We recommend going light on brekky before you take off for the annual pilgrimage to Splendour and make an early rest stop at the new Boathouse in Patonga. With Pip and Andrew Goldsmith recently throwing a casual $5 Million into the ring to revamp the Patonga Pub; The Boathouse Hotel, Patonga is a sure fire way to guarantee your pallet is moistened (but not too moist, remember you’ve got to drive) and your tum is full before you get into the thick of the trip. With a reputation for fancying things up the Goldsmith’s were prudent in assuring the community that they wouldn’t be turning Patonga into an extension of the North Shore and assured punters the venue is still very much a pub, albeit a little bit brighter.
Stop 3: Get your Insta content sorted with a stop in Forster.
By the time you get to Port you’ll be more than ready for foodie destination number two; The Burger Rebellion. This one is a banger. Opened in 2015 by local Chef Matt Conway and recently being named by Trip Advisor as one of Australia’s top 10 Burger destinations, this groovy family owned joint has quickly become a local institution. Serving nothing but the good stuff, these guys know what you need: old school cheeseburgers, loaded fries, local beers (from the lads at Moore Beer Brewing) and of course milkshakes in aluminium cups, just the way Nanna used to drink them. Make sure you try some of the house made hot sauce, it’ll keep you lively for the rest of the drive.
Step 5: Walk it all off with a hike in the Dorrigo National Park