Best restaurants in Broome

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Broome may be known for its impressive sunsets and jaw-droppingly beautiful beaches, but it’s also home to some seriously sensational eateries.

At the top-end of WA, where the red pindan of the Kimberley meets world-famous crystal-clear ocean blues, laid-back Broome beckons with its impressive natural beauty, year-round sunshine and those irresistible tropical holiday vibes.

Whether you’re looking for a great restaurant for a special dinner, a low-key coffee spot, or somewhere to grab a delicious takeaway, recent years have upped the ante for the Broome foodie scene and there’s a lot to love.

The Aarli

The Aarli

One of Broome’s OG restaurant standouts, The Aarli combines its tropical surroundings with a contemporary modern-Australian menu that celebrates the best of Asian cuisine. From perfectly grilled roti bread to mouthwatering pork belly, this Chinatown gem is a favourite among locals and visitors alike. The relaxed atmosphere and inviting terrace make it the perfect spot to unwind after a day of exploring.

2/6 Hamersley Street, Broome

Matso’s Brewery

Matso’s Brewery

In the heart of Broome, this vibrant micro-brewery is not just a place to grab a drink, it’s an iconic,  must-visit destination that offers a uniquely Broome experience. Come for a pint of their famous ginger beer and stay for lunch or dinner on the verandah, taking in the beautiful views of Roebuck Bay.

60 Hamersley Street, Broome

Bali Hai Cafe

The welcoming and casual atmosphere of this newish Broome hotspot invites you to feel at home as you lean into those magical tropical holiday vibes. Relax on the alfresco deck area, order a drink and prepare to explore the mouthwatering Asian-inspired menu. Check out the popular Chinese dumplings entree; pork or veggie dumplings served with asian greens, coriander and chilli.

6 Murray Road, Cable Beach

Zookeepers

Zookeepers

Located on the stunning Cable Beach, Zookeepers has established itself as the go-to casual and cool dining destination in Broome. Choose from one of Broome’s best beer selections, or sip on a delicious cocktail as you bask in those mellow vibes and watch the camels stride past on the beach. This gem also boasts an impressive menu serving elevated food made with the area’s best ingredients.

2 Challenor Drive, Cable Beach

Good Cartel

People flock to this little hidden treasure for some of the best coffee going round in Broome. As well as your coffee hit, you’ll want to head to this drive-through restaurant (you can also pull up a seat outside) for an epic steak sandwich, killer burgers, smoothies and some super fresh sushi bowls. The queue of cars is non-stop most of the time, but it is such a vibe.

3 Weld Street, Djugun

Short St Cafe

Short St Cafe

Grab your freshly-baked treats, delicious rolls and excellent coffee from Chinatown’s Short St, a relatively new kid on the block in Broome but a fast-favourite among locals and visitors alike. When you’re in Broome, this is one cafe you absolutely need to hit up. Pair your coffee order with a loaded conti roll and you’ll be wishing it was your local.

Short Street & Carnarvon Street, Broome

The Food Lab

If you’re craving some comforting Italian takeaway in Broome, The Food Lab has you covered. A menu of fluffy, woodfired pizzas (crafted with their own mother yeast) and some seriously good pastas that are as authentic as it gets (think homemade mince and ricotta meatballs, slow-cooked ragu and garlic marinated prawns) – everything to come out of this slice of Italy is like a big hug.

Unit 2a/63 Robinson St, Broome

The Bay Club at Mangrove Hotel

The Bay Club at Mangrove Hotel

The view here is next level. Grab a cocktail, maybe a cabana, and enjoy the panoramic beach views of Roebuck Bay in a chilled-yet-vibey atmosphere that feels like a Bali beach club. Graze on delicious share plates and pizzas (they also do more substantial mains), listen to live music and soak up the vibes in the tropical sunshine.

The Mangrove Hotel, 47 Carnarvon Street, Broome

From the first sip to the final bite, Broome welcomes you with open arms, local flavours and some serious culinary talent. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, these cafes and restaurants will be sure to hit the spot.

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Things to do in Broome

Once upon a Broome time, the pearling industry put this remote coastal town on the map. Today, Broome’s multi-culturalism connects with its Asian neighbours, evident through its rich history and contemporary cuisine. Ruled by its tropical climate and tides, many of Broome’s attractions adhere to the gravitational pull drawing visitors far and wide, not to mention the short flight from Perth keeps it a local favourite. No matter what time of the year you visit, the landscape always thrills and here is our round-up of things to do in Broome, the iconic coastal town in the Kimberley.

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Shinju Matsuri – Festival of the Pearl

The annual Shinju Matsuri festival is a fortnight of culinary and cultural events celebrating the exquisite pearls of the region. The Shinju Opening Ball held in the new Shinju Matsuri Festival Hub sets the tone for festivities ahead. The Sunset Long Table Dinner is one of the most epic long table events in the state, where diners are treated to a specially curated menu beneath the stars on Cable Beach. Make sure you add the Chinatown Feast and Floating Lantern events to your dance card. Running from August to September, you’ll need to book your accommodation and flights soon for this incredible pearl festival unique to Western Australia.

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Visit a pearl farm

As far back as the early 1900s, legends about Broome’s lustrous pearls spread to the Far East, attracting pearl farmers from as far away as Japan, even though they already had a thriving pearling industry. With annual temperatures and sheltered bays attributing to the quality of the precious South Sea Pearls of the region, visitors are welcome to delve into the industry with a visit to a pearl farm or jewellery showrooms glittering with precious keepsakes in Chinatown.

After a visit to a pearl farm, you’ll gain an insight into the workings of pearling industry and discover the five virtues of a pearl: size, shape, colour, surface and lastly, lustre, which many believe is the most important.

Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm is located on the Dampier Peninsula, approximately 200km from Broome. What sets Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm apart is its research and development into cutting-edge science at a genetic level. Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm is owned and run by the Brown Family, who have over 70 years of pearling experience. While here, take a pearl farm tour, sea safari, cultural tour, sample pearl meat at the restaurant, stay overnight and indulge at their showroom. To reach Cygnet Bay, take the sealed Cape Leveque Road or a flight with Air Kimberley.

Visit Broome’s markets

Every weekend from April until October, the Broome Courthouse Markets offer over 100 stalls selling locally-produced art, fashion, jewellery and food. With stalls interspersed between boab trees, the markets have been operating for over 25 years and have grown into a major tourist attraction during Broome’s dry season. The Staircase to the Moon Night Markets are rapidly becoming just as famous and run from April to November on full moon nights and Thursday nights at the Town Beach precinct from June to September showcasing local products, crafts and food.

