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Eat and drink in the Barrington Coast

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The Barrington Coast region is home to many stunning beaches, such as the shorelines of Forster and Tuncurry.

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Eat and drink in the
Barrington Coast

Forster-Tuncurry CREDIT: Destination NSW

The Barrington Coast region is home to many stunning beaches, such as the shorelines of Forster and Tuncurry.

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Think of the top gourmet destinations in New South Wales, and Orange, the Hunter Valley, Byron Bay, Narooma, Bowral and Mudgee might come to mind. But the Barrington Coast region on the Mid North Coast is also an epicurean hub worth considering for your next culinary getaway. With promising wineries, community-minded producers, a beach-inspired microbrewery and much more, there’s plenty to explore in this beautiful region characterised by vast lakes, stunning beaches, lush hinterland and coastal rainforest. 

Hit the food trails 

Local food producers have tapped into the region’s riches, embraced ethical practices and upheld a real sense of community. The Great Lakes Food Trail regularly stages events that encapsulate this ethos. Past programming has included special lunches, producer tours and the Great Lakes Food Trail Alley, a meet-and-greet session at Nabiac Farmers Market that featured Coomba Little Farm, Maltese pastry producer Josant and Palms Artisan Bakery. Keep an eye out for upcoming small-scale culinary events. 

You can also create your own regional food-producer trail by scheduling visits with growers and farmers. Start by organising a private agricultural educational tour at Yeo Farm in Bulahdelah. Make an appointment with owners Andrew and Emma Yeo and you’ll learn how they manage the land and raise lamb using organic principles. Bring a chilled esky to fill, because you can buy meat straight from the farm. 

Elraes Farmhouse in Boolambayte, a 20-minute drive east of Yeo Farm, produces local wild honey from its bees, which buzz around the neighbouring state forest and national park. This small family business also offers home-made pantry goods (like whisky marmalade, plum and cinnamon jam, hot mustard pickles) and eggs, which you can pick up at local shops, such as Smiths Lake Butchery

Pair wine with local produce 

Call ahead and schedule an appointment for a private wine tasting and wander through the vineyard at Old Inn Road Vineyard, just outside Bulahdelah. The region’s sunny days and mild winters translate to good growing conditions for the estate’s verdelho, chambourcin and dolcetto grapes.  

You’ll also find the estate’s wine at Wingham, Gloucester, Forster, and Nabiac markets throughout the month. Pass by Brush Turkey Cafe in Wootton to meet some locals and enjoy a slice of the lemon myrtle cheesecake, before heading to Great Lakes Paddocks, a short drive away. This multifunctional space features vineyards and shady lawns, as well as Angus cattle on its farm. Great Lakes Paddocks grows finger limes and olives, too, and hosts musicians on the green — check the schedule for the next picnic-friendly outdoor performance. And don’t forget to try the Sparkling Lily pinot chardonnay as part of a wine flight that also showcases local artisan cheesemakers.  

Then stop in at Burraduc Buffalo farm in Bungwahl, run by Andrei and Elena Swegen. Located near Myall Lake and its national park, this is where the family transforms fresh milk from its herd into yoghurt and artisan cheeses (like buffalo mozzarella, which Elena studied how to produce in Campania, Italy). The farmhouse produces buffalo sausages and other meats, too. You can find Burraduc’s cheeses at top restaurants (such as Fred’s in Sydney’s Paddington) and its fresh buffalo curd is so good it scored a gold medal in the 2019 Delicious Produce Awards.  

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Wine and food at the Great Lakes Paddocks winery, Wootton.  

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Great Lakes Paddocks, Wootton CREDIT: Great Lakes Paddocks

Wine and food at the Great Lakes Paddocks winery, Wootton.  

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Chase local brews with street food 

You’ll find the region’s only microbrewery, The Coastal Brewing Co, in the coastal town of Forster. Each beer’s name pays tribute to the Barrington Coast area and the local landscape: the Cellito IPA is named after the sandy beach of the same name and the Wallis Weizen is an American-style wheat beer inspired by the stretch of water between the brewery’s location and neighbouring Tuncurry. Enjoy the taproom’s selection of craft beer, which is well-suited to the menu of Indonesian street food served from Chappy's Warung food truck on weekends. 

Bring your appetite to the beach 

In the heart of the Barrington Coast region, Pacific Palms lives up to its name: there are plenty of appealing beaches in the area (there’s the IPA-inspiring Cellito, while Blueys Beach is memorably named after a curious cow that supposedly wandered off a cliff edge). The surf-friendly area isn’t too far from other attractions, either, like the scenic Seal Rocks seaside village and 19th-century Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse, which is a recommended location for whale-watching (and accommodation, too — book a stay at the Seal Rocks Lighthouse Cottages). 

When hunger hits, drop by Kembali in Blueys Beach for its Indonesian menu featuring Javanese pecel (vegetables and peanut sauce) and pisang goreng (a banana fritter dessert, served here with butterscotch and ice-cream). Like The Coastal Brewing Co, Hueys at Blueys pizzeria honours the local shoreline, too. There’s a Cellito pizza (with feta, olives and pesto) as well as other tributes to beaches across Australia. Some are wildly unconventional pizza options (the Kirra has satay, banana and shredded coconut), while others suit more traditional tastes (the Gerroa simply features basil, pepper and fresh tomato).  

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The Coastal Brewing Co, Forster. 

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The Coastal Brewing Company, Forster CREDIT: The Coastal Brewing Company

The Coastal Brewing Co, Forster. 

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Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse, Seal Rocks CREDIT: Destination NSW

Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse atop Sugarloaf Point, Seal Rocks.

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Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse, Seal Rocks CREDIT: Destination NSW

Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse atop Sugarloaf Point, Seal Rocks.

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