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Roadtrip Detour: Stone & Wood Brewery, Byron Bay

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Visiting craft breweries became a bit of a habit for us on our east coast roadtrip. First up, it was Murrays Craft Brewing Co in Port Stephens, and today I’m going to tell you about our quick pitstop at Stone & Wood in Byron Bay.

Stone & Wood was born and raised in Byron, and very proud of it. We visited their original brewery in the industrial part of town, home to their cellar door and tasting room. In 2014, at the ripe old age of 6, they had grown too big for their boots and had to open another brewery about 45 minutes north of Byron. Now the only brewing that happens in Byron is exclusively for their special release beers. Fancy.

At the Byron brewery, they run tours twice daily and we rocked up right on time for the 11am start. Maybe it was the earlier time of day, but we were the only people there and had the whole place to ourselves. In my opinion, it’s never too early for beer when you’re on holidays, so we started with a schooner of the Garden Ale before a quick whip around the brewery and a tasting of 5 of their beers – all for $10.

Of course, my favourite was their limited release Cloud Catcher, which is no longer available. However, a close second would have to be their Garden Ale – and the good news is that it’s part of their core range and available all year round. Easy drinking and perfect for those summer nights spent drinking on the balcony with friends.

If you’re a beer drinker and in the area, drop by the brewery and say hi to the Stone & Wood boys. They are super friendly and more than happy to talk beer and Byron with anyone that comes in.

You can find them at 4 Boronia Place in Byron Bay, or on facebook and instagram.

– Bec x

stone wood brewery byron bay

stone wood brewery byron bay

stone wood brewery byron bay

stone wood brewery byron bay

stone wood brewery byron bay

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Roadtrip Detour: Murray’s Craft Brewing Co

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What better roadtrip detour than a sneaky little pitstop at a brewery? *

I’m not a huge beer drinker, but I’m a fan of Australian craft beer and, as long as it’s not too dark and heavy (get that Guinness away from me), I enjoy a nice cold one every now and then.

On our way from Newcastle to Port Macquarie, Matt and I called in at the headquarters of Murray’s Craft Brewing Co. We tasted a few of their beers, had some lunch and went for a quick spin around the brewery to see where all the magic happens.

I’m certainly no beer expert, but I know what I like when I try it and I liked most of what I tried at Murray’s. The “Fred IPA” was definitely a favourite and you know I can’t go past a cute label.

If you’re in the area and after a chilled afternoon with a few beers in hand, you can find Murray’s Craft Brewing Co at Bobs Farm in Port Stephens. If you’re not in the area, but want some more info about where to find their beer, Murray’s is also online and on facebook and instagram.

– Bec x

*Obviously Matt pulled the short straw (as always) and was the designated driver. Don’t drink and drive kids. It’s not cool.

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murrays beer

murrays beer

murrays beer

murrays beer

murrays beer

A Weekend on Dangar Island

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I love the feeling of waking up in a new place, the way the sunlight streams through the window in a way you’re not used to and the air feels different somehow, heavier and more humid.

As I leave for my morning run, I notice the moisture on my skin and the smell of the rainforest all around me. It reminds me of life in Fiji – but I’m not in Fiji at all. I’m on an island called Dangar on the Hawkesbury River, just an hour north of Sydney.

Dangar Island isn’t the sort of place you just happen upon. It’s a tiny island, accessible only by boat and home to less than 300 people. There is a road that loops around the island, but no cars to drive on them (except the one communal ute they share). It’s a place where everyone walks and owning a wheelbarrow is a necessity.

After training as an Angelic Reiki healer earlier this year, I found myself on this secluded little island for a weekend away with a gorgeous group of Angelic Reiki healers, including my mum and aunty. We were there for a weekend workshop with artist and all-round kick ass woman, Sofan Chan.

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Sofan lives on the island with her family and hosts creativity workshops set amongst the natural beauty that is Dangar Island. She is also one of the most warm, inspiring and down-to-earth women I know and her art is absolutely stunning.

The workshop itself was pretty great. There was drawing, sculpture and metalwork, with a little bit of meditation in between. It was a blissful weekend and I left the island feeling refreshed and excited for the rest of the year.

In other life news, my latest project, Song of Oya, has now launched. Song of Oya is my Angelic Reiki healing studio and at the moment, I’m available for healing sessions on weekends.

– Bec x

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South Coast Eats: The Rivermouth General Store, Tomakin

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In an effort to preserve summer for as long as possible, I am continuing with my coastal theme and sharing one of my new favourite eateries on the South Coast – The Rivermouth General Store in Tomakin.

On the Sunday that we visited, the sun was shining and it seemed that everyone in town had the same idea – soaking up the sunshine in the cute garden courtyard of The Rivermouth. This little cafe is all about the chill vibes and seaside location. You only have to look at their instagram to know that the team behind The Rivermouth love their surfing and coastal lifestyle.

They also love good food and good coffee – my favourite. The menu is fresh, simple and oh so tasty. Local produce is a big feature and they have a killer drinks menu with delicious juices and indulgent shakes. Did I mention their coffee is good too? And I mean, really, who can resist a takeaway cup with a good logo?

You can find The Rivermouth General Store on Sunpatch Parade in Tomakin on the NSW South Coast.

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The Sun House at Surf Beach

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So you may have noticed that I’ve been spending much of my summer flitting between Canberra and the South Coast.

Matt’s parents, the beautiful Mick and Christine, have recently moved to a property at Surf Beach on the NSW South Coast. Not only does the move mark a change of pace and scenery for Mick and Chris, but it also signifies the beginning of a new and exciting venture as owners of the Sun House at Surf Beach.

The Sun House is luxury and relaxation all wrapped up in a king-size bed and served with a side of complimentary champagne. It’s a private self-contained bed and breakfast perfect for one couple. With a big bathroom, enormous bedroom, kitchen and living room, I’m not being biased when I say that the Sun House is lush.

My favourite is waking up with the sun and spending time getting lost in their beautiful gardens. Palms and ferns are my absolute fave and they are everywhere. There’s a bridge that overlooks one of the ponds, a shady lane of magnolia trees out the front, a rogue pumpkin vine sprouting from the compost and six resident chooks. Of course, there’s also the tennis court and pool.

Inside, there’s the giant bed and private spa, but the main event has got to be the fridge – Mick and Chris always stock up on local produce for their guests. There’s the usual suspects like bread, cereal, bacon and eggs, but there’s something extra special about having the option of making your own pancakes or downing that first early morning coffee straight from your own espresso machine. And if you’re anything like me and you enjoy something sweet with your coffee, Chris has you covered with fresh home baked goods awaiting your arrival.

If you’re looking for some lush accommodation on the South Coast, call 02 4471 1152 and Mick and Chris will sort you out. You can also find them on Facebook.

Note: All photos are by the very talented Canberra-based photographers Damian and Sarah.

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