Take a sunset cruise

For a spectacular perspective of Broome, a cruise at sunset bathes the coast in gold and captures all the romance of a bygone era aboard a pearl lugger with Willie Pearl Cruises. Sea West has partnered with Cygnet Bay Pearls, where you’ll experience a first-hand pearl harvest and sea-to-plate epicurean feast. Broome Cruises also offers a Sunset, Seafood and Pearling Cruise with a seven-course menu showcasing the region’s seafood and produce, compliments of the executive chef Tony Howell.

Spectacular beaches

Broome is famous for its beaches; you can’t miss Cable Beach at sunset. While here, partake in one of the most iconic Broome experiences with a camel ride, ideally at sunset. Town Beach is also a beautiful spot for swimming in the vibrant turquoise water that pops against the pink sand in true Kimberley fashion. If you’re wondering where much of that drone footage with the orange sand is shot, it’s probably over Roebuck Bay, where you’ll see turtles, dolphins and dinosaur footprints, especially if you take a boat tour with Dinosaur Adventures. The unusual rock formations at Entrance Point have created one of the most spectacular beaches, and it’s easy to see why this spot is so famous for photography and weddings.

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Gantheaume Point

Turquoise and red pindan hues are ever present in the Kimberley, often inspiring works of art depicting the landscape. Gantheaume Point is a prime example of this colour palette and is also the site of Broome’s first spa named Anastasia’s Pool, where the high tides create a whirlpool effect in the carved-out rock. If you visit during low tide, check out the ancient dinosaur footprint, one of the many scattered along Broome’s 80 km coastline visible from Gantheaume Point’s red cliffs, including the iconic Cable Beach.

Horizontal Falls

Located within 1000 islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago in Talbot Bay, the Horizontal Falls are best viewed from above on a scenic flight. But then you’d miss feeling the wild spray on your face as you speed through the twin peaks on a cruise between the McLarty Ranges, where two ridges run parallel about 300 metres apart, with the most seaward gap about 20 metres wide and the even more spectacular 10 metre-wide gap revs up the thrill factor. This natural wonder causes seawater to build up faster on one side of the channel, and as it becomes trapped, it’s pushed out horizontally into a waterfall. As the tide changes, so does the direction causing a whirlpool effect, and it’s another example of Broome living by its tides and the 10-metre differences between low and high tide. There are several tour operators offering a range of ways to enjoy the Hairy Horries, the affectionate nickname for this natural phenomenon, including Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures and Kimberley Boat Cruises.

Chinatown

Remnants of Broome’s colourful past are still evident in Chinatown, particularly with its original tin buildings, a material favoured for its availability and ease of transportation in the late 1880s. One prime example is the iconic Sun Pictures building on Carnarvon Street, constructed at the turn of the century. Originally owned by the Yamasaki family, it was a Japanese emporium and then a playhouse before it was sold and converted into an outdoor theatre. In keeping with its heritage, the red carpet on opening nights is often replaced with the red soil of Kimberley. Today, Chinatown’s streets are lined with pearl and jewellery showrooms, boutiques, galleries and cafes. While in town, stroll along the revamped Streeter’s Jetty, once lined with wooden pearling luggers bobbing among the mangroves for two kilometres to Town Beach.

Staircase to the Moon

Witnessing the Staircase to the Moon is an unforgettable natural marvel worth making the journey to Broome alone. The full moon rises over the exposed tidal flats of Roebuck Bay two to three days a month between March and October and is best witnessed from Town Beach or the Mangrove Hotel Resort, where you can enjoy the spectacle over dinner and a bevy or two. For Staircase to the Moon dates, please click here.

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Things to do in Marcoola

A laid-back beach holiday is a rite of passage for any Aussie and if you’re keen to explore somewhere new, may we kindly suggest checking out Marcoola?

Marcoola is a charming seaside village located on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, just north of the Maroochy River and perhaps the area’s best-kept secret. And while it might not be on your radar just yet, it soon will be! This hidden gem offers a peaceful and relaxed atmosphere without any overwhelming crowds, making it the ultimate destination for your next escape.

The main attraction in Marcoola is undoubtedly its stunning beach. This unspoiled, uncrowded beach is one of the most beautiful on the Sunshine Coast. If you can peel yourself away from the ocean, Marcoola also has a small but vibrant town centre that has a range of cafes, restaurants, and boutique shops. Keep scrolling as we round up all the best things to do in Marcoola and just try and stop yourself from booking a holiday here after reading this!

Things to do in Marcoola: explore

Whatever you’re in the mood for – be it lazy days at the beach, more ambitious day trips, or perusing the local shops and markets, Marcoola may be small but there is so much to explore! 

Beach hop

Marcoola is known for its beautiful beaches, with crystal clear waters and pristine sand galore, you can spend hours everyday beach hopping from one breathtaking beach to the next! A few of our top picks include Marcoola Beach and nearby Coolum Beach and Mudjimba Beach (pro tip: you can go snorkelling with turtles here).

Explore the local shopping scene

Marcoola has a number of amazing local markets that offer a range of fresh produce, arts, and crafts. The Marcoola Twilight Markets are held every Friday from 4pm til 8pm where you can chow down on everything from dumplings, doughnuts, German hotdogs, and tacos right by the beach. Meanwhile, on Saturdays between 8am to 12pm, stock up on the area’s best and freshest produce at the Farmer’s Markets. 

In the main drag of town, you’ll find a great offering of stores including gift shops, surf shops and cute boutiques. Happy shopping!

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Take it all in from above

For the more adventurous traveller, why not book an aerial tour through Paradise Seaplanes? Take in all the stunning sights of the Sunshine Coast, from the beautiful national parks, nearby Noosa to Double Island Point to the north, the Glass House Mountains and Pumicestone Passage at Bribie Island in the south.

From $125
Riverside, 142 Bradman Avenue, Maroochydore

Plan a day trip

One of the best things about Marcoola is just how close it is to so many exciting tourist attractions. For animal lovers, Australia Zoo is just a 30-minute drive away, while Sealife is only 20 minutes. Meanwhile, you could also pop into many of the other lush nearby towns like Noosa, Mount Coolum or Maroochydore

Things to do in Marcoola: eat & drink

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Sole Restaurant

It’s not a beach holiday until there’s fish and chips and for the best offering in town, Sole has got it sorted. Dine in and work your way through their extensive menu featuring taramasalata, freshly shucked oysters, salt and pepper squid and of course the fish and chips. Or if you’d prefer, you can get takeaway and enjoy it proper beach holiday style on the sand as you watch the waves crash and swell in front of you. 

