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Top Choice Modern Australian in Brunswick Heads

Fleet

With a teeny-tiny and simple (if effortlessly stylish) shop front (entered from Fingal St) and most bookings snapped up on release, Fleet might be Australia's most cultish dining destination. Josh Lewis (chef) and A…
Top Choice Farm Restaurant in Byron Bay

Three Blue Ducks at the Farm

The legendary Sydney team behind Three Blue Ducks moved up north to showcase its paddock-to-plate food philosophy. Their rustic barn cafe and restaurant forms the beating heart of The Farm. The breakfast menu does t…
Top Choice Modern Australian in Cabarita

Paper Daisy

Boutique hotel Halcyon House's gorgeous ground floor is given over to its restaurant, which is open to nonguests. It's a busy, visual space with bistro chairs and lots of small oils hung salon-style, but manages nev…
Top Choice French in Tea Gardens & Hawks Nest

Tillermans

Long-time Francophiles Kerry and Peter Hodges serve a fabulous three-course French lunch (book ahead in summer) at this rustic old riverside beauty, where you can kick-back with, say, roast chicken with olives and p…
Top Choice Cafe in Byron Bay

Bay Leaf Café

You might be tempted to snigger at the raft of Byron cliches on offer at this always busy cafe (golden lattes, coconut cold brew, kombucha, tousle-haired locals of both sexes, a '70s psych rock soundtrack etc), but …
Top Choice State Park in Byron Bay

Cape Byron State Conservation Park

Spectacular views reward those who climb up from the Captain Cook Lookout on the Cape Byron Walking Track. Ribboning around the headland, the track dips and (mostly) soars its way to the lighthouse. Along the way, l…
Top Choice Spanish in Byron Bay

St Elmo

Perch on a stool at this moody modern tapas restaurant, where rock-star bar staff create wicked cocktails or can pour you one of the better wines by the glass found in this part of the world (including natural and m…
Top Choice Italian in Coffs Harbour

Fiasco

Upmarket Italian fare is prepared in an open kitchen using produce from the best local suppliers and herbs from the restaurant's own garden. Expect authentic delights such as organic Angus beef with celeriac purée, …
Top Choice Turkish in Yamba & Angourie

Beachwood Cafe

Cookbook author Sevtap Yüce steps out of the pages to deliver her bold Turkish Flavours to the plate at this wonderful little licensed cafe. Most of the tables are outside, where the grass verge has been commandeere…
Top Choice National Park in Dorrigo

Dorrigo National Park

This 119-sq-km park is part of the Gondwana Rainforests World Heritage Area and home to a huge diversity of vegetation and more than 120 species of bird. The Rainforest Centre, at the park entrance, has displays and…