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The producers of artisanal excellence
A CREATIVE FORCE
Jason Grant on returning to nature
Spring 23 #08
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DISCOVER • DINE • SHOP • ESCAPE • THE ARTS In full bloom SLOW FLOWERS & HAPPY DAYS
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Spring is in the air! It’s the season of sunshine, flowers, great food, and endless possibilitiesand we’ve got another incredible issue of Locale Magazine here to inspire you.
This season, we’re diving into the enchanting world of ‘slow flower farming’. Ever wondered where your flowers come from? We’ve learnt that it’s not all as it seems, and chat to some amazing florists and farmers taking a slow approach and getting back to the earth. As you can see by our glorious cover image - shot onsite at The Farm Byron Bay & featuring the stunning harvest of Poppy & Fern - their fresh, seasonal, radiant blooms speak for themselves!
Speaking of our cover, we were so fortunate to have collaborated with the incredibly talented Designer, Stylist, Photographer and ‘man of many hats’ – Mr Jason Grant, whose creative vision is truly inspiring (and whose gorgeous pup Gertie is the perfect cover model). Don’t forget to read our profile on him, featuring his breathtaking new book – Force of Nature.
This issue we’re also taking you on a delightful stroll through the charming streets of Bangalow, and through the local Farmers Markets – where award winning produce, and tasty gourmet treats await your spring grazing boards! From the mighty macadamia, to the best Mexican this side of the boarder, we can assure you your tastebuds will be tingling this edition.
We’ve added a good dose of ‘Boho’ culture and we’re not leaving out the guys… We’ve handpicked a selection of businesses that cater to the boys, and uncovered ways to boost your mental health, enhance your appearance, and clear your mind.
So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to get out there, explore, and uncover the very best our region has to offer. Follow us on Instagram @locale_magazine to stay in the loop with all the latest happenings. We’re all about living like a local and embracing the unique beauty that surrounds us.
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8 BEAUTIFUL BANGALOW
Delight in the abundant charm of this historical town
10 VIBRANT & BLOOMING
The slow flower movement is picking up pace
16 MACADAMIA MAGIC
There's so much to love about our native nut!
24 A BOUNTY FULL
Fill your market basket with with the region’s acclaimed artisanal produce
28 FRESH, FIERY AND FABULOUS
When you’re in the mood for a fiesta come venture south of the border
36 FOR THE FELLAS
Caring about the health, happiness & wellbeing of our men
38 BOHEMIAN DAZE
The effortless style of the Northern Rivers
46 HINTERLAND MAGIC
Weekend escapes that won’t break the bank
58 TO THE BEAT
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62 WHERE YOUR ART IS
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THE BEAUTY OF BANGALOW
WRITTEN BY KYLIE MITCHELL-SMITH
We take a day trip to beautiful Bangalow, minutes west of Byron Bay, to explore the hinterland village. From historical town halls to heritage listed building façades to the surrounding valleys and waterfalls.
First appearing on the map in the 1880s, the town was originally known as Bangaloe – a name said to be derived from an Aboriginal word, ‘Bangalla’, meaning a low hill or species of palm tree. History runs deep through the streets here.
Bangalow is a charming, pretty town, synonymous with an enviable lifestyle and a bohemian chic culture. An array of independent shops create the fabric of the main street and are housed in the most adorable buildings we ever did see.
The community make up the soul of the town, from small business owners to artists and farmers who live and work in the region. Like the fine folk from the Eltham Hotel (just up the road) who recently popped up with Bangalow’s latest food offerings, Ciao, Mate! and You Beauty.
Ciao, Mate! is an ode to Italy, with fresh pasta dishes such as the Zucchini Linguine and Prosciutto, Mozzarella & Smoked Honey pizzas - delicious! The quaint restaurant façade is complemented by traditional red and white interiors that open out to a lush garden terrace.
A hop down the road is You Beauty - all about the taste of Australia with a contemporary twist. From Croc Toast to Kangaroo Skewers to a good old Steak & Chips. Billed as a casual eatery and corner bar, with themed nights like ‘Jazz Thursdays’ and ‘Records with Friends’ on Sunday afternoons - it’s a vibe.
With a variety of cafés to choose from, you can grab and fly at
Sparrow Coffee Co, who grind one of the finest Allpress coffees around. Then pick up a bunch of sculptured blooms from The Flower Bar Co. next door and head to the local Farmers Market (behind the Bangalow Pub) held every Saturday from 7-11am.
Speaking of markets, the Bangalow Showgrounds is home to a fabulous artisan market held on the 4th Sunday of each month. More than a market, it’s like a mini festival in the most picturesque garden setting. Grab a bite from the local street food vendors, and sit under the towering poinciana trees, all the while listening to live and local beats.
The town’s talented community of musicians, artists and creative directors, curate a program of events each year, such as recycled
Main St in Bangalow
fairs, the fun and fabulous Billy Cart Derby, a boutique film festival, and the magical Christmas Eve Carnival. Famed musicians like John Butler, The Waifs, Floodlights and Girl and Girl, have also graced the stage at the heritage listed Bangalow A&I Hall.
Across the road from the iconic town hall, you’ll find Polish Bangalow located in the art deco Masonic Hall. A vintage furniture and restoration business run by the Pratley family - locals who have been restoring antiques from across the globe, for over three generations.
For a hearty breakfast or lunch pop down to Butcher Baker, located central to the town in another heritage listed building that has seen many an evolution. The current owners are from the Northern Rivers and, with a background in hospitality, there’s a selection of freshly baked treats to entice, and quite possibly the most delicious donuts around!
We can’t go past a local craft beer and counter meal at the Bangalow Hotel, located at the top of the town as you head out towards Clunes. And for those of us who like a brewery experience, Common People Brewing Co. has also popped up in the industrial area. With an array of beers to experience and a food menu curated by The Brewer’s Kitchen – they are ‘Open for Beersness’ Thursday to Sunday.
For Asian groceries, tea, teapots, trinkets and dumplings head to Red Ginger, with a sister venue in Byron Bay, it’s a Northern Rivers staple. Serving tasty Yum Cha from 10-4 daily, take your time in the garden surrounds and peruse the many cookbooks that adorn the walls.
If you’re staying awhile, book a cosy night at the Bangalow Guesthouse. Luxury accommodation central to town, the 1900s homestead crowns an elegant property on the banks of the Byron Creek. A short walk to the neighbouring retro Bowlo, for street food curated by local chefs, and the ever popular ‘Indian Bowl’ on Wednesdays from 4:30pm.
A day trip or weekend away to Bangalow always involves shopping at one of the independent retailers. We can’t go past the stunning array of books, jewellery, clothes and more at Wax Jambu Emporium, and the quirky and colourful wares at Abracadabra come with the rich history of Bangalow circa 1970s (one of the original shops in town, it has seen many transformations over the years). For ethical, quality gifts and homewares head to Our Corner Store and more divine goodies await at Heart of the Home.
Take a tour of the myriad of artisans and local designers - such as ROWIE The Label - that inhabit the urban chic Station Street Arts Precinct. Grab a coffee and some tasty treats at Woods and watch the day go by.
Heading out of town, stop off for fresh baked bread at the Bangalow Bread Co. and for local provedores and organic fruit and vegetables pop into the oh so cute Bangalow General Store - an historical building that has been restored to its former glory - full of locally sourced provisions.
There’s a collective pride in charming Bangalow that starts from the market grounds up, with tastefully preserved buildings and a community that love their town.
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FEATURE 9 SPRING 2023
VIBRANT AND BLOOMING
WRITTEN BY DONNA RISHTON-POTTER
The gift of flowers can say and mean so much – joyful and mood lifting, heartfelt and caring. But in an industry designed to make people feel good, there has always been a story left unsaid. Where do your flowers come from? Although late to bloom in Australia, the Slow Flower Movement has been gaining momentum, and those paving the way are getting their hands dirty and creating awareness – with one seed planted at a time.
Poppy and Fern Image credit: Jason Grant
POPPY AND FERN
It’s a gloriously sunny day at The Farm in Byron Bay and, as I arrive to interview Jess Connor –the owner, florist and flower farmer behind Poppy and Fern, I am told, “Jess won’t be long, she’s just over in the field picking flowers”. You really can’t get fresher than that, and the happy blooms in the garden shed store are proof. Bursting with life and colour - the cheerful poppies sway as the bees greedily jostle for pollen. “The bees love our flowers”, laughs Jess on her arrival.
Work wasn’t always this wholesome, however. After a schoolbased traineeship and the following years spent involved in every part of the floral industry - from traditional retail to high-end weddings in the Whitsundays to wholesale and brokering –Jess was dissatisfied. “I had started to focus on sustainability in my personal life, but looking at the industry I was a part of made me feel hypocritical. There is a lot that’s hidden from consumers.”
A while back Jess noticed that there were very few florists in Australia that focused largely on sustainability and seasonal flower farming. It is rather, accepted knowledge that flowers are (most often) imported from overseas producers, forced to grow out of season in unnatural conditions, sprayed with heavy chemicals, often frozen then sprayed again to come through quarantine, placed in a petroleum-based foam and wrapped in plastic. “Not one part of the process is planet friendly,” adds Jess. Determined to prove there could be another way, Jess spent years of trial and error, reteaching herself until she got the practice right. She was offered a space at The Farm in Byron Bay, so her first change in business was to grow her own flowers. With 60-80% of Poppy and Fern flowers grown onsite, the rest are sourced from local farmers who share a similar sustainable ethos.
Next came Jess’ mission to eliminate the use of all floral foam – known as ‘oasis’. Made from micro plastics and petroleumbased chemicals, oasis is non-biodegradable and often just gets washed down the sink. These days, Jess and her team at Poppy and Fern employ innovative methods to construct their designs instead. Using chicken wire (reusable mechanics) and other botanical materials for weddings and installations, whilst bunches of flowers are sold in reusable vases or wrapped in biodegradable paper.
Channelling her frustration around the lack of education in sustainable flower farming and floristry, Jess also set up her up her own school - Flower School Byron Bay - that offers a range of classes from beginner to advanced, that focuses on environmentally conscious design techniques, sourcing local, and seasonality, thus bringing her journey full-circle. And, with an abundance of seasonal flowers grown onsite, Jess’ students also get the full ‘seed to vase’ experience.
For Jess, life is best when she’s connected to the land. If you ask her, she’ll tell you there’s magic in the soil - and feeling the energy her happy blooms radiate, you can’t help but believe her. @poppyandfernflowers
Jess and Marni aren’t the only florists and farmers taking a slow approach. Here are some other locals paving the way by getting back to nature:
OLIVE GAP FARM – WOODBURN @olivegapfarm
FLOWER HOUSE – NEWRYBAR @flowerhousenewrybar
BRAER STUDIO - BYRON BAY @b.r.a.e.r
PIKT FLOWERS – EWINGSDALE @_pikt
CALDERA FLOWER FARM – UPPER CRYSTAL CREEK @calderaflowerfarm
LOVE TO GROW – BURRINGBAR @lovetogrow_
FEATURE 11 SPRING 2023
“THE SLOW FLOWER MOVEMENT IS NOT ABOUT REINVENTING THE FLOWER FARMING PROCESS; IT’S ABOUT RETURNING TO THE EARTH AND OUR ROOTS.”
Jess - Poppy and Fern
Flower School Byron Bay
Like Jess, Marni Hills is a flower farmer determined to change the way the flower industry operates. Although she had always loved flowers and the art of floristry, it wasn’t until Marni and her family moved to an idyllic farm property on the edge of the picturesque Burringbar Hills, that she considered a career in the industry. With the perfect space but zero knowhow, much research ensued. Then, as serendipity would have it, Marni took one of Jess’ courses and was completely inspired.
Three years later - BLOOM HARVEST is a thriving flower farm and Marni’s courage has paid off. Reflecting on the early days Marni recalls the massive learning curve she embarked on when realising the industry she loved was not at all what it seemed. “For something so beautiful and ‘natural’, the flower industry leaves a massive environmental footprint,” she says. “The first thing people instinctively do when they receive flowers is smell them. If they only knew where that bunch originated from and what chemicals they’d been doused in, they’d realise it’s the worst possible thing they can do.” It’s food for thought.
Marni is resolute about spreading the message of sourcing locally grown, seasonal flowers that can be safely sniffed, handled, and enjoyed. Mapping out a seasonal template, turning the soil and planting the seeds herself, she finds the beauty is in working with nature and using what the earth gives her. “Buying fresh, seasonal blooms is a creative choice, because nature is dictating what bunch you will receive. It’s a happy gift and so much better for the planet.”
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FORCE OF NATURE
WRITTEN BY DONNA RISHTON-POTTER
With an illustrious career in the design world and a name synonymous with style, one would expect a certain ego to accompany such a highly regarded talent. But when I meet Designer, Author, Stylist, Creative Director, and Photographer – Mr Jason Grant – I find instead an authentic unpretentious soul, exuding manifold creativity.
We are here to talk about the launch of Jason’s new book – Force of Nature. A two-inch hard-covered wonder, that can’t be pinned down in genre. Suffice to say, it’s a creative guide, a visually stunning catalogue of Jason’s own images, woven with thoughtprovoking musings, words of inspiration and prompts for finding your creativity - it’s an immersive experience. It’s also the expressive, personal story of a self-confessed ‘people pleaser’ who has finally become, unapologetically himself.
Born in Launceston, Tasmania, Jason’s earliest memories are ones of being in nature. Climbing trees, playing in his garden, clambering over rocks along the rugged coastline of his hometown, walking bush tracks to get to school and collecting curiosities along the way.
Although his family moved to Melbourne during his childhood, this sense of curiosity and ‘trusting nature to guide you’ has fuelled Jason’s creativity ever since. In the heyday of design magazines and just as ‘Styling’ became a concept, Jason’s star rose in Melbourne and then took him onwards to Sydney before the Northern Rivers finally beckoned. Drawn by that inexplicable longing many of us once-out-of-towners have had. The sense of nostalgia this area holds that seems to harken back to one’s own childhood memories. And certainly, this is the case for Jason, who was seeking the authenticity that came with days of old.
