best way to prepare the body for elite sport, as well as how to achieve the most effective rehabilitation from injury. He works closely with local medical professionals including general practitioners, podiatrists, acupuncturists, massage therapists and other health specialists.

ERE PEREZ Everyone who meets Ere agrees there is something special about her — perhaps it is the mystical influence of her Latin heritage. A childhood spent in Mexico with a traditional medicine man grandfather and a mother’s flair for home remedies and beauty recipes, made Ere curious about nature and healing. She obtained a Bachelor of Nutrition and certification in Naturopathy, Bach flowers and Acupuncture. Ere emigrated to Australia with her rich cultural heritage and dreamed of her own natural beauty line. In 2002, Ere Perez Natural Cosmetics - the alchemy of Australia’s bountiful nature, with a splash of vibrant Mexican culture - was born in Bondi Beach. Based on science and the power of plants and botanicals, the Ere Perez brand is the creator of innovative makeup and skincare for today’s consumer seeking minimal, ethical, and healthy beauty because to Ere, natural beauty is about how you live your life, how you connect with the world and how you nourish your body — inside and out.

Lane Chiropractic offers immediate health fund claims and also accepts cryptocurrency, Bartercard, Workers Compensation and DVA claims, and the GP-referral program. 10 TOORMINA COURT, POTTSVILLE. CALL 6676 2270 FOR AN APPOINTMENT

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COOLY BREEZE ROOFTOP A full-service rooftop restaurant and bar that brings Mediterranean flavours to one of the Gold Coast’s most iconic locations. Opening in 2021, there was simply one goal in mind for Cooly Breeze - to provide a pleasurable and memorable dining experience to the Coolangatta scene - and this it has achieved in spades. With a focus on fresh, locally sourced and produced ingredients, Executive Chef Marcondes Almeida Neto - who began his career 14 years ago studying gastronomy in London, before moving to Italy and discovering the stunning Mediterranean Coast - draws upon his extensive European culinary knowledge in offering a unique, modern, and creative dining experience through a carefully crafted menu which accentuates exotic ingredients and synthesizes the familiar and the unknown to form daringly bold flavours. Adding to the restaurant’s adventurous personality, sweeping vistas from Coolangatta Beach to Tweed Coast make Cooly Breeze the ultimate destination for those in search of epic views, innovative drinks and a creative dining experience. 122 GRIFFITH ST, LEVEL 13, BEACHCOMBER INTERNATIONAL RESORT, COOLANGATTA COOLYBREEZEROOFTOP.COM 58

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SHOWMEN

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SHOWMEN

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Club Banora

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The Robertson Brothers

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The Ginbuggs

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Drapht

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Tony & Patti

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Wendy Rule

The Murwillumbah Citadel

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Fat Albert & Skinny Ginny

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Martin Way

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HARVEY & HARVEY

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Natalie Gauci

Twin Towns

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Velvet Trip

The Northern

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Dan Clark

Lennox Hotel

JULY

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Runes

Twin Towns

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Spliff & Fifi

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The Australian Eagles Show

Twin Towns Showroom

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SOLID GOLD DUO

Twin Towns

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Animal Ventura

Ripples Licensed Cafe

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The Gin Buggs

Twin Towns Juniors

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KATIE GREEN

Twin Towns

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Dan Clark

Lennox Hotel

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Issi Dye & The Legends Of Rock N roll

Twin Towns Showroom

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Spliff & Fifi

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Dance On

Twin Towns

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Icons In Concert

Twin Towns Showroom

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The Jezabels

The Northern

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Natalie Gauci

Twin Towns

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Backtrackin Duo

Twin Towns Juniors

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Winkworth Street

Club Banora

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Thelma Plum

Kingscliff Beach Hotel

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HARRY J HART

Twin Towns

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THE FROCKS

Twin Towns

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The Tap Pack

Twin Towns Showroom

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Never Ending 80’s

The Coolangatta Hotel

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HARRY J HART

Twin Towns

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Jason Delphin

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The Tap Pack

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The Coolangatta Hotel

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Tony & Patti

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Lennox Hotel

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Fat Albert & Skinny Ginny

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Human Nature

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THE FROCKS

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Bjorn Again

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Lennox Hotel

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Floorburners Duo

Twin Towns

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Ian Moss & Troy Cassar- Daley

