All of those winding roads around the Tweed and Byron hinterland are simply littered with amazing places to eat and drink, to dwindle the afternoon away. There are also some amazing beaches to lay down your towel before you hit Byron Bay — and often without a soul around. We think Kingscliff is most certainly one of those places.
So whilst you enjoy the great autumnal sunshine on Kingscliff Beach, you’ll be happy to learn there is a new café just off the sand, that is the perfect place to service your caffeine and foodie needs.
Say hello to Zinc, folks.
Located on the northeast corner of Kingscliff Surf Club and just a few feet off the beach, Zinc has itself an incredible little place to call home.
Although it’s a more kiosk-style offering, don’t be fooled: there is ample public seating nearby and because the café is owned by the Surf Club, you have access to the upstairs balcony. Wander up and you’ll be treated to dreamy views and ample photo opportunities across the bay towards Fingal and Cook Island — make sure your phone has enough battery!
The food offering is simple and unfussy with a spattering of hot options such as Halloumi and Egg Turkish Bread Toasties and BLTs on sourdough — not forgetting a rather generous looking Smashed Avo on Toast with chilli flakes. All very sensibly priced if we may say so ourselves. So no giving up your dreams of owning a house millennials! Hooray!
There’s also some great-looking cold/sweet treats for those who might have already had an earlier breakfast and feel like a naughty indulgence before lunchtime. You know who you are!
Coffee being poured is from the clever bunch at Social Espresso with their signature Voyager blend. Think medium roast with notes of dark chocolate and fig — perfect for everyday drinking hot or cold.
Feel like something a little different? There’s a plethora of smoothies and other drinks for you to choose from, including some rather tasty made-on-the-spot Organic Iced Teas. We suggest you give them a try!
Next time a drive down the Coast is in order; why don’t you pull in to Kingscliff and head to the beach and say hello to the team at Zinc!
Location: 61 Marine Parade, Kingscliff, NSW
Hours: 6am-12pm AEDT every day (including Public Holidays)
Words by Alex Mitcheson.