Getting back to a simple life, and being grounded by nature, Mr Jason Grant is a man who walks gently on the earth - earning himself a reputation for being a designer respectful of his surroundings and sympathetic to the history of a place, in the process. Someone who, no matter what artistic endeavour he undertakes, understands the value in allowing the space - the natural surroundings and the bones of the structure he is working with - to speak. “There is a certain alchemy in letting the elements speak and come together,” he says. “To me, nature and creativity are thoroughly interconnected.” Talented as he may be, Jason insists creativity is within us all. It comes from the soul. It’s not reproduced or copied. It’s innate, authentic, and innovative. “Sometimes we are required to unlearn what we’ve been taught in order to tap into what’s in us and around us.” How do we do this? His pages are signposts…
Through the simplicity of his images – a vignette of seashells, a feather, a painted fern splayed across weathered floorboards, the shadow play of a palm across a whitewashed wall, the vibrant lilac and fizzy lemon of an ice-cream held in his hand – Jason is baring his soul. His words give us clues along the way – ‘Happy people walk at their own pace.’
Then, nearing the end, an arrangement of coloured pages – no words, no images. A pause, to reflect on what he’s been saying all along. Nature speaks to us in colour and design and if we lean in to listen, she will guide us. That is the powerful Force of Nature.
‘Turn Everything off and find yourself in the quietness’ he says – herein is a roadmap for us all. mrjasongrant.com
LOCALE Magazine was fortunate to have Jason co-collaborate on and photograph our stunning front cover - featuring Poppy and Fern on location at The Farm Byron Bay. His sweet Boston terrier, Gertie, was star of the show!
FEATURE 15 SPRING 2023
THE MIGHTY MACADAMIA
WRITTEN BY ALISON BONE
Delicious, versatile and velvety smooth, the macadamia is Australia’s only native nut and flourishes here in the Northern Rivers. From couverture chocolate and gourmet muesli, to nourishing face oil, award-winning liqueur, tasty meals and fun animal encounters, our local macadamia farms and cellar doors provide unique and indulgent experiences.
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Commercial production of the macadamia began in earnest in the 1960s, with orchards sprouting up along the north coast. One of the Northern Rivers most inspiring macadamia success stories dates to 1988 when Pam and Martin Brook arrived in the Byron hinterland. Taking over a barren, run down dairy farm they planted 4500 macadamia trees. Pam started experimenting in the kitchen to create macadamia muesli, fruit and nut mixes and oils, which she and Martin sold in the local markets with their two young sons Will and Eddie, in tow. They also planted 45,000 native trees to regenerate the rainforest. 35 years on, the farm is a lush, rainforest oasis and a brand synonymous with sustainability. “Brookfarm itself, the business, the products that you see are all really born and influenced by the macadamia” says Will Brook, now CEO.
Cape Byron Distillery
In 2016 the Brook family launched Cape Byron Distillery. Inspired by the botanicals that flourished in the regenerated rainforest, their signature Brookies Dry Gin features 17 native botanicals grown on site, including lilly pilly, finger lime, native ginger and Davidson plum, while macadamia oil creates the signature textured mouthfeel. Macadamia is also the star ingredient of Mac. Liqueur, an Australian version of Frangelico, made with roasted macadamia shells, roasted macadamia nuts and wattleseed. Rich, nutty, and multiple award winning, “It’s a true testament to the epic produce out here in our own backyard,” says Eddie Brook, now Operations Manager. Visit the distillery and cellar door for a fascinating Rainforest and Gin Tasting Tour, or relax on the deck with a cocktail, tasting flight or grazing board overlooking the rainforest and macadamia trees. capebyrondistillery.com
Chocolate lovers can indulge in all sorts of goodies with a visit to the farm gate at Duck Creek, just outside of Newrybar. The farm has close to 17,000 macadamia trees and is renowned for its European couverture chocolate-covered macadamias. Treat yourself to Macadamia and Cranberry Clusters, Belgium Salted Caramel Chocolate or our favourite, the Orange Chocolate Macadamias which taste like Jaffas but better! This is also the spot to stock up on raw or salted macadamias by the kilo, unique Macadamia and Manuka Honey, and Natural Macadamia beauty products.
Cape Byron Distillery
DISCOVER 17 SPRING 2023
High on the plateau in the Ballina /Byron hinterland, Summerland Farm, Alstonville, is a 238 acre macadamia and avocado farm popular with families and foodies alike. For the kids there’s an adventure playground and cute furry farm animals to meet – including miniature cows, donkeys, goats and alpacas, as well as fluffy bunnies and guinea pigs to cuddle. Adults can stock up on Summerland Macadamia treats including honey roasted, chocolate-coated, and dukkha, as well as an enticing array of artisanal products from surrounding farms. Enjoy coffee and cake on the sunny deck overlooking the stately rows of macadamia trees, pre order a gourmet picnic hamper to share in the landscaped grounds, or head into the restaurant surrounded by tropical gardens for a beautifully presented Grazing Board, Farm Roast or signature High Tea featuring handmade treats, including Honey and Macadamia Tart. Need more reasons to visit? Summerland Farm is known as ‘the farm with a heart’ and is one of the most successful disability enterprises in Australia – with 110 employees working across the farm, café, restaurant and shop. summerlandfarm.com.au
Stretching over 80 acres, The Farm in Byron Bay makes a fun and educational day out for all the family. Wander past the papaya and banana plantations and into the large shady macadamia grove, where you can crack open fresh macadamias with nutcrackers thoughtfully provided on the tables. Keen to learn more about ethical and sustainable farming? Join a guided farm tour. There are animal feedings to get involved in too, and fun workshops for the kids in school holidays. And for a genuine paddock to plate experience make sure to have a meal at Three Blue Ducks, where macadamias are often featured on the menu. thefarm.com.au
When Ann Leslie and her husband took over a macadamia farm in 2008, she discovered that cold pressing and filtering macadamias resulted in a pure, luxurious oil that is also light and easily absorbed. “Macadamia oil is full of beneficial properties such as antioxidants, vitamin E and omegas, and is super hydrating, locks in moisture, and can help reduce fine lines and soothe irritated skin,” says Ann. Her resulting Avilla Farm skincare products includes a Face Oil, Face Scrub and Hand and Body Lotion. avillafarm.com.au
Byron Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
While the name may have changed, the Byron Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is still a great place to satiate macadamia cravings. Get them hot by the scoopful, coated in honey, smoked in hickory, or sprinkled with lime and black pepper. The Pancakes with Ice cream and Macadamia Praline in the Sanctuary Cafe are also a must-try.
FOR THE LOVE OF WILDLIFE
WRITTEN BY ALISON BONE
Byron Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is celebrating the change in seasons with a Spring Festival packed with fun and immersive animal encounters and thoughtfully curated kids’ programs –all aimed at fostering love and respect for the natural world.
Formerly known as Macadamia Castle, this iconic hinterland venue has undergone a remarkable transformation since being taken over in 2021 by Wildlife Recovery Australia – a not-for-profit company with a mission to rescue injured animals and revitalise threatened species. For the last two years, the team at Byron Bay Wildlife Sanctuary has worked tirelessly to turn the run-down amusement park into a thriving native animal sanctuary and bio-park, one of the very few of its scale in Australia.
Home to more than 100 animals, including kangaroos, koalas, snakes, and a wombat called Manda, the sanctuary aims to educate and inspire people to live alongside wildlife.
“It’s all about creating wildlife lovers for life,” says Joshua Carruth, Head of Mammals.
Under the guidance of expert handlers, children can safely interact with animals, join feeding sessions, see wildlife shows and learn about habitat and conservation. And it’s a win/win because every dollar spent at the sanctuary is reinvested in conservation, rehabilitation, and regeneration. Along with animal encounters, there’s also mini golf, a nature-themed playground, water park, café, and a gift shop with ethical, sustainably sourced products from brands like National Geographic.
Park entry includes scheduled activities like the bird presentation, kangaroo and emu feeding, reptile talk and a chance to meet the koalas. Optional extras include one on one encounters with Socrates the barn owl, and resident sugar gliders Sebastian and Samson. With spring here, there’s also lots of special events coming up. “The Spring Festival is a great opportunity to enjoy the warmer weather with family and friends, all whilst exploring Byron Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and learning more about native Australian wildlife,” says General Manager Amanda Gorvin. Wildlife Guardians and Keeper for a Day programs give budding wildlife enthusiasts the chance to join interactive activities and gain hands-on experience in caring for wildlife. While Puggles Kids Club is a day school holiday care program that includes keeper talks, movies, and arts and crafts. Other activities offered from September through November include Moonlight Cinema, Wildlife Trivia hosted by Dr Chris Brown and Mandy Nolan, Kids Wildlife Watercolour Class, weekly Qigong classes for adults, various creative art courses and family nights. Check the website for details.
419 Hinterland Way, Knockrow byronbaywildlifesanctuary.com.au
Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital is based at the sanctuary and does an incredible job providing professional veterinary services for injured, diseased, orphaned, and displaced native Australian animals. Completely mobile, the hospital can be deployed anywhere in Australia to respond to a wildlife emergency such as bushfire, flood, or mass stranding. A not-for-profit organisation, the hospital urgently needs help to stay open. Check their website byronbaywildlifehospital.org to see what you can do.
19 SPRING 2023
ON COMMON GROUND
Just moments from Casuarina’s white sandy beach, you’ll find The Commons - a vibrant social hub for the community - offering retail, consulting, health and wellness, and beauty services as well as a lively dining precinct. Come and unwind, explore, and connect in Casuarina’s local haven. Bringing the community together, there’s something for everyone at The Commons.
Discover pure bliss on your next visit to The Commons, when you drop into Kalm Springs Health and Recovery Spa. Immerse yourself in the world of recovery, with premium sensory deprivation float pods, infrared saunas, ice bath, and LED light therapy treatments. Kalm’s warm, private treatment rooms host sessions ranging from 20 minutes for a quick refresh, to half-day packages for your deeper self-care needs. Once you're hooked on the world of Kalm, sign up for Tribe Membership and the luxury of unlimited access. Just bring yourself and your bathers, and leave the rest to the lovely team. And, if you’ve got something special to celebrate, exclusive-use packages make Kalm Springs an indulgent escape. kalmsprings.com
With two modern, expansive studios on the first floor of the Commons, Fusion Wellness has plenty of space for relaxing your mind, recharging your body, and reconnecting with your soul. Welcoming and inclusive classes cater to all levels and include yoga, barre, sculpt + burn, mat and reformer Pilates, all led by talented instructors. “Classes aim to tone and increase flexibility and strength in the body, calm hormones and emotions, and increase focus, all whilst grounding the spirit,” says Fusion founder, Georgie Clarke. “We guarantee that you will walk away from classes on a natural happy high.” fusionwellness.com.au
Whether looking for a hearty breakfast after a morning surf, a coffee catch up with the girls, a solo working brunch or a cheeky vino, Tucker has you covered. Bright and spacious interiors spill out to the al fresco seating area in the sundrenched garden. The menu celebrates the best of local produce, along with coffee from Blackboard Roasters, and fresh sourdough and buttery pastries from the Bread Social. Try signature breakfast dishes like the Shroom Scramble or a sensational Rosti Benedict or come for lunch and tuck into a Quinoa Rice Bowl, Burger, or Fish & Chips. tuckercasuarina.com
Suffering from headaches, back pain, neck tension or joint discomfort? Casuarina Chiropractic uses gentle and effective techniques to assist you achieve your health goals and live a pain-free life. Dr Jane Hardy loves connecting with and having an impact on the health of her community, and is dedicated to, “helping you to function at your very best so that you and your family can thrive.” Jane and the team at Casuarina Chiropractic provide personalised chiropractic care that focuses on your specific needs, from correcting postural imbalances to helping alleviate pain and preventing future issues.
DISCOVER 21 SPRING 2023
What’s a community hub without a pizzeria? More than just a pizza joint, Jordy’s is all about quality local ingredients, naturally leavened sourdough pizzas, natural wines, and local brews. Try the Brunswick with Australian prawns, clams, mascarpone bianco, nduja, capers and herbs, or the Mullumbimby with market greens, vegan mozzarella, and hemp parmesan. You will also find enticing salads, starters, and platters like the delectable Fruits & Formagi, and Pork, Peppers & Pickles. Family-friendly, Jordy’s has tables out in the garden with plenty of space for kids to play, and a Grommets menu too. jordyscasuarina.com
The Crafty Cow
Serving up a winning combo of craft beer and in-house smoked meats, the Crafty Cow has a brewery style atmosphere and tasty menu to match. Snack on Loaded Fries and Chicken Wings washed down with an ice cold, local brew from Stone & Wood or Earth Beer. Or go the full hog with a fully decked Brisket Burger, Smoked Pork Ribs, or a Carnivore Platter. There’s Veggie and Vegan Burgers too, plus wine and local spirits from Brookies and Husk. And if you are looking for live music, come on the weekends to enjoy some of the best musicians in the Northern Rivers. thecraftycowsmokehouse.com
Whether looking for a maintenance cut, a stunning restyle or a captivating colour, a visit to this modern studio will leave you looking and feeling like a million dollars. With a talented team of professional hairdressers specialising in creative up-to-date hair styling, it’s all about first class service at Minogue Hairdressing, which also has a salon in Reedy Creek. Salon Director, Hayley Kidson is an award-winning Master Colour Artist, and previously travelled the nation teaching colour and styling classes as part of Wella’s prestigious Colour Club. Come and celebrate Minogue’s five fabulous years at The Commons; now offering convenient extended opening hours - there’s plenty of exciting times ahead.