Off Tap Tapas

For good vibes and even better tapas, this is your joint! Menu standouts include patatas bravas, chorizo al vino, grilled prawns, and Spanish meatballs. Another win? There are loads of vegan and veg options too. 

914 David Low Way, Marcoola

Cuba St. Roasters

For the best coffee in town, look no further than Cuba St. Roasters. These guys take their coffee very seriously and roast their own blend in-house. Grab your mug of Joe and a fresh pastry, muffin, cake or bacon and egg roll while you’re at it. 


Surfair Beach Hotel

If you’re wondering where the best pub in Marcoola is look no further than the Surfair Beach Hotel. Situated right in front of the Pacific Ocean, you can kick back by the open-air cocktail by poolside as you soak up the sun and salty sea breeze. 

923 David Low Way, Marcoola

Bulli 

What goes perfectly with a beach holiday? A big slice of delicious pizza of course – and local joint Bulli has been dubbed the best pizza on the Sunshine Coast. They’re also open for breakfast, serving up pesto scrambled eggs, Spanish tortillas and toasted muesli. 

1 Lorraine Avenue, Marcoola

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Things to do in Coolum Beach

Born in the shadows of a magnificent volcanic dome (the second largest rock in the world), Coolum Beach is a sleepy surfer’s paradise that’s just begging to be discovered. Known for its laid-back village vibe and spectacular natural landscapes, this bustling beachside town checks all the boxes for a relaxing coastal getaway.

Drive just over an hour north of Brisbane and you’ll find yourself surrounded by pristine beaches of white sand and turquoise water, secluded bays, and breathtaking mountainscapes that attract holidaymakers year-round. It’s all about the great outdoors here, from waterfront eateries with uninterrupted views of the coast to the myriad of outdoor adventures on offer, both on and off the land.

This is our round-up of things to do in Coolum Beach for a coastal getaway you’ll never forget.

Things to do in Coolum: eat

Coolum Surf Club

With its stunning ocean views and laidback atmosphere, the award-winning Coolum Surf Club is the epitome of beachside dining.  Relax outside on the dreamy outdoor deck and watch the waves roll in or dine inside to contemporary coastal furnishings with panoramic ocean views. Ideal for long lunches, a post-swim snack or casual catchups with friends, diners have their pick of club classics alongside a noteworthy selection of vegan, vegetarian, gluten, and dairy-free options. Think homemade gourmet pizzas, burgers, local seafood, salad and everything in between. Those in the know opt for the steaks which are cooked over an ironbark-fuelled coal pit to give a delicious sweet and smoky taste that will have you hooked.

1775-1779 David Low Way, Coolum Beach

Heirloom

Serving up sumptuous salads, amazing toasties and top-notch coffee, you know you’re in very good hands at Heirloom. Where breakfast is concerned, the smoked leg ham toastie with provolone, sauerkraut and mustard is a simple classic. Come lunchtime we’re ordering one of their colourful Asian-inspired salads – think cabbage, crispy fried noodles, lettuce, cucumber, mint, wasabi peas, proteins, and the list goes on. Pair your main with a raw sweet treat and a smoothie and you have yourself a mighty fine meal. Trust us; no one does salads like these guys do.

6/1776 David Low Way, Coolum Beach

Mr Mancino

Continuing your culinary tour around Europe, Coolum Beach’s resident Italian joint is the place to head for pizza, pasta, and all manner of comfort classics. With its emphasis on fresh ingredients and authentic recipes, Mr Mancino serves a wide-ranging menu across antipasti, pizza, slow-cooked meats, and desserts, but the star attraction is without a doubt the pasta. Start your night with salt and pepper calamari and mushroom arancini, order your favourite noodle with a homemade sauce of choice for the main (the gnocchi with burnt butter, sage and pumpkin and spicy tomato penne arrabbiata are standouts) and end the night with an assortment of Italian desserts – washed down with a bottle of vino. Naturally.

1806 David Low Way, Coolum Beach

Rock Hop Espresso

If you’re serious about your coffee, look no further than Rock Hop Espresso, a specialty coffee shop on Elizabeth Street. Here, you’ll find the expert baristas pumping out perfectly poured shots of Entity Coffee which lay the foundation for a cup that’s perfectly balanced and meant to be savoured. When it’s time for a treat, opt for one of their delectable locally sourced sweets. Perfect for grabbing on the go, we simply can’t get enough of the Caramilk cookies from Sunny’s Treats. Those with a little extra time on their hands can perch at one of the shaded outdoor tables that are primed for people-watching.

12b Elizabeth St, Coolum Beach

Yiani’s Greek Restaurant

Experience a taste of the Aegean at Yiani’s Greek Restaurant. Adored as much for its lively atmosphere and impeccable service as its sumptuous fare, this Hellenic hideaway serves up authentic Mediterranean flavours to locals and epicurious visitors alike. From sizzling seafood platters to mouth-watering moussaka, Yani’s menu is a true celebration of Greece’s rich culinary heritage. We’re talking meze, share plates, grilled dishes and fresh fresher than fresh seafood. Enjoy it all with a bottle of dangerously smooth Greek wine and finish the night with a serving of decadent bougatsa.

6/7-13 Beach Road, Coolum Beach 

Things to do in Coolum: drink

Foxy on Coolum

Coolum’s favourite multi-tasker, this vibey after-hours haunt will fix you a spread, play you some live local sounds and mix you up a cocktail before you can say table for two. Intimate and laid-back, Foxy on Coolum keeps the good times rolling every day of the week. With a curated selection of cocktails, you’ll find classics in addition to a range of custom concoctions specially made by their friendly bar staff (Foxy’s orange mojito is a must). Regularly hosting live music performances, you can have pre-drinks, dinner and catch a gig all in one venue.

3/7-13 Beach Road, Coolum Beach

Coolum Beach Hotel

When you think of pub dining, coastal-cool interiors and a serene beachfront location don’t immediately come to mind, but that’s exactly what you’ll find at Coolum Beach Hotel. Open seven days a week and brimming with atmosphere, this laidback local is the kind of all-inclusive community-minded venue where mum, dad and the three kids are just as welcome as the local surfers and after-hours crowd. Expect quintessential gastro-pub plates like parmas, burgers, and steaks as well as elevated dishes like vegan popcorn cauliflower, pumpkin red curry and poke bowls topped with spicy chicken, Asian slaw and kimchi. Friendly, tasty, and open every night of the week – what more could you want?

