FLAVOURS OF THE RAIL TRAIL: A Gastronomic Weekend Wander through the Northern Rivers

From AUD $583.00
  • Duration: 2 Days (approx.)
  • Location: Murwillumbah, NSW
  • Product code: NRRTWLK

Once upon a time, in the lush landscapes of the Northern Rivers, a group of adventurers (that's you!) embarked on a remarkable journey. 

They were seekers of extraordinary experiences, yearning for a perfect blend of nature's beauty and culinary delights.

Their adventure began as they stepped foot on the Northern Rivers Rail Trail at the delightful riverside town of Murwillumbah. With each stride, they discovered a world painted with vibrant hues, where rolling hills, enchanting old rail bridges and meandering rivers unfolded before their eyes. The air was filled with the scent of wildflowers, teasing their senses and inviting them deeper into the heart of this enchanting region.

As they walked, the group found themselves enchanted by the alluring aroma of freshly baked pastries. The first stop led them to the Tweed Regional Gallery and the Margaret Olley Art Centre. There, they indulged in Parisian-inspired delights, crafted by the talented artisans of Baked at Ancora. They claim to have the "best Parisian pastries this side of the Equator". On a delightful balcony with a view of the impressively majestic Mount Warning they indulge in morning tea of coffee, tea & pastries. 

Rejuvenated and with newfound energy, the adventurers continued their journey, guided by the trail's twists and turns. They revelled in the joy of exploration, stumbling upon the captivating town of Stokers Siding. Its small town charm and warm hospitality drew them in, and they were treated to a tantalizing lunch of locally sourced produce.

As the day waned, they found themselves at the doorstep of a charming farm stay. The campsite beckoned with crackling fires and the promise of enchantment. Laughter and stories filled the air as the group shared a delightful dinner, their taste buds dancing with flavours that seemed to be plucked straight from nature's abundant pantry. 

With the rising sun, they embarked on another day of wonder after a hearty farm style breakfast. The morning walk led them through the mystic Burringbar tunnel, where the twinkle of glow worms and the fluttering of microbats captured their imagination. Emerging into the sunlight, they were greeted by the intoxicating aromas of artisanal cheeses at the Tweed Valley Whey Farmhouse Cheese Factory. Each bite was a revelation, a journey into the heart of craftsmanship.

Further exploration revealed the hidden gems of Burringbar, where vintage wares and eclectic experiences awaited. A grassy knoll glamorous pop-up picnic, was a feast for the senses amidst nature's embrace. Satiated and content, they strolled through the whimsical town of Mooball, their spirits uplifted by the playful ambiance and the warm embrace of the locals at the hotel enjoying an afternoon drink.

As the group reached the end of the rail line, a bittersweet feeling settled within their hearts. The journey was nearing its end, but the memories would forever be etched in their souls. They bid farewell to the Crabbes Creek old vintage General Store, cherishing the moments that had woven them together as a family of adventurers.

With a renewed sense of appreciation for the simple joys in life, they boarded the bus, their hearts brimming with gratitude. They had discovered a slice of paradise, where nature's wonders and culinary delights intertwined, creating an unforgettable tale of friendship, flavours, and the magic of the Northern Rivers.

And so, their story became a whispered legend, shared among kindred spirits, inspiring future wanderers to embark on their own extraordinary adventure along the Northern Rivers Rail Trail.

Experience the legend for yourself.

Flavours of the Rail Trail: A Gastronomic Weekend Wander through the Northern Rivers

The Northern Rivers Rail Trail is a 24km flat well maintained track following the old train line from Murwillumbah to Crabbes Creek in the Northern Rivers of NSW.  This region is a real gem. Considered the "green cauldron" or caldera of Wollumbin an inactive volcano known as Mt Warning provides the rich vibrant soils and tropical oasis that is the very heart of this region.  The trail is considered a "must-do experience in the Northern Rivers region. A trail where you have the freedom to roam, to discover, to explore, and to be yourself outdoors and in nature. A trail where you will discover something to surprise, educate, interest and delight you at every turn. A trail that connects you to our people and places past and present. Connecting you to art, culture and food of the Northern Rivers towns and villages. A trail that is fun with something for everyone as you explore through Bundjalung country".  Our tour is meticulously designed to capture the essence of the Northern Rivers region, seamlessly weaving together art, culture, food, nature, and history. We take pride in showcasing the multifaceted beauty of this remarkable trail, offering a comprehensive experience that celebrates the region's rich heritage and diverse offerings. Prepare to immerse yourself in the glory of this captivating destination as we unveil the true essence of the Northern Rivers.

