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.
There are very few things we love more than passionate creatives carving out a niche for themselves in the local community. Throw in the desire to share that passion with the rest of us and we’re practically jumping up and down with excitement.
Which is exactly what happened when we ventured down to Kingscliff to check out the new café slash creative space that is Stone Studio aka our new favourite place.
It’s the work of dynamic husband and wife duo Jennifer and Brad who are as into taking time out for creativity and the local community as two people could be. And we know you’re all about that too.
So let’s discuss. Stone Studio can be found on Marine Parade in Kingy, taking up a corner space and overlooking the ocean for some extra chill vibes. Inside, it’s a casual affair with polished concrete floors, a pink tiled coffee bench and stacks of shelves that are home to yet-to-be-fired pottery pieces and delightful homewares goodies (by local makers of course) that you can take home with you.
Think brands like Mayde Tea, Posie candles and Jennifer’s own brand Yucca Stone Ceramics – which you’ve no doubt already heard of.
Now, besides all of those things, there are six pottery wheels and a big old bench for hand building classes. Because yes, all classes and workshops happen right there in the space and it’s a concept we really wish we thought of honestly.
There are many classes throughout the week including during the day, in the evenings and on the weekend, so no matter what you’re up to at any given time, you can get involved. It also doesn’t matter if you’ve never thrown pottery before (a technical term involving using the pottery wheel, not actually hurling pretty things around), or if you’re an old hand, there are classes for all levels. The same goes for the hand building classes.
Jennifer takes the wheel classes and hers is a passion for making that is unrivalled. She fell in love with the art of throwing while living in San Diego for the primary reasons that it is both a grounding practice and one that places you squarely in the given moment, with no room to think about a single other thing than what you’re doing right then and there.
Sounds heavenly doesn’t it.
The pair are big fans of sharing their love of community as we mentioned and beyond that, allowing people to spend time in a space where creative or not, we can all make something with our hands that we can take home and be proud of. So good.
Of course, while you’re doing all the making, you may sip on coffee by local roaster Therefore, who we’re told is as passionate about coffee as any person can be and that absolutely comes through in the taste of the brews.
To eat, there are baked goodies and soon there’ll be gourmet sandwiches among other savoury surprises and stay tuned for booze too.
Right now classes are BYO, so you may take your fave wine with you and let that creativity flow. Also, there are longer courses if you’re keen to really learn the art of pottery throwing.
If you’re keen to switch off, get to know some legendary locals and make something sweet, you can do it all down Kingscliff way at Stone Studio. They’re also planning a local makers market called North County on November 29th too so make sure you don’t miss that.
Okay we’re out. Go there now.
LOCATION: 1/110 Marine Parade, Kingscliff
Words and photos by Kirra Smith
Sometimes the best way to figure out your life is to just run away and hope for the best. Pretty sure Buddha said that. He’s right of course, life can be super overwhelming and if you’re anything like us, come Sunday you’re keen to escape those day-to-day dramas via either wine or naps.
We’ve got another solution though pals and you may not be surprised to read that solution is Sunday drives. Yep, just like the ones your parents used to take you on except now you get to choose where to go and yes, now there’s also wine.
Here are five spots to set off to next time it’s Sunday. Seeya on the open road.
Farm & Co. Kingscliff
No doubt Instagram has informed you there is a field of sunflowers just a short 25 minute drive away where you can frolic, take selfies, pick said sunflowers and generally pretend you don’t have a care in the world. There’s also a coffee shop where you can sink into an oversized lounge chair while gazing at the sunflowers and contemplating a new career in farming, live music of a weekend, a tasty array of brunch eats and fresh veggies you can take home too.
Where: 529 Cudgen Road, Cudgen
Also known as Chinderah Tavern, The Chindy boasts a big old deck overlooking the widest river in the world (not a fact) and supplies all the cold beer, wine and tasty eats you could wish for on a Sunday afternoon. There’s live music, sunsets if you time it right and just general non-city good times. Right next door is Cubby Bakehouse so you can get yourself some dessert for the drive home.
Where: 156 Chinderah Bay Drive, Chinderah
Kooroomba Vineyards and Lavender Farm
More floral fun but this time WITH WINE. You can drink said wine overlooking said lavender farm and eat delicious foods while you’re at it. The stunning onsite restaurant (haing recently won a Chefs Hat Award in 2020) uses local produce from the Scenic Rim and within the Brisbane Valley. See you Sunday lovely lavender (in season from November).
Where: 168 FM Bell Road, Mount Alford
Slightly more general than those others but impossible to leave off a list of places to drive, is Mt Tamborine. There’s a whole treasure trove of goodies up there guys. Fudge, cheese, wineries, distilleries, breweries, waterfalls, pubs with views over the entire Gold Coast and temperatures that don’t reach 450 degrees Celsius like the rest of this city.
Where: It’s the big mountain out west
Moo Moo Roadhouse
Soo there’s a café that is painted in the way of a dairy cow and what a time to be alive. It’s in a town called Mooball (does anyone know how to pronounce that properly) where pretty much everything resembles a cow for obvious reasons. Anyway. The café. There’s sweet vintage memorabilia in there and you can grab yourself a burger and a milkshake and enjoy the towns’ abundant good vibes.
Where: 5875 Tweed Valley Way, Mooball
Words by Kirra Smith