As the foodie culture on the Macleay Valley Coast grows, so do the opportunities to taste fresh, fabulous produce in local restaurants and cafes.
From classic bakeries to heritage pubs and more quirky establishments, dining on the Macleay Valley Coast includes a variety of unique eateries that cater to every taste.
Barnett’s Bakery, Crescent Head
Our culinary journey begins with a classic establishment that has been serving traditional baked goods since 1934: Barnett’s Bakery. This iconic family-run business has a warm and inviting atmosphere, exuding nostalgia and charm. Here you can savour freshly baked pies, muffins, artisanal cakes, pastries and warm sourdough, created through honing generations of family recipes. Make sure you try their heavenly vanilla slice: an Aussie icon, theirs features extra thick creamy custard, golden puff pastry and a zingy passionfruit fondant.
Yapang-Ya Café and Art Gallery, Turners Flat
Husband-and-wife team Jason and Roxanne Ridgeway dreamed up Yapang-ya Café and Art Gallery as a celebration of their mutual love for art, culture and food. The gallery showcases beautiful artworks by Jason that explore his Dunghutti heritage, while their delicious menu features all-day breakfast and sweet treats highlighting native ingredients. Tuck into some mushrooms with warrigal greens or indulge in a slice of bush lemon raspberry cheesecake. You can even purchase some of their famous bush tomato relish to enjoy at home.
The Bush Kitchen, Crescent Head
Just out of Crescent Head on Point Plomer Road you’ll find The Bush Kitchen; a no-fuss pizza place where you can enjoy authentic Italian flavours. The pizzas are made from stone-milled whole-wheat flour, and hand stretched the traditional way. Topped with fresh ingredients from the garden as well as locally sourced produce, the pizzas are cooked to perfection in a wood-fired oven. It’s the perfect spot for families looking for a laidback night with wholesome fare.
Thai on the Rocks, South West Rocks
Thai on the Rocks offers tasty Thai cuisine against the stunning backdrop of South West Rocks. The menu features traditional Thai dishes expertly prepared and made with veggies fresh from their garden. Whether you’re a fan of fiery curries or delicate stir-fries, Thai on the Rocks promises delicious dishes that hit the spot every time. This is a popular dinner and takeaway spot for locals, with great service and friendly staff.
Bellbrook Hotel, Bellbrook
Step back in time at the historic Bellbrook Hotel, which blends old-world charm with modern hospitality. Originally built in 1913 overlooking the beautiful Macleay River, this pub is a welcoming haven for locals and travellers alike. Enjoy classic pub grub and a selection of refreshing beverages after a day of exploring the region. Its friendly atmosphere and rustic charm make Bellbrook Pub a quintessential stop. The Hotel also sells fuel, gas refills, groceries, ice, coffee, ice creams and has post office facilities.
Fredo Pies & Cafe, Frederickton
Indulge your cravings at Fredo Pies & Cafe: an iconic local and international attraction for over 25 years. Known for their famous crocodile pie, Fredo Pies offers a menu that caters to all tastes. Whether you’re in the mood for a freshly baked pie or sausage roll, or something to satisfy your sweet tooth, this quaint spot is a haven for roadtrippers seeking a taste of handmade goodness.
Garden Bar and Kitchen, Frederickton
Located on the banks of the mighty Macleay River in the Old Cheese Factory, Garden Bar and Kitchen is brimming with rustic charm and an inventive, modern menu that showcases the region’s seasonal local produce. Developed by head chef Mathew Roach, the menu showcases a diverse range of dishes, from gourmet entrees like house made focaccia and chargrilled prawns, to delicious mains like gold banded snapper and chargrilled sirloin.
The Heritage Hotel of Gladstone, Gladstone NSW
Cap off your culinary tour of the Macleay Valley Coast with a visit to the Gladstone Pub in the charming heritage village of Gladstone: a hub of coastal hospitality and community spirit. This pub, with its laid-back atmosphere, wholesome fare and live music welcomes visitors to unwind and relax. From classic pub favourites to inventive dishes that showcase local ingredients, Gladstone Pub is a local’s favourite (and soon to be yours too).
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