How Fit do I need to be:

The Northern Rivers Rail Trail is suitable for most fitness levels. The majority of the rail tail is a gentle and gradual slope no greater than 4.5% with some shorter steeper sections up to 15% where pathways bypass some existing bridges. There are no steep hills, tight bends or sudden drops or dips, if you stay on the shared-user path.  You should be able bodied, adept at walking and able to walk 15km in one day (with stops in-between).

Event Details: 

Pick-up Locations:

  • Brisbane: 7am (Park Road Station)
  • Gold Coast: 8am (Robina Station)
  • Tweed Heads: 8:30 am (BP Chinderah)

Day 1:

  • 10:00 am: Begin your journey from Murwillumbah.  Today we will walk at total of 8.3km to our Farm Stay along the Northern Rivers Rail Trail.
  • Walk 2.2km to our first stop. 
  • The Tweed Regional Gallery and the Margaret Olley Art Centre.  Here we will wander through the galleries learning about Bundjalung country and local artists and the esteemed Margaret Olley, who is Australia's most celebrated painter of still life and interiors. Lonely Planet have described this gallery as "exceptional".  Afterwards we will make our way to the Cafe - Apex Dining for a wonderful morning tea.
  • Morning Tea: A balcony dining experience overlooking the majestic Wollumbin, also known as Mt Warning.  Indulge in a divine pastry and sip on fragrant tea or coffee at the Tweed Regional Gallery and the Margaret Olley Art Centre. Baked at Ancora brings you Parisian pastries with a unique twist, creating an explosion of flavours that will tantalize your taste buds. They claim they have the best Parisian pastries this side of the equator - let's find out!
  • Walking continues for 6.1km along a mostly leafy covered track following the train track through small village towns. 
  • Lunch:  As we enter the beautiful village of Stokers Siding we'll stop for our Lunch break and savour locally sourced produce as we immerse ourselves in the flavours of the region.  
  • Afternoon: Wander through the captivating town of Stokers Siding, where history and charm intertwine. Feel the vibrant energy of the locals, and explore hidden gems before making your way to our exclusive farm stay accommodation.
  • Campsite Fires and Entertainment: Unwind in the evening at our cosy campsite, where the crackling campfire, twinkling lights, and musical entertainment create an enchanting ambiance.  Our comfortable camping options can include shared glamping in glorious bell tents or we have individual tent options to consider.  Additional accommodation may be available subject to availability. 
  • Dinner: Under the starry sky, indulge in a sumptuous dinner, crafted with love and care, using locally sourced ingredients. Share stories, laughter, and delectable food with newfound friends, creating cherished memories that will last a lifetime.

Day 2:

  • Breakfast: Rise and shine to the aroma of a hearty camp-cooked breakfast including vegetarian enoki pancakes, green goddess salad, maple bacon annd more delights invigorating your senses for another day of adventure.
  • Morning Walk: Set off on an unforgettable 15km walk today, where each step brings you closer to nature's wonders and deeper into this region's mysteries. Marvel at the Burringbar Train Tunnel, a dark and mystical realm that unveils hidden treasures such as glow worms and microbats. Illuminate your path with a head torch, creating an otherworldly experience. This tunnel is 1/2 a km long!
  • Cheese Tasting: Arriving in Burringbar, surrender to the divine flavours of the Tweed Valley Whey Farmhouse Cheese. Sample an array of artisanal cheeses, each bite transporting you to a world of creamy indulgence.
  • Town Exploration: Immerse yourself in the quaint charm of Burringbar, where an eclectic mix of vintage wares awaits your discovery. Delight in the nostalgia and perhaps indulge in an optional wine tasting, indulging in the flavours of the region (wine tasting is $25 and requires prior arrangement).
  • Glamorous Pop-up Picnic: Indulge in a delightful spread of gourmet delights, a little bit of bubbly (or try your wine out if you've just purchased some). Our stylish pop-up picnic will create a sensory experience that ignites your taste buds and transports you to culinary paradise.
  • After lunch, you'll embark on the final stretch of your journey, walking through the town of Mooball, where streets adorned in cow print add a touch of whimsy to your adventure. Pause at the renowned Moo Moo Roadhouse, savouring a rich coffee or indulging in a local wine or beer or gingerbeer.
  • The Finale: As you complete the last 35 minutes of the walk, a sense of accomplishment washes over you. Arriving at Crabbes Creek, revel in the picturesque surroundings and visit the old vintage General Store, a hidden gem brimming with nostalgia.
  • Return: Board the bus, filled with unforgettable memories and new friendships, as we bid adieu to the Northern Rivers Rail Trail and head back home.  Departure time is roughly 4.30pm (but there is no need to rush on this journey).

Join us on this extraordinary foody weekend wander, where nature's wonders and culinary delights intertwine, creating an unforgettable experience. Limited spots available. Book now and embark on a journey that will awaken your senses and leave you yearning for more!

Note: The itinerary is subject to change and availability. This is an experience you won't want to miss!