Newton Denny Chapelle
Offering an innovative combination of planning, engineering, and surveying, Newton Denny Chapelle (NDC) provides a complete service in land development. With more than 20 years experience, and offices in both Casuarina and Lismore, NDC has the expertise to take every project through from concept to completion. Whether land subdivision, residential, industrial, commercial and mixed use, tourist accommodation, or education and health projects, NDC delivers the services you need on all ventures, big or small. The company also provides concept to civil construction services and practical assistance to local councils, property developers, land owners and businesses alike. Contact the friendly team now and start planning. ndc.com.au
Newton Denny Chapelle
Ready to take your fitness to the next level? At F45, each specially designed 45-minute session provides a functional, full body workout that aims to burn up to 750 calories. With a goal of physical and mental transformation, high energy workouts are a mix of circuit and HIIT style and can also improve energy levels, metabolic rate, strength, and endurance. In addition, F45 members can access their own free personal nutrition program to achieve health objectives with daily meal plans, tracking, and lots of community support. Pop in to say hi and check out memberships deals and great locals only introductory offers. f45training.com.au/casuarina
At Casuarina Dental, highly trained professionals understand the connection between oral health and overall health. As a local, family-oriented practice, dentists take the time to listen to your concerns, understand your medical history, and tailor treatments that are right for you, while also providing the information you need to make better decisions for your health.
Ready to take your fitness to the next level? At F45, each specially designed 45-minute session provides a functional, full body workout that aims to burn up to 750 calories. With a goal of physical and mental transformation, high energy workouts are a mix of circuit and HIIT style and can also improve energy levels, metabolic rate, strength, and endurance. In addition, F45 members can access their own free personal nutrition program to achieve health objectives with daily meal plans, tracking, and lots of community support. Pop in to say hi and check out memberships deals and great locals only introductory offers.
Casuarina dental prides itself on being a mercury free practice and follows a strict protocol for amalgam (mercury) filling removals. From cleanings and examinations through to general and cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign, braces, implants and PRP treatments, Casuarina’s experienced dentists are committed to ensuring great oral health for all the family. casuarinadental.com.au
At Casuarina Dental, highly trained professionals understand the connection between oral health and overall health. As a local, family-oriented practice, dentists take the time to listen to your concerns, understand your medical history, and tailor treatments that are right for you, while also providing the information you need to make better decisions for your health. Casuarina Dental prides itself on being a mercury free practice and follows a strict protocol for amalgam (mercury) filling removals. From cleanings and examinations through to general and cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign, braces, implants and PRP treatments, Casuarina’s experienced dentists are committed to ensuring great oral health for all the family. casuarinadental.com.au
Sunshine meets coastal charm in this light filled store with a gorgeous collection of curated products that will brighten up your life. With stores in both Casuarina and Brisbane, Nikkou takes its name from ‘sunlight’ in Japanese. Tiffany Cooper is the heart and soul behind Nikkou, and welcomes all women, embraces diversity, and offers an array of Australian, female led brands. As well as running the stores, Tiffany is raising a 14-month-old son, and alongside women’s fashion and accessories, you will find a selection of adorable children’s clothes. Step into Nikkou to experience a personal touch, engaging events and a space where stories are shared. nikkoustore.com
Sunshine meets coastal charm in this light filled store with a gorgeous collection of curated products that will brighten up your life. With stores in both Casuarina and Brisbane, Nikkou takes its name from ‘sunlight’ in Japanese. Tiffany Cooper is the heart and soul behind Nikkou, and welcomes all women, embraces diversity, and offers an array of Australian, female-led brands. As well as running the stores, Tiffany is raising a 14-month-old son, and alongside women’s fashion and accessories, you will find a selection of adorable children’s clothes. Step into Nikkou to experience a personal touch, engaging events and a space where stories are shared. nikkoustore.com
The Beverly Co Working Beauty Space
It’s all about beauty at The Beverly, a luxurious haven and one stop beauty shop. Passionate about cosmetic injectables, Alana Barea is a registered nurse and founder of The Beverly and Bonita Facial Aesthetics. Renowned for creating natural looking lips and harmonising facial features, Alana offers anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, skin boosters, fat dissolving, PRP, and high-performance skincare products from Aspect. If your brows need attention, you will definitely want to see Tanisha at Belleza Nátural. A talented certified cosmetic tattooist, lash lift, lash extension & brow artist, Tanisha and her team offer a bespoke service that will ensure you walk out feeling flawless. Thinking about getting a tattoo, The Beverly is now home to Lovelines fine line tattoos. the-beverly.com.au
The Beverly Co-Working Beauty Space
It’s all about beauty at The Beverly, a luxurious haven and one stop beauty shop. Passionate about cosmetic injectables, Alana Barea is a registered nurse and founder of The Beverly and Bonita Facial Aesthetics. Renowned for creating natural looking lips and harmonising facial features, Alana offers anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, skin boosters, fat dissolving, PRP, and high-performance skincare products from Aspect. If your brows need attention, you will definitely want to see Tanisha at Belleza Nátural. A talented certified cosmetic tattooist, lash lift, lash extension & brow artist, Tanisha and her team offer a bespoke service that will ensure you walk out feeling flawless. Thinking about getting a tattoo, The Beverly is now home to Lovelines fine line tattoos. the-beverly.com.au
DISCOVER 23 SPRING 2023
The Beverly Co-Working Beauty Space
SHOUTING PRAISE FOR THE ARTISANS
BY DONNA RISHTON-POTTER
The Northern Rivers Farmers Markets are home to some of the most highly regarded artisanal products in the country. From award-winning spreads and dips to nutritious fermented krauts and locally made, fresh-from-the-dairy cheeses. Come for a stroll with us as we fill our baskets with a bounty of the tastiest local offerings - perfect for delighting guests or keeping all to ourselves.
Hallowed be Thy Cheese
Every good grazing board starts with cheese, and Cheeses Loves You cheese is fit for the gods. Deb Allard has been in the biz for 18 years, learning the art of cheese making from the masters in Europe - she’s made mozzarella in Venice and La Feuille du Limousin in France. Her divine cheeses are created at the Upper Burringbar dairy farm she operates with hubby Jim and are unlike anything you’ll find in the supermarket. Using fresh Jersey cow milk, which is ‘far superior’ due to its higher fat, protein and healthy bacteria
content, Deb makes around 22 different cheeses - from fresh ricotta, feta, brie, and Cambozola, to haloumi, blue and Romano. What makes them so special? Made in small batches, Deb’s cheeses are preservative and additive free – meaning the character is full-bodied and the flavour, out of this world. (Deb’s also a perfectionist – spending two full years perfecting her brie!). We recommend her incredible award winning (Grand Champion no less) Probiotic Kefir.
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Where There’s Smoke
For lovers of good smoked produce, The Bay Smokehouse is one market stall not to pass by - nor is a jar of their multi-award-winning Smoked Fish Rillettes. With a taste so sublime it has, unsurprisingly, garnered owner Damien Curtis a cult following – especially with the celebrity chef ilk. Founded in 2017, The Bay Smokehouse was born after Damien - an English born documentary filmmaker and Indigenous rights advocate - spent time in Arnhem Land, hunting with the Yolngu peoples and learning the traditional smoking techniques of cooking mullet over smoking campfire embers. Taking his skills back home to Byron Bay, Damien imported a traditional smoking kiln from England and began experimenting with his daily catch. Six years on and Damien’s unwavering support of local fisheries, commitment to sustainability, and passion for showcasing traditional techniques, has earnt him critical acclaim and seen his sought-after gourmet delicacies feature on the menus of some of the country’s most prestigious restaurants. Grab a jar and do what we didspread liberally over fresh sourdough! thebaysmokehouse.com.au
Dip into Delicious
Another prize winner you can’t go past is Baraka Byron Bay, whose luscious range of dips are next level. Founded in 2006 and enhanced since 2016 by Alan Schwarz, Baraka prides itself in producing authentic Middle Eastern and North African products made of the highest-quality ingredients - that are not only gluten free, but also free of GMOs, preservatives, colours, and flavours. Using traditional recipes passed down through generations, Baraka’s mouth-watering dips are made consciously, ethically, and sustainably – all driven by Alan’s passion for sourcing local, organic produce, and his deep conviction for minimising waste. Elevate your charcuterie board with the fresh taste of Beetroot Hummus, spicy Moroccan Capsicum Salsa, or Smokey Babaganoush, and then - for a true taste-sensation - try Baraka’s new ‘dessert’ range. The very first of its kind, this trio of ‘hummus-based’ desserts come in chocolate (think Nutella flavours), mocha and decadent vanilla. Exciting, innovative, and delicious – dip in! barakafoods.com.au
A Gut-Loving Gift
Katerina Lazareva of Byron Fermentary is abounding with passion when it comes to the healing benefits of fermented foods. Over the years the career of this Russian-born, professional chef has come full circle – from the high-pressure of fine dining kitchens, to reconnecting with her roots and employing a slow, regenerative method of farming to create her artisanal products. Based at The Farm in Byron Bay, Katerina is one of the unique few artisans in the region who grows, farms, and harvests her own produce. Allowing the seasons, growing conditions, and resulting ingredients to inspire her recipes, she operates a ‘closed loop system’ – meaning there is absolutely zero waste. A vegetable may be fermented, leaving behind peels and leaves, which Katerina will then transform into another product – a gut-loving drink for instance. Any further leftovers may be dried and made into salts etc. – making Katerina’s endeavour endlessly diverse and mind-blowingly creative. Rest assured, whatever delicious product you find at Katerina’s market stall is guaranteed to be healing, wholesome and a gift from the earth. byronfermentary.com.au
Stock up on a variety of delectable and nibble-worthy olives and oils – grown locally and bursting with flavour.
Salumi - salumi.com.au
Salami, prosciutto, mortadella and more. A divine (and ethical) range of fermented and gently aged, cured meats made traditionally.
Region-renowned for the freshest and most authentic totopos - corn chips - this side of the border. Perfect for dipping or by the handful!
The Bread Social - breadsocial.com.au
Grab your baguettes, ciabatta, and sourdough – handcrafted, wholesome, and baked daily by the best in the bread making biz.
Pure Melt Chocolatepuremeltchocolate.com
Did someone say guilt-free chocolate? A delicious range of hand-made, small batch chocolate that’s gluten free, refined sugar free and vegan. It might taste sinful but - made of ‘therapeutic grade’ cacao - it’s pure heaven and, in our opinion, the best way to end any meal with friends.
Cholitas - donacholita.com.au
NO PLATTER IS PERFECT
Baraka Byron Bay
DISCOVER 25 SPRING 2023
The Bay Smokehouse
NO BONES, NO ETHICAL WORRIES.
No Bones is the brainchild of Tahlia, Yasmina and Laurie. The restaurant in Byron opened it’s doors in April 2018 with a vision of bringing people together over good food, meat eaters and vegans alike, in an attempt to change the way we think about what we put in our mouths. Let’s face it, the future of food must be one of sustainability and every time you choose a vegan meal, you’re helping reduce your footprint, so every meal counts.
Imagine dining at a restaurant where you can relax knowing that your choices will be ethical no matter what you order, and where you can be proud knowing that you've contributed to a better Earth in this moment, without compromising on flavour. A place where the music flows freely and gently to suit the aesthetics; a cosy and natural outdoor setting with candle and festoon lighting to set the right mood.
With each passing year, No Bones has evolved, driven by the determination to do better for both their community and the environment. Striving to become 100% carbon neutral, the restaurant has embarked on a journey to reduce its ecological footprint. Supporting Australian-made and grown produce and products has become a top priority, ensuring a lesser environmental impact and building connectlons with local farmers to secure the freshest, most regeneratively grown produce. At the heart of No Bones' culinary philosophy is an incredible crew, celebrating the beauty of vegetables, fruits, natives, and fresh greens. No Bones embraces plant-based goodness while offering a select few plant-based meat alternatives. You'll want to make sure you bring along as many friends as you can gather.
Their menu ain't no one-hit wonder. From their No Lamb Gyros with pulled king brown mushrooms and young jackfruit, topped with their house made crispy shallot chilli oil, to one of their longest standing favourites, the Shiitake Mushroom, Truffle and Cognac Pate, served with organic baguette, and don't forget about their incredibly moreish lemon aspen and wattleseed cheesecake.
The menu is best enjoyed when shared, and they promise to look the other way while you lick your plate. Oh and let's not forget the delightful explosions from their cocktails - they say that the secret ingredient is 100 per cent LOVE. So Byron! This restaurant is on a mission to make a difference.
From their choice of wines and beers, all sourced locally, to their endeavour to phase out international spirits in favour of Australian-made alternatives, No Bones ls all about making sustainable choices.
They are part of a plant-based movement and invite you to join them on their expedition to save the Earth one Brussels sprout at a time - by dining at No Bones you will have taken one small step for mankind!
No Bones Ocean Shores - open 7 days a week from 8 - 11am No Bones Byron Bay - open 7 nights from 5pm nobones.co
DINE 27 SPRING 2023
SPICE UP YOUR LIFE
WRITTEN BY ALISON BONE
From the fiery kick of jalapeños to the tanginess of lime and the earthiness of cumin, Mexican cuisine is bold, flavourful, and fun. Throw in the laidback beach vibes of the Northern Rivers and good times are guaranteed. Here’s where to get your Mexican food fix this side of the border.