David Low Way, Coolum Beach

Coolum Surf Club

Whether it’s a sunset spritz on the terrace or post-meal aperitif in the main bar, this bustling beachfront boozer has your tipple sorted. Transitioning from dinner to drinks flawlessly, Coolum Surf Club ticks all the beverage boxes with 22 draught beers, cider, and alcoholic ginger beer on tap, as well as a wide range of quality wines, cocktails, and bottled beers. And with live music in the bar on Friday and Saturday nights from 8.30 pm, it is the perfect place to bliss out and take the serene surroundings.

1775-1779 David Low Way, Coolum Beach

Things to do in Coolum: play

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Climb Mount Coolum

Lace up your hiking boots and get ready for an unforgettable adventure that will have you feeling on top of the world. Rising above the lush scenery of the Sunshine Coast, climbing to the peak of this 25-million-year-old laccolith is an absolute must. You’ll want to spend some time at the top, so be sure to pack some nibbles to enjoy as you soak up the other-worldly views from the summit.

Learn to surf

Live your real-life Blue Crush moment! With its stunning coastline, crystal clear waters and consistent waves, Coolum Beach is the perfect destination for surfers of all levels. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a beginner looking to try something new, Coolum Surf School offers a variety of lessons and packages offering the perfect opportunity to improve your skills, connect with nature and feel the thrill of riding the waves. All equipment including wetsuits and boards supplied.

Asante Day Spa

Indulge in a day of pampering at Asante Day Spa. With its tranquil atmosphere, top-tier treatments and expert therapists, this relaxing retreat is one the best things to do in Coolum for anyone seeking a luxurious spa day. From facials and massages to brow tattooing, premium spa packages and rituals, Asante’s menu offers an array of treatments designed to soothe the mind, body, and soul.

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Best restaurants in Coolum Beach

With its stunning beaches, vibrant local community, and laid-back village vibe, it comes as no surprise that holidaymakers flock to Coolum Beach to relax and soak up the sun.

But what makes this sleepy surfer’s paradise even more appealing is its vibrant food scene, brimming with exciting eateries serving up delicious food and unforgettable dining experiences.

Whether you’re a local looking for a new spot to try or a tourist seeking a taste of the area, these are the best restaurants in Coolum Beach that are well worth a visit.

Yiani’s Greek Restaurant

Yiani’s Greek Restaurant

Experience a taste of the Aegean at Yiani’s Greek Restaurant. Adored as much for its lively atmosphere and impeccable service as its sumptuous fare, this Hellenic hideaway serves up authentic Mediterranean flavours to locals and epicurious visitors alike. From sizzling seafood platters to mouth-watering moussaka, Yani’s menu is a true celebration of Greece’s rich culinary heritage. We’re talking meze, share plates, grilled dishes and fresh fresher than fresh seafood. Enjoy it all with a bottle of dangerously smooth Greek wine and finish the night with a serving of decadent bougatsa.

6/7-13 Beach Road, Coolum Beach 

HEIRLOOM

Heirloom brings fast fresh salad bowls, amazing toasties, great coffee and good service to Coolum Beach. They offer healthy asian inspired salad bowls and some pretty decadent toasties. Our coffee is roasted for us by sunshine coast roastery.

Daily from 8am-2:30pm

1776 David Low Way Coolum Beach

Coolum Surf Club

With its stunning ocean views and laidback atmosphere, the award-winning Coolum Surf Club is the epitome of beachside dining.  Relax outside on the dreamy outdoor deck and watch the waves roll in or dine inside to contemporary coastal furnishings with panoramic ocean views. Ideal for long lunches, post-swim snacks or casual catchups with friends, diners have their pick of club classics alongside a noteworthy selection of vegan, vegetarian, gluten, and dairy-free options. Think homemade gourmet pizzas, burgers, local seafood, salad and everything in between. Those in the know opt for the steaks which are cooked over an ironbark-fuelled coal pit to give a delicious sweet and smoky taste that will have you hooked.

1775-1779 David Low Way, Coolum Beach

CANTEEN

The gentle sea breezes, views north to Noosa and great surf break just meters away are as good for your soul as the food is for your health! Enjoy our menu based on fresh, locally sourced produce with an eclectic fusion of dishes that offers a unique dining experience on the Sunshine Coast.  

We source the areas’ best seafood, and hunt down suppliers who produce the finest quality beef, lamb, pork & poultry in the country.   

Serving All Day Menu from 11.30am Breakfast’s from 7am, Canteen Kitchen & Bar has great spaces to gather with friends or hang out with the family.  Share a stack of organic blue corn tortilla’s with the kids for breakfast, a burger with our craft beers on tap with your mates, or maybe a fresh salad & coffee for a quick lunch date.   Or you may just prefer to hang out the front in the sun.

1748 David Low Way, Coolum Beach

Coolum Beach Hotel

When you think of pub dining, coastal-cool interiors and a serene beachfront location don’t immediately come to mind, but that’s exactly what you’ll find at Coolum Beach Hotel. Open seven days a week and brimming with atmosphere, this laidback local is the kind of all-inclusive community-minded venue where mum, dad and the three kids are just as welcome as the local surfers and after-hours crowd. Expect quintessential gastro-pub plates like parmas, burgers, and steaks as well as elevated dishes like vegan popcorn cauliflower, pumpkin red curry and poke bowls topped with spicy chicken, Asian slaw and kimchi. Friendly, tasty, and open every night of the week – what more could you want?

David Low Way, Coolum Beach

Hanami

Perched on the vibrant coastal stretch of David Low Way, Hanami is a must for Asian fusion cuisine rich in eclectic flavours. They do it all, and they do it well – delivering vibrant, punchy dishes that effortlessly complete their surroundings. Think sushi, pork and ginger dumplings, bao buns with chicken katsu, ponzu salmon sashimi and beef bulgogi that tastes just as good as it looks. 

9/1778 David Low Way, Coolum Beach

My Place

Soak up oceanfront views of Coolum Beach while sipping a cocktail created by some of the Sunshine Coast’s best mixologists at My Place on David Low Way. Whether enjoying balmy breezes on the deck with a tapas plate to share, or dining indoors where a myriad of dangling globes cast a soft glow over table settings and hanging cane baskets spill over with greenery, this is seaside dining at its best. Wander up from the sand and enjoy plates of rib eye chilli beef skewers to start or salt and pepper calamari; then delve into linguine marinara with fresh seafood tossed in olive oil, garlic, chilli and lemon juice. Perhaps lamb shoulder and rocket pizza hits the mark, with Spanish onion and tzatziki, or pick up a slice topped with Tiger prawns, marinated feta, basil and sun-dried tomatoes.