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Ben Amor

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The Hippos

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Remedy

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Dan Clark

Lennox Hotel

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The Warren Earl Band

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Purple Revolution

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Lennox Hotel

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Spinning Wheel

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TOMMY MEMPHIS

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The Hippos

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Lennox Hotel

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Strassman

Twin Towns Showroom

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Twin Towns

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The Black Sorrows

The Coolangatta Hotel

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BACK TO THE TIVOLI

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Simon & Garfunkel - Through The Years

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Lennox Hotel

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Lennox Hotel

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50th Anniversary of Neil Diamonds Hot August Night

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Wannabe

Twin Towns Showroom

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The Baby Animals

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Jason Delphin

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Songs In The Key OF Motown

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Mark Bono

The Coolangatta Hotel

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Dan Clark

Lennox Hotel

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Fat Albert & Skinny Ginny

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Back To The Tivoli

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Rock of Nations - Classic Rock Show

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Wear The Fox Hat

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BYRON BAY BLUES BOUNCES BACK! WRI T TEN BY: KYLI E MI TCH EL L-S MI TH

The moment we enter the Tyagarah festival site we hear that familiar Blues sound, and quickly realise it’s happening - Byron Bay Blues Festival is back with gusto.

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fter a spate of false starts, the resilient team behind the iconic event have pulled off their 33rd festival and nothing was going to stop them (fires, floods, or pandemics). Kicking off Thursday afternoon with a welcome to Bundjalung country, the stage is set and poised for the thousands of eager music lovers to welcome live music back. The five-day program is jam packed with music royalty, such as Midnight Oil, Crowded House, John Butler, Xavier Rudd, The Angels, and Jimmy Barnes. Epic Australian acts with a few international performers sprinkled in for good measure, restoring a nation’s creative hope, the future of live music festivals rests firmly in their hands. That’s the thing about Blues, you head for the headline acts and end up discovering some hidden gems along the way. Like Spinifex Gum, billed as an Australian made collaboration of voice, sound and change. We are immediately sent into a trance with the sound of Marliya, a 16-strong choir of talented indigenous female singers. Driven by change, this ensemble of young women, have a global message to deliver loud and clear and we’re all listening. Threaded with inclusion, climate change and just a touch of anarchy, this surprise act is the perfect entrée for Tijuana Cartel, Caravãna Sun and Cat Empire to follow. Next up in the iconic Mojo Tent is Tijuana

Cartel, hailing from the Gold Coast, they have been the centre of the electronic and Latin music scene for a few decades now. Front man Pauly George met his partner in Tijuana crime Carey O’Sullivan, at high school in their early teens, the self-proclaimed music geeks haven’t looked back since.

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Tijuana Cartel take you on a journey beginning with dreamy flamenco guitar riffs and finishing with roof raising dance beats, it’s like riding a horse through the Arizona Desert to drink tequila in Tijuana as the sun goes down. Sutherland Shire lads Caravãna Sun follow suit with an energised set, the band is tight, and the vibe is high. A lively surf rocker beat, their raw energy engages the crowd to sing along. Known for their live performances, Caravãna Sun embody the life of a touring band and the crowd goes wild. Rounding off Day 1 in style, The Cat Empire take to the stage for the last time as an original line-up. After twenty incredible years preforming and touring across the globe, the band are hanging up their trumpets to embark on a new journey. Busting out the classics, from “The Wine Song” to “Hello” to “The Lost Song”, the crowd was pumped to capacity and the band delivered one of their best 61

performances to date, each song taking on a new meaning as they drew the curtain on their final set. Day one of a five-day program went off with a bang. Highlights throughout the rest of the weekend included The Waifs with their familiar soulful sound, Xavier Rudd joined on stage by the Slabb brothers from Bundjalung Nation and John Butler with an extended solo set and spoken word re-connecting a community of creatives. As the sun set on Easter Sunday, Crowded House took to the Crossroads stage and Jimmy Barnes rounded off the Mojo stage. Bouncing from stage to stage it was the smaller stages that grabbed our attention as we called it a night and walked back to the car. Melbourne Ska Orchestra had the crowd up and dancing, The Wailers belted out their iconic tunes with a peaceful undertone and Renée Geyer took us back to the 80’s with a familiar sound that convinced us all is well in the land of live music and festivals are back baby! WINTER 2022


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