Lolita’s Mexican Cantina
Lush, leafy, and atmospheric, this friendly eatery would be right at home on a beach in Mexico and ticks all the boxes for a fun night out. There’s even an outdoor kids’ playground for keeping the little ones amused, and a child-minding service on the weekend. We suggest getting things started with a Coconut Chilli Margarita, festive Piña Colada or Sangria and a platter of Doña Cholita’s Totopos – starring organic locally made corn chips. Hailing from Mexico, Lolita’s Head Chef, Armando Icaza brings the authentic flavours of his home country to life using traditional techniques and Northern Rivers produce. Mostly gluten free, there is plenty for vegetarians too and every dish explodes with bright, zesty flavour and just the right amount of spice to pack a punch without being overwhelming. To get the most of the experience try sharing several plates, or opt for the Chef’s Banquet – but be prepared and come hungry because the chef is generous. Menu standouts include the Popcorn Cauliflower with agave syrup, lime, achiote mayo, Chicken Pibil Tostada, Matcha Kingfish Ceviche, and sensational Charred Sweet Corn topped with a memorable jalapeño lime mayo and grated ricotta salata. Make sure to leave room for the Churros – crispy on the outside, perfectly light and fluffy on the inside – they are huge and come with choice of chocolate and caramel sauce. For a delicious taste sensation, try pairing with a Brookies Mac. lolitascantina.com.au
An iconic Byron destination, Miss Margarita, or Miss Margs as its affectionally known, has been luring diners for 10 years with tasty Tex Mex cuisine and lively atmosphere. Just meters from the beach you can enjoy ocean views from upstairs, along with chequered floors, pink walls, and Frida Kahlo and Mother Mary paraphernalia galore. The Burritos are packed, the Nachos – made with crispy house-made corn chips – are loaded, and Crispy Snapper Tacos with chipotle slaw, mayo and lime zest go down a treat too. Dining with kids? There’s plenty to tempt fussy eaters on the Little Gringos menu. And how about the Margaritas you ask? Made with fresh local limes and Patrón Reposado Tequila they definitely hit the spot. Go Classic, or opt for Chilli & Cucumber, Pineapple or Mezcal. Daily happy hour runs from 5-6pm with $15 selected cocktails. missmargarita.com.au
From the creators of much-loved (sadly closed) Fleet Restaurant, comes this vibrant Brunswick Heads eatery, showcasing traditional décor, the freshest Northern Rivers ingredients and the classic taste of Mexico with a modern twist. Dining with friends? The banquet is great for sharing, or work your way through the tantalising drinks menu with your own selection of dishes. Think Tostada de Pescado with raw fish, lime, seasonal fruit, coriander, salsa macha, Ballina Camarones – crumbed king prawns, Sweet Potato & Fish Empanada, and Taco Ahogados De Pollo, made with La Casita’s famous chicken mole. In the mood for an ice cold cerveza? The Astrid Arribba is a subtly spiced house lager (a collaboration with Yulli’s) with hints of coriander and pineapple. While specialty cocktails include the Red Hot Grasshopper with grilled lemon, habanero, honey and paprika and the Casita Café with Mezcal, corn liqueur, cinnamon and coffee. lacasita.com.au
DINE 29 SPRING 2023
La Barrita Mexican Cantina
With laid back beachy vibes, this family-run, family-friendly eatery in Salt Village is a good choice for a casual Mexican meal in rustic surrounds. Start with a round of Poppers – fiery jalapeño stuffed with house smoked cream cheese, then crumbed, fried, and served with citrus sour cream. Follow with house specialty, Flaming Fajitas, flambeed at the table, with sides of sour cream, lettuce and tortillas so you can wrap your own tacos. Finish with delicious Caramel Apple Taquitos smothered with dulce de leche. On the drinks side of things, bartenders will whip you up the perfect Paloma, while Margaritas come straight up, infused with chilli, blended with strawberry, or prepared with Mezcal and orange bitters. labarrita.business.site
Craving a quick snack or meal? Every day is taco day at Taqueria Chihuahua, a cute Byron sidewalk café serving up authentic Mexican street food with a contemporary twist. The focus here is on free range meat, freshly caught fish, locally-sourced ingredients, and great presentation –no easy feat with tacos! Take a seat under an umbrella and tuck into the tasty range, featuring traditional soft corn tortillas, slaw and house-made pico de gallo. The Pescado is most popular, made with beer battered fish, charred corn, and roast pepper salsa. We also loved the Tempura Queso with battered haloumi topped with cumin aioli, fresh coriander, and waferthin sweet potato chips. Looking for something more substantial? Add Nachos, Quesadillas, or a side of Corn on the Cob or Jalapeño Poppers. For a delicious cocktail, there’s no going past the Oaxaca Old Fashioned, made with Tequila, Mezcal and chocolate bitters. Margaritas are good too, while Mezcal afficionados can indulge in a selection of artisanal Mezcal from the degustation menu.
We love the murals, splashes of vibrant colour and lively music at this modern Mexican eatery in Lennox Head. An extensive menu has a focus on slow-cooked charcoal meats, quality plant-based ingredients and delicious cocktails. Expect Salt and Pepper Squid with lime, sumac, chilli, coriander and chipotle aioli, a tasty Barbecued Chicken Bowl with red rice, black beans, pickled red onion, leaves, avocado and curtido, and Quesadilla stuffed with black beans, spinach, feta, cheddar, salsa roja, herb crema and spiced pepitas. There’s also a good choice of Mexican beers, local Seven Mile Ales on tap, organic wines and a rather tasty Chido Sangria made with organic merlot, five-year aged brandy cinnamon and orange. Daily happy hour runs from 5-6pm and includes $12 Margaritas.
La Barrita Mexican Cantina
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Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I live in Cabarita Beach, with my wife Sophie and three daughters. For the past 10 years I’ve been in hospitality, kicking off my career at Blackboard Café on the Gold Coast, where I began coffee roasting. I opened a bunch of other cafés, which I then sold and moved down to Northern NSW.
How did you get involved in hospitality and starting a coffee company?
I started working in a café in Melbourne where locally roasted coffee was served. When we moved to the Gold Coast, I noticed there wasn’t any speciality coffee per se. My dad supported me to open my first espresso bar on the Gold Coast and, along with the passion I had for food, Blackboard was born.
You are part owner of two local eateries, tell us about them?
I am one of the partners of Tucker and Jordy’s, along with Phil and Jordy. Tucker is a daytime café, with a focus on good food and coffee, a place for locals to meet.
Then came the Pizzeria – it’s the spirit animal of Jordy, a nod to his US roots fused with Italy. We eat there as a family, good drinks and tasty pizza - a winning combo. You’ve got quite the following on Instagram with your blog Recipearce, how did that take off?
INSPIRED TO COOK WITH NICHOLAS
We caught up with local foodie, inspiring cook and family guy, Nicholas Pearce, to chat about creating a successful coffee roastery, opening restaurants,
My wife Sophie has a podcast and Instagram page, it’s an extension of that and a play on our last name, her audience were asking about the food we cook at home.
A shift for me was when a mum sent me a message and said that Recipearce inspired her son to cook - I then realised how much I also love cooking.
Tell us about your love of food, what do you cook and eat?
I really loved to cook growing up, but back then it was still quite a female focused industry. Then Jamie Oliver burst onto the scene and his enthusiasm and enjoyment of food and cooking felt familiar. I realised I could do that, it’s all about giving it a go, good food, made simple.
My ideal meal is one that I’ve caught or hunted, be that fish, deer or goat. Then I cook it up at home for friends and family - preparing something I gathered is my ultimate.
As a keen surfer and fisherman, what do you love about the ocean and Northern NSW?
I started surfing later in life, but I’m keen and really enjoy surf foiling, diving and fishing. The ocean is where I connect to nature, I love the sense of freedom and adventure - it’s all about being healthy and understanding the seasons.
We really love where we live - the produce, the place, we are proud of this region, it’s our home, so for now I’ll just keep posting cooking videos with the intention to inspire others.
33 SPRING 2023 Light Years 139 Jonson Street, Byron Bay lightyearsasiandiner.com.au
DINE & VINE: GASTRONOMIC ADVENTURES
WRITTEN BY AMANDA KUHN
Locale’s newest offering - Dine & Vine - is a small collective of local food enthusiasts dedicated to exploring the hidden culinary treasures within the picturesque Northern Rivers region. In our inaugural gatherings, we embarked on a journey to review* two iconic destinations: the rustic Farm & Co and the charming Tweed Valley House.
FARM & CO
Selection: The Signature Banquet Menu
Farm & Co, located near Kingscliff in NSW, is a culinary gem that offers a delightful experience centred around seasonal farm-fresh produce. The rustic restaurant exudes a relaxed ambiance with its open-plan seating, allowing guests to relish the fresh country air and breathtaking views. Upon arrival, the friendly staff seated us at a long table with bench-style seating framed by a large open window showing off the picturesque sunflowers they are made famous for. Our group selected the signature banquet menu, a feast featuring a variety of dishes, including their famed Pizza Fritta with macadamia nut butter. The adventure continued with the creamy Byron Bay Stracciatella, paired perfectly with farm-fresh tomatoes, and the standout Char-Grilled Chicken with melted mustard. The Wood-Smoked Lamb Shoulder stole the show for most of us, offering a succulent tenderness with a zesty salsa verde. The Roasted Cauliflower was a pleasant surprise, roasted to mouth-watering perfection. Sides like Charred Broccoli Steak with sunflower hummus and macadamia dukkha elevated the dining experience, complementing the flavours beautifully. Our meals were paired with chilled Butterfly Kisses Prosecco and house-made cocktails with salt-rimmed glasses. The dessert was a decadently creamy Vanilla Panna Cotta with strawberry granita and milk crumbs. Farm & Co. also accommodated allergies in their catering, ensuring everyone at the table had the same experience.
Farm to Plate dining Thursday – Sunday
TWEED RIVER HOUSE
Selection: Five-Course Tasting Menu, plus the Five-Course Wine Pairing option
Tweed River House offers a memorable culinary journey. From the sea to the land, the five-course tasting menu was an adventure of flavours that left us thoroughly impressed and satisfied; despite the extended serving time of over three hours. The Australian Spanner Crab stole the show with its expertly cooked and perfectly plated presentation. This meal set the bar high for the rest of the experience. The Brandy Flambé Lobster Tail followed, and it was a succulent delight. Bursting with flavour, the lobster tail left us all wanting to lick our plates! Following was the Drake Creek Duck, and with a table of duck fans, this was defiantly one meal we were all pining for. The duck was tender, juicy, and an absolute delight. The fresh McAuley’s Farm Beef was then served and was nothing short of amazing. Each bite melted in our mouths, and we savoured every moment of this culinary masterpiece. To finish, we were presented with a mouthwatering chocolate experience, which was truly a perfect ending to an exquisite dining experience. Although the price per person is a splurge, the quality and creativity of the dishes do make it worth every penny - however, unless you are very particular about your wine pairing, you could easily still enjoy your experience with just one or two glasses of wine selected off the menu. The FiveCourse Tasting Menu offers an unforgettable dining adventure that is a must-try for food enthusiasts. Despite the slightly slow pacing of the meals, the delicious array of dishes leaves a lasting impression.
Lunch: Thursday to Sunday. Dinner Friday and Saturday
*All reviews by Local Dine & Vine are paid in full; with no complimentary menus offered by the venues
Perched on the banks of the Tweed River on Bundjalung Country in Murwillumbah, resides the award winning bistro, the Tweed River House. Savour our prix ﬁxe menus, enjoying panoramic views om the River Verandah, or in the elegant Dining Room under pressed tin ceilings. For a drink or light bite try the riverside Lawn Bar.
Open Thursday to Sunday. TWEEDRIVERHOUSE.COM.AU
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FOR THE NORTHERN RIVERS FELLA
WRITTEN BY KYLIE MITCHELL-SMITH
We at Locale care about our men - from health, to happiness, to their overall wellbeing. With mental health awareness on the rise, and suicide still being the leading cause of death for men between 15-45 years, we believe we can do better –here are just a few ways we can help support our blokes.
It’s not always easy for men to talk about their feelings, there tends to be a ‘soldier on’ approach, we asked local men’s health advocate Jared de Thierry from Casuarina’s JDT Training at the Hyundai Surfing Australia High Performance Centre, why - here’s what he had to say.
“I’m actively trying to remove the stigma surrounding men’s health, one men’s club at a time. If I can get guys to join a fitness class, that enhances all aspects of their health, friendships begin to form, barriers break down - the talking starts; they feel connected in a safe environment,” Jared said.
Below is an array of local experiences, from MEN’S hubs to MEN’S beauty and grooming products to MEN’S fitness - there’s something to suit every fella out there.
Casuarina’s Fusion Wellness is all about wholistic health and is an inclusive space that aims to connect the community - from the yoga mat up. Try a range of different styles, from Meditation to Barre, to Pilates and Yoga – then grab a healthy breakfast with your classmates at Tucker downstairs.
If high impact, adrenalin pumping classes are more your thing, High Level Boxing Gym, adjacent to the swimming pool in
Casuarina, is a great place to de-stress and join a tribe at the same time.
Social Remedy in Byron Bay is an interactive wellness club, ideal for men, with ice baths, steam rooms and strength classesfollowed by a yoga and recovery session.
MEN’S SHEDS & MORE
The Tweed Heads Community Men’s Shed takes a four-pillared approach when addressing the issues of men’s health – to engage, to support, to share and to encourage – in a non-exclusive, non-judgmental environment. It’s a welcoming space for all (Men) to enjoy.
Head along to a ManKind Project (MKP) - a national organisation with local hubs that aim to benefit men’s overall wellbeing. Popping up in the Northern Rivers on the first Wednesday of each month, this interactive men’s circle, brings men together to support each other & talk through issues - creating skills to take back into their everyday life.
If talking and walking the beach is more your thing, head to Salt Surf Life Saving Club every Tuesday morning at 6.30am. Mongrels Men is a national organisation on a mission to improve mental health - added bonus, the coffee is on them!
Create your own day spa at home, with locally made Beeboost & Botanicals, who have a range of products on offer specifically formulated for men - like beard balms, and oils, soaps and soaks. Getting back to self-care naturally, the way nature intended.
For beauty and personal care, head to Sanctum Skincare, with a warehouse conveniently located In Billinudgel. 100 % natural and Australian made and, with an Organic Men’s Care range of grooming essentials, you can treat yourself and your skin at the same time.
Look good and feel good, book a local barber cut - from Brasco’s Barber Shop in Casuarina to Bangalow Barber Shop, to
Bronson Barber in Brunswick Heads. Expect attention to detail and quality service in a bloke-friendly environment.
It’s like stepping back in time when you enter the art deco shop that’s home to Bolt & Buckle in Murwillumbah. A menswear store specialising in hand crafted designs - from leather accessories to designer clothes and quirky trinkets.
Lennox Label is also based in the Northern Rivers and is all about surfing, skating and adventuring. Australia’s first plain t-shirt subscription delivers to your door - creating more time for you to be outdoors.
