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It’s still hard to predict what is and isn’t happening these days, with the Falls Festival the latest major cancellation for our region. So rather than suggesting events and happenings for you to enjoy this month, I want to suggest two self-guided trails for you. One in the hills, and one by the beach.
Let’s start in the Hinterland. I always tell visitors (and locals alike) that they should get to know the Hinterland. It is beautiful and there are some many pockets, patches and villages to explore. There’s hikes, swimming holes and lookouts. And there is food. Oh, there is really good food! There’s plenty of well known places that you don’t need me to tell you about, so how about exploring some new, small, changed or pop-up options instead. You can create a DIY food tour of the hills with plenty of options to choose from.
New, or new-ish, is the Burning Tyre food truck in Clunes (at the auto shop). Run by the Spice Pirate BBQ folks, the truck is serving up easy eats like brisket, tacos, nachos and more. I haven’t tried it yet, but will be keen to get there sometime soon. Also at Clunes is a perennial favourite, the Clunes Store Cafe.
Another new-ish option is Maroochi on the Field at Dunoon Sports and Recreation Club. It’s a lovely setting, really family friendly and the new spring menu looks like it has all the club/pub classics ticked. Plus they’re doing breakfasts on the weekends. Just down the road is the cute little coffee van The Tuc Shop. A nice option for coffee if you’re taking a drive through the hills on a weekday morning.
And speaking of clubs, the Bangalow Bowling Club has its new restaurant up and running. The Bowlo Kitchen hits on everything from banh mi to burgers, schnitzel to san choy bow.
Over at Eltham, the Eltham Hotel is winning hearts and minds with its new lease of life. Call in for a beer or something to eat.
If you find yourself craving pizza, head to one of the three weekly pop-ups of Il Carretto Pizza. Awesome pizza and three great locations each week.
And one I’ve been hearing great things about is Tyalgum General Store. It’s changed hands recently and word has it that the new owners are cooking up some great food. It is a little further afield but would make for a fun drive – plus there’s gelato at the nearby Tyalgum Gelato Shop!
Don’t fancy taking a drive? How about getting down with 22,000 years of local human history? The Byron Bay History Trail is a joint project of the Byron Bay Historical Society, Byron Shire Council, NSW National Parks and the Bundjalung (Arakwal) Corporation. It’s a two hour walk starting at the Byron Surf Club, finishing at the Lighthouse, that will take you through 20 sites of historical importance. With a smart phone, you can read or listen to information about each stop, giving you a fascinating glimpse into Byron’s past. It is incredible to see some of the early images of the town, and to remember what a different place it has been over the years. Did you know that in the 1930’s Byron produced 35,000 tonnes of butter annually or 60% of NSW’s total. Goodness me!
So whether you head for the hills or stay ocean-side this month, remember to be kind, and be grateful for the beautiful surrounds we find ourselves in.