Mon – Tue – CLOSED

Wed – 4:00:PM – 8:00:PM

Thu – 4:00:PM – 8:00:PM

Fri – 12:00:PM – 9:00:PM

Sat – 12:00:PM – 9:00:PM

Sun – 12:00:PM – 8:30:PM

1768 David Low Way, Coolum Beach

Bombay Bliss

Dinner with a view doesn’t get much better than Coolum Beach, and Bombay Bliss sure makes the most of it. Serving up legit Indian cuisine in a casual waterfront setting, here, fragrant curries are always made from scratch, while a hardworking tandoor oven pumps out pillowy naan bread and spiced up slow-cooked meats. You’ll find familiar favourites like chicken tikka masala and beef vindaloo that are perfect for sharing but don’t leave without trying house specialties including the moreish tandoori bites and Kashmiri Rogan Josh. The view is equally impressive with wide windows shaping the iconic seaside scenery.

1740 David Low Way, Coolum Beach

Estancia Maria

Estancia Maria is a Wine Bar located in the heart of Coolum Beach featuring Beautiful Cocktails, variety of South American Wines and Argentinian Street Food.

Thursdays – 4 – 9PM

Fridays – 4 – Late

Saturdays – 1PM – Late

Sundays – 1PM – 9PM

5/1806 David Low Way, Coolum Beach

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Things to do in Cairns

Easy-going vibes with a dash of urban chic, Cairns is on the up and up, thanks in part to its ever-growing roster of foodie and bar hangouts. But Cairns has always been a crowd pleaser. Namely for the Great Barrier Reef, meandering waterways and lush parklands that are a veritable playground for outdoor enthusiasts. 

And as more and more people make a move to this seaside city, Cairns is keeping pace with on-trend kombucha bars, health cafes and eateries with fresh from the trawler seafood. This handy guide will have you covered, whether you’re planning a holiday or making a sea change.   

Things to do in Cairns: Eat

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NOA

NOA is a Cairns institution in the trendy suburb of Edge Hill. Serving amazing food for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as delicious cocktails. NOA is a meeting place for locals and tourists alike to enjoy seriously good food and beverages in a relaxed, yet refined environment. NOA is also the winner of the 2022 Travellers’ Choice Award from Tripadvisor.

1 Pyne Street, Edge Hill, Cairns

Prawn Star

There are only a few places in the world where you can find seafood fresher than this. Dining straight on the trawler, Prawn Star is a no-frills foodie experience that is bound to impress. Think oysters and sashimi delivered ocean to table. It’s all about friendly vibes and good food at this cosy joint. 

Marlin Marina, E31 Berth, Cairns City 

Dundee’s at the Cairns Aquarium

No need to travel to Dubai for this insanely Insta-worthy experience. Stop by from breakfast through to dinner if you fancy dining with the fishes. Known for superb grilled steaks and fresh seafood, Dundee’s incorporates as many local flavours and ingredients as possible. It’s a true Aussie dining experience, and we hear only good things about the peppered kangaroo loin. 

5 Florence Street, Cairns City 

Things to do in Cairns: Drink

Rocco

Speaking our language, Rocco has a seriously decadent Champagne menu. We are talking an entire page dedicated to the bubbly stuff. Boasting panoramic views of the tropical city and greenery galore, pair your aesthetic cocktails with their delish share-style Mediterranean menu. Fancy tea for two? Try the Punch pot which combines TWG Moroccan mint green tea reduction and Tanqueray Gin. 

Level 12, The Tower, 131-141 Esplanade, Cairns City

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Hemingway’s Brewery

If a fine brew gets your heart beating, then head on over to Hemingway’s. With over 20 beers on tap, the heritage-listed venue also serves a selection of bottled craft beers from all over the world. Beer not your thing? Then opt for the craft gin tasting paddle. It all pairs beautifully with the waterside views and a menu full with curated beer snacks, artisanal pizzas and some dang fine burgers. 

4 Wharf Street, Cairns City

Three Wolves

Classy speakeasy vibes abound at this specialty drinking house. Three Wolves really know their spirits offering an entire tequila menu as well as some of the most delectable cocktails. Tucked away in a laneway, Three Wolves is opposite their Wolf Lane Distillery and both are worth a visit!

32 Abbott Street, Cairns City

Things to do in Cairns: Explore

Cairns Esplanade Tourism and Events Queensland
Cairns Esplanade. Image credit: Tourism and Events Queensland
Cairns Esplanade

Cairns Esplanade has 5km of paved walking paths along the waterfront with a number of exercise stations, playgrounds and a swimming lagoon. The Promenade is easily accessed from the CBD with a number of shops, restaurants and cafes worth exploring.

Cairns Botanical Gardens

Located in the beautiful enclave of Edge Hill, the Botanic Gardens is a popular destination for nature lovers and fitness enthusiasts alike.  The Gardens boast an impressive collection of tropical plant life, including rare and exotic species.

For those looking for a more strenuous workout, the Gardens precinct offer several walking trails including the Red, Green and Yellow Arrow trails. These trails wind their way through the lush tropical foliage and provide breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape.

Shopping & Markets

The Cairns CBD is a shopper’s paradise, with a wide variety of boutiques and shops to suit every taste and budget. Some of the post popular being Oceana Arcade, Boutiques on Grafton Street, Makin’ Whoopie Shields St,  Cairns Central Shopping Centre and Rusty’s Markets selling local produce and handmade goods.

The local markets are in abudance across the region selling fresh fruit & vegetables, handcrafted gifts and items. Some of the most popular are the Port Douglas Sunday Markets, Palm Cove Markets, Tanks Art Market and Atherton Tableland markets. Days and times of operation can be found here.

Hit the Road

Cairns and its surrounding areas offer a wealth of exciting and unique attractions to explore. Hire a car and head South to the enchanting Paronella Park near Mission Beach with a stop at the  Babinda Boulders for a picnic and freshwater swim. Head West to the Atherton Tablelands to follow the waterfall trail and try delicious locally made cheese and chocolate or pick fresh strawberries.   Otherwise head North to Port Douglas, Mossman Gorge the Daintree River and oldest Rainforest on the planet. Whatever your interest there is something new to experience at every turn.

Helicopter the Reef 

If you want to see as much of the gorgeous reef as you can, then we recommend taking to the skies for an experience of a lifetime. If you are going to splurge on a helicopter ride, this is the place to do it. And if you really fancy splashing some cash opt for a half-day trip that allows you to land and snorkel the reef. Keep your camera handy!