MEN’S FOOD & BREWS
Take your mates on a taste and tour of Australia’s first Agricole rum distillery, Husk Distillery is located on a working farm, adjacent to the Tweed River in Tumbulgum.
Day trip to Bangalow and visit the Common People Brewing Co, located just outside of town in the industrial area. Owned and operated by local men friends, crafting good beer and woodfired pizzas - inspired by the Northern Rivers lifestyle.
Earth Beer Company is the perfect place to ‘chew the fat’ as the sun sets over the Cudgen Plateau. Locally brewed lager pairs perfectly with homemade pies - with a selection of non-alcoholic beverages to suit.
We’re here for our men, and with men’s health firmly on the national agenda, there’s plenty of ways we can help.
THE "MEN ARE SO HARD TO BUY FOR" STORE. Men's fashion gifts and leather goods. 11 Commercial Rd, Murwillumbah www.boltandbuckle.com.au @boltandbuckle 02 6608 3645
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Brasco’s Barber Shop
BOHEMIAN DAYS, CHIC NIGHTS
WRITTEN BY KYLIE MITCHELL-SMITH
The North Coast lifestyle is all about carefree days lazing by the beach, long lunching on farm tables and wandering the valley hamlets. The laid-back, coastal culture attracts the free thinker - inspired by the natural surrounds.
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There’s a natural bohemian personality that flows through the streets of Byron Bay to Coolangatta and beyond. Local designers draw inspiration from a vintage past with style icons like Stevie Nicks and Cher, to name a few babes.
We delve into some of the local collaborators and designers we’ve been swooning over - crafting clothes that are perfect for picnics, festivals, and everyday wear.
If you haven’t heard of SPELL, you quite possibly live under a rock. A Byron Bay success story, the label evokes the gypsy wanderer in you, born from a local market store, growing to global acclaim.
Created by local sister act Isabella and Elizabeth Abegg, Spell epitomises boho chic, with a selection of long, flowy dresses and feminine blouses. Fused with the prettiest of patterns - the range includes an assortment of shoes, accessories, swimwear, and bespoke wedding dresses, made to order.
ARNHEM clothing brand was born and raised in Byron Bay, by local designer Arnhem Bickley; a self-proclaimed flower child, she draws inspiration from her bohemian childhood. The Arnhem boutiques can be found in Byron Bay and Margaret River - with a plethora of retail stockists dotted across the country.
Consciously crafted with the outdoors and travel in mind, a percentage of the label’s proceeds go back to the planet - the brand is all about supporting local and acting global.
Aptly named designs like Freya and Serendipity include vibrant play dresses, the cutest twin sets, tie tops and summer sarongs - plus a whole lot more.
Locally owned and designed OAK MEADOW is all about telling a story that transforms into collectable pieces. Founder of the fashion label Madeline Lee began selling kids rompers on Instagram, and presto she is now distributing worldwide with a boutique in Byron Bay.
A showcase of the sweetest floral frocks, with a soft colour palette and flowing fabrics, ideal for the coastal climate.
Picture a dreamy Talulah Dress or a Juniper Bloom Smock as you tip toe through a field of tulips - each piece tells a unique story.
Two Tweed besties Rose Madden and Vanessa Cave are behind the eclectic and super fun label NINE LIVES BAZAAR. The co-collaborators and designers share a love of a vintage past, good times and freedom of expression.
Popping up at a festival near you, Nine Lives have created a tribe of boho babes, donned in vibrant colours and cool fabrics. The unique brand bursting onto the fashion scene with gusto.
Creating memorable moments in time wherever the garments go, with a striking palette that includes splashes of orange,
blue, green and purple, fused with fabrics of suede, velvet, cotton and denim.
(We are all about the latest Enamor Dress from the ‘Promised Land’ range - a shimmery multi-patterned velvet, that’s simply stunning.)
KIVARI label was created in 2014 by Kirstin Keysers, affectionally known as Kiki, born from her connection to the land and ocean, and her love of travel. Evoking the nomadic spirit in you, Kivari Label is a quintessential beach and lifestyle brand. Today Kivari has boutiques across the East Coast of Australia, from Bondi to Byron, to Burleigh and Noosa. The Byron Bay boutique takes pride of place in the centre of town, with bespoke windows dressed to impress.
The range includes an assortment of beautiful dresses, tops, bottoms, knitwear and jumpsuits. Earthy tones match effortlessly with layered textures - we suggest pairing the Khalo Mini Dress with threads of gold jewellery and ankle boots.
Kivari represents a strong yet soft, adventurous womanwith sustainability in mind.
ROWIE is an independent Byron Bay label created by designer Rowie Moore, a Northern Rivers local. The label includes a charming boutique in The Woods precinct in Bangalow, a flagship store in Byron Bay’s Industrial Estate and a residency in James Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane.
The full range includes outwear, tops, bottoms, silks and knits, and is a combination of neutral and dark hues, with its own blended style. A brand
designed with simple, clean lines and a touch of coastal charm.
Styles like the Vera Silk Velvet Pants that pair perfectly with a ribbed knit, designer sunglasses and leather slides, to create that chic Rowie look. Changing with the seasons, we can’t get enough of the wearable art, Kie Sherpa Jacket, spotted at Splendour.
Embrace the carefree lifestyle of the Northern Rivers and support local designers at the same time. An effortless style that is inspired by the laidback culture and idyllic climate, from earthy and sustainable fabrics to flowy designs with vintage patterns and fringed details‘Bohemian’ days are here to stay.
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Nine Lives Bazaar
Ahh that fresh feeling of Spring in the air! It’s about letting nature guide you this season, bringing colour to the fore and embracing your style. There is a harvest of creativity and goodness to discover in the Northern Rivers – let’s get outside and support local. Here are our must haves to get you inspired!
Mac. Liqueur by Brookie’s
A smooth local from Byron Bay. Expect decadent flavours of Butterscotch, Cacao & Coffee. Mac. by Brookie’s is a premium roasted Macadamia & Wattleseed liqueur. 700ml RRP $67 capebyrondistillery.com
Chocolate Macadamia Nuts
Sweet whole macadamias covered in smooth milk European style chocolate, these supremely
Native Elixir Face Cream
When looking for a highperforming organic face cream, look no further than Native Elixir Face Cream. RRP: $165.00. Special reader only offer, save 20% with code GV20A gushiv.com.au
Force of Nature - Jason Grant
Learn how to activate your creativity with nature as your inspiration. This simple handbook helps you tap into your best creative self as well as secret tips and insights for home decor, understanding colour, style, authenticity, true self and more. RRP $99 mrjasongrant.com
Nine Lives Bazaar - Zippy Wrap Dress, Juniper
Say hello to your next go-to piece made for arvo cocktails with the girls. Our newest elevated mini features a fixed wrap front with an elasticated waist and long poet sleeves. With a separate sash belt included for different styling opportunities, we love the versatility of this mini! Our Zippy wrap is the perfect combination of flirty and fun for all occasions. RRP $199 dunedesignandhomewares.com.au
Essential Hero Collection
Our Essential Hero Collection contains three award-winning cult favourites. Perfect for on-the-go self care or the ideal gift. Suitable for all skin types, this collection works together harmoniously to calm, repair, and hydrate. RRP $226 Sale $195 muktiorganics.com
Right from the start, the Wanderer bag has been a best-seller. It’s your go-to for casual strolls in town, checking out markets, weekend adventures, or even globetrotting. Crafted with premium top-grain leather and a range of rustic finishes, there’s sure to be one to suit any leather lover’s style.
RRP $197 boltandbuckle.com.au
My Daily Chai
Australia’s first, all natural, 100% organic superfood chai to help manage pre, peri and post menopause symptoms before losing your mind. Boost energy, reduce anxiety, eliminate brain fog, ease hot flushes and improve sleep with My Daily Chai adaptogen infused blends.
From RRP $49 mydailychai.com.au
Elevate your style with over two decades of expertise in dressing women for every occasion. From enchanting days at the races to unforgettable weddings, our boutique has been a trusted destination for creating stunning looks. Indulge in the allure of relaxed linens perfect for leisurely days and embrace glamour with our exquisite collection for cocktail parties. Experience the art of sophistication with us - where fashion meets celebration! Visit our boutique today and let your style shine.
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STYLING FOR SUCCESS
Spring is upon us and following a year of uncertainty and riding the waves of the ever-changing market, buyer confidence is returning, and we are excited for what is to come. So how can you ensure you get the most out of the spring selling season to stay ahead of the game? With qualifications in property styling and design and years of experience in the industry, Nicole and Emma at Coastal Abode Properties know just how important this initial step in the listing stage is and share their tips on how to style for success.
You only get one shot at that first impression, and the age old saying ‘first impressions last’ is absolutely true. How many times have you been scrolling through listings and one catches your eye. Whilst photography and beautiful marketing are key, the home itself needs to stand out.
Setting aside a few days or a few weekends to prepare your house to sell could gain you thousands and save time on the market.
Start by walking through your home with fresh eyes and imagine you are a potential buyer. Is your home light, airy, clean? Can buyers walk through imaging themselves living there or are there too many personal belongings and clutter? Sometimes when we have been living in our home for a long time, we find it hard to see past these things. Viewing your home from a neutral perspective is a helpful step in de-personalising the home and a step forward in creating a canvas to sell. Your home also needs to feel welcoming from the street; buyers should feel the energy and be eager to get inside. Spending time improving your entrance can create that first impression and set a positive expectation of what’s to come. Pressure cleaning the roof, gutters, windows, driveways, garage
door, balustrades and fences shows that the home is well looked after, and is inexpensive to outsource if you do not have the time.
Often forgotten is the entry, but it is important to remember that is the first thing that buyers see when they enter your home and should set the tone. Treat it like the rest of the home, small or large it should feel welcoming, light, and airy. Open plan, flow and light are the biggest things we hear when it comes to living spaces. Buyers want low ‘between’ spaces. If your home is not open plan, a great way to achieve this is by making sure your spaces have unity in their styling and colour scheme. No one wants to go from a light, freshly painted kitchen to a dark and gloomy living space, so if you are going to paint parts of the home, paint it all so that the rooms flow.
Bathrooms, regardless of their age, need to feel fresh and clean. Clean your tiles, grout, windows, mirrors, and shower screens and consider replacing cracked toilets or toilet seat covers. A great tip to transform a bathroom is to replace any dated, cloudy shower screens, this inexpensive step can make a huge difference. Updating taps and shower heads are also a quick cosmetic change that will transform the feel of the room.
Buyers love good sized bedrooms; focus on the layout and features such as fans, lighting, and storage. Less is best when presenting a room, so ensure that the space is decluttered. You also want to minimise personal items and style simply so that the space feels welcoming and inviting.
Outdoors can be just important as indoors when buying a home. Whether buyers are seeking low maintenance, room for entertaining or space for the kids to play, this area needs to feel as inviting as the inside. This is the perfect opportunity to showcase another living space and is particularly important in homes where the internal living space is small. Section off into specific areasoutdoor dining, cooking, living etc - using furniture and styling. You may also have a small deck off a living room or bedroom; don’t forget about these spaces, by simply adding a chair, side table and plant you are bringing these ‘forgotten’ areas to the buyer’s attention.
Need more help? All Coastal Abode vendors receive a copy of Nicole’s eBook, ‘Preparing & Styling to Sell’, and Nicole and Emma are on hand and look forward to assisting you on your property journey as we head into spring.
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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.
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GOING WITH THE FLOW
WRITTEN BY ALISON BONE
With the launch of the Flow Hive in 2015, father-son duo, Stuart and Cedar Anderson transformed the world of beekeeping and broke crowdfunding records in the process. Eight years on, they have customers across the globe, including celebs like Chris Hemsworth, Jamie Oliver and David Beckham. Not bad going for a couple of nature loving, backyard beekeepers from the Northern Rivers hinterland.
While honey afficionados may dream of having fresh honey on tap in their garden, for Cedar Anderson and his dad, Stu – hobbyist beekeepers from Newrybar, the creation of the Flow Hive was quite literally a dream come true, albeit a dream that took 10 years of hard work to come to fruition.
Traditionally beekeeping is a messy affair, “Getting the golden nectar has always been quite a task,” says Cedar. “It was crazy to have to crack open the hive, pull it apart, stress out all the bees and spend all day in the shed just to get your honey.” Cedar also felt bad about bees getting crushed, and was sick of getting stung, “I thought there must be a better way.”
Inspired to find a method of honey extraction that was less stressful for bees and beekeepers alike, Cedar and Stu spent nearly a decade working tirelessly in their shed, sketching and discussing ideas. Cedar’s engineering skills allowed him to create working prototypes. Finally, they stumbled upon a system of custom designed frames that allowed them to harvest honey without opening the hive, and with minimal disturbance to the bees. By 2015 patents were in place – now they had to find funding, so they decided to put their invention out to the community through a crowdfunding campaign.
Launching on Indiegogo with a simple video, their goal was to raise $70,000. To say the response was overwhelming
would be quite an understatement. “It went nuts,” says Cedar. “In two hours, we had a million, breaking international crowdfunding records.” By the time the campaign ended eight weeks later they had 12 million US dollars in pre-orders. How
does a Flow Hive work?
The Flow Frames have a plastic foundation with partially-formed cells that can be “opened” with the turn of a specialised key. Bees complete the partially-formed comb, fill the honey cells, and then cap them with a layer of wax. When you want to harvest honey, you insert a Flow Key into the frame and turn it to open the cells, creating channels for the honey to flow downwards to a collection trough, out a tube and into your jar, all while the bees continue their work undisturbed. Transforming the way honey is harvested makes beekeeping more accessible and sustainable than ever before, and much more gentle on the honey bees, who are already facing threats like habitat loss and pesticide use. But it’s as important as ever for would-be beekeepers to take good care of their bees, much as they would with traditional hives. As Cedar sees it, by making the extraction process easier, “the Flow Hive helps people have more time to spend with their bees and to look after the health of the colony.”
Eight years on, Flow now has a global customer base exceeding 100,000, with a notable surge in sales during the COVID-19
lockdowns, as people became increasingly interested in sustainable living practices. “We are so proud to be inspiring a new wave of beekeepers around the world,” says Cedar. Here in the Northern Rivers, you will find Flow Hive honey at venues such as The Farm, Harvest Cafe and Crystalbrook Byron.
