Northern Rivers Family Food & Farm Trail
The amazing climate and rich volcanic soils of the the Northern Rivers make the Ballina/Byron Bay region and hinterland famous for fresh produce, seafood and edible delights made with love by locals. Come and stay at BIG4 Ballina Headlands Holiday Park and experience the Food and Farm Trails that we have prepared just for you! It's time to take a tour and sample some of the following gourmet delights. We have designed several trails and one has fun for the kids too!
Food and Farm trails for the family
Summerland House Farm
A working macadamia and avocado property nestled in the hills of the Altsonville Plateau. "The Grocer" stocks the biggest range of award winning local food products. The Tractor Farm Tour is an educational experience that gives visitors and groups an opportunity to explore the macadamia and avocado orchards on the farm. Open 7 days - Farm tours between 10am & 2pm There is mini golf and a water park for the kids.
Northern Rivers Seafood
Experience a true fish shop! The staff tend to customers every need with a huge variety of all seafood and a never ending supply of cooked and green prawns as well as whole fish and fish fillets. Feel free to checkout their extensive range and see what's caught locally off the Ballina Coast. Open 7 days 6.00am - 6.30pm The local trawler fleet is a short drive away, so you can show the kids the equipment used for the catch, and you must stop for a photo at the Big Prawn!
The Macadamia Castle has over 200 locally grown and made products on sale. Enjoy a wide range of local coffees, mueslis, jams relishes and Oils. Taste a wide range of Macadamia nuts roasted and flavoured. The Castle has a cafe,serving locally grown coffee and breakfast and lunch. You may also incorporate a day out in the animal park, that has a petting nursery, mini-golf, playgrounds, an adventure tree house and a train ride. Open 8am - 5pm
Local Farmers' Market
You'll want to check out the local farmers' markets. There you will find a glorious selection of local produce, with organic fruit and veggies, cheeses, olives, nuts and condiments. Perfect opportunity to stock up on supplies for a picnic whilst on your tour or for a BBQ back at the park later.
- Byron Bay Farmers' Market - every Thursday, Butler Street Reserve, 8-11am
- Bangalow Farmers Market - every Saturday, Bangalow Hotel Car Park, 8-11am
- Lismore Farmers Market - every Saturday, Lismore Showground, 8-11am
Harvest Cafe' and Bakery
Harvest Cafe' at Newrybar is home to Australia's oldest bakery that incorporates an award-winning eatery. Harvest Cafe combines stunning contemporary cuisine with a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere. History, passion for food and sustainable living are all part of the Harvest experience. Don't miss the Sourdough Weekends with a mouth-watering spread of pastries fresh from of the historic, wood fired oven. Enjoy scrumptious goodies such as salted caramel doughnuts, baguettes and all kinds of other treats.
Madura Tea Estate
Located in the Northern NSW hinterland north of Byron Bay, Madura is Australia’s only owned and operated tea estate. Nestled amongst pristine rainforests, rural farmland and crystal clear streams, Madura operates in harmony with our environment and is home to an abundance of Australian native plants and wildlife. Nowhere in the world can you experience the full, plant to pack, tea production process other than at Madura Tea Estates – a remarkable claim from a remarkable, uniquely Australian family business.
Madura Tea Estates welcome you to join us on a guided tour and experience all that we are and have to offer. Our tours are open to the public on Tuesdays & for groups of 20 or more on Thursdays. Tours take place at 10:00am and 11:30am. Bookings essential $6 per person, $12 per family (2 adults, 2 children)
The Farm Byron Bay
The Farm is principally a working farm, which houses a collection of micro-businesses all sharing in a common goal. You are invited to visit The Farm and see for yourself how a farm operates, supports the environment and contributes to a healthier lifestyle.
Their motto ‘Grow, Feed, Educate’ inspires all that they do, here and for the community at large. The Farm will give you and the kids a first hand experience of seeing how food is grown and produced that makes the eating of it so much more pleasurable. From this simple pleasure sprouts a curiosity and desire to learn more.
Tropical Fruit World
Tropical Fruit World is open daily from 10am and your park ticket includes a fruit tasting session and plantation tour activities which include a tractor tour, a Wildlife boat cruise and a minature train ride. It's a journey through orchards where more than 500 of the world’s weird and wonderful fruit varieties are grown. Learn why this unique location, nestled on the edge of the volcanic caldera of Wollumbin, is so special. You’ll see, touch and taste fruits from all around the world, all growing right here on our beautiful Tweed farm.
Road Side Stalls
The Far North Coast is a fabulous place to simply drive through the hinterland and look for the amazing Road Side Stalls for the freshest herbs, fruit and vegetables possible. Take with you lots of gold coins and your green bags to make the most of this experience. Enjoy amazing views of the rolling greens of the hinterland and find plenty of hidden secrets.
Check out Eltham Pantry for great coffee and friendly service. Stock up on gourmet produce and handmade gifts; soak up the atmosphere of their pecan orchard and beautiful 100 year old farmhouse. 20 minutes from Lennox Head. Open Wed – Fri10am – 3pm and Sat & Sun 9am – 4pm - Phone (02) 6629 1418.
There are many local producers that provide the public with fabulous local foods, available at retail shops dotted around the area. Try some of these extraordinary food delights whilst you are here! Whether it be muesli from Brookfarm, cookies from Byron Bay Cookie company, or a fabulous range of chocolates from the Byron Bay Chocolate factory.
So many things to see and do, so book online now!