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Discover Daintree Rainforest in Cairns

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Tropical North Queensland is renowned for natural beauty, with leafy green rainforests and a coastline worth travelling for. Located just a two hour drive from Cairns is the world’s oldest rainforest; the Daintree. Heritage listed in 1988, the Daintree is an inviting landscape, imploring you to explore a lush green landscape filled with natural wonder, ancient history and captivating wildlife.

Daintree Museum

Daintree Entomological Museum

If the critters outdoors are making you nervous, here’s a safer avenue to spy them up close and personal. Showcasing exotic butterflies, beetles, giant dragonflies and newer local species, the Daintree Museum’s extensive collection has been collected and bred by owner Stephen Lamond, and is housed within a building made from rainforest timberwood on Lamond’s property.

31 Turpentine Road, Diwan

Solar Whisper

If you fancy meeting a croc or two, hop on board the Solar Whisper; the only zero-emission boat on the Daintree River. The electric solar boats allow the operators to smoothly and quietly immerse you in nature, without impacting the environment or disturbing the wildlife. This means you can safely side-eye some crocodiles from a closer distance! You might also spot tree frogs, owls, snakes, lizards and more!

Cape Tribulation Road, Lower Daintree

Wildlife Habitat

Wildlife Habitat

With a conversation-first approach, Wildlife Habitat was first opened to the public in 1989 as a bird and butterfly sanctuary. Since then, it has expanded it’s conservation and public education efforts to include animals such as crocodiles, koalas, gliders, possums, tree kangaroos and much more. You can easily spend an entire day here exploring the five different habitats, catered to each animal type, as well as having your very own wildlife experience with ‘Feature Creature’ photos or the Crocarena saltwater croc swims!

Port Douglas Rd, Port Douglas QLD

Madja Botanical Walk

Exploring the natural history of Australia is made possible by the Madja, as you can find plants representing all stages of the evolution of land plants over the last 400 million years within it’s leafy surrounds. Stroll along the boardwalk and concrete path, and if you follow signs to Oliver Creek you can pull up a stump to sit and watch for crocodiles.

Lot 10 Cape Tribulation Road, Cape Tribulation

Cape Trib Farm

Cape Trib Farm

Combining regenerative farming principles with sustainability and state of the art technology, Cape Trib Farm maintains a light footprint on the Earth whilst celebrating the fruits of our native wildlife and beyond. A must-do for foodies, with over 70 rare and exotic fruits available for tastings, grown right here in their orchards. You can also enjoy a stroll through the orchard to learn more about each plant and their origins, uses and legends. Cottages are available for accommodation, so that you can stay a little longer to drink in the expansive mountain views.

3939 Cape Tribulation Road, Cape Tribulation

Daintree Tea Company

Established in 1978, the Daintree Tea Company is proudly 100% Australian owned, grown and operated. And you can see it for yourself by visiting the Cubbagudta Plantation, where they are situated in the Daintree. By visiting the plantation you can explore old tea machinery, shop at the roadside store and experience a little bit of homegrown history.

Lot 12 Cape Tribulation Road, Diwan

Daintree Discovery Centre

Daintree Discovery Centre

No trip to the Daintree is complete without visiting the Discovery Centre. Learn the history of one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world through audio visual theatres, self-guided walks, an aquarium and an interpretative display centre equipped with colourful infographics chock-full of information. The incredible aerial and canopy walkways will leave you awestruck, elevated above the forest floor not only allowing a better view; but also protecting the rainforest from damaging foot traffic.

Corner Cape Tribulation Road & Tulip Oak Road, Cow Bay

Daintree Wellness Spa

For those who have escaped to Tropical North Queensland for some well deserved R&R, look no further than the Wellness Spa, located in the Daintree Ecolodge. Inspired by the Indigenous wisdom of the traditional land owners, the Kuku Yalanji people, the healing properties of Australian botanical ingredients come to the forefront here. We recommend indulging in a Vichy (rain shower) treatment for the ultimate, full body relaxation experience.

3189 Mossman-Daintree Road, Daintree

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Best restaurants in Newcastle

Sitting pretty on the Mid-North Coast, Newcastle sums up what the Hunter region is all about: coastal living, country surrounds and delicious culinary exploits. Locals are spoiled for choice when it comes to dining – an ever-growing list of trendy new eateries swing open their doors along Beaumont, Darby, King and Hunter Streets, almost every day of the week. Whether you’re in the mood for a quick bite in town, or dinner spent listening to the lapping waves against the shore, we’ve whittled down the best restaurants in Newcastle that are guaranteed to impress.

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Subo

A warm inviting space with exposed brick interiors and subtle touches of greenery, Subo is a fine dining destination that Newcastle has been craving. This contemporary bistro likes to keep things simple by offering a set five-course tasting menu of modern Australian cuisine, which pairs perfectly with their impressive line-up of wines and whiskies.

551D Hunter Street, Newcastle West

Nagisa

Sitting pretty on the harbour’s edge, Nagisa is where fresh produce, traditional Japanese culture and modern techniques coincide, to deliver an unforgettable dining experience. Serving up sashimi, sushi and noodles, Nagisa’s impeccably designed restaurant, with draped linen and pendant lighting, spills out onto an alfresco setting which comes alive on balmy nights. For thrill seekers, take a seat at the teppanyaki bar, and be mesmerised by the talented chefs and intoxicating aromas of sizzling meats and fresh seafood.

N2/1 Honeysuckle Drive, Newcastle

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Rustica

Newcastle Beach sets the scene for Mediterranean-themed eatery, Rustica. Occupying a bright and airy space opposite the beach, the Dion Ackland-designed interiors and hand-crafted pieces by local artisans will have you look around in awe. The menu is all about tapas, share-style and banquet menus, all teeming with Mediterranean-style dishes.

1 King Street, Newcastle

Bocados

Serving up their delicious contemporary cuisine in the heart of the Hunter, Bocados is arguably Newcastle’s best tapas restaurant. For Spanish flair, Bocados brings the heat and flavour with their Jamon serrano, chicharron and local fave churros. The space is warm, like you have stepped into a friend’s home, and has a main dining room and banquet space for parties up to 70 people.

25 King Street, Newcastle

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Surfhouse Restaurant

Occupying the top floor of the Merewether Surfhouse, The Surfhouse Restaurant by Lesley Taylor offers a menu that’s as impressive as its spectacular coastal views. White walls, copper accents and wooden furniture set the scene for a whimsical food experience. Look forward to a modern Australian menu that’s upscale without the pretentiousness, and filled with local, seasonal produce. Come summer the venue is a lively hub of activity, and the cocktail bar doubles up the perfect after dinner locale.