As a certified B-Corp, Flow is committed to making a positive impact on pollinator health worldwide, and to inspiring a deeper connection with nature, promoting sustainability, and empowering the next generation to make a positive impact on their communities and the environment. For more information check honeyflow.com.au
Mukti (Mook-tee) to practice the art of liberating and freeing yourself from fears, ignorance, and false knowledge.
Born from an identified gap in the market for an organic range of products that were both results-driven and backed by science, Mukti’s namesake brand was launched in 2000.
As a beauty therapist and cosmetic formulator, Mukti used her extensive knowledge and passion to create a range of internationally acclaimed and award-winning formulations with a holistic understanding of all ingredients,
MEETING MUKTITHE FOUNDER AND NAMESAKE OF MUKTI ORGANICS
their functions and efficacy on the skin. She uncovered much information on the hidden dangers lurking in beauty products, not to mention the environmental catastrophe, the practice of animal testing, as well as the numerous toxic chemicals in cosmetics that have never been tested of health and safety. Feeling compelled to share what she has learned along the way, she began blogging about health, wellness, and natural beauty in 2010.
The foundation of all Mukti products is a certified organic base, formulated with sustainably sourced, high-potency botanicals and clean actives, with key ingredients verified by clinical data and supported by science.
Mukti Organics Head Quarters relocated to Mullumbimby in 2021. It is a purpose-built facility incorporating R&D, production, dispatch, customer care and The Mukti Beauty Rooms flagship store, employing over 20 local staff.
Mukti is generous of heart donating
to Bob Brown Foundation, Australian Conservation Foundation and Save the Bees as well as numerous local community-based organisations including The Returning, a local Indigenous charity designed to bring all peoples of all ages, races, and places back to country.
To this day, Mukti still oversees the creation of every product and encapsulates the essence and origins of the A (Australian) Beauty movement.
Mukti’s Favourite product: The 2in1 Resurfacing Exfoliant - this gentle 2-part facial scrub is essential for skin health. Spherical melting jojoba esters and micronised bamboo act as a physical exfoliant while fruit enzymes from Caviar, Desert and Rainforest Lime contain natural alpha hydroxy acids (AHA’s) that gently dissolve dead skin cells resurfacing the skin and encouraging collagen production, imparting a fresh and dewy complexion. This is included in our Essential Hero’s Collection.
Our customised treatments are tailored to your skin’s specific needs, and incorporate 100% natural and certified organic ingredients, advanced massage techniques and stress-relieving rituals, including the addition of Healite II LED system, providing enhanced visible results.
Spring Replenish Facial
90 MIN • $225 (SAVE $144)
This refreshing and rejuvenating facial has been designed to transform your winter skin, and includes:
• Skin discovery session
• Foot bath ritual
• Barrier Strengthening Facial
• Healite II LED session
• Serum upgrade chose by your advanced therapist
• Take home Deluxe Sample
• Collagen refreshment
Plus: an additional standalone LED session to book as a follow up, valued at $89
1300 306 554
Monday to Friday: 10am – 4pm Saturday: 10am – 2pm
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There’s no shortage of luxury properties tucked away in our picturesque hinterland, but how about a weekend away on a budget, either with or without the kids? Gorgeous views, rainforest trails and absolute tranquillity await at these hinterland hideaways that won’t break the bank.
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Alstonville Country Cottages
Perched high on the plateau this atmospheric, pet-friendly property has panoramic views of the hinterland sweeping down to the Ballina and Lennox coastline. Eight comfortable one and two bedroomed cottages are tucked away in tropical gardens briming with vibrant flowers and heavily laden fruit trees. Contemporary, self-contained, and wonderfully private, each cottage has spacious veranda, and most have ocean views. Breakfast is a cinch – pluck fruit straight from the trees, then wander down to the chook house to gather eggs for your omelettes. Travelling as a family? The kids will love meeting the farm animals and playing in the pool fringed in lush greenery. There’s a gentle trail that leads through lush sub-tropical rainforest to Duck Creek too. Stock up on local produce and artisanal supplies up the road at Summerland Farm, grab a coffee in the historic village of Alstonville, or pop down to the beach – it’s only a 15-minute drive. alstonvillecottages.com
Hillcrest Mountain View Retreat
Looking for a romantic getaway? This peaceful retreat in Upper Crystal Creek sprawls across a hilltop with spectacular 360-degree views of undulating hills, Wollumbin, and Springbrook and Cougal Ranges. An adults-only, dog-friendly getaway, accommodation includes a spacious self-contained cottage with private garden, woodfire and double spa, and bed and breakfast suites which come with a delicious gourmet breakfast served on the deck. Craig Holland and Paul Catto are welcoming hosts and Paul indulges his passion for local, sustainable produce by whipping up tasty menus served in the cosy dining room. Celebrating something special? Arrange a private dine out in the gazebo or on your deck. Lounge the days away in the salt water swimming pool, soak up the views from a hammock, or explore nearby Crystal Creek. The picturesque village of Tyalgum is close by, while a short drive up to the border ranges and Springbrook National Park will reward you with spectacular scenery and bush trails. hillcrestbb.com.au
Tropical Coast Retreat
Clinging to a ridge with a panoramic vista of the Tweed Coast, Tropical Coast Retreat provides the best of both worlds – the serenity of the hinterland, with the wide sandy beaches of Kingscliff just a 10-minute drive away. Plus, you have the privilege of watching the sun rise over the coast and set over the mountain ranges. Adults-only, the retreat has three self-contained suites – two with ensuite spa, as well as a swimming pool, heated outdoor spa, and Swedish sauna. Massages can be organised on request. Pet friendly, there are 35 acres to roam, with a rainforest grove to explore, two dams and an orchard brimming with bananas, citrus fruit and avocados. Speaking of fruit, Tropical Fruit World is just up the road and well worth a visit for a casual meal or fun tour, while the Saturday morning farmers market is a great opportunity to meet local growers. tropicalcoast.com.au
Hillcrest Mountain View Retreat
Alstonville Country Cottages
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Nimbin Waterfall Retreat
While Nimbin is arguably most famous for its alternative lifestyle, it’s the stunning hinterland scenery that really sets it apart. From the ancient rainforest of Nightcap National Park to the soaring Eucalypts of Mebbin National Park, and the dramatic gorges of the Border Ranges, the region is a haven for nature lovers. Providing a peaceful base for exploring, Nimbin Waterfall Retreat is set amidst gently rolling hills scattered with bamboo, macadamia trees and fruit trees. Simple but comfortable accommodation options include a spacious self-contained cabin that sleeps five, a half glass private cabin that sleeps three and two cosy bedsitter rooms suited to solo escapes. As the name suggests, the property has its own 35-meter private waterfall at the base of Nightcap National Park, and there’s plenty of wildlife to spot, from wallabies to kangaroos and bilbies. Nimbin town is just five minutes away if you want to pick up supplies and check out the quirky shops. nimbinwaterfallretreat.com.au
Mt Warning Rainforest
Nestled amidst towering trees at the base of Wollumbin (Mt Warning), the Rainforest Park offers an enchanting back-to-nature experience amidst stunning rainforest scenery just minutes
from the enchanting village of Uki. Basic riverside cabins shaded by golden rain trees are perfectly located for exploring the rock pools and taking a refreshing dip. Newer eco cottages are sustainably built and make a good choice for families, with two bedrooms, full kitchen and entertainment deck. Explore the rainforest, rock pools and palm fringed swimming pool by day, and enjoy a crackling wood fire under the twinkling stars by night.
The summit trail at Wollumbin is now permanently closed out of respect for the original Aboriginal custodians, but there are some fabulous walking tracks and waterfalls in the nearby Border Ranges and Nightcap National Park. The park also has generous powered and unpowered campsites with a lush rainforest setting.
Nimbin Waterfall Retreat
I n t r o d u c i n g
: T h e B o w e r H o t e l S p a
Set within the iconic palm-filled grounds, The Bower Hotel now boasts a gorgeous new day spa offering. The uniquely designed space is dedicated to wellness and relaxation with a range of treatments mindfully designed to balance the synergy between mind and body
Add ons include gua sha facial massage, LED therapy and for non-guests of the hotel you can opt to include access their award-winning magnesium pool post-treatment!
Use code LOCALELOVE for 15% off your first treatment T&Cs apply.
THE BOWER HOTEL SPA
6680 9577 | 28 Bangalow Road, Byron Bay
A SYMPHONY OF ELEGANCE AND SEDUCTION
WRITTEN BY AMANDA KUHN
Byron Bay, a coastal gem renowned for its serene beaches and tranquil charm, has undergone a transformative evolution with the grand inauguration of Hotel Marvell. This opulent establishment redefines the essence of indulgence, by offering 24 meticulously crafted rooms and suites and a myriad of lavish amenities, including Byron’s first-ever rooftop bar and pool, spoiling locals, and guests to a hidden oasis with iconic views. Emerging as a beacon of refined luxury woven into the fabric of Marvell Street, Hotel Marvell weaves a narrative of sophistication, elegance, and a commitment to providing guests with an unparalleled experience.
Owned by the visionary duo Scott Didier and Scott Emery, the hotel’s design philosophy is rooted in seamlessly blending the allure of Byron Bay’s natural splendour with the epitome of modern comfort. Emery shares, “Hotel Marvell is designed to offer our guests an extraordinary experience like no other. From the exclusive rooftop bar and pool with breathtaking views, to the Bonito restaurant showcasing the finest local ingredients, we have crafted a haven for those seeking refined luxury in Byron Bay”. Didier echoes this sentiment stating, “Our passion for Byron Bay and our belief in the potential of this incredible destination inspired us to create Hotel Marvell. We want to offer our guests an unparalleled experience that combines the beauty of the surroundings with the luxury of our accommodations”.
On arrival, guests are greeted with a selection of 24 thoughtfully designed accommodations, each catering to different personalities and preferences, including 16 boutique hotel rooms, six lavish suites, and a pair of spacious two-bedroom rooms. All of which boast private balconies. You will sleep in the stunningly soft and thoughtfully curated bed linens while feasting on locally sourced products in your stocked mini bar. But don’t forget the hotels crowning the jewel, the rooftop bar, and pool that offers unparalleled panoramic vistas of Byron Bay’s picturesque landscape. As the sun dips below the horizon, guests can bask in the ethereal glow of twilight while sipping on a carefully crafted cocktail, leaving you with a truly mesmerizing experience that encapsulates the essence of luxury beachside living.
And when your stomach starts to rumble a gastronomic enchantment awaits on the ground floor. Bonito is the hotel’s on-site restaurant led by the talented Chef Minh Le. With an illustrious culinary career spanning prestigious establishments such as Spicers Peak Lodge and The Byron at Byron, Chef Le curates a menu that pays homage to his heritage while celebrating locally sourced seafood and plant-based cuisine. Dishes like Organic Sourdough paired with house-cultured miso butter, oysters adorned in a tantalizing Japanese dressing, and Hiromasa Kingfish glazed with spiced soy sauces showcase Chef Le’s artistic finesse.
Architectural marvel, Harley Graham of Harley Graham Architects, has woven a tropical tapestry of warmth and vibrancy throughout the hotel’s design. Abundant greenery intermingles with a pedestrian laneway, creating an inviting ambiance that seamlessly harmonizes with Byron Bay’s natural allure. The visual aesthetics of the hotel serve as a captivating testament to the creative synergy between nature and contemporary design - further cementing this new destination as a transformative presence in Byron Bay and propelling the town into five-star luxury.
The allure of a night at Hotel Marvell is undeniably compelling and, for those who seek an opulent and unforgettable sojourn in one of Australia’s most sought-after destinations, it is a worthy investment in luxury. Is Hotel Marvell reviving the allure of Byron Bay? We think so. For those yearning for a retreat that encapsulates the essence of refinement and indulgence, Hotel Marvell beckons; just prepare to be seduced by five-star boutique luxury and a sensational, edgy atmosphere within the heart of Byron Bay’s captivating landscape. hotelmarvell.com.au
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“HOTEL MARVELL IS DESIGNED TO OFFER OUR GUESTS AN EXTRAORDINARY EXPERIENCE LIKE NO OTHER”
ESCAPE INTO NATURE'S PLAYGROUND
Discover the hidden gem of South Ballina at Sugar Beach Ranch, a family-owned working horse stud that offers a unique and unforgettable experience. Nestled between the ocean and cane fields, this multi-use venue is perfect for special events, getaways, and creative shoots.
Founded by the late Chris Murphy, Sugar Beach Ranch continues his legacy under the guidance of his daughter, Stevey Arena, and her husband Nick. They vow to share the beauty of this property with people from all walks of life.
Whether you’re planning a wedding, a team-building day, or a private event, Sugar Beach Ranch offers a picturesque canvas. With stunning coastal scenery, this beachfront venue can accommodate intimate gatherings of up to 50 guests. Imagine exchanging vows with the sound of the waves crashing in the background or hosting a celebration surrounded by nature’s beauty.
For a peaceful escape, Sugar Beach Ranch provides luxurious bungalows that offer solace and tranquillity. The two-bedroom bungalow sleep up to four guests, providing a comfortable retreat. Wake up to the soothing sounds of nature, take a stroll along the beach, or relax by the resort-style pool.
Sugar Beach Ranch is also a haven for creatives and producers in search of a unique shoot location. With its distinctive surfing cowboy character and breathtaking surroundings, this coastal ranch offers endless possibilities for capturing stunning visuals and telling captivating stories. But Sugar Beach Ranch is not just for events and shoots; it is a natural playground for providers of tourism
experiences that encapsulate the essence of the Northern Rivers. Immerse yourself in a beachfront sanctuary where you can interact with native animals, participate in art therapy, join yoga and meditation retreats, engage in equine therapy, or take part in creative workshops.
