Delicious Foods of the Northern Rivers Rail Trail

Start of Rail Trail at Murwillumbah | Kate Baker
Start of Rail Trail at Murwillumbah | Kate Baker

Delicious Foods of the Northern Rivers Rail Trail

The first stage of the Northern Rivers Rail Trail, from Murwillumbah to Crabbes Creek, is now open. While this new cycling route has been bringing great attention to the region, it’s the gastronomic pleasures to be found within that is the true hidden gem here.

On our Northern Rivers Rail Trail and Tweed Cycle Explorer, you’ll get to do just this. Over 6 days of self-guided cycling, you’ll discover the scenic highlights of the Tweed Valley. From the timeless landmark of Wollumbin (Mount Warning), an extinct volcano, to the seaside resort town of Kingscliff, you’re bound to fall in love with the Northern Rivers.

In this article, we list incredible experiences for food lovers to be had on the Northern Rivers Rail Trail.
Cyclist with child in trailer outside Hotel Victory a popular stop on the rail trail |  <i>Kate Baker</i> Cyclist looking at signage on the Northern Rivers Rail Trail |  <i>Kate Baker</i> Cyclist at Burringbar |  <i>Kate Baker</i>

Ben’s Patisserie

A small, family-owned bakery, Ben's Patisserie specialises in crafting delicious, traditional French pastries and cakes from scratch. Among their delectable offerings are various types of croissants (plain, almond, filled, chocolate), award-winning Parisian macarons, lemon meringue, eclairs, mille feuille, custard flan, pear tart and other mouth-watering treats.

Kat Harvey Cheese

Kat Harvey is a small artisan cheese emporium in Murwillumbah. She and her team produces a range of delicious cheeses using traditional techniques, with a stand out being the creamy brie. 
Perfect weather for cycling in the Northern Rivers.

Murwillumbah Farmers' Market 

Held every Wednesday morning from 7-11am, this market offers a range of fresh produce from local farmers and growers. Visitors can sample a range of delicious foods, including fresh fruit and vegetables, artisan breads, locally-produced honey, and more. If you can time your bike tour during the Wednesday Murwillumbah Farmers' Market you won't regret it.

Earth Beer Company

A fitting place to pop in on your way through Cudgen, this brewery is all about making delicious beverages with a low impact on the environment. Their Rising Sun pale ale will make your day.
The Northern Rivers Rail Trail offers some spectacular spots to cycle. |  <i>Tyson Mayr</i>

Farm & Co

Farm & Co features a casual cafe and a restaurant for longer lunches. They specialise in paddock-to-plate food, with the majority of their organic ingredients sourced from their own farm. Find it while cycling by the Cudgen Plateau.

Bistro Livi

Livi is a cosy community eatery located within Murwillumbah's Art Precinct, housed in a charming Art Deco building. The restaurant is operated by a passionate and dynamic team, all united by their love for food, wine, and creating memorable dining experiences.
Try some mouth-watering food at Mavis' Kitchen, made from local produce. Stop off at Mavis' Kitchen for an afternoon drink after a day of cycling. Delicious food at Mavis' Kitchen in Uki.

Mavis's Kitchen

Mavis's Kitchen serves a range of delicious, seasonal dishes made from locally-sourced ingredients. The restaurant also has an extensive wine list featuring a range of local and international wines. On day 3 of the Northern Rivers Rail Trail and Tweed Cycle Explorer you can take an alternative route to visit Mavis’s Kitchen. Bookings required as it’s always popular,
> Visit Mavis's Kitchen's website


These are just a few of the many food and wine destinations along the Northern Rivers Rail Trail. Whether you're a foodie, a wine lover, or just looking for a great place to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery, there's something for everyone along this stunning trail.

Can you recommend any restaurants or cafes on the Northern Rivers? Let us know in the comment section below.


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