5 Henderson Parade, Merewether

Talulah

Not your standard restaurant, a visit to Talulah is a must for any foodie. Cultivating a warm and cosy vibe, the team feel like family and the food is made with the same level of care as a home-cooked meal. The Mediterranean styled menu is split into two, day and night, but both are focused on serving up the best seasonal produce available. In the warmer months, the verandah is the place to be for both sunrise and sunset.

52 Glebe Road, The Junction

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The Landing Bar & Kitchen

Treat yourself to an afternoon at The Landing Bar and Kitchen, located along the Honeysuckle foreshore; a beloved waterfront precinct of Newcastle. Along with its idyllic views, this chic venue offers a summer-inspired cocktail list, making it a perfect place to relax and watch the harbour activity unfold come sunset. The modern-Italian menu includes plenty of sharing-type meals like wild mushroom arancini or for something heartier, opt for their mouth-watering clam linguine! 

1 Honeysuckle Drive, Newcastle 

MEET

For a taste of Brazil, MEET brings the real churrasco experience to the Newcastle streets. MEET sources the finest local pork, beef, chicken and lamb to spit roast over their custom BBQ, with added natural woods and coals to give the dishes that authentic smoky flavour. Along with endless meats served tableside, the huge menu of sides featuring cheese bread, cassava chips and banana fritters will have you hooked. Be sure to look out on the streets for the MEET Food Truck to get your hit of street food flavour.

1/2 Honeysuckle Drive, Newcastle

Una Volta

A true hidden gem, Una Volta’s unassuming setting and exposed brick interiors give this humble Italian trattoria an authentic edge. Each night there’s a fixed three-course menu that taps into local produce and traditional flavours. Regardless of your tastes and preferences, which the team work diligently to satisfy, Una Volta promise to deliver an unrivaled dining experience that won’t disappoint. If you need more convincing, the restaurant is BYO with no corkage fee. Sign us up!

23 Watt Street, Newcastle

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Best outdoor experiences in Newcastle

Looking to get back in touch with nature? Well then look no further, because Newcastle is home to some of the most stunning and scenic surrounds in New South Wales. With gorgeous beaches, secluded lagoons, and native flora and fauna galore, Newcastle is just an outdoor adventure wonderland waiting to be explored. 

To make the most of nature, we have rounded-up our favourite outdoor and adventure experiences in Newcastle.

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CoastXP

For adventure-seekers, CoastXP is the only business you need to know. This adventure tourism company provides a host of amazing experiences that combine sightseeing and adrenalin. From helicopter tours to whale encounters, you have to include one of their outdoor adventure experiences on your next Newcastle trip!

TreeTops

TreeTop Adventure Park combines exploration and play, making it the perfect family-friendly adventure. Discover an exciting new world, high up in the treetops, made up of a vast network of obstacles like rope ladders, tunnels and zip lines. You’ll experience a whole new sense of gravity and appreciation for nature as you make your way through the self-guided course.

Blue Gum Hills Regional Park, TreeTops Road, Minmi

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Bykko

Take your sightseeing adventure into your own hands by making the most of Newcastle’s electric bike-share service Bykko. There are bike hire stations throughout the Newcastle CBD, Honeysuckle, Newcastle West, Wickham, The Junction and Bar Beach, so you won’t have to worry about pick up and drop off and you’re guaranteed to get your hands on one.

Newcastle and Merewether Ocean Baths

The best (and cheapest) outdoorsy thing to do in Newcastle is the seaside pools. First, there’s the Newcastle Ocean Bath, opened in 1922, and stands unique thanks to its beautiful art deco facade and short walk from the CBD. And second, there’s the Merewether Ocean Bath, opened in 1935, and is thought to be the largest in the southern hemisphere, consisting of two large pools (100m x 50m, and 100m x 27m) dug into the rocky outcrop at the southern-end of Merewether Beach. 

5 Henderson Parade, Merewether

Newcastle Beach

Swim, surf & sunbake at Newcastle’s iconic beaches

Whether you want to rock up with your surfboard or lay back with a book, Newcastle’s stunning coastline plays host to an array of beautiful golden beaches. Take your pick of swimming spots from Nobbys Beach, Newcastle Beach, Bar Beach, Dixon Park Beach, Merewether Beach and Stockton Beach.

Foreshore Precinct

Bordered by the harbour and beach, and surrounded by historic sites like Fort Scratchley and Customs House, the Foreshore Precinct is a major Newcastle attraction. There are currently plans underway to upgrade the precinct further by planting more trees and creating more space.

King Edward Park. Photo credit: City of Newcastle

King Edward Park

With spectacular ocean views, King Edward Park provides an idyllic setting for a weekend BBQ picnic. The expansive grounds make it perfect for families, and King Edward Park also links up with a trail to the Bogey Hole for ample photo opportunities.

York Drive, Newcastle

Blue Gum Hills Regional Park

The breathtaking natural beauty and mining past of the Newcastle region is on spectacular display at Blue Gum Hills Regional Park. For a fun day out in nature, Blue Gum Hills Regional Park provides the perfect setting for a BBQ. Once you are done picnicking, you can explore the maze, walking tracks and mountain biking trails.

Minmi, Newcastle

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Glenrock State Conservation Area

With beaches, waterfalls, rainforests, trails and thriving wildlife, this national park is incredible. You could spend days exploring it, or you could do the Bombala Walking Track. One of the best walking trails, it’s the perfect snapshot of Newcastle. Keep an eye out for migrating whales!

Yuelarbah Track, Highfields

Bathers Way Walk

The Bathers Way Walk is the ultimate Newcastle beach crawl that stretches from the Merewether Baths in the south to Nobby’s Beach Lighthouse in the north. The 6km Newcastle walking track also takes you through the famous Newcastle Memorial Walk which commemorates the centenary of the Gallipoli landing. From the Strzelecki Lookout, you’ll have the best view of the steel soldiers who are silhouetted against the glowing Tasman Sea.

Distance: 6km, approx. 3hrs,  check out the map here.

Photo credit: NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service

Bombala Walking Track

Weaving through bushland before descending down a ridge leading to the secluded Dudley Beach, the Bombala Walking track is a must see. This coastal track is steeped in beauty, with views of dolphins and a great secret swimming spot. At the southern end of Dudley Beach you’ll find a fossilised forest to explore. If you’re adventurous and in the mood for a major walk, you’ll also be able to follow the coastline towards Merewether. 

Distance: 1km return, approx 15 – 30 minutes

Burwood Trail

The Burwood Trail is a tranquil forest trail lined with spotted gum, ironbark and white mahogany trees. In the beautiful Glenrock State Conservation Area, the trail is one of the best walking tracks near Newcastle. Look out for echidnas and listen for the call of bellbirds. Also, if you’re so inclined, you can ride the trail on horseback!