Come and experience the magic of Sugar Beach Ranch, where the legacy of Chris Murphy lives on. Book your stay, plan your event, or create something extraordinary in this hidden paradise. Discover the perfect blend of nature, luxury, and adventure at Sugar Beach Ranch.
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Our local travel expert Kylie Mitchell-Smith, shares her favourite places to stay, play and run away to. A roundup of local and national destinations to help you plan your next adventure.
From a perfectly situated local stay’cay to an interstate getaway that ticks all the foodie, golfing, and spa day boxes – Travelling Señorita has your itinerary sorted for where to eat, stay, and play on your next adventure.
LOCAL VACAY - SOUTHERN GOLD COAST
Explore all the Southern Gold Coast has to offer, from pristine, quiet stretches of beach to global eateries and rooftop bars. Stay at the newly appointed Rydges Gold Coast Airport for convenience and discover there is a lot more to this hotel than transiting through.
Rydges Gold Coast Airport is all about the location and personalised service, with Bilinga Beach literally across the road, it’s the place to stay in the south. Watch the sun set at the hotel’s chic and aptly named ‘The Salty Fox’ – a rooftop bar perfect for plane spotting. The hotel’s onsite restaurant ‘Runway Italian’ serves a full breakfast daily and dinner is served Tuesday to Saturday, where you can indulge in a fresh pizza and pasta menu complemented by a curated drinks list.
Take a walk along Bilinga Beach (opposite Rydges Hotel) to the
CITY VACAY - MELBOURNE TO MORNINGTON PENINSULA
Visit Melbourne in spring, flowers bloom as the city thaws out from the depths of winter. Explore the city of culture and extend your trip to the picturesque Mornington Peninsula, home to hot springs and wineries. We stay at the Pan Pacific hotel, located near the vibrant South Wharf district. The hotel boasts impressive city views and is modern in design - book a decadent High Tea, served at Dock 37 Bar and Kitchen.
A short stroll to the city centre, we eat at Grossi Grill, authentic Italian with a twist. The Bourke Street location is also home to Chef Guy Grossi’s Florentino, Cellar Bar and Ombra – the family’s relaxed and fun salumi bar, located next to Pelligrini’s - a Melbourne institution.
Take a short drive to the Mornington Peninsula where beautiful beaches, golf courses, wineries,
and restaurants, await. We stay at Peppers Moonah Links Resort, located at one of the country’s most stunning golf courses.
Up the road is the newly opened Alba Thermal Springs & Spa, we spend a day bathing in nature, followed by wine tasting at Pt. Leo Estate - home to an impressive sculpture garden. Dinner is served at Pebbles restaurant at Moonah Links, where Chef Dipen Patel fuses flavours from across the Peninsula to create a unique culinary journey.
Grossi Grill | Pebbles Restaurant
Pan Pacific Melbourne
Peppers Moonah Links Resort
Alba Thermal Springs & Spa | Pt. Leo Estate
Bread Social / Cooly Breeze
Rydges Airport Hotel PLAY
The Salty Fox
Kirra Beach Surf Club and take in the views on the popular sunset deck, a favourite watering hole for locals and visitors alike. Stroll to Kirra for lunch at Siblings or Cooly Breeze for a fresh, seafood dinner. Bike ride to Tugun Market Co. for good coffee and visit Bread Social’s latest digs in Currumbin for baked treats. Further along is the beachside village of Coolangatta, with an eclectic array of independent bars, boutiques, and eateries. We can’t go past Bar Evelyn for a signature cocktail and Clay Cantina for authentic Mexican at its best. The main shopping centre is ‘The Strand’ where you can catch a latest flick at the newly renovated & swanky Cinebar.
Rydges Gold Coast Airport
AN AIRPORT HOTEL SO CLOSE TO THE BEACH
Discover the Gold Coast’s first and only airport hotel that is as much a leisure hotel as a traditional airport hotel. This attractive location is reflected by the beach theme carried through the property and in guests rooms. The Salty fox roof-top where beach meets boho and views are sublime along the length of the Gold Coast from Snapper Rocks to surfers.
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LETTING INTUITION GUIDE YOU
The first thing you notice when you step into a Studio Eleven Hair and Beauty salon is the calm energy and day spa vibes. This is intentional. As is everything in the world of Aleisha Weston – owner and business maven, whose savvy and intuition has taken her from country Toowoomba to a booming business in the Northern Rivers.
With a trio of stunning salons - each with their own distinct personality - dotted conveniently around the Tweed, The Studio Eleven point of difference is in the ethos of ‘slowing down to enjoy the experience’, with 100% focus given to each client. “We take pride in personalising a service for each individual,” says Aleisha. “We don’t take multiple clients at any one time. Instead, we go out of our way to make sure time inside our salon is comfortable, enjoyable, and memorable.”
An industry expert with over 20 years of hairdressing experience, plus a swathe of business awards under her belt - it’s not only Aleisha's skill and knowledge that has earnt her a loyal following of happy clients, but the commitment to her team. “The Studio Eleven culture is one of fun, laughter, and belief in ourselves. I do believe that investing in my team – ensuring they are trained to the highest standards, providing a calm, happy and motivational space to work in – shows, and flows down to the client.”
As well as her talented team of stylists and cutting technicians, Aleisha is also committed to affordable pricing, extended opening hours to accommodate busy schedules, and a variety of services –including a mobile ‘Luxe Styling Team’ which travels to your venue and provides hair and make-up before your important function.
And now for the full pre-event experience, you can take your bridal party, formal group, friends or family, and head along to Aleisha’s 4th stunning salon – a luxurious modern Mediterranean ‘Blow Dry Bar’ – newly opened in Coolangatta. Complete with fitting rooms, photoshoot backdrops and a cocktail bar, Studio Eleven has raised the bar to a 10/10 when it comes to service and experience.
What’s next for this visionary - whose heart is to simply ‘help people become the best version of themselves’? We think Aleisha’s intuition will guide the way.
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At Studio Eleven we enjoy creating and personalising a service for each individual, we go out of our way to make sure your time inside our salon is enjoyed and remembered.
Our team is very professional but fun!
At Studio Eleven we enjoy every step that is taken to creating your hairstyle, from booking in your appointment to finishing our creation. You won’t be disappointed with the service or the price.
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DIVE INTO THE VIBRANT UNIVERSE OF LUNAR DISCO
Lunar Disco’s electrifying beats and vibrant disco-pop universe are sure to get you grooving. Discover the inspiration behind the husband-and-wife duo making waves in the music industry.
Kate, we’re so excited to dive into the world of Lunar Disco. Tell us what’s been happening in your vibrant discopop universe?
Thanks for having us! We are great. We are currently in Europe - we’ve just done a gig in St Tropez, and we are heading to Zurich tomorrow for a gig at Hive night club.
Tell us about your upcoming EP, ‘Devil’s Hands’. What inspired this electrifying track and what can listeners expect from it?
Growing up, I was heavily influenced by the surf culture and psychedelic rock era and inspired by artists like Jefferson Airplane and Nancy Sinatra. I’m also a fan of Tarantino films, so they were inspiration too. I wrote ‘Devils Hands’ in London with my friend and producer Paul Rogers. The song captures a snapshot of my life during that period, exploring themes of struggle, vulnerability, escape, and feeling trapped. Nico added some extra magic to the final version. We also created an underground version for the dance floor as Lunar Disco alongside TAYA. The EP also features remixes by Luciano and Audiofly, both legends in the house music genre. In exciting news, ‘Devils Hands (Original Mix)’ has just been selected ESSENTIAL NEW TUNE on BBC radio 1 with Pete Tong. This is a huge achievement because it’s been chosen out of all new releases worldwide.
We’re curious about how Lunar Disco came to be. Tell us the story behind the formation of this dynamic duo?
Nico and I met in Ibiza in 2016 at a villa party over the Summer. Nico (who’s French) came to Australia six months later and asked me to play back-to-back with him at a few gigs he was booked for. We soon realised there was electrifying chemistry between us that was worth pursuing... the rest is history. Lunar Disco was born!
As a married couple and parents, we’re intrigued by how you navigate a successful performing and creative music partnership, while juggling the responsibilities of parenthood?
As parents and entrepreneurs, finding time to be creative can be challenging. During Covid, we had the opportunity to write a series of singles that are more radio friendly, and we’ve been
releasing them slowly on our record label, ‘Suck My Disco,’ over the past year. Despite our busy schedule, we have realised the importance of making time to nurture our creative side.
What exciting projects or plans do you have in store for Lunar Disco?
We have just released on a massive underground record label called Crosstown Rebels, which is huge. The second part of our European tour is taking us everywhere with some major stops in Ibiza (for the great ‘Storytellers’ party amongst others). Then we’ll be back in Australia around October.
You guys are also part owners of the incredible Casa Luna in Byron Bay. What sparked your interest in getting involved with this business venture?
During Covid, we saw the chance to bring music and food to our local community. Nico had a popular event brand in Paris, but Covid prevented him from continuing it. While in Australia, we met a team who shared our passion. When the opportunity came to take over the old “Bolt Hole” and start something new, we jumped at it. That’s how Casa Luna was born.
Once Covid restrictions eased, we found ourselves even busier with new projects, including owning a restaurant called Casa Luna in Byron Bay and a mobile catering business called The Kombi Kollective.
How long have you’ve called this place home? What drew you to this beautiful region?
We decided to move to Byron Bay at the beginning of the Covid pandemic in 2020. We were living in a small apartment in Bondi with our one-year-old daughter. Everything was closed due to the lockdown, including the beaches which was tough. We felt it was the right time to leave the city and fulfill my dream of living in Byron Bay, a place I’ve been visiting since I was 12. Once we made the move, we never regretted it.
Living like a local in Byron Bay, can you let us in on some of your faves?
Favourite beach to visit?
Broken Head to surf / Whites Beach
Place to grab a coffee?
Soul Kitchen Café at Wategos
Favourite location to unwind?
Byron Corner Store for a fully sick sandwich / Casa Luna & Light Years.
Fave place for a drink?
Casa Luna! We built the place for exactly that…
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RESTAURANT & LATE NIGHT BAR
Located right in the heart of Byron Bay, Casa Luna is a local venue that takes you on a cultural journey into the night. Our signature cocktails and exciting food menu combine with local and international music artists to make Casa Luna the most sought after night time destination in town.
STEAK NIGHT EVERY WEDNESDAY | LATIN NIGHT EVERY THURSDAY LOCAL & INTERNATIONAL DJ s ON WEEKENDS
9 FLETCHER ST, BYRON BAY | 0423 271 772 | CASALUNABYRONBAY.COM
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THE BEAT GOES ON FOR LIVE MUSIC
WRITTEN BY KYLIE MITCHELL-SMITH
The Northern Rivers is not only known for its natural beauty and laidback lifestyle, it’s also home to a burgeoning arts and music scene. We’ve uncovered a stellar line-up of live music venues, dotted across the region - from historical hotels to open-air amphitheatres to intimate cocktail bars. Follow the beat as we take a deep dive into a thriving, cultural scene - a mecca for musicians and punters alike.
The Beach Hotel at the top of town, is ideally located across the road from the picturesque Main Beach, Byron Bay. Known for its sublime views, it’s the perfect place to soak up the sun and sounds - with an impressive line-up of live music, 7 days a week. From acoustic artists to lively DJs and big bands, the ‘Beachy’ as the locals fondly refer to it, has seen many a dance revolution and is quintessentially ‘Byron Bay’.
MUSIC, NORTH OF THE BAY
Heading out of Byron town, turn into the Arts and Industrial Estate and you’ll find the latest mecca of food and music at The North Byron Hotel. All about good times, the hotel is a hive of activity both inside and out, with fire pits, pony rides and live music across the weekend. The ideal place to gather with your tribe and let the bohemian vibes of Byron Bay wash over you.
Byron Bay’s latest venue Casa Luna is an all-round dining and entertainment experience, with a vibrant array of local musicians and international DJs on the menu. As the sun sets over the bay, Casa Luna comes to life - styled to impress, it’s the perfect place to sip a signature cocktail as you sway the night away.
ROCK AND RAILS
The Rails is tucked away in the back streets of Byron Bay, housed in the town’s disused railway station. The rustic fit-out is complemented by vintage furnishings and an eclectic range of street posters. An ensemble of musicians have graced the outdoor stage, renowned for belting out blues and roots, folk music, and everything in-between. A Byron Bay institution, The Rails boasts good beer, good food and live music7 nights a week.
Beach Hotel: Touch Sensitive shot by Emma Tkalcevic
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JAM AT THE NORTHERN
The Great Northern Hotel has been entertaining visitors and locals alike since the 1930s. The character-filled hotel has hosted a diverse range of musicians - from touring bands and world-renowned acts to festival side shows and up-and-coming talent. Located in the heart of Byron Bay, the hotel’s lounge bar has recently transformed into a late-night ‘Duelling Piano Bar’ - where talented duos bust out the hits, as punters bust out the moves.
BEATS BY THE RIVER
The iconic Hotel Brunswick is all about the Art Deco charm - with a spacious beer garden, friendly public bar and amphitheatre stage, that has hosted many a talented musician. The stage is the heartbeat of the venue and is a popular place for local, national, and international acts. Including memorable performances, from Wolf Mother, Bobby Alu and OKA to name a few.
EAT THE BURROW DRUM
The Burrow in downtown Cabarita Beach, is an intimate locals’ bar, belting out live music pretty much every time they open their doors. From an open mic night to live and local bands, to talented solo artists. The Burrow is the place to meet, greet and dance to the Cabarita beat - with possibly the best chilli margaritas we’ve ever had.
MUSIC BY THE SEA
The historic Kingscliff Beach Hotel is located in the centre of town, with the ocean as the backdrop. Contemporary coastal interiors open onto a large outdoor area, with the music stage as the centrepiece. A family hotel during the day, the hotel transforms into a live music venue at night, a place where revellers let their hair down and bop the night away. Hosting some of the country’s most renowned musicians, such as Sneaky Sound System, Darryl Braithwaite, and Hoodoo Gurusthere’s something to suit all genres of music.
PINTS AND TUNES
Speaking of intimate bars, The Pot & Pint on the esplanade in Kingscliff, is an ode to the English pub, complete with a black cab parked out the front. Run by locals for the locals, the venue supports live musicians from across the region. Artists pop up in the shop front window, across the weekendbelting out tunes into the night.
COOLY LIVE MUSIC
A contemporary live music venue in the heart of Coolangatta, located upstairs in the popular Coolangatta Hotel. The open-plan venue is a mix of dark hues and warm vibes, with a
balcony that overlooks the expansive sea. Hosting popular acts like Flume, Parkway Drive and Hockey Dad, plus a whole lot more. ‘Kick Ons’ as the young folk call it, are downstairs in the public bar - where local acts perform well into the night.
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Beach Hotel: Austin Mackay shot by Declan Hartley-Brown
WHERE YOUR ART IS
WRITTEN BY ANGELA SAURINE
If you’ve pondered painting, felt an urge to sink your hands into a squishy pot of clay or want to delve into the ancient Japanese art of Gyotaku, you’re in luck. It’s never too late to become an artist, and there’s a wide variety of classes across the region to help hone your skills.
Gyotaku Art Classes
Ben Devlin has long been an advocate of the ‘nose to tail’ philosophy – using as many parts of an animal as possible in his cooking to save waste. Now the chef has taken the concept to a whole new level, offering squid ink art classes at his acclaimed restaurant, Pipit, in Pottsville. It was during a COVID-19 lockdown in 2020 that Devlin became interested in Gyotaku, the Japanese method of seafood printmaking traditionally used by fishmongers in the mid-1700s. He began displaying his prints of squid, fish, crabs et al on the walls of the restaurant and selling them to customers before launching instructional classes. Donning gloves Devlin skilfully demonstrates how to remove the squid’s ink sack. He then dabs ink over the subject with cotton wool and covers it with rice paper, rubbing it to create an impressive lifelike image. “It’s time consuming but I find it relaxing,” he says. “It’s a meditative process. I spend a lot of time now looking intently at each product, considering the details, because I’m trying to recreate it on a page.” Classes for four to six people are held on Monday nights, and students can choose the hands-on option and make a print to take home, or book a food and art demo, in which they can sit back and watch Devlin at work and taste dishes showcasing whole-animal cooking. pipitrestaurant.com/artprint
Art & Wine Co.
Sipping a glass of pinot as you unleash your creative juices on canvas? Yes, please! At Art & Wine Co. in Byron Bay you’re welcome to BYO bottle of your favourite drop to inspire your artwork. Many of the three-hour sessions are based on capturing local scenes, such as painting a moonrise over Cape Byron Lighthouse, dolphins in the bay, or whales breaching at sunset. The studio is fully equipped with paint, brushes, and aprons – as well as glasses, bottle openers, fridges and ice buckets! The studio also offers an eight-week fine art course, which includes drawing, painting, illustration, and mixed media. Designed for beginner and intermediate artists who want to take their art to the next level, the program covers such things as landscape art, still life and portraiture drawing, both in the studio and in situ. Adult clay works and ceramics classes are also available.
Art & Wine Co
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Byron School of Art
Learn how to work with watercolour and find your style with awardwinning painter Anne Smerdon, who loves sharing her passion with budding artists. The founder of the Artory School, which offers classes at Kakes & Biscuits in Casuarina, reveals her unique system of watercolour painting, including wet-on-wet and wet-on-dry techniques, feathering, and glazing. Some of her students have gone on to sell their work and win art competitions, so you know you’re in good hands. The studio also offers an evening beginner drawing class, which covers such things as smoothly blending and creating texture and getting the right tones. If you prefer things a bit brighter, there are also beginner colour pencil classes that teach you how to draw different textures (like glossy fruit or fur) and create a realistic picture.
Byron School of Art
Whether you want to dip your toe in with a weekend workshop or commit to a long course, Byron Art School has you covered. The studio in Mullumbimby offers two-day workshops covering watercolour, the fundamentals of painting and mixing and creating colours with gouache (opaque watercolour), short courses ranging from six to 12 weeks, and long courses that can extend for up to three years. It's first year BSA Visual Arts Foundation course takes a deep dive into the world of art, incorporating everything from drawing, painting and printmaking to 3D studies, digital media, colour theory, art history and critical thinking. There are also yearlong courses covering the fundamentals of painting, portraiture, still life, landscape painting and abstract art, and ceramics classes exploring clay, sculpture and maiolica — the art of tin glazed pottery made famous in Italy during the Renaissance. One of its more interesting offerings is a one-day workshop with Indigenous artist Michael Philp, whose work explores themes around identity, connection to land, his people and his family history, guides students to discover how they perceive spirit in their daily life.
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Small businesses keep our region turning. Here are a few of our favourite services doing amazing things in the community and worthy of our local love.
Discover the transformative power of Gushiv Organics, a local natural skincare producer that embraces the essence of Mother Nature to rejuvenate your skin. A range of products crafted with love, infused with natural pharmaceutical grade native extracts. Using the latest botanical extraction methods for maximum efficacy to leave your skin glowing and nourished. Prioritising your well-being and the environment, Gushiv Organics formulations are free from harsh chemicals and toxins, that are kind to skin and the planet. Whether it’s soothing facial oils, refreshing herbal cleansers, or rejuvenating creams, each product is designed to harness nature’s bountiful gifts for a radiant complexion. Join Gushiv on this slow beauty journey to unearth nature’s secrets for healthy skin, free from any nasties. Embrace the power of Australian natural beauty with Gushiv Organics. Discover your sumptuous destination for sustainable skincare solutions inspired by forever. Let nature’s wonders reveal your true glow!
KAKES & BISCUITS
In today's digital-dominated age, Kakes & Biscuits emerges as a sanctuary for cultivating creativity in young minds. Through captivating art and craft workshops held before, after school, and even during holidays, as well as imaginative birthday parties, this unique establishment is where imagination takes flight without limits.
Art & Craft Workshops: Fostering Young Visionaries
Kakes & Biscuits provides a vibrant canvas for children to express themselves. In addition to pre-school and after-school workshops, these engaging sessions extend into school holidays. The dynamic platform allows young artists to experiment with diverse mediums, from painting to sculpture. Guided by skilled instructors, children explore their artistic potential, fostering creativity while refining motor skills.
Creative Birthday Parties: Where Magic Meets Artistic Expression
At Kakes & Biscuits, every birthday transforms into an enchanting journey. These creative celebrations transcend the ordinary, featuring customizable themes that inspire imaginative play. From canvas painting to crafting, children collaborate, learn, and create cherished memories that last a lifetime.
Unveiling a World of Imagination
Kakes & Biscuits reshapes traditional education by nurturing creativity and self-expression. As children engage in workshops during school breaks and celebrate birthdays with artistic flair, they evolve into confident individuals with a vibrant outlook. In an era driven by technology, Kakes & Biscuits stands as a haven where creativity flourishes, turning everyday moments into extraordinary masterpieces.
TWEED COAST/NORTHERN NSW - JO CROFT
Mortgage Choice Tweed Coast/Northern NSW, headed by owner and broker Jo Croft, specialise in finding the right home loan solution for you based on your specific requirements. Whether you’re buying your first home or have property experience, the team will take on the load of researching, applying, submitting and settling your loan so you can concentrate on finding that perfect property and home for your family. The Jo Croft Difference, as they have coined it, is ‘caring for your financial security and freedom for the rest of your life’. The team focuses on building long term relationships and trusted partnerships and supports you through every stage of your property journey. Jo and her team have continued to foster their business through recommendations and referrals and have even gathered a handful of finalist nominations for industry awards along the way, so know you are in good hands!
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A FRESH VIBE FOR CABA SOCIAL
There’s a lot to love about Caba Social – great food, great coffee, excellent service. But have you noticed a new vibe going on at our local? A little bit of extra love perhaps? Introducing Andy Saunderson – Owner Liv’s partner in life and now in business too. Andy is an Ipswich boy, who moved to the coast and met country girl Liv. And, with a background in hospitality and health and fitness, Andy is bringing a lot to the table! Combining all things health and wellness – from the meals to regular café-hosted events – Andy is enhancing the same great customer experience for Caba Social, whilst being the perfect complement to Liv’s vision and business prowess.
As well as a new business partner, and a little refresh of the interiors – bringing that real funk house coffee shop vibe to Cabarita Beach - if you’re following along on Instagram, you’ll see Liv and Andy are also taking the ‘social’ to a new level by hosting magical cacao circles at the venue every first weekend of each month. In collaboration with Andy’s sisters, @those2sisters – the powerhouse sister duo combining science and spirituality as Life Coaches, Authors, Speakers, and Healers – the events focus on a different aspect of wellbeing at every meetup. Go along to a session on mindfulness, make a vision board or delve into past life regression. All are welcome in this healing space.
Need an occasion catered for? From small luncheons and business meetings to big parties, put Caba Social on the menu and take the stress out of your event. Now taking enquiries for your Spring
functions on a brand-new café number. The vibe is buzzing around here and there’s nothing like a spring refresh to add some mood lifting joy to the day to day. Become a regular at Caba’s favourite social place to be – and don’t forget to use the Skip app to jump the queue and grab your daily coffee on the go!
Call - 0436 346 941 | follow - @cabasocial
Caba Social is a family owned and run café. Not only focused on delivering fresh, healthy and wholesome food made in-house but also taking utmost pride in our customer service where locals become friends and the staff become family, its a vibe for all. Ideally situated in the centre of Cabarita Beach, come and enjoy our relaxed atmosphere or grab a takeaway on your way to the beach, just a short stroll away.
Takeaway orders - join us on the @Skipapp or call us on 0436 346 941
Open 6am - 3pm 51 Tweed Coast Rd, Cabarita Beach
NORTHERN RIVERS MARKET GUIDE
Ask most people around here what they love doing with their weekends, and you’ll usually find them hitting up the many and varied farmers and artisan markets that span our verdant coastline and countryside. With an abundance of creative and colourful markets held every Saturday and Sunday throughout the Northern Rivers, you can take your pick and soak up a relaxed morning of shopping, dining and entertainment, local style.
Brunswick Heads Markets
The pristine Brunswick River makes for an incredibly scenic backdrop to the famous monthly markets which come alive with the many artisan stalls showcasing clothing, plants, food, candles, soaps, coffee, and more.
Memorial Park, Brunswick Heads
1st Saturday of the month
Byron Community Market
Fused with the combination of a welcoming atmosphere, artistic talent, fantastic food, local musicians and authentic products, the Byron Community Market offers an inspiring illustration of Byron’s local community at its best.
Main Beach Foreshore, Byron Bay
1st Sunday of the month
Pottsville Beach Markets
Set in the heart of Pottsville and just a stone’s throw from the stunning estuary, Mooball Creek, this beloved community market always has lots on offer - pick up your fruit ‘n’ veg, homemade goodies, art, crafts, plants, jewellery, clothes, gifts and much more.
Philip Street Reserve, Pottsville
1st & 3rd Sunday of the month
The Maker & Finders Market
With over 90 independent artists, vintage collectors, DIY-ers, food trucks, handmade delights, and fashion designers, the Maker & Finders Market draws an eclectic crowd of shoppers, music, and art lovers alike.
Knox Park, Murwillumbah
3rd Saturday of the month from 9 am - 2 pm
New Brighton Farmers Market
8am - 11am River Street
Lismore Organic Market
7.30am - 11am Lismore Showground
Murwillumbah Farmers Market
7am - 11am Murwillumbah Showground,
Byron Farmers Market 7am - 11am Cavanbah Ctre, Ewingsdale Rd
Mullumbimby Community Market
Set up like a buzzing family festival as a way for the community to come together and sell goods with great, local buskers and yummy food, this market has the best vibes. Here you’ll find artisan clothing, jewellery and homewares, plants, upcycled and retro stalls, eco-products, massage, face painting, fresh juices, healing crystals and grassy areas to relax on.
Summers Park – Cnr Stuart & Myokum Sts, Mullumbimby 3rd Saturday of the month from 8 am - 2 pm.
The Bangalow Flea Markets
These humble but thoroughly enticing markets offer a collection of stalls in a vibrant environment. Stallholders sell new and retro clothing, furniture, self-care items and unique bits and pieces. It’s a fun day out to hunt for bargains.
Bangalow Public School, Bangalow
2nd Saturday of the month from 8 am - 2 pm
Kingscliff Beachside Markets
A bi-monthly institution right beside Kingscliff Beach. Offering a vast array of gourmet food, produce, craft, artwork, fashion, jewellery, flowers, gifts, and food stalls, go pick up some fresh fruit and veg on your way home from a morning swim.
Jack Bayliss Park on Marine Parade, Kingscliff
2nd & 4th Saturday of the month from 8 am - 1 pm
Salt Village Markets
A family (and pooch) friendly event that gives visitors a seaside shopping experience along our amazing Tweed Coast and the opportunity to stay a little longer to enjoy live entertainment. Taste the local produce and market food, enjoy a variety of handmade and locally designed gifts, clothing, and other wares.
Central Park, Bells Boulevard, Salt Village, Kingscliff
3rd Saturday of the month 8:00am - 2:00pm
Lismore Produce Market 2.30pm - 6.30pm Magellan Street
Mullumbimby Farmers Market 7am - 11am Mullumbimby Showground,
Bangalow Farmers Market
7am - 11am Bangalow Hotel Car Park, Byron Street
Lismore Farmers Market 8am - 11.30am Lismore Showground
Uki Farmers Market
8am - 12.30pm Uki Hall, Kyogle Road
Kingscliff Farmers Market
7am - 11am Cudgen Road
Duranbah Road Farmers Market 8am - 11am Held in the grounds of Tropical Fruit World
Ballina Farmers Market
7am - 11am Commemoration Park, Bentinck Street
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Co n t a c t Witheriff Group:
N i c k W i therif f DIRECTOR & AREA SPECIALIST 0405 618 477
J o rd a n B r o w n SALES ASSOCIATE 0455 579 014
Bri a n & Den i se D a n gerﬁe l d SALES ASSOCIATES 0418 962 548
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