Distance: 1.5km return, approx 45 minutes

Photo credit: NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service

Leggy Point Loop Walking Track

This popular Newcastle walking track is perfect for nature lovers with its jaw-dropping coastal views and majestic wildflower displays. Look out for banksia, acacia, spotted gum, ironbark and sky scraping white mahogany trees, and make sure to leave time to examine the Awabakal Aboriginal midden at the mouth of the Glenrock Lagoon. 

Distance: 2km loop, approx 45 minutes – 1 hour

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Best wineries at the Hunter Valley

As Australia’s oldest wine region, the Hunter Valley has been a gourmet food and wine destination for centuries. With exceptional grapes, boutique breweries, chic cellar doors, bountiful vineyards, and gastronomic restaurants on offer, a day tour of the Hunter Valley is a pleasure-seeking experience, to say the least. To make the most of your weekend, we have curated a list of our favourite Hunter Valley wineries to visit. You’re welcome!

Pepper Tree Wines

Pepper Tree Wines

Situated right in the heart of Pokolbin, the cellar door of Pepper Tree Wines named, The Vault, is designed to offer the quintessential Hunter Valley wine experience. Specialising in single vineyard wines, you can enjoy up to six wines of your choosing, paired with cheese and olives, all while enjoying the cellar’s leafy surrounds.

86 Halls Road, Pokolbin

Margan Wines & Restaurant

Is it a food and wine experience you’re looking for? You’d be hard-pressed to go past Margan, who are offering a range of limited release wines from 100 hectares of sustainably farmed Margan vineyards. They boast a range of casual grazing options, paired with wine flights, seven days a week. Or you can dine in their acclaimed one hat restaurant, Friday through to Sunday. 

1238 Milbrodale Road, Broke

Brokenwood Wines

Brokenwood Wines

At Brokenwood Wines the options are just as fancy as their new cellar door. With tastings ranging from $25 to $110, depending on where your budget and palate is at, there are plenty of different experiences to choose from. Their pod seating is as COVID safe as you can get and allows your group relative privacy. 

401-427 McDonalds Road, Pokolbin

Tyrrell’s Wines

Steeped in history, Tyrrell’s provides a beautiful winery experience. Well worth the visit, this oasis-like setting offers a cellar door, relaxed winery tours, barrel tastings, and masterclasses. Be sure to check out the winemaker’s wall for a veritable who’s who of Aussie viticulture, and to ensure you taste the best of the best, opt for a glass or two of their chardonnay. 

1838 Broke Road, Pokolbin

Mount Pleasant Wines

Set against the beautiful backdrop of the rolling vineyards and the Brokenback Range, Mount Pleasant Wines needs to be added to the top of your winery hitlist. You can book in for one of their four wine tasting experiences at the cellar door, where you’ll sip your way through a wine flight made up of their signature drops. After sampling some of the region’s best wines, we can almost guarantee that you won’t leave empty-handed.

401 Marrowbone Road, Pokolbin

Krinkewood

Krinklewood Vineyard

The Hunter Valley meets the French countryside at the whimsical boutique cellar door, Krinklewood Vineyard. Set amongst a Provencal-style garden, with oversized urns and French metal garden chairs dotted about, this ivy-covered venue serves organic wines, grown and produced in a biodynamic and sustainable way. Covering a range of wines from Semillon to Shiraz, a visit to Krinklewood promises not only a dreamy setting, but also a wine tasting experience with a holistic difference.

712 Wollombi Road, Broke 

Winmark Wines

For chardonnay served with a side of culture, make your way to Winmark Wines. The chardonnay is next-level, as is the firepit which overlooks the property’s beautifully landscaped grounds. There’s also a majestic steel sculpture perched above the vines by sculptor David Ball. Owner Karin Adcock commissioned the piece just before he won the 2017 Bondi Sculpture by the Sea.

229 Wollombi Road, Broke 

Thomas Wines

Is it an in-depth experience of the Hunter’s two signature varieties you’re after? If so, make a bee-line to Thomas Wines on Hermitage Road. You won’t find a better Semillon and shiraz-only experience that encompasses soils, vineyards and a tasting of up to 17 single vineyard varietals anywhere else.

Hermitage Road & Mistletoe Lane, Pokolbin

Usher Tinkler Wines

Usher Tinkler Wines

Set within the original Pokolbin Church, Usher Tinkler Wines’ cellar door is a welcoming space where you can match your wine or whiskey with freshly-diced cured meat. Choose from their collection of reds, whites and whiskeys, while you soak up the stunning view of the Brokenback Range from outside the venue’s soaring glass panorama window.

97 McDonalds Road, Pokolbin 

Wandin Valley Estate

Set amongst rolling vineyards and natural bushland, Wandin sets an example of a winery serving up exceptional meals, created from only the finest local produce. Offering a range of tastings, as well as two, three, and four-course lunch options, complete with wine pairings, only means one thing — a long, lazy lunch here is a must when in Lovedale.

12 Wilderness Road, Lovedale 

Scarborough Wine Co

For a cheese and wine experience that is family-friendly, you can’t go past Scarborough Wine Co on Gillards Road. With five levels of bookable tastings ranging from $30-$45, there’s something for everyone. You’ll be seated and served by your own private host while you taste through individually portioned small bottles. If you don’t have the full hour that’s recommended to enjoy these experiences, they’ve cleverly created the Sip on Inn experience which showcases six wines chosen by your host for just $20 per person.

179 Gillards Road, Pokolbin

Tamburlaine Organic Wines

Tamburlaine Organic Wines

Located in the heart of Pokolbin, Tamburlaine is Australia’s largest producer of organic wines, with the winery itself dating back to 1966. Today, the entrance to the cellar door sets the scene, with a whimsical arch draped with grapevines leading the way. Visit for casual tastings at the bar or book for a structured tasting session in one of their many private rooms.

358 McDonalds Road, Pokolbin

Tulloch Wines

For a family-friendly tasting experience, the 125-year-old institution Tulloch Wines has created a full spectrum of tastings from Wine & Chocolate ($30) through to their premium Aged Wine & Cheese experience ($100). In addition, there’s a special kids tasting of three soft drinks matched with three kids snacks for just $10. There’s even a Kombucha tasting for the designated driver! 

638 De Beyers Road, Pokolbin

Bimbadgen

Taste the full range of Hunter varietals at beautiful, Bimbadgen. Take in the view and sip away the afternoon with their full Signature Experience for just $15.

790 McDonalds Road